Managers, your words are more powerful than you think

Excerpt from LinkedIn Daily Rundown published on August 17, 2018

Newtons cradleEven a casual observation at a meeting can unintentionally lead to a cascade of emails, directives, and initiatives. Stanford’s Robert Sutton calls this “executive magnification,” the all-too-common act of taking a passing suggestion from someone in charge as dictate — a massive source of wasted time, money, and effort. How can leaders help stop the insanity? They can qualify their observations, encourage honest feedback and reward the skeptics who want to kill wasteful projects. • Here’s what people are saying.

Why parents really need work friends

Excerpt from LinkedIn Daily Rundown published on August 17, 2018

Work friendsParents need a shoulder to lean on at work. Two-thirds of working moms and dads suffer from poor social wellbeing, according to research from Gallup. For many, the combined challenges of parenthood and working life leave little room for social connection. Enter the work best friend: While only 20% of workers claim to have one, Gallup found that those who have a work bestie are more engaged and do higher quality work. Managers can help create a cultural environment that supports such friendship. • Here’s what people are saying.

Secretary of HHS Refuses to Meet with NTEU President

Secretary Azar refuses to meet with NTEU President Reardon to discuss the agency’s harmful bargaining proposals and tactics.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar II
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar II

Yesterday, HHS Secretary Azar finally responded to NTEU National President Tony Reardon’s July 31, 2018, request to meet with him to discuss the agency’s harmful proposals that would eliminate workplace benefits like AWS, telework, and awards. The Secretary claimed that he was “unavailable” due to “scheduling conflicts” and directed me to communicate with the agency’s bargaining team — the same HHS representatives who have proven unwilling to communicate HHS’s rationales for their proposals, along with engaging in other bad faith bargaining tactics.

Please stand with NTEU by signing the petition and wearing Shame on HHS stickers on Friday. I also encourage you to join NTEU to fight back against HHS’s harmful proposals.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact your chapter president.