HR U Can Trust Blog

A blog providing trustworthy Human Resources advice to business owners, managers and employees plus the occasional LOL true story from the workplace.


Carolyn Boyes - Thursday, February 26, 2015

For the Baby Boomers out there, we all know Aretha Franklin’s song Respect. The basic lyrics are: when you come home, all I’m askin’ for is a little respect. I was watching an episode of Chicago Fire recently and an interim Fire Chief was teasing a firefighter in front of his fellow firefighters. It was not respectful. The firefighter, although embarrassed and humiliated, chose to grin and bear it.  …read more


Are Your Employees Happy in Their Job?

Carolyn Boyes - Monday, February 09, 2015

Employees who are happy in their job will be more productive. But isn’t their happiness out of your control as a manager? No! As a manager, you have everything to do with how happy your employees are. Studies have shown that the main reason people leave their jobs is because of their manager.  …read more


Does HR Have a Nickname For You?

Carolyn Boyes - Friday, January 23, 2015

Are you tweedy bird guy? Or are you the lettuce thrower? The whiner or the winery? Or worse yet, the creepy stalker or the paranoid conspiracy girl?  …read more


Performance Reviews - What Message Do You Want to Send?

Carolyn Boyes - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

At one point in my career, even before I entered Human Resources, I was taught that for every “constructive criticism” comment you give to someone, it needs to be balanced by 3 positive/encouraging comments. Some experts today believe that ratio is more 5:1 – 5 positive comments for every critical comment.  …read more


Merry Christmas and Happy 2015!

Carolyn Boyes - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

And for those of you who celebrate a different holiday at this time of year – I wish you the best as well. I personally believe in Christmas and all that it stands for. As a business owner I have built and am building my business largely based on biblical principles.  …read more


It’s a Holiday Party – Have a Drink! Or Two…..

Carolyn Boyes - Tuesday, December 09, 2014

As a business owner, it’s highly likely that you are about to have a holiday party for your staff. This is often a relatively easy way to reward your team for a great year and a job well done. Employees appreciate the recognition. If you don’t have a party, you should start. It doesn’t have to be at holiday time – it could be at another time of the year. Although I think most employees, regardless of their religious beliefs, expect something around this time of year since it is so much a part of the American culture. (You could do something additional during the summer months.)  …read more


Are You Thankful for Your Job?

Carolyn Boyes - Monday, November 24, 2014

My blogs have often focused on more negative aspects of the workplace and how many employees are overly loyal to a job where they are not happy, or where their skills are not being utilized or they are being mistreated.  …read more


I’ve Never Met My Boss!

Carolyn Boyes - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Recently I reconnected with a friend I had not seen for a number of years. In the midst of catching each other up on our lives she told me that she’s been at her current job for a year and has never even met her boss. What?! Are you kidding me?! That can’t possibly be true. But it was. Her boss is also the owner of the business.  …read more


Do You Ask Your Employees to “Volunteer” Their Time??

Carolyn Boyes - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Recently I heard about a business owner who asked employees to volunteer their time on a Saturday for Halloween – handing out candy to kids who were trick or treating. Who wouldn’t want to do that?? On your day off? And not get paid for it?  …read more


My Boss Lies…..

Carolyn Boyes - Thursday, October 16, 2014

Probably most people have experienced a situation where their boss or their boss’s boss has lied, or said an untruth, or inferred an untruth. Lying is more common than I want to believe it is. Whether it is a “big” lie or a “little” lie, it’s still a lie. And that affects your credibility. If you lie, even by making a covert only partially true inference, your credibility is shot – people will not completely trust you.  …read more






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