People ask me why I like working in HR. They seem to think my days are spent listening to complaints and disciplining people - which is actually a very small part of my role (maybe I'm the exception not the rule?). So I thought for a bit of Monday happiness I'd share my favourite parts of working in… Continue reading Creativity, stories and surprises – why I dig HR!
When was the last time you truly pushed yourself to learn something new, that didn't have anything to do with your day job? Mine was yesterday when after much consideration and frustration I decided to build a fly screen for my kitchen. I went through a number of steps to actually get to the end… Continue reading Learning about learning from DIY projects
This week I have been completing my TAE (Certificate IV in Training and Assessment). The mix of students includes mostly technical specialists who will be involved with training others in the workplace. I have had some considerable conflicts with the content and that was to be expected because I have experience and have been exposed to some… Continue reading Quick thoughts on the TAE
A while back I went for an interview to become a Regional Manager for a large supermarket chain. During the group interview process I sat through an information session about the company and a Q&A. When I asked who looks after the HR department and that side of things, the senior manager said that HR… Continue reading How should we structure the HR department?
Subject Matter Experts (SME's) do not always make the greatest facilitators, at least at first. Often they make the mistake of assuming the learners know what they are talking about, or they might have little confidence and knowhow when it comes to public speaking let alone facilitating! Today I attended a training course where I… Continue reading SME’s turned expert facilitators
Have you ever wondered why organisations want to have training programs? If you answered 'no' you are in the same camp as me because I feel it's all pretty obvious right? You want to increase the skills of your employees, get your slice of government incentives, build your workforce, build your brand... the list goes… Continue reading Accredited training programs, why do we use them?
In 2015 I'm going to investigate more about.... Communication design principles. Colour, layout, design, writing style, advertising and connection through visual media - I have to know more! I think there is a real gap in the skill set of HR practitioners in this space. Knowing how to craft communications with excellence beyond a boring… Continue reading Looking back and forward 2014/2015
Communication is a big-ticket item in most organisations. How should we communicate this message, where should we communicate it, will they read it .. all common questions.Remove any ideas about significant change management where the communication problem amplifies, let's look at day-to-day comms in organisations, let's look at the gloriously undervalued employee newsletter. Newsletters should have… Continue reading Tell them what they want to hear
Organisational Development (OD) is what I consider the younger, cooler, more out spoken and rebellious version of HR. OD is inhabited with HR specialists who said HELL NO to boring HR practices and wanted to take on a much broader view of the business. OD specialists are problem solvers and always ask the question "should it… Continue reading OD is just HR grown up
We are very caught up in the psychology of HR at the moment. A recent article in the Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources included commentary on the disciplines that make up the HR mix. Great HR is a mix of psychology, economics, finance, social science and industrial relations just to name a few. But… Continue reading Psychology in HR – Too much of a good thing?