Here it is: Carnival of Human Resources #21

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Hi everyone, I’m happy to host the Carnival of HR for the second time here at Race in the Workplace. If you’re new to the blog, we’re all about exploring how race and racism influence our working lives. To catch you up, here are some of our most popular posts from 2007:

How to respond to a racist joke
Why you shouldn’t be colorblind
Diversity training doesn’t work. Here’s why.
If diversity training doesn’t work, why do companies do it?
What to do if you’re experiencing racial discrimination at work

The Carnival of Human Resources, published twice a month, is a collection of blog posts on topics related to human resources, business and training. This brainchild of Evil HR Lady aims to get more people blogging and/or reading about these topics, but it’s also a great way to get new readers for your blog.

The December 12th Carnival will be hosted by Wayne Turmel at The Cranky Middle Manager.

Without further ado, here we go!

Please, Lord, not another trademarked leadership concept
Blog: Wally Bock’s Three Star Leadership Blog
“I don’t like that everybody’s got to have some hook of a brand-like name for what they do. It seems to me that Peter Drucker managed to do a successful job of teaching us a few things without needing a fancy name for what he did.”

The “built environment” discrimination theory
“The Randy Newman song “Short People” has found an echo in a new gender discrimination theory that has come into vogue in certain articles and in academic circles. Although the Newman song was considered to be satire, these theories are quite serious in claiming that gender discrimination can result from the physical work environment, frequently in the form of work environments designed for taller, and thus more-likely-male employees.”

Orthopedic Shoes Optional…
Blog: The Best Recruiters Have a Sense of Humor…
“An interesting topic was brought to my attention a few days ago by one of my readers…what agencies are out there recruiting for older candidates? I had to admit that I was stumped. ARE there any agencies out there for an older demographic? I wasn’t sure…and I said as much. I guess the upside of not having an answer is that it got me thinking about my approach to candidates in the “older demographic.”"

Are you a British Library or an “access all areas” leader?
Blog: The Engaging Brand
“Do we as leaders put blocks in the way to people learning…people developing? Do we give access to learning materials or is there a bureaucratic process that makes it difficult? Do we control the development process too much, after all many want to seek the development themselves…..we just need to give them the ability to do it”

Don’t Forget the Quiet Talent
Blog: MabelandHarry
“So often the people who get recognised are the ones who are louder, better at self promoting but often there is some real talent hidden away. Your role is to search for that talent and to let that talent shine. Learn from Emperor Claudius!”

Layoffs and Reductions in Force: Five Things every HR Generalist should know. Blog: Pennsylvania Employment Law Blog
“As credit related losses ripple through the financial and construction sectors, many organizations will be forced to consider job cuts. Selecting employees for lay off must be collaboration between managers and human resources. HR must be able to influence the process to reduce legal risks and assuage the anxiety of remaining employees”

Will You Please Sign Off on This?
Blog: Evil HR Lady
“Now, the HRBPs knew that there was someone like me to save their little rear ends, but they should have acted as if I wasn’t going to pay attention. They should have read carefully and asked questions before approving anything.”

Age discrimination lawsuits and plaintiffs’ victories continue to rise
Blog: Ohio Employer’s Law Blog
“All legal issues aside, the golden rule is the best risk management practice — employers should treat employees as they would want to be treated if in their shoes. Juries are comprised of many more employees than employers, and if those jurors feel that the plaintiff was treated the same way the jurors would want to be treated, the jury will be much less likely to punish the employer, and the dollars needed to resolve the case will be much lower, if needed at all.”

Munchausen at Work: HBR
Blog: KnowHR
“I’ve seen plenty of Munchausen at Work in my career. I think Professor Bennett is being conservative when he says it’s infrequent. After all, isn’t that what half of all meetings are about — some problem created so that someone can swoop down and fix it? It’d be interesting to call people on their Munchausen at Work-iness. It could be the new “Can I give you some feedback?”, only this time it would be, “Is this a real problem or is this Munchausen at Work?” That would stop the disrupters in their tracks.”

11/29 Additions:

Emotional Intelligence and Faces
Blog: SharpBrains
“…according to his research, feelings and facial expressions influence each other. This is, not only a sad person will naturally look sad, but a person who intentionally smiles will feel more content than a person who doesn’t.”

Incompetent people may have no idea
Blog: Ask a Manager
“A fascinating Cornell University study a few years ago found that people who are incompetent tend to dramatically overestimate their own competence, and people who truly are quite competent tend to underestimate their own performance.”

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  1. Evil HR Lady wrote:

    Fabulous! I can’t believe we’re up to 21!

  2. Ask a Manager wrote:

    I am sad! Carmen, did you hate my post? :)

  3. Carmen Van Kerckhove wrote:

    Hey Ask a Manager, I didn’t receive one from you?? I just looked back through my emails. Do you want to try resending? I’d be happy to add it.

  4. Frank Roche wrote:

    Thanks so much for doing this. I don’t know why I blinked in the past with such a good idea. I read everyone every day and so this is a cool way to have them all together.

    Keep up the really great work, Carmen. Impressive stuff.

  5. Ask a Manager wrote:

    I think my email must be getting caught in your spam filter — I sent it a few days ago and then forwarded it again Wed. morning. Hmmmm. Well, I know this is getting through, so I’ll just get it to you this way! It’s

  6. Alvaro Fernandez wrote:

    Thank you Carmen for a fun edition!

  7. Wayne Turmel wrote:

    Hi everyone. Next carnival is at my place December 12. Send me your contributions to the cause…

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