With a reputation as “the fun police” or “the principal’s office,” it’s hard to imagine HR as the place employees can go for an easy “yes.” However, in their new management book, Happy Accidents: The Transformative Power of “Yes, And” at Work and in Life, improv comedy troupe Four Day Weekend shares how their improv strategies are an effective business model.
As part of our HRreads book club, we read Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. The dark yet humorous novel depicts a period of paranoia as a failing ad company faces employee layoffs. Though the novel reveals the anxiety and tension from the employee perspective, HR is all too familiar with the hazards and consequences of company downsizing.
If someone’s only interaction with your company brand was the employee handbook, what would their impression be? How would they perceive your company culture and values? On an employee’s first day, new hires experience a similar thought process as they go through onboarding. The employee handbook is HR’s opportunity to excite and engage new hires with all of the details around what makes your company a great place to work.
After nearly a decade at Khan Academy, helping the edtech company grow from three to over 200 employees, Jason Rosoff was looking for his next career opportunity. In a parallel world, Kim Scott had just published Radical Candor: How to Be A Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity. When a colleague introduced Rosoff to Scott, the two formed a connection that would inspire them to build a company that helps others implement the radical candor framework.
The digital world has led to widespread uncertainty about what information is considered private or public. From Facebook’s use of personal information, to the woman who was fired for flipping off the presidential motorcade, what was once considered off-limits information is now having its moment in the public eye.
Despite the hurdles that come with working in the nonprofit sector, the industry has never failed to attract an energetic and passionate workforce. While resources may be spread thin compared to larger corporations, nonprofit employees are known to put heart and soul into their work.
In a world consumed by communication, it can be challenging to get a message out that sticks. Emails get lost in inboxes, lengthy descriptions are skimmed, and anything on paper is destined to be damaged or lost altogether. Workplace posters are a tried and true—and often mandatory—means of communicating important information to your workforce, so it’s important that they are eye-catching.
If you’re already a member of HRreads or eager to join in, it’s time to dig into our April book pick: Radical Candor by Kim Scott. Former manager at Google and Facebook, Scott is now CEO of Candor, Inc. She has a laundry list of career achievements and cringe-worthy learning moments, both of which she shares openly in her New York Times bestseller. Whether you’re an HR professional, people manager, or CEO, Radical Candor has the recipe to help you be a successful boss.
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