Richard Birdsall, Senior Associate, Investigator, Resident HR expert, & Trainer
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Question: As the only person of color in my workplace, it’s been increasingly uncomfortable since the Keith Scott killing in Charlotte. With some of the prior situations, like when George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin, we all found ourselves on the same side. Everyone thought Zimmerman was a jerk. Something’s changed in the past couple of months. When I walk into the break room now, I hear my coworkers talking about what’s going… Read More
In today’s workplace we are faced with uncertainty. People are feeling the burn. From the North American Workplace Survey, half of employees feel overworked and burnt out. Economic variables, work overload, and the 64% of managers who expect their staff to be “on” and “available” after hours has increased everyone’s stress levels. Disruptive or harassing co-workers also give rise to people disliking their work environment, or providing more fuel when considering leaving… Read More
Question: Although I’m a human resources director, I’m not a company owner or principal and am lower in status than the producers who “make us money.” For that reason, I haven’t done anything about the rumors circulating concerning one of our top producers. According to staff, he snaps at them, leaves the office for unexplained meetings and is always hyper when he returns. He’s recently lost a lot of weight. I had… Read More
Question: I run a small department within a larger company. The company’s overall rules are strict, but I supervise creative types and believe in looser rules. I have six employees, five of whom love Pokemon Go. While I don’t personally play it, I think it adds value to the work day, as it gives them something they share in common. None of them play it during the work day; they do, however,… Read More