Decrease Turnover by Using Stay Interviews

One of the most challenging aspects of HR and management is retaining quality employees over a long period of time. Most companies use exit interviews to ascertain why someone is leaving, but this does not provide useful information in time to prevent turnover. Opinion surveys can be helpful in some ways, but they are typically…

What’s December For?

I was taking a class this fall, which I really wanted to take, and that I really enjoyed, but when I handed in my last test I was nonetheless relieved. I sat back in my chair for a few minutes to unwind. Yes, I had enjoyed the class, and learned a lot, but it was…

Lessons From My Dad

My family lost my dad at age 91 on October 7, 2015. After spending most of my life feeling distanced from him, in the past five years I opened my heart to a more meaningful relationship with him. Although knowing him better led to a much deeper sense of loss, I would not trade those…

Seeking Ways to De-Stress

How do you take care of yourself? What do you do to relax, de-stress, take the edge off? This is a question I ask most people when they call in for a counseling referral. One activity I recently rediscovered is reading the morning paper. It slows down my morning routine of rushing around getting ready…

“Should I Still Be a Manager?”

About 10 years ago, a colleague who wanted some feedback regarding an issue he had been struggling with approached me. Both of us were managers at the time; however, it had gotten to the point where he was wondering whether or not he should remain in a supervisory position. He enjoyed the job and excelled…

Need to Know

It’s only natural that we share what we know about the people around us. Just as we talk about developments in our own lives – like a new job or new baby, how the kids are doing and things like that – we pass on updates about friends, family and co-workers. Keeping others posted this…

Zombie Preparedness

In the silly spirit of Halloween, I took a class on Zombie Preparedness. Along with recommendations on which machete might best protect my life, I walked away with real life preparedness tips. We were encouraged to consider the term “zombie” as a metaphorical zombie, a threat in the form of a natural disaster or pandemic,…

Facing the Loss of a Pet

I recently saw a t-shirt that read, “Yes, my dogs are my children” and thought, “That is totally me!” My four-legged child, Hamish, came into my life as a puppy 11 years ago. He weighed in at 2.6 lbs., and easily fit into my cupped hands. At 11, he is now 16.5 lbs. of personality,…

When You’re Treated Poorly

What do you do when someone is not treating you very well? A friendship, a relationship. Walk away? Return to the abuse and don’t treat them well? Avoid the situations where the poor treatment is occurring? Typically, we respond in all of these ways at one time or another. Walking away from a situation is…

Being a Successful Boss

Since we recently celebrated National Bosses Day on October 16, I began reflecting on the various professionals I have reported to over the years in terms of how they managed the team, handled problems and dealt with day-to-day operations. Thankfully, I have had some wonderful supervisors who have been positive role models and challenged me…