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Simple Ways to Say Thank You #HRGoodness

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So this isn’t some big strategic or deep post — its more of a reminder. Sometimes we get so caught up in the “big” things, the “little” things get neglected. Its the holiday season and that is always a time for me to reflect and think about all that I’m thankful for. A big part of the season, not only as an HR pro, but just for me personally, is taking time to sincerely thank all of those people who are special to me — especially after the year that I’ve had this year. 🙂 It may be a “thank you” for something very specific, or it could be a way to expressing how much I appreciate having someone in my life.  One of my love languages is “receiving gifts” and one of my top five StrengthsFinder strengths is “Individualization” — so I love to give gifts as much as I get them :). However, sometimes my gift giving list gets pretty long — when I think about people I work with and other professional colleagues… and at some point, if you’re like me, you list gets to be pretty big and you’re giving people trinkets just to give them something and stay within budget – but it kinda misses the mark  it’s not just about giving gifts — it’s about what’s behind it. Often times, simple is better.

You can’t always throw a big party, have a large lunch, or give the day off — but here are a few free or low-cost ideas that you can use to say thank you or show appreciation to your team or teams that you support.

Say THANK YOU, its simple and to the point .. and I find that people don’t do it nearly enough. A meaningful “thank you” goes a long way with a long of people – and its totally free.

Write a handwritten heart-felt note … or for some of your peeps, they may prefer it via socmedia.

Print (and/or frame) a photo with a fun memory or event from the year – maybe from a team outing, conference, event.

Make a home-made treat — or maybe pick up a special treat. Personally I take note of what people’s favorite treats are (or have new employees fill it out on a “get to know you form”) and I try to personalize it (that’s my individualization again). But sometimes just providing a simple treat whether they are cookies or a fruit salad – the thought can convey appreciation. I know we’re all busy, but try NOT to just leave it on someone’s desk or chair — if possible give to them in person and spark a conversation.

Set up some quality time — whether it’s a pot luck, volunteering together, going for a walk in the park, bowling — spending quality time with folks says “I care” and “I appreciate you”.. and want to spend some time with you.

What are some of the ways that you show appreciation to your employees, teams, or colleagues and spread #hrgoodness?

 

 

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I’m Still Here! What the Girl in HR has been up to!

WOW — its been a while!

I’d like to say that its because I’ve been taking a break – but its actually been almost anything but. I’m burning the candle at both ends and my blog here has suffered a bit.

I just wanted to give a quick update on where else has been taking me away these last few months 🙂 –and where else you might be able to find me, in case you need to get your Girl in HR fix 😉

  • I’ve put a ton of energy into my HR mentoring program and trying to take it to a “whole. ‘nother. leevl.” 🙂 Its been fun and a lot of great learnings — and has been a great playground to try new things and experiment (that will likely make its way on to this blog!). Working with new HR pros has been so fun for me and exciting for me and while I’ve been pouring a whole lot in — I feel like I’m getting a ton out!
    • See what I’ve been writing and talking about on the blog here — there are a number of ways to engage with the group including Facebook and Twitter. While the mentoring program is geared towards students thru new HR pro many of the topics that we discuss span across all HR pros regardless of how many years of experience that they may have– what changes is what you bring to the topic depending on your experience. I introduced a series (well do two posts really count as a series… uh, yeah, I just decided it does) called “Imagine Your the HR Person” — inspired largely by what I do here on taking current events and “making the HR connection”
  • I’m working on my third stint as a committee lead for the South Texas HR Symposium. ITS AWESOME –and its gonna ROCK!  The event will be Jan 15-16 and is one of the best deals in HR conferences. Its a great event (and I’m not just saying that as a member of the team who plans it) — we have lots of great speakers and things planned (networking, happy hour, silent auction. Yes, Yes and YES!!) I can’t wait to tell you more about it — and introduce you to the conference if you’ve never heard of it before — we’d love to have you out event in Jan, but if that doesn’t work with your schedule then want to get it on your can radar for 2016 (yes we’re already talking about the 2016 event!) Find out more at the symposium website and follow the thread on Twitter #STXHRS and #HRRocks

These are some fellow committee members Raquel, Melanie and Carey #HRRocks

 

  • Also happening in January, I officially officially become a board member of the San Antonio HR Management Association (SAHRMA)— I was elected as the college relations board member. I’m honored and stoked to serve with these amazing HR pros!

The 2015 SAHRMA Board

 

The holidays are coming up — so that some extra cray cray that coming to my world (seriously, is Thanksgiving really next week?!?!) but I love this time of year! … and honestly, wouldn’t have it any other way! I do miss my blog tho – but find me on Facebook, Twitter, and in a few other my other side projects :).

What about you — whats been going on with you? Are things getting crazy in your world with the holidays around the corner?

