Don't let people mispronounce your name. I know that I've let it slide, viewing it as a slight concession when interacting with others for the first time (or sometimes even the 15th time), but I realize now that a name is more than letters pushed together, it's a part one's identity and should be respected as a first step in positive communication.
If you don't know how to say someone's name correctly, SIMPLY ASK and do your very best to pronounce it correctly. And please refrain from telling others their name is too hard to pronounce, that creates a barrier from the start by implying the relationship means so little that you can't take the time to learn the most basic thing about another person.
My first name is pretty easy for fluent English speakers, but when I lived in Spain they chopped it to pieces and I finally settled on being called "Katy" by most everyone. My last name has been mispronounced my whole life and I usually get really excited when someone says it correctly.
Pallanti spelled phonetically is Pa-lont-tea
If you've got a name that is gets mispronounced often, tell the people in your network, they may be relieved to know how to say it correctly
How does your company handle it? I’m just returning from over a week of sick leave and as a consultant that's very difficult. Like many positions, the work is waiting for you when you return, and it can take a couple of days to get up and running again. It’s got me thinking about Total Rewards and how Sick Leave is a way to show staff that you care about their well-being.
Here’s some questions that I cover when I’m auditing a company’s comp and benefits:
How much sick leave time does your organization offer? Do you have to comply with local laws?
Is your sick leave policy competitive in your industry?
Are located near a city, county, state with sick leave laws that you can replicate that goes beyond what you currently offer?
Has your org considered UNLIMITED sick leave time? It doesn’t get abused as you might think!
Do you have an emergency action plan for key roles when they are out for an extended period?
Do you understand how sick leave works with FMLA?
If I can help you or your business with Sick Leave, contact me to schedule an introduction. firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago’s 2017 Sick Leave Ordinance
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Intersectionality, have you heard of this word before? After a recent post from an awesome diversity and inclusion advocate, Jesse Gutierrez, MLD, PHR I realize the importance of sharing the meaning of terms. Here is a fun 3 minute video to learn more.
Connecting with your staff and setting the tone of an organization's culture is key from the hiring stage through on-boarding. Before a team member starts their new position I send a Google Form Questionnaire asking a few fun questions about them to share with the staff. This not only eases some of the nervous tensions before their first day because they get a chance to focus on what they like most, but it can also be a great ice-breaker when the new person is being introduced to coworkers.
"Hey Jenny nice to meet you, say I read in your introduction email that you met Ryan Reynolds, that's so awesome! I absolutely loved him in Deadpool."
Here's my top 7 questions to get your ideas flowing.
#1 What was your first job?
#2 Have you ever met anyone famous?
#3 What are you reading right now?
#4 If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?
#5 Who’s someone you really admire?
#6 Seen any good movies lately you’d recommend?
#7: Got any favorite quotes?
I hope this gets your ideas flowing about how you can create a positive culture during the on-boarding process. Remember to make it your own, keep it upbeat, and have fun with it!
She grabbed my arm tightly with wide eyes and said "this is confidential right", of course I said. This employee had never had a conversation with an HR professional before and she was afraid and unsure at first if she should trust me with her concerns. I shared with her why I do this work, "One of the reasons I love HR is because I get to help people make their work environments better and have a positive impact on a person's daily life". She then opened up to me, and I'm so glad she did. I listened and offered solutions on communicating more effectively with her supervisor and her coworkers to get better results. After our conversation she looked like a different person (literally), like a weight had been lifted. She felt heard and therefore valued. Plus she was empowered because she had strategies to try out that may resolve her situation. This made her feel good because she was being proactive rather than complaining, as she routinely did, at the coffee station. This is what I do for companies, I support and lead employees while aligning their passions and goals with the mission of the organization.
Happy Humans are Productive and Innovative Humans!!
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It's late at night and my little ones are in bed. I have my laptop out and opened up email accounts and I'm about to write several follow-up emails. I work remotely and have a flexible schedule, so that often means that I find my most productive time outside traditional business hours. But what I'm not going to do is SEND them tonight. That would be rude! I don't like to hear my phone dinging late at night from work emails so I'm not about to do that to someone else. Instead, I'm going to take advantage of technology and schedule them! Yes, you can do this now! There are lots of email extensions out there! I use Boomerang for Gmail. I input the date and the exact time I want the email sent and then I don't have to worry about remembering to send them the next day. As a mom, I value my flexible schedule that allows me to spend more time with my little ones than if I was at a 9-5 job. One way that helps me make remote work flexible is taking advantage of technology and using other tools that makes things easier, a little bit at least.
CHECK YO' FACE
Today I want to talk today about communication and the importance of facial expressions. I'm known to make a lot of facial expressions especially with my eyebrow movements when I'm talking. But I really want talk about something called, Checking Your Face. This is the facial expression you make when you are taking in information. This is important when you are in HR or in Management because you often hear things that are going to shock you or things that are you going to be displeased by when you are first taking in the information. Your facial expressions can really affect how the person across from you continues to speak, how they communicate, and even how they perceive how you are receiving the information. So when you are talking with somebody and you're taking in things you don't want to hear or your uncomfortable hearing, just remember to Check Your Face. You don't have to have a smile on your face 24/7 but don't have a scowl or don't raise your eyebrows up and down like me. Really try to be open and empathetic to the person sitting across from you and that will open up lines of communication and allow you to build better relationships.
What gets my creative side flowing? HR stuff, mostly. So let the blogging begin and I will share what goes on in my HR Consulting world. When you read someone else's direct experiences, this can valuable insight to your own approach and increase your emotional intelligence. That's essentially why I'm here to give to you, the same way I take knowledge from others, ahh the circle of professional development. Thank you for stopping by, more to come soon!