I’m so glad I work in an office where I can play music. I would go stir-crazy if I couldn’t. Between Pandora and Spotify I can change the music to fit my mood. I might play anything from Smooth Jazz to 90s R&B to Kanye West Radio, depending on the type of energy I need at any given moment. Sometimes I need to keep from falling asleep. Sometimes I need to relieve stress. Sometimes I’m ticked off and need to think happy thoughts. Such is life as an HR pro. 🙂
Several years ago I purchased a book titled Never Check Email in the Morning and Other Unexpected Strategies for Making Your Work Life Work by Julie Morgenstern, primarily because I was intrigued by the title. The book sat on my bookshelf for years. I never got around to reading it but the idea of not immediately checking email after arriving at work remained in the back of my mind. Sounds cool, right?
January 7 – I had to make a few calls to schedule interviews. Some applicants I reached immediately. I also had to leave a few voicemail messages and have the applicants return my calls at their convenience.
This is a pretty basic HR task, but one particular applicant stands out from this exchange. She returned my call based on the voicemail which stated my name, organization and why I was calling. Typical. We go on to schedule the interview, I tell her I will send an email confirmation and prepare to say goodbye. Before I can do so, the applicant asks these questions:
- Can you tell me the name of the organization? (Huh? I’ve said it multiple times.)
- Can you send me the job posting? (Didn’t you see it before you applied?) Continue reading
It’s 2016. Times have changed when it comes to what is and isn’t work-appropriate. Right? Women are allowed to wear pants to work. Hell, women are allowed to work. People of African descent can wear their natural, unprocessed hair to work. In most places. We have business casual workplaces and “dress down” Fridays. Workplaces have undoubtedly loosened up a bit over the years. Granted, heavy issues like equal pay, racism and gender parity, among other things, have yet to be fully addressed but, to paraphrase Robert Frost, we have miles to go before we sleep.