Making the HR connection, yours,

Its Not News Its a Distraction: 2014 #ACL Lineup

Its an exiting day! They have released the big lineup for ACL 2014! So excited to see Pearl Jam will be returning to ACL — and with the new format, it will be for TWO weekends. Also due to the new format, I learned last year that I don’t have to make a mad dash to get tickets as I have in the past and then try to piece together a day or two here or there because I couldn’t get a weekend pass. This is really about making music available to everyone (yes I know its a steep pricetag, but hey, you’ve got headliners for three days worth of music– bargain to me!) — so this morning I took the puppies for a long walk and did not hoover over my computer for 2 hours trying to get tickets.

A great way to “relax, relate, and release” in my hometown — have you ever been? Its great (just don’t think that Austin is so cool that you want to move here — don’t believe the hype, its really a terrible place to live 😉 )

 

Wanna Sell to HR people… Don’t be a Bug a Boo

I’ve been going through some “old school” pop in my Spotify (shout out to all my #HRMusicShare peeps) playlist and Destiny Child’s Bug A Boo has been on my mind— because I feel like I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic, its a catchy song. This time of year an HR person can get pretty popular 🙂 — your phone, LinkedIn, and email may start blowing up from people wanting to sell something to you.

It can make you want to hide a little bit… but don’t sweat it.  Let me walk though some realizations that I had several years ago and a list of some of my “suggestions.”

When it comes to sales, you probably totally get that one has to make sales and cold calls. You get that you attend conferences, webinars, meetings and that by filling out the forms or putting my business card in a large fish bowl, you’re likely going to get a sales call about services that you might be interested in. I bt you also get the concept of  warm leads and follow up. You get sales — you buy stuff (or sell things) all the time.

However, what many of us don’t get is some of the aggressive tactics that some organizations take.

In general, for me,  I like to know what is out in the industry and in the market — so I’m generally pretty happy to do a demo and see what one has to offer. After all, I may not be looking for something now, but maybe in the future — or I may know of a colleague who is looking (… hmmm, this concept is sounding a lot like good networking practices in general).

In all likelihood I may actually be interested in the product or service, but the timing is all wrong. It doesn’t mean “not interested ever” but “not right now.”

Things like calling several times a day, asking to connect only to follow up immediately with a sales lead, asking me lots of leading and probing questions — well it kinda puts me in an awkward position and… could make you want to run and hide.

You know, I sold Mary Kay for a while (long story), but I used to get slammed all the time from the people in my unit that I wasn’t aggressive enough with closing the sale or massing a huge stack of “leads”… but its not how I like to sell things and its not how I like to be sold to. My style is more it to establish a rapport and then throw in, oh by the way, I sell Mary Kay, and then continue on. Its a plant. I generally wouldn’t sell anything that day, but I’d get follow up at a later time and generally had great repeat customers.  It was stress-free — they knew I had product that they were interested in and when they followed up, I knew that they had a genuine interest in learning more (and for me, that was where some of the real work came in).  My way, was just trying to meet and talk to people, put a bug in your ear, and then see who might be really interested. Some people would (and did) say that I was lazy .. but I thought it to be strategic. But then again, what do I know about selling anything… pink Cadillac never I had. Maybe I was doing it wrong. I’m just a girl in HR.  😉

My point, people should be running towards you and not away from you and you should be working with them at THEIR pace. It should be sincere and genuine. Not pushy or forced. We all  get quotas…. and commissions…  but I think you’ve also got to get people and how to be effective so that you’re spending time in the right place.

Okay.. .so enough about what we get and don’t get… here are some of my suggestions:

  • Do send a quick follow up email after a meeting, webinar, event, etc and say a bit about yourself, HOW WE MET (important) and some of your services – strike while the iron is hot.
  • If sending a LinkedIn connection be transparent about WHY you want to connect, especially if we don’t know each other. If we met at an event for sure throw that in there — helps make a human connection. If we don’t know each other, the first message shouldn’t be about what you want to sell me. Don’t use “connections” for that, that is more appropriate for the inmails or offers feature of LinkedIn.
  • Call once, but that’s it (maybe twice). I may be in meetings, out of the office, in training, busy, or not interested. All valid reasons. I’ll find you if I want to know more.
  • Do follow up with other information that I may find helpful, but don’t spam me and sign me up for all your email lists so that I’m getting one a day (or multiple) — that’s just going to annoy me and send all your stuff to the junk folder.  Back to my example, I might send out a quarterly letter of helpful skin care tips (often not even calling out my products) — just a reminder that I’m helpful and “still there.”
  • D0 ask for a good time to follow up or when might this be a more relevant time to talk.
  • Don’t take it personally, sometimes the answer is “no” .. that’s okay.
  • Take a hint… if not getting a response, its likely not the right time or the right contact, or it could be your style/approach– consider backing off a bit or trying to re-engage if you’ve started on the wrong foot
  • Show sincere interest in me as a person- its not just about selling me something, its about starting a relationship.
  • Don’t be pushy, rude, aggressive — meet people at where they are in the process. There is no wrong place to be.
  • Don’t try to call my colleagues and ask them to send a message to me or get them to call you back — in the ballpark of being too pushy and aggressive.
  • Be memorable, but for the right reasons.

Remember, people talk and share — so even if the answer is “no” or “not now” from me, if I have a good experience, I’m likely to pass you on — and even more likely to tell colleagues to of a bad experience if you’ve been to pushy.

