Employment Terms – Not Just for Nonprofits

I’ve always enjoyed tongue-in-cheek translations of help wanted ads. Apparently, so does nonprofit executive and humorist  Vu Le who compiled such a list for his Nonprofit with Balls blog. Here are some of my favorite employment translations from that list that are also applicable to for-profit organizations. Describing the organization A dynamic work environment: We are really disorganized. 

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What’s So Funny About Employee Engagement?

Plenty, if you’re cynical about it. And such cynicism is not surprising given how many employees endure lame attempts to improve engagement. For example: Providing a special lunch for employees as a token employee appreciation event. Conducting periodic employee engagement or satisfaction surveys with little or no follow-up. Creating an HR or cross-company employee committee 

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The Funny Thing About Employee Engagement

It’s easy to make fun of employee engagement based on how some companies approach it. They proclaim “employees are our greatest asset” — it says so in our annual report! — but it’s all lip service. They conduct an employee engagement survey or two, but don’t respond to the results. They may even appoint an employee 

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From Slip-Up to Shared Learning

“I’m never wrong. I thought I was once, but I was mistaken.”  – Lucy Van Pelt  We all make mistakes and, hopefully, we all learn from them. Here are some non-threatening and productive ways to institutionalize learning from our mistakes in the workplace. Mistake of the Month – At staff meetings, have employees share stories of 

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Everyone Should Have This Type of File

It’s a “Smile File” — a  place to save favorite cartoons, emailed jokes and funny quotes/bumper stickers/signs, special notes from colleagues and friends, photos of fun times, etc. In stressful times, it serves as a wonderful reminder to take a deep breath and lighten up. I have both a print Smile File in a filing cabinet 

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An Updated Holiday Classic

With apologies to Clement C. Moore, you can find many “Twas the Night Before Christmas” parodies. In the holiday spirit, here’s one of my favorites. One Crazy Cool Yule [Author unknown] “Twas the Night before Christmas” has lots of nice rhymes But I fear that the tale doesn’t fit modern times. What is a kerchief? 

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Be Thankful If You Don’t See These Less-Than-Inspiring Posters at Work

The source of the following irreverent, satirical sayings comes from Despair, Inc: “Just because you’re necessary doesn’t mean you’re important.” “Sometimes the best solution to morale problems is just to fire all of the unhappy people.” “The best leaders inspire by example. When that’s not an option, brute intimidation works pretty well, too.” “The secret to 

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