Monthly Archives: December 2011

Seven Thoughts for 2012


It’s that time of year again. This year, let’s do something different. Let’s do something really meaningful!

Family – family comes first!

There are many things in our life that cannot be replaced; one is family, so take care of the ones you have.  They are the most precious things in your life! They can never be replaced.

Career – some take it serious, some just show up! Make the right choice!

Your career is your wellbeing, it is who you are.  Ask those who lose their job, ask them how they feel! You can climb the corporate ladder or stay in a dead end position.  Retire on the job or turn it into a dream opportunity.

You are the owner of your career, it is your decision to make the best or the worst of it.  So go on make your “day.” And do something that will change the rest of life.

Finances – Get it under control!

The economy is not looking very positive, but not as bad as the news portrays it to be (for most.)  So, don’t wait until you are in that dark hole before you start digging your way out.

Ask the question, is it a want or a need, can I live without it?  Start paying off old debt and quit trying to keep up with the Jones!

Volunteerism – good for the soul!

Everyone should take a turn at volunteerism.  It reminds us quickly how fortunate we are.  All businesses should have programs to encourage employees to work as volunteers.

It should be listed under:  personal development and employee benefits, because of the sense of pride and satisfaction they will earn.

It builds leadership for our younger generation, who in turn will be more apt to get involved in their communities and the work of non-profit agencies. Business also will benefit from the role in society, as will society. A win-win for everyone!

Contributions – hands are out!

It is time to choose from the many non-profit organizations that seek your money. Choose your donation percentage and fund your passion.

You cannot do it all!  Take a percentage of your income that will be donated, and stick to it.  If you cannot give money, give time! You will find it fun and rewarding and will make friends along the way.

Best Friends – are the best!

Best friends are what keep us going.  They are the ones we vent to, cry with and dream with. Conversations that are never repeated. They give us hugs when needed, they remind us tomorrow is a new day.

Best thoughts – Remember to check in on these thoughts every day!

Happy New Year! It is yours to achieve what you desire.

HRMexplorer and Sister Mae I

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Best practice policy on absence control!


Actual “call in Sick” procedure taken from a employee hand book.

How to Call in Sick
1. Be sick.
2. Don’t enhance your voice to “sound” sick.
3. Get dressed for work before you make the call.
4. Make the call when your handbook recommends. (1/2 hr before shift etc.)

Hmm no wonder HR gets a bad wrap!

Funny though! And a laugh for your holidays.

All the best for the new year. HRMexplorer

Thanks to all who follow me on twitter and read my blogs.

 

Career changes for 2012 “do I stay or do I go?”


As much as we hear about how bad the economy is, we know that there are companies hiring career jobs.  The question is what do we think of the job we currently have?

Are you in it for the long term and you should be asking yourself these questions.

1.     Do I have passion in my job?

2.     Are the goals I am given realistic? They did not ask me!

3.     Am I a helper monkey or part of the team?

4.     Years of no reviews, so, how am I exceeding expectations? Do they value me?

5.     Career Development?  Is it there? Do they care?

6.     Is my talent being used, or am I wasting away at no brainer stuff?

7.     Are our strategies and priorities’ in line with each other and what do they mean?

8.     Compensation “what is that?” When did I get my last increase?

9.     Team accountability. WHAT!  It is always someone else who shouts louder!

10.  Consistency or Chaos in the workplace. Structure or disorder? It never changes!

Sound familiar? Well maybe the job you have is not the job you want or is it the job you deserve?

It is that time of the year when you can ask yourself what do I want for 2012 and do I deserve more?

Contributions from HRMexplorer and Sister Mae I

What do these buzzwords have to do with business?


“Thinking outside the box.” – Stepping out of our comfort zone, brain drain, being creative.  (fun for some, nightmare for others.)

“Let’s take this offline.” – It used to be “off the record” in our computer age we are “taking it offline” (a conversation that is better in private.)

“Value-add.” – Branding your personally – business branding – value add is nothing without branding. (they go hand in hand.)

“Low-hanging fruit.” – Who wants the low hanging fruit, anyone can have that. (Reach for the sky – reach to develop your talent.)

“Let’s run it up the flag pole.” – Is this one of the strangest clichés we have ever heard, and why would you ever run something up a flagpole?  (Just doesn’t make business sense.)

“Synergy.” – Have you ever looked at the definition (the cooperative action of two or more muscles, nerves, or the like) business is a living organism!

“Paradigm shift.” – how many businesses want this plaque in their boardroom? (A radical change) scary for many boards I hear!

“Thought leader.” – Now a thought leader is rated high in my book, a thought leader has vision and passion.  What scares me thought, is that some think anyone can become a thought leader, personally I don’t, (but if you think you can, then leave me a comment on – How to become a Thought Leader in Six Steps)

“ Strategic Fit.” – Now who is the fit designed to be fit for? (Today’s business or the one we need to take us to our tomorrows’? (Lets make sure we know which we are recruiting for!)

“Stakeholder.” – Oh yes, we need our stakeholders, for they are the ones we need to do what build our dreams.

Contributors to this blog

Peter Lanc and Sister Mae I

 

History lesson on the Twelve Days of Christmas, the hidden meaning


Thanks to Doreen, I received this posting which I thought was appropriate for this time of year!

Here is today’s History lesson on the Twelve Days of Christmas, the hidden meaning

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.  It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality, which the children could remember.

* The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

* Two turtledoves were the Old and New Testaments

* Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

* The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

* The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

* The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

* Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit – Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

* The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

* Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit-Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

* The ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.

* The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

* The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

Source:  Unbanlegends.com

 

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