So these are some of my thoughts and suggestions.. what are yours?

Making the HR connection, yours,

Still don’t know what a “bug a boo” is… check it out for yourself, consider it a bit of “its not news, its a distraction” treat for you.  Be forewarned, its a *catchy* song (and great to work out to).

Its Not News, Its a Distration: Your Thoughts on Valentine’s Day

So, this week as you see the flowers, bears, hearts come out on desks and hallways I thought it’d be fun to get folks thoughts on the holiday.

Do you find that your employees (or other loved ones) are a little distracted — or people getting a little down, maybe you get some divas or some drama?  Or is it just, “business as usual.”

Okay — I wouldn’t say that I’m overly girly or romantic — but I really like Valentine’s Day. I’m totally the one cutting out paper hearts, decorating the house, baking stuff for co-workers, putting pink dog collars on my dogs — I just think its fun. Last year I

made handmade crafts for my team. Its less about over

This is one of my pups – pretty in pink… hearts!

the top stuffed animals and dozens and dozens of roses — I just like spreading the message of love.  As a kid, I always loved writing the little cards to classmates — I just thought it was fun (and sweet) – I always wrote a special message on each one and took care match up the cards with each person (Individualization much?!? Yup its in my top 5). Whether I have a boyfriend or not, a date or not, roses or not (tulips are really more my thing) — I dig the day! Its nice to see people smile. 🙂

… and this year, Valentine’s day is on a Friday — even better!!!

Your Thoughts on Valentines Day
Just another day, what’s the big deal
I like to do a little some-something with loved ones and friends
I go all out
I protest it, its a made-up holiday
I don’t really care, but if I don’t do something, I’ll hear about it

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A few other reads to help with the “distraction” — a lil something for everyone:

Would love to hear your thoughts, stories, articles, and photos!

Making the HR connection, yours,

Gearing up for the New Year

Its SO hard to believe that its 2014! The holidays have been a flurry of decorations, shopping, gifts, wrapping, traveling, unwrapping, more traveling, shopping, eating, baking, shopping … and a little bit of time away from my “day job.” I also had touch of illness around the house for both my and my sig-o (what holiday wouldn’t be complete). Long story short, I’ve been away — but I think that’s been a good thing.

2013 was a GREAT year. I had a lot of great successes with the day gig and with my local HR chapter, SAHRMA. I LOVE LOVE LOVE those people. Not only have they helped *finally* start to get the feeling of “home” in a now not-so-new city, I had a great program year with being one of the chairs of the 2013 South Texas Symposium and starting a new mentoring program for HR professionals as part of my committee — College Relations. I also started blogging more regularly here on my blog (a lil less tweeting) and contributing blogs on bloggingforjobs.com.  I’ve made little changes here and there, but think that I’m ready to do some re-designing here… and the gears are turning.

Most of 2013 I was moving at break-necking speed — I didn’t slow down until the very end, and it was actually because my body forced me too. I took a well need vacation in early December before the holidays got too hectic — I should “walk my talk” more often… a few days away to “unplug” (yes, with quotes, but hey, that works for me) did me good and actually allowed me to give myself the permission to take some time away from my blog and my work — and it was so needed — I was SO stressed. I did feel a little guilty about taking some time, but the time has been well spent with family and friends — and photos! I love photography, even though I’m not great at it, I almost lost my hobby. I’m doing a photo project for 2014 — its been pretty uneventful so far, but hey, its only 7 or 8 days in. 🙂

I’m almost back, I’ll take some more time over the next weeks to get the gears in motion.

I hope that you had a wonderful holiday! I normally do resolutions, but I conscientiously didn’t do them this year — an experiment?  Tell me about yours!

Cheers! yours,

 

Its Not News, Its a Distraction – First Dog to Climb Mt. Everest

Okay so ignore the not great writing of the story and focus on the cutest dog ever (after my pooches of course) who accomplished something big and pretty cool!

A former stray dog has pulled himself up by the bootstraps and created a better life for himself. A life that includes becoming the first dog ever to climb Mount Everest.

Many of yall know that I’m a BIG animal lover — and LOVE dogs! While Rupee wasn’t trying to do anything “great” or break any world records, I imagine Rupee was just as happy as could be just hanging out with his person and doing something that they enjoyed together.  The bond between a person and their dog is special!

My take away–> GET OUT AND GET MOVING! And I’m going to take one of my furry friends with me! We love walking, hanging out in the park, people/squirrel watching, shopping (you’d be surprised the places where you can take your dog — especially in Austin — love it!), or grabbing a bit to eat at Sonic!

Need some more motivation and/or don’t have a dog? If you’re nearby I’m happy to let you “borrow” one of mine and we’ll adventure together! Otherwise, I know of a lot of dogs at local shelters who would love a caring human to take them on a long walk or play fetch with for a couple of hours.

You don’t have to climb Mt. Everest to make a difference or inspire — you’d still get “cool points” with me if you did either of ’em.

Make Today Great!

Yours,