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The Carnival of HR – Movin' On Edition

  • February 11, 2020

This post is a bit unusual for the CUE blog and those of you in the CUE Community for Positive Employee Relations.

Today we are hosting a recurring online event known as the Carnival of HR.

A blogging carnival is a social media meme in which a group of bloggers submit blog posts to a “host” who compiles the posts into one collection that is then published on their site on the prearranged day. The posts and bloggers are generally focused on a similar area of interest, such as Human Resources, and may or may not have a theme which unites the posts on a specific question or topic. Carnivals occur on a regular schedule, monthly/biweekly/weekly, and the carnival hosts change after each event. You can find more information about blog carnivals here.

The Carnival of HR is a monthly carnival that focuses on Human Resources, Recruiting, Business, and Management blogs. Each carnival brings together a diverse collection of posts that will make you think and introduce you to new blogs and new writers.

The theme for this particular edition of the Carnival of HR was movement. Moving up, moving on, creating a movement, or in my own personal case – literally moving to a new state.

If you haven’t heard yet, it was announced a few weeks ago that I am leaving CUE to pursue a new opportunity with my former employer back in Florida. This singular decision has created a massive influx of change into my life and my work and has definitely been challenging, and that’s was drove the theme of movement.

We received some excellent articles and so let’s move on to those links.

First up is John Baldino of HumaReso with a post that manages to combine board games, Les Miserables and candidate personas. Check out Little People.

Kelly Wong from Achievers was, well a bit of an overachiever, submitting two posts. First up is 5 HR Tech Trends to Look Out for in 2020 and Beyond. The bonus post is The Case for a Four-Day Work Week. Definitely a move I could get behind.

Judy Lindenberger, President of The Lindenberger Group, LLC educates us on What Is the Difference Between Executive Coaching & Career Coaching?

Melanie Peacock calls out the idea that “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer, and asks us to take a look at the idea of User-friendly HR.

Kurian Prasad shares insight on a fundamental decision that one needs to take before making moves in HR to ensure that the moves are directionally correct.   On what good looks like: HR policies and processes

Stuart Rudner shares some thoughts on the latest way people are moving on from their old employer with Is This The End? Video Update on Employee Resignations

Here is Anthony Paradiso with a nod to MLK and legacy with What Hurricanes Will You Leave In Your Wake?

From Melissa Suzuno at Udemy, and based on a survey of 200 Learning & Development (L&D) leaders, here are the top 8 L&D priorities for 2020

Julie Winkle Giulioni hits us up with her 2020 Vision: One Thing Leaders Must See Clearly in the Coming Year.

Last but not least, here is Christine Assaf  with Looking Back: 10 Things That Have Changed the Workplace.

If you are ever in the Tampa area and want to grab a cup of coffee, let me know and I’ll meet you somewhere. – Michael VanDervort @mikevandervort on Twitter.

Carnival of HR – Scary HR Stories for Halloween 2017

  • October 31, 2017

It was a dark and stormy night full of scary HR stories

Hello and welcome to this “scary”  Halloween edition of the Carnival of HR in which I suggested that people share a story about a scary HR practice or manager issue that they had to deal with in the past.  As is the norm for the Carnival,  most people ignored that request and sent in posts talking about whatever they thought was important to them.   Okay.  I can deal with that.

Let’s start with a Halloween reminder from the legendary Steve Browne that we need to beware the HR Zombie!

It’s the week of Halloween, and I know that HR is scary overall. It doesn’t have to be, but many people position it as a field that is daunting, challenging and often overwhelming. When I hear these descriptions of human resources, I can empathize that there may be seasons where these feelings occur.

Next up is the mad scientist of HR, the Dr. Frankenstein of HR bloggers, Matthew Stollak who shares an article from the Zenefits website about “constructs”.

HR professionals are busy, but many of us spend a lot of time trying to tackle fleeting concepts like constructs. Most, if not all, constructs in business and psychology are hypothetical (including such notions as satisfaction, equity, quality, and diversity). They are not ‘things.’ We cannot take one and place ‘it’ on a table for examination.

Not sure what he is constructing on that table in his hidden lab below the old castle, but you can find out what Matt thinks about the construct we call culture.

The image below is sent to us by the folks at Labor Union Report, pointing out the protracted negotiations at Disney, and a scary demand for a 37% wage increase by Disney employees who have protested several times in recent weeks.










