Should HR Be More Like “The Closer” or “Major Crimes”?

Posted by Sarah Williams on August 23, 2012 in Employee Relations, Hurt, Management Tips, Managing Workload |
major crimes

This week’s post are looking at HR lessons from tv police drama “The Closer.” Set in Los Angeles, the show follows the “Priority Homicide” division led by Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson as they investigate and solve high-profile homicide cases. Because of her ability to get confessions resulting in convictions, Brenda is known as “a […]

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HR Lessons from “The Closer” — Be Like Brenda

Posted by Sarah Williams on August 21, 2012 in Employee Relations, Pop Culture Stuff |
hr lessons from the closer - part 1

“The Closer” is a tv police drama centered around Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson and her team of detectives dealing with high-profile murder investigations for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Chief Johnson is originally from Atlanta and was trained by the CIA. She has a reputation of getting confessions from suspects that lead to […]

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Star Wars — Working for The Empire

Posted by Sarah Williams on July 19, 2012 in Employee Relations, Training & Development |
Jango  Fett

It’s not Darth Vader you need to fear. It’s the unknown faceless guy you never heard of. We all know the central characters of the Star Wars universe.  The stars – the A Players who stride across that universe’s story arc, rewriting history in the bright flashes of  exploding Tie Fighters and Jedi Lightsabers. Go […]

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Wouldn’t Touch That With a 10-foot Pole

Posted by Sarah Williams on June 19, 2012 in Employee Relations, Recruiting/Hiring |
conflicts of interest

A couple weeks ago, I learned about the reporter in Houston who was fired from her employer after they learned she was a stripper during the weekly People Chat on Twitter. Whenever I hear these kind of salacious, messy workplace stories, I feel total sympathy and empathy for the poor HR person who has to […]

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HR After 40 Years Along The Way

Posted by Sarah Williams on May 15, 2012 in Diversity, Employee Relations, Guest Bloggers |
hr is the promised land

I am officially a senior citizen.  I have an AARP membership.  I should be basking in the sun on the beach in Aruba or playing the slots in Las Vegas. Instead, I am in charge of one of the largest Social Services agencies in the nation, overseeing Employee Services (our new, fancy name for HR) […]

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