I am thrilled to be the host of the 13th Carnival of HR, which I hereby christen "Lucky #13". We have a terrific and varied array of posts (13 to be exact!) to feature this Carnival, so without further ado:
Amid all the career hype out there today - some wise, some positively wacky - its lucky we have a place to turn for practical, reality-based career encouragement. Peggy at the Career Encouragement Blog provides us with some sane advice on Enjoying Life in Corporate America.
The truly lucky among us have people in our workplaces who care about us and our well-being, and don't hesitate to let it show. Lisa at HR Thoughts emphasizes the importance of a caring gesture for our staff in her post Concerned? Tell Them.
If you are unlucky enough to find yourself in the awkward situation of witnessing a co-worker's racist joke, it can be tough to respond without either alienating that co-worker or appearing to condone his/her behavior. Carmen Van Kerckhove of Race in the Workplace advises us on what to do as well as what not to in her post How to Repond to a Racist Joke.
And what if you're unlucky enough to work for a company that appears to make a practice of retaining "jerk" employees, despite their negative impact on morale. Kris Dunn of The HR Capitalist digs deep to explore some of the reasons behind Why Companies Keep Jerks Around ...
Got a lucky tattoo? Wondering whether it will help or hinder you in the workplace? Michael Wolfe of The Career Revolution takes a close look at the pros and cons of body art for employees in his post Tatoo? And You Want to Work Here?
With health care costs skyrocketing in the U.S. (bad luck), some are turning their attention to Doctors' compensation and asking whether it is too high. At Everything Health, Dr. Toni Brayer tackles this question head on in her post Do Doctors Make Too Much Money?
Is there a more important (and yet, at the same time, undervalued) role in Corporate America than the line supervisor? Influencing employee behavior and performance doesn't happen by luck, but rather through the hard work of effective supervision. In his post Supervision: What You Must Learn to Do , Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership takes us through the most critical activities in the day of a successful supervisor.
Does interviewing for jobs make you nervous? It does many of us. Luckily, we have Deb Owen at 8 Hours and a Lunch to help us put the interview process in perspective with her post There's more to you than there is to you (or how to approach an interview)
And speaking of interviewing, have you been unlucky enough to be caught off guard by "the weakness question?" Well, no more! The Manager at Ask a Manager provides some helpful tips on How to answer "what are your weaknesses?"
Struggling to understand your compensation (a topic near and dear to me) - or to help your employees understand theirs? As luck would have it, we have Evil HR Lady to explain that Your Salary is not Arbitrary and Capricious, helping you understand the host of factors that impact what people are paid.
Wondering how well you would adjust to working from home - if you were lucky enough to have the opportunity? Apu of Cubically Challenged shares her experience of Working Solo with us, covering the ups and downs of having a home office as one's primary base.
For those of you struggling to make harassment training more interesting and fun, its your lucky day. Susan Heathfield of About.Com: Human Resources shares some tips on how to bring this potentially dry material alive in training and provides an enthusiastic product review in Making HR Training Palatable: Harassment Reviewed.
And, there's no interest like self-interest, Rowan Manahan of Fortify Your Oasis tells us as he muses on Bonuses and Human Nature. Rowan makes the case for removing bonus caps to create a win-win situation for employer and employee alike. Lucky for everyone!
The August 22 Carnival will be hosted by Wally Bock at Three Star Leadership.