From Prasad Kurian’s blog on HR, OD and Personal Effectiveness, our next beastly story covers a horrific practice in people management that is also surprisingly common – ‘designed to fail’ roles!

Stretch roles are very popular these days as a development tool especially for high-potential employees. They provide an opportunity for accelerated learning. They can also lead to significant value creation that can benefit both the organization and the (credentials of the) employee.

So what is the problem?

Check out Prasad’s answer here.

Generally, we try to keep the Carnival fun and kind of lighthearted in tone, but with all the issues related to sexual harassment and other kinds of abuse in the headlines lately, it’s appropriate to take a serious look at the issue  with this very appropriate comment from Stuart Rudner who points out that after the Weinstein scandal, sexual harassment can no longer be seen as ‘cost of doing business’.

My social media feed has been filled with stories about Harvey Weinstein and the sexual harassment and assault that has apparently been allowed to continue for decades, interspersed with mentions of the recent International Day of the Girl. What an interesting dichotomy. At the same time that we celebrate the fact that girls should not be limited in their aspirations or goals, and should not be scared simply because they are girls, we hear about the horrific treatment that aspiring young actresses have endured and are reminded that “being a woman remains the least safe you can be.”

These weren’t the only looks at harassment that came up, unsurprisingly.  We shared some thoughts here on the CUE blog in the post “Harassment in the Headlines” where labor union leaders found themselves in trouble.

Several leaders in the Fight for $15 effort led by SEIU were removed from their positions after allegations of harassment were brought forth by female staffers. According to Labor Pains and Buzzfeed, Executive Vice President Scott Courtney, who had led the union’s Fight for $15 minimum wage campaign, recently resigned from his post. The union had to fire the leader of its Fight for $15 campaign in Illinois, Caleb Jennings, as part of an investigation into misconduct and abusive behavior. Jennings allegedly grew violent toward his employees, and even reportedly shoved a female subordinate against a door frame. The SEIU also placed Mark Raleigh, the Detroit campaign’s top official, on administrative leave for similar reasons.

Kristina Minyard says then when she thinks about scary HR stories, this is the scariest one she knows.  She hopes this post challenges HR professionals to sharpen their investigation skills and ability to speak up for the right thing. Sexual harassment is a sensitive subject that has to be addressed in all of our workplaces.  Go to Human Resources….if you dare.

Go to Human Resources.

In a time when sexual harassment victims are speaking up in a variety of industries, I’m seeing more and more people ask, “Where was HR?” … “Did anyone go to HR?” I’ve just scrolled past these comments and kept my mouth shut as people have argued one way or the other whether employees should or should not go to HR. Ironic right? That I would choose to keep my mouth shut (and not just because I have a big mouth)

Wouldn’t it be great if our employees all came to work in their “Employee of the Year” costumes every day?  Wait, what?  Don’t you have that kind of workforce?  That’s frightening!

A recent Gallup research study shows that employees who do not feel properly recognized are twice as likely to say they will quit within the next year.

Here are some tips from Judy Lindenberger, President at The Lindenberger Group, LLC that might help you with that.

Another scary harassment story from the hotter than hell HR kitchen by the Carnival’s owner and operator Robin Schooling.

We’ll close out the Carnival for Halloween with a post from the Other Mike – Michael Haberman who asks an always scary compliance question.  Are breaks paid or unpaid?

I find it amazing sometimes the extent to which employers go to try to get around rules. The Fair Labor Standards Act says that, while breaks are not required for nonexempt hourly employees, if an employer allows breaks then they must be paid if they are twenty minutes or less in length. The concept is that employees are to be paid for a continuous workday, excepting bona fide lunch or meal breaks of 30 minutes or more. I started my HR career working in a plant environment where we had three, around the clock shifts of 8 hours. There was no meal time, as this would require the employees to work less than 8 hours and they did not want to be shorted time. They were given two 15 minute breaks for which they were paid. All of that complied with the FLSA. I thought it was simple, but some employers have tried to get creative.

Don’t worry HR, if you get this compliance stuff wrong, the Courts are always happy to weigh in on compliance issues.

That’s it for the Carnival of HR for October 2017.  Don’t be scared and don’t eat too much candy!