Saturday, September 26, 2009

Do as I say?!

At the moment, attendance management is a big issue at work. The key issue is that it is not being managed. It is tolerated, ignored, and then complained about by the managers. The employees - well, they are doing what they feel they are allowed to (or can get away with, in some cases).

As a result, the managers are living with the consequence of not having communicated clear expectations to the employees. They cannot very well follow-up or dole out reprimands when they never set our expectations. I can just imagine what the first employee that will be hauled into his or her manager’s office will say…”I didn’t realize….you never said anything…I thought you meant…”

This morning I was a witness to this very kind of phenomenon.

We have a trampoline and my son has a tendency to run outside in bare feet or socks, jump around, and then run back in. You can imagine the state of his feet when he returns into the house.

To preempt dirty footprints on the floor, my husband called out to my son - “make sure you are not running out with anything other than shoes on your feet to go to the trampoline”.

My son is no dummy, but he stood frozen at the door. After an awkward few seconds, I quietly added, “Please wear shoes when you go to the trampoline”. Comprehension showed on his face, he put on his shoes and he ran outside.

We essentially said the same thing, but I made it perfectly clear what I expected him to do in a way that he understood.

How much of our “employee communications” can say the same?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

What's in a name?

I’ve recently been inspired by a 101 Things in 1001 days initiative that a local woman has put together for herself. She is trying to try/do 101 things in (can you guess) 1001 days.

Personally, I like this because these things can be anything, not just big inspirational moves like solve world hunger or single-handedly sew up the hole in the ozone layer. We are talking every day things like, “make home-made pasta”, “learn to knit”, and other such things. And yes, these are two of my 101s.

I figured it would be fairly easy to get a good list going. After two days, I’ve hit 20 items. 20. Only twenty. Well, make that 21 since making a list of 101 things is now one of my goals.

I was amazed at my lack of imagination and ambition. Hmmm… #22 – Improved imagination, #23 – Increase motivation.

Seriously though, one of my goals was to become even more techno-savy than I am. I know, after all my experience blogging, twittering, and updating a status on my Facebook account every 2 months, you would think there wasn’t much more for me to learn, but there is. And so, I have blindly agreed to be the webmaster for my community association.

Do I have any experience mastering a web? No.

So why do it? Well, first…because I never have. And I need to get out there and do things I never have. My lack of items on my list is evidence of this.

The second reason for taking on this challenge….because it sounds so damn cool to say I’m a webmaster. Honestly, it has to be one level below overlord, isn’t it?

BTW - #5...blog at least once a week...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

HR Anonymous

Hello, my blogger name is Corporate Daycare and I’m a HR Professional. I have a confession to make. I hate recruiting.

There.

I’ve said it.

This admission was inspired by another HR individual who recently stated as much. It was such a relief though to hear someone else say this because I had this sneaking suspicion that I was slowly becoming an imposter in the HR role.

There seems to be a big plug that HR is ALL about recruiting. It is your raison d’ĂȘtre, your mission, your purpose. Everything else is just administrative work or should be outsourced.

Of course if your role is a recruiter – well, you better like it. However, when it’s only an aspect of your role though, not so much.

Do I do recruiting? Yes, of course – it’s part of my job. So is filing. So is showing up every day at 7:30am. Ask me how I feel about those aspects…

I consider myself a good parent. I love my kids. I take their health and happiness very seriously – it’s one of my greatest pleasures to know they have had a great start in life. I did most of what I could to provide for them – good foods, lots of sleep, reading to them, spend time with them. And to start off this process, I chose to breastfeed them.

And I hated it.

Yes, I am willing to admit that this parental raison d’ĂȘtre, this motherly mission, this natural purpose… well, it sucked (sorry). I am not proud of this, but neither am I ashamed. I would not deter anyone from trying, but I will not pretend I liked it either.

So, does this make me less of a parent? Of course not.

So, why would I be considered less of an HR for not liking an aspect of my role?
In my mind, I’m not.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Connectivity and Productivity

I worked from home today, not because I was looking for a day of lounging on the deck or watching tv while I scanned emails. I actually worked the entire time. Well okay, I did stop for lunch.

We are working diligently on our pandemic planning, which includes the possibility of social distancing - having people work from home.

My role is such that I should be in the office. I'm there for the people, right? So any opportunity that I might have to work from home will be the result of me contracting H1N1 or some natural disaster such as more than 1m of snow falling over night. Actually, that wouldn't even stop me.

So with my manager's blessing, I stayed home to ensure that I had the connectivity that I needed to do my job. Better to find it out the issues now, when there is no emergency, than in the actual situation.

What I've discovered is that I have almost everything I need here to do my job, with one very obvious group of things missing that actually helped me to be more productive. The people.

The key to my productivity is social distancing!