How to Say No Politely

How to Say No Politely

The Punk Rock HR podcast is a fun project and has opened up many new relationships in my life. The podcast began as Let’s Fix Work, and doing these episodes has left me more convinced than ever that the modern world of work is broken. Some people disagree with me, which makes for interesting discussions.…

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What I Do When Nobody Listens to Me

What I Do When Nobody Listens to Me

Does it feel like nobody is listening to you at work? The truth is, sometimes people don’t. Meaningful conversations never happen, great ideas go by the wayside, and people who do great things get overlooked and ignored. It is hard to even want to express ourselves when we feel like we’re talking to a brick…

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Can HR Fire You?

Can HR Fire Me?

Of course they can. People get fired for all sorts of reasons everyday, and most people in America don’t have any recourse when it happens. But human resources rarely leads the way in firing someone. The decision to terminate an employee nearly always comes from their manager or supervisor. HR’s role is to coordinate the…

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25 Good HR Books to Read

Looking for good HR books to read that will help you take control of your career and won’t put you to sleep? Here are my top 25. 1. “Career Rehab” by Kanika Tolver Kanika Tolver wrote “Career Rehab” for people just like you — someone who isn’t in love with their job or the daily…

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Don’t Trust People Who Don’t Love Animals

There is a universal force that unites all successful and happy business professionals: a love of animals. Some people like dogs, others like cats, but everybody likes animals except for a few cranky people in the office. In fact, I can go through my career and identify a half-dozen miserable people. They had delusions of…

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I Work in HR and Hate It

I Work in HR and Hate It

Most days, I feel like my work in HR is slowly sucking the life out of me. Can you offer suggestions or enlightenment on how to get past these feelings of drudgery towards this career path I’ve chosen or how to jump into something else. This is not the place that I can see myself…

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Would You Fire Marjorie Taylor Greene?

Let’s pretend you’re a CEO and you’ve been asked to mediate a conflict at your local office. An employee who embraces internet conspiracy theories and carries guns to work is stalking her colleague.  You might wonder — How bad is it? Is this overblown? You ask HR to pull the security footage and see that…

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We Need to Talk About Resilience

Organizational psychologists, workplace gurus, and leadership consultants are weaponizing our suffering. They want to fool us into believing that there’s something noble and courageous about being resilient. Here are some examples of things they earnestly said and wrote in 2020: ∙ Frontline workers demonstrated incredible resiliency during the pandemic. ∙ Doctors and nurses who worked…

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