Category: E-pinions

Welcome to Daily Advisor’s Op-Ed page, where BLR Founder and Publisher Bob Brady and other HR notables freely express their thoughts on HR today and in the future. “Notables,” by the way, includes you! If you’ve got an idea for a 500-700 word column on any HR topic, we’d love to have you as a guest columnist. Just describe your idea in a brief email and send it Be sure to note it’s for an “E-pinions” article, and give us a phone number and best time to call. All submissions become the property of BLR, Inc.

Your Response to ‘Perfect Performance Appraisal’ Column Overwhelming!

By BLR Founder and Publisher Bob Brady Last week’s column about our “perfect” performance appraisal form generated an unprecedented response. As I write this early in the week, I’ve received nearly 500 requests for a copy of the form, and they are still coming in. We have attempted to respond to everyone. If you asked […]

‘The Perfect Performance Appraisal Form’

By BLR Founder and Publisher Bob Brady BLR practices what it preaches by adapting one of its own books (with a little help from Jack Welch) to evaluate its employees. You’ve heard of surfers whose lives revolve around finding the perfect wave, or the golfer in search of the perfect round? Well, one of my […]

Should We Train Managers As We Do Shamu the Whale?

BLR founder Bob Brady’s look at manager training may be tongue-in-cheek, but there’s a really important principle behind it. There was a wonderful article by author Amy Sutherland in The New York Times recently. She wrote about how animal training technique helped her train her husband. The article could help us train managers and supervisors, […]

Government Employers: Are you Nordstroms or Wal-Mart?

By BLR Founder and Publisher Bob Brady Just as in private industry, government HR managers need to understand their organization’s core strategy, and then hire people and build policies that match. Several weeks ago, I wrote about how strategic HR decisions flow from what kind of company you are. If you depend on product creativity […]

The 2 Factors That Most Affect Employee Performance

By BLR Founder and Publisher Bob Brady TV relationship expert “Dr. Phil” McGraw, reminds our boss of what employees most want from their bosses. As this is written, I’m attending the National Convention of the YMCA, in Nashville, Tennessee. I’m proud to serve as a ‘Y’ volunteer. This organization is the largest provider of daycare […]

How I Learned to Love Doing Performance Appraisals – And Other Lies

By BLR Founder and Publisher Bob Brady BLR’s publisher on why he loves … and hates … doing performance appraisals. Writing performance appraisals is something I love doing! That’s because every time I struggle through one, I repeat the wisdom that I’ve heard again and again (and truly believe) that says, “Here’s a chance to […]

Will BlackBerries Give HR a Black Eye?

By BLR Founder and Publisher Bob Brady Our CEO (and Chief BlackBerry User) wonders whether the time nonexempt workers spend checking in with BlackBerry-type devices might eventually be considered legally compensable under FLSA. Wherever you go, from the canyons of Wall Street to the canyons of our national parks, you can depend on one thing: […]

Why that Great HR Idea Won’t Work in Your Company

By BLR Founder and Publisher Bob Brady Why great HR ideas don’t work. BLR founder Bob Brady explains why a good idea in one company “lays an egg” in another. HR policies and practices are not “one size fits all.” We’ve all tried ideas that work great for a colleague but laid a total egg […]

Time … and Time and a Half: It’s an Issue That Won’t Go Away

By BLR Founder and Publisher Bob Brady Robert L. Brady is the founder and publisher of BLR. This regular Friday column reflects the perspectives Bob has gained in reporting on HR since 1977, and his views on building its future. Here are his thoughts this week: Last week I wrote about the changes in HR […]