To “open or not to open”, that is the question crowding the minds of many businesses and employees plagued with the nightmare of Thanksgiving night and Black Friday. -The Imperfect Org

Whether it is about the bottom line or not, I believe there is something to be said about Mall of America and their courageous decision to not open on Thanksgiving.  Although retailers will have the option to open independently on their own, I love the fact that they have made this about their employees.

“The Bloomington megamall notified employees and tenants Wednesday morning that it is reversing course this year and will close down as many of its operations as possible on the holiday” (Kumar, 2016).  One of the main reasons, to give their employees the opportunity to spend time with their families.

I have often felt bad for employees who had to wake up and drag themselves into stores early on Black Friday (or by 12 am), but the growing trend of opening earlier on Thanksgiving in my eyes is becoming more and more about greed than allowing those employees who prefer to give thanks with family (or not) to decide if they really care to be bothered. Unnecessary stress and anxiety, all for the “almighty dollar”.  What’s your thoughts?  Am I reading too much into this?

Kumar, K. (6th October, 2016).  Star Tribune.  Mall of America takes bold stand by closing on Thanksgiving this year.

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Happy Veterans Day from The Imperfect Org!

Happy Veteran’s Day everyone from the Imperfect Org! Since its official start in 1938 Veterans Day originally started as Armistice Day in 1919, but the US Government decided to recognize those who fought for this country’s freedoms on an annual basis. Precise ceremonies and parades are held on Veteran’s day the government posted more information here on their Department of Veterans Affairs here:

 

Even though the federal government as we know it is one of the most dysfunction organizations on the planet this is actually something it does right. In Organizational development we always say an organization should celebrate and recognize those who work for it and sacrificed time from their families for that organization. Here on a grander scale, our veterans have done the same and even more so having a day set aside to celebrate their courage, sacrifice and service from an Organizational Development standpoint is not only right but a clear positive model for what we should be doing on a daily basis in other organizations.

 

We are thankful for their sacrifices because of the freedoms it provides but I know like most