the stolen toilet paper, the fake committee, and other petty moments at work

Ask a Manager

“I…once made up a non-existent ‘change management committee’ to avoid this kind of thing (endless requests for minor changes). When I started telling them there was now a change management committee for the internal site, no one questioned it, and the requests disappeared after we introduced a form (we still fixed and improved things, just stopped swapping fonts every week). We even held committee meetings, which were really a extended coffee break.”.

2019 42

should I become a subversive wellness committee member?

Ask A Manager

They are also looking for volunteers from all levels and departments to form a wellness committee, to serve as “role models” for other employees’ healthy behavior and brainstorm ideas for the wellness initiative. Would it be ridiculous for me to volunteer to join the committee, so that I can basically say, “The wellness initiative is kind of a joke.

2013 56

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4 more reader updates: blue hair at a job interview, subversive wellness committee, and more

Ask A Manager

Should I become a subversive wellness committee member ? I wrote asking about being a “subversive” wellness committee member. I did end up joining the wellness committee, and we’ve had two meetings so far. So I hope that helps the committee focus on doing things people actually want. Here are four more updates from readers who had their questions answered here this year. I want to thank you and your commenters for being so helpful and supportive!

2013 55

a hiring committee accidentally included me when discussing my qualifications with each other

Ask a Manager

One person from the hiring committee emailed me back, while cc’ing what I am assuming is the rest of the committee. All of this is fine, but then today I got a message from another member of the committee, and after reading it, realized that it should not have been sent to me. My first instinct is to send the committee a good-hearted “oops!

2015 28

work travel expenses with a baby, required to be on the “fun committee,” and more

Ask a Manager

Required to be on the “fun committee” When my company’s current CEO came onboard about three years ago, he inherited an office culture that was in serious need of rehabilitation. As a result of the poor morale, eventually he created a “fun committee,” comprised of 8-10 staff members who were expected to plan office events throughout the year as well as the company holiday party in December. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2017 23

my new employee applied for another job and I’m on the search committee, and 4 other questions

Ask a Manager

My new employee applied for another job, and I’m on the search committee. Also, the hiring authority has now asked me to serve on the search committee for the position, so my employee will eventually realize that I know she applied for the position when she sees me attending the interviews. I’d say something like this: “I’m not sure if you know that I’m on the search committee for the X role, and they’re actually part of our department.

This Dutch Grocery Store Asked Their Employees to Strip Down to Their Underwear and Take a Picture

Evil HR Lady

The BBC reports that after they began the trial in one grocery store, they had to cancel it due to outrage from, well, everyone but the committee that approved this. Pop Quiz: You want to change your employee uniforms and need to know which sizes to order do you. Ask your employees their sizes. Ask a clothing manufacturer to deliver uniforms based on population statistics. Ask your employees to take a picture of themselves in their underwear and upload it to an app.

2019 139

Interesting CHRO/VP of HR Move: Eileen Moore Johnson is the new EVP and CHRO at Scientific Games

The HR Capitalist

Served as member of company’s Capital Committee overseeing strategic deployment of annual capital plan of $550M. Functioned as member of Caesars Corporate Equity Council, 401k Committee, Cyber Security Council, and executive sponsor of VIA, Latino employee business resource group. We've got a new recurring feature/segment on The HR Famous Podcast - The CHRO/VP of HR/HR Leader "Move of the Week". Will we do it every week? Not sure.

2020 86

Cisgender Straight White Males Need Not Apply

Evil HR Lady

The Democratic National Committee is hiring new IT people. However, Madeleine Leader, the Democratic National Committee Data Services Manager, added a very illegal request to her inhouse email: I personally would prefer that you not forward to cisgender straight white males, since they’re already in the majority. That’s normal and probably good, given their computer problems over the past while.

2017 135

Have a Concern? The Clock is Ticking

Undercover Recruiter

For example, this morning you attended the executive committee meeting with your new manager. The health of a relationship, team or organization is a function of the average time lag between identifying and discussing problems. You were there because you’d helped prepare a budget she was going to present. Then, during the meeting, she changed. View Article. Have a Concern? The Clock is Ticking Undercover Recruiter - Recruiting & Talent Acquisition Blog.

2018 55

am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter?

