Jay-Z, silence & 'crappy' HR: 15 great HR blog posts from June 2012!
June 2012 has issued forth such a strong crop of HR blog posts that - for the second time in its short life (the previous occasion having been back in April) - my monthly pick of the best has had to be bumped up from its regular dozen. This month's list goes up to 15!
As always, my list of the best HR blog posts of June 2012 is necessarily subjective. And as always, it is presented in alphabetical order by the author's surname.
I'm always on the lookout for great HR blogs, so if you feel there are any posts or authors that I might've overlooked here, please do get in touch!
Best of the HR blogs: 15 great HR blog posts from June 2012
- Christine Assaf: Use Your Social Media Network I can get somewhat evangelical about the seemingly infinite benefits of engaging with others via social media. In this post on the always-great HR Tact blog, Christine Assaf makes a simple and compelling argument for just why HR professionals who've not yet taken the plunge really should give social media a go. Christine describes her delight at getting a "simple HR-related question" answered immediately and comprehensively by posing it to her social media network. She received excellent responses from "HR professionals, ones who are in the trenches." I think these words from Christine's post say a huge amount about why every single person in HR should be using social media on a daily basis: " To think that I've spent hundreds if not thousands in educational books, and even more on classes, to try to know all this information and none of them ever said... build a social network. Lesson learned." Follow Christine on Twitter.
- Steve Browne: Carnival of HR - What's Good About Edition I've said it before, but Steve Browne is quite possibly the most upbeat presence in that part of the world where HR and social media intersect. It's only appropriate, then, that the edition of the Carnival of HR (an ongoing series in which various curators draw together themed posts from HR bloggers) put together by Steve should focus on the following theme: "What's good about..." Steve's put together a great selection of posts here...and was also generous enough to include one from the XpertHR Employment Intelligence blog. Thank you, sir! Follow Steve on Twitter.
- Melissa Fairman: Come on HR! Don't be crappy!
Why might "some areas of HR" be described as "a no-sane-person land"?
This terrific post from Melissa Fairman's HR reMix blog sets out to
define "what makes a crappy HR department." How many of these points do
you recognise from places you might've worked? To ensure balance to the
force, Melissa followed this up with a pair of posts setting out a much
longer list of what makes for good HR: See part one and part two. Follow Melissa on Twitter.
- Kate Griffiths-Lambeth: Pretty Little Heads
The name Adrian Beecroft is likely to be familiar to most regular
readers of XpertHR Employment Intelligence (And if it's not, please
check out these three posts to find out more: Replace right to claim unfair dismissal with Compensated No Fault Dismissals, says leaked report commissioned by David Cameron, Beecroft report was inspired by 'hopeless' HR director, says Telegraph and Is the Coalition Government waging a 'war on how we work'?).
In an excellent blog post on her Leading Light blog, Kate
Griffiths-Lambeth takes the Beecroft report (and its origins in the
dismissal of an allegedly "hopeless" HR director, as described here)
as the starting point for a fascinating investigation of the following
questions: "What is HR's role? Is it simply a function to ensure good
order?" Highly recommended reading. Follow Kate on Twitter.
- Dawn Hrdlica-Burke: Silence: Shut Your Pie Hole
A lovely little post from Dawn on just how inspirational the odd bout
of silence can be. I particularly like Dawn's advice to "channel your
inner Silent Bob." Follow Dawn on Twitter.
- Rob Jones: The One With The Crowdsourced Research Christine Assaf's post (mentioned earlier in this alphabetical list) talks about the benefits of putting a question to your social network and tapping into their expertise. Here, Rob Jones uses a blog post to do precisely the same thing. I think this post is truly inspired: Using social media to send out a request for real world examples of "the success of social within organisations." Rob has already received a large number of excellent comments in response to his request for "crowdsourced research." But if you know of any further examples of the successful use of social media within organisations, I'm sure he'd love to hear from you! Follow Rob on Twitter.
- John Jorgensen: Furniture Like I asked last month, why can't tweets (which are, after all, described as a form of "micro blogging") be included in a run-down of the best from the world of HR blogs? With this tweet (referencing a discussion arising from the SHRM 2012 conference), John Jorgensen presents a fresh and frankly brilliant new perspective on the age-old debate about what HR can do to "get a seat at the table." Follow John on Twitter.
- Charlie Judy: Innovation. Slow it Down, Baby In this great little post from this week's Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2012 conference in Atlanta, Georgia, Charlie Judy reports on a session looking at HR's role in driving innovation. This session included a look at recent PwC research on HR and innovation. Charlie takes up the story: "The
good news: 89% of HR Executives Surveyed by SHRM say HR has a role in
driving innovation in organizations. The bad news: they aren't really
doing anything about it." Charlie says: "This is the classic HR conundrum. We're
smart enough to know what we should be doing. But we just can't seem to
do it." What do you make of Charlie's take on this conundrum? And is there an easy way out of it? Click here for more on SHRM 2012. Follow Charlie on Twitter.
- Sharlyn Lauby: Human Resources Defined: The Architect of Work A succinct, compelling post in which Sharlyn Lauby proposes a new explanation for "what HR does" that won't result in "people's eyes begin[ning] to glaze over." Sharlyn suggests that "HR is the architect of work." Check out her post in full to find out exactly why... Follow Sharlyn on Twitter.
- Lorna Leeson: The Hip-Hop HR Manifesto "Hip-Hop
HR keeps it real." I have a long-standing love of hip-hop. In this
inspired post, Lorna Leeson articulates just some characteristics of
what makes some types of hip-hop truly great, and draws out some lessons
for HR that are both entertaining and extremely worthwhile. I
particularly like her point about how both hip-hop and HR can involve
"talking about the stuff that people like to pretend doesn't exist."
Read this post, go dust your shoulders off, and then - as Lorna suggests - "ask [yourself] more regularly WWJZD?" Follow Lorna on Twitter.
- Henry Miller (via Chris Ferdinandi): Henry Miller's 11 Commandments for Making Things Now, I realise that controversial American novelist Henry Miller (who sadly departed this world some 32 years ago this month might seem a slightly unusual choice for an HR blog post author in this round-up. However, as @RessHum pointed out in a comment to XpertHR last year (see Update 3 to this post: HR brought to book: HR in literature), Miller actually worked as a Personnel Manager at Western Union, making him, arguably, a major literary figure in HR. More importantly, though, Miller's list of "commandments for more effective creative work" (a list which goes to 11), as shared here via Chris Ferdinandi's blog, make for inspirational reading, and can easily be applied to almost any aspect of the world of work. If only Mr Miller were around to blog today... Follow Chris Ferdinandi on Twitter.
- Anya Palmer: Is the ET backlog really a problem? With every post on his excellent A Range of Reasonable Responses blog, Darren Newman aims to chip away at misreporting of employment issues in the media and explain "what is really going on." In this guest post, Old Square Chambers Barrister Anya Palmer presents a detailed analysis of claims in the Daily Telegraph that the employment tribunal backlog is "at a record high." Palmer argues that this is not only fundamentally incorrect, but that it also helps propagate a dangerous myth with potentially serious repercussions for the future of employment rights in the UK. Please do take the time to read this post in full. Follow Anya on Twitter.
- David Renton: Beecroft: How an ill-spent £150K is going to make life worse for every worker The second post in this month's round-up to be inspired by the works of Adrian Beecroft. This post illustrates once more what I described here as "the irony of Beecroft": that while the Beecroft report has been widely criticised for its shortcomings as a piece of written research, it has nonetheless inspired a lot of excellent writing in reaction to its proposals. Here, Barrister David Renton presents a very interesting analysis of the proposals (as set out in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill) for 'protected conversations,' arguing that they are "a bad idea" and tracing the origins of these proposals back to Beecroft's dealings with the aforementioned (and still unnamed) allegedly "hopeless" HR director.. Follow David Renton on Twitter.
- Doug Shaw: I'm In Love... This tweet from Doug Shaw says an awful lot - while remaining within the parameters of 140 characters, of course - about not settling for "the worst case." Follow Doug on Twitter.
- Neil Usher: Tiny Silence: The Emotional Collision at the end of a project The second post in this month's round-up to consider silence. I really like the way Neil pinpoints the precise moment at the end of a project at which "the world stops and is perfectly silent." Follow Neil on Twitter.
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