Ask A Manager

Our committee has now reviewed all the applicants and you were not selected for the interview process. Our committee has now reviewed all the applicants and you were not selected for the interview process. About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter? March 16, 2011 A reader writes: I received the following rejection: Thank you for applying for our CRM position.

2011 60

Do Your Employees Trust Your Company’s Workplace Investigation Process?

Evil HR Lady

You want your employees to be whistleblowers — not to the press or Congressional committees — but to you, so you know what is happening. Your employees are happy, right? Turnover is low. The parking lot is full by 8:30 a.m. You’ve gotten almost everyone’s RSVP for the upcoming holiday party! So, whew! A great employee experience all around.

2020 122

Career Solvers Resume Specialty Certifications

Career Solvers

These specialty credentials were awarded after preparing dozens of resumes in each of these fields and presenting an extensive portfolio to an international review committee. If you are looking for a resume writer that specializes in your industry or job function, Career Solvers may be the perfect fit. In addition to four resume writing credentials, Career Solvers holds six specialty resume writing credentials in the following areas: Sales & Business Development. Financial Service.

Equal Pay Day is a Farce (and Demoralizing).

Evil HR Lady

“This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year,” according to the National Committee on Pay Equity. Today is Equal Pay Day and while it’s supposed to be a day where we focus on reducing pay inequalities, it also doesn’t represent reality. The problem is they are operating on assumptions that are completely and totally false. And when you put false numbers into your equation your answer will always be false.

2019 149

Managing Your Personal Brand

Workology

Keep in mind that your character is on display for all of the other committee members; and as we all know, actions speak louder than words. If you are leading a committee meeting, it’s a great idea to spend some time in advance working on an agenda. This helps to keep the committee on track and ensure everything on the list gets covered. One week before the meeting, send an Email to all committee members and include a copy of the agenda.

2014 101

4 Ways to Keep Employees Engaged During Open Enrollment

Evil HR Lady

Ask employees what is important to them and invite a few to be on the committee that evaluates plans for the coming year. You’ve emailed your employees 37 times and put a sign up in the break room, but they still seem to miss open enrollment deadlines. It could be that they don’t understand why it’s so important. The result is that employees can end up with a plan that isn’t the best for them and their families. In fact, many people do, according to The New York Times.

2017 165

Executive Resumes

Career Rocketeer

Six-figure executives are well aware that they are judged by is their ability to interact with boards, business owners, oversight committees and fellow corporate executives. Since today is Presidents Day, it’s apropos to discuss Executive Resumes. They are judged on their ability to drive and achieve profitability goals. And they are judged on their ability [.]. Resumes Perry Newman SEO1

2014 49

How Internships Helped Real People Succeed

Evil HR Lady

I spoke with lobbyists, made phone calls, took notes in committee meetings, and did a lot of internet searches on explosives. (I As part of my internship , way back in 1997, I got to testify before the Utah State Senate about the ease of finding information about making homemade explosives on the internet. It wasn’t what I saw myself doing when I applied for an internship to work for the Utah Legislature, but it sure was interesting.

2019 133

The Future of HR: Managerless Companies?

Workology

This does not always work and Morgan says that associates then appeal to committees or even to a mediator. For example: Are sexual harassment claims investigated by committees? Do committees handle FMLA requests? If you work for a managerless organization, or have worked for one, how are some of the sensitive areas of HR handled in a company that makes decisions by committees?

2014 100

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Sklover Working Wisdom

Sure, we get bogged down with committees, frustrated with bureaucracy, and lost in organizations, but. “We’re all only fragile threads, but what a tapestry we make.” ” - Jerry Ellis. Oh, the power of working together, in coordinated fashion, toward a common goal! if you can somehow bond together with others of like mind, diverse perspective and kindred spirit, working with others you can become an unstoppable force.

2012 118

Brand Building through Community Leadership

Careers Done Write

If you are not ready to take a top leadership role for your favorite organization, you can start with a volunteer project or serve as the co-chair of a committee. Leadership experience in volunteer, civic, and professional association settings is one way you can build and promote your personal brand. These valuable opportunities lead to greater leadership roles over time. The following are a few suggestions for branding through community leadership. Choose Your Roles Carefully.

Workplace Negotiating Insight:

Sklover Working Wisdom

Observe and Learn: Who is it that says “Only the official Committee can make a motion at the meeting”? Who Limits Or Shuts Down Communications Fears The Truth. Observe and Learn: Who is it that says “Don’t put it into email”? Observe and Learn: Who is it that says “The discussion is over”? Observe and Learn: Who is it that claims “Everything is confidential”? It is a person who fears the truth. It is a person who can be defeated by the truth.

Top 5 Toughest Interview Questions Executive Job Seekers Should Be Prepared to Answer

Boomers Next Step

You’ve re-done your resume, and repackaged your skill set to sell yourself to the search committees, HR directors, and recruiters. You’ve worked with an Executive Marketing Expert to create a successful strategy to find a new executive-level job or C-level position. You’ve been found. You’ve made it through the initial review process and have landed. Careers Interviewing Elevator pitch Job interview

2012 60

5 Job Interview Tips for Today’s Job Market

Career Alley

HR by Committee : It has become common practice for corporations to interview a candidate more than once and to do so with many participants. Interviewing with a committee is an entirely different dynamic than a one-to-one discussion. Once you’ve sorted out the professional roles for each member of the committee it doesn’t hurt to direct a knowledgeable question at one individual in order to get a dialogue going.

2012 227

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Sklover Working Wisdom

If you can’t get a raise now, perhaps you can consider seeking a better-sounding title, less travel, working from home one day a week, or appointment to a critical committee, none of which costs a dollar, but each of which may be “priceless” to you. “Victory is not won in miles, but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later win a little more.”. Louis L’Amour. In navigating and negotiating for yourself at work, consider a concept called “platform negotiating.”

2012 109

Wells Fargo Is Clawing Back Executive Bonuses

Workology

After the scandal broke and was investigated by a Senate Committee the bank agreed to pay $5 million in customer refunds, $185 million in fines and work on changing their banking practices. But WSJ pointed out that the announcement comes just one day ahead of Thursday’s meeting of the House Financial Services Committee, which has been looking into the “ghost account” scandal.

2016 75

Proposed Increase in Federal Funding for School Counselors

Career Key

According to the American Counseling Association , the Senate Appropriations committee has preliminarily approved an increase in federal funding for school counselors; a $3.4 The ACA also reported: We are very pleased that the full Senate Appropriations Committee and the House Appropriations subcommittee chose to reject, for the eighth year in a row, President Bush's request to eliminate all funding for the school counseling program.

2008 100

A Secret of Job Security

Sklover Working Wisdom

But no one is expected to volunteer to serve on a Committee, be a mentor to a new hires, or contribute to – or even help run – the firm’s annual charity fund. Secret of Job Security #26: Every once in a while, take an extra step to show you really are “On the Team.”. Everyone is supposed to do his or her job. And everyone is supposed to arrive on time and stay the full day or shift.

2015 109

New Business or Side Hustle? Here’s How To Have a Network and Mentors in Your Pocket

Ms. Career Girl

Let’s face it: when you take the plunge and become an entrepreneur, there’s rarely a welcome committee. Most of us never receive an email from city hall explaining local laws, rules, and regulations. We might get an invitation to our local chamber or entrepreneurship club, but the membership prices and requirements usually scare us away.

Mentor 173

Are You Prepared for an Unexpected Job Offer?

Ms. Career Girl

That could be “sales growth”, “committees”, “leadership roles” and/or “testimonials” to combine into your own brag book. Let’s face it – most job offers pop up without warning. You get a call from another company, recruiter, or VP at your current company because “There is a new position and you would be PERFECT!” ” or “Bob is moving out-of-state and we want YOU onboard for the Director role.”

2012 162

Zappos and Holacracy: How to Negatively Recruit Against This Org Structure.

HR Capitalist

You say tomato, I say committee. Whether you call them teams, circles, whatever - the real name for the structure you have is "by committee". Where are committees that handle management decisions strongest? Every play the Zappos drinking game? Every time an HR person talks about Zappos, you have to drink. Get ready to drink a lot. In case you missed it, Zappos is making the move to to an org structure called Holacracy.

2014 64

Just How Do Keywords Work in a Resume

Jennifer Anthony

a proud member of PARW, CDI, AORCP, Erin also sits on CDI’s Credentialing Committee for new certification candidates and serves as a Mentor for CDI’s Member Mentoring Committee. By Erin Kennedy. So many people are put off by the idea of writing a resume, and ignore doing it until the absolute last possible minute, many times when it is too late. Using a resume that is written properly will save you a lot of heartache in the end, though-and is worth the time investment.

2011 126

Smart Tips and Real-World Training for New College Grads

Life@work

Alexandra Levit , well-known Workplace Author and Speaker, as part of her work on a committee to advise the Obama Administration on how to improve the competitiveness of American employees, worked with Business Roundtable to develop the 90-minute course, JobSTART 101 , which launched yesterday.

2010 106

Holiday Party Hang-up

Careers Done Write

There is probably a planning committee that spends hours finding ways to make it fun. Dear Debra: My company has an office party each year. It is at a nice hotel. They have a DJ and dancing. I usually go for the dinner and leave around 8pm when the music starts. Everyone drinks a lot and dances. It is just not where I want to spend my Friday night. Do you think my co-workers think that I am weird or anti-social? I really just hate those functions! Regards, Carl.

2012 126

Job Hunting Help: Tapping Into the Hidden Job Market

Career Alley

Join committees, become a committee leader or get on the Board of Directors.

2010 272

Make A Good First Impression

Professional Resume Services

You must look professional, smile and be cordial with everyone-from the receptionist who greets you to each individual member of the hiring committee. Searching and applying for jobs is not enough to ensure land the job. You must make a good first impression in order to get the job, and in most cases you are going to have two opportunities to make a first impression to a potential employer. The first, your cover letter.

2012 135

Résumé Help: Career Change Strategy

Careers Done Write

She’s also skipped over the core of her actual professional experience and started with her role on a corporate diversity committee. Anna is aiming to shift from an analyst role to that of a corporate diversity program director. She has attempted to make this change by copying and pasting the job posting content into her summary. Once again, she appears to have copied and pasted a canned description for that role. Her résumé is lacking her unique accomplishments.

Engagement, Extrication, & Light Saber Leadership

Workology

Employee Committees. Get them involved in an employee committee lead by their peers focused on something like actionables from the employee survey or a group focused on the company culture. The committee is volunteer/hand selected. Past committees have presented location initiatives like flexible scheduling, the need for a wii in the breakroom, or moving the management team to the cubicle floor.

It Is Not Enough to Be Good at Your Job

Careers Done Write

Seek out opportunities to volunteer for corporate committees, task forces, and charity events. Do you ever feel like you work so much harder than your colleagues, but you are not getting the credit you deserve? That’s a common feeling. You can blame it on a bad manager not noticing the work you do. More likely, it is a personal brand management issue. Just as a company controls its brand, you must control your brand.

2013 141

15 Ways Your Brain Is Trying To Kill You And Your Job Search

Tim's Strategy

The executive committee residing in your brain is feeding you negative self talk that just isn’t true. This is a guest blog post by Lisa Rangel. Admit it. The voices in your head are sabotaging your job search and screwing with your career mojo–but you are still finding yourself listening to the ill-fated messages, resulting […]. The post 15 Ways Your Brain Is Trying To Kill You And Your Job Search appeared first on Tim's Strategy®.

2013 40

Engage Employees Through Lunch Networking

Workology

What I love about this story is the lack of process that went into the development- there was no committee created, no business requirements sessions- they actually never met… they just did it!) Remember, you don’t need a big committee to get this going- define measurements and metrics upfront and just do it! Looking for an innovative way to engage employees and drive innovation in 2013 ? Consider connecting employees through networking lunches.

Beefing Up the Resume vs. Hitting the Job Hunt Trail

The Job Quest

Serving on a committee or board of an organization. If your graduation date is looming or you are working to figure out the next step in your career, this post is for you. You may be feeling torn between taking action that fortifies your résumé and conducting a job search that consumes all your time. How do you decide what takes priority? Don’t look at this as an either/or proposition!

2012 154

Networking Time Wasters

Careers Done Write

Consider taking a leadership or committee role in one or two of the groups. Astute professionals know that networking is essential to career success. At any stage in your career, it is necessary to be connected so you can stay on top of the latest news, give and receive expert advice, and learn about upcoming changes. Although networking is a worthy effort, there are networking time wasters that you’ll want to avoid. Here are the four networking time wasters to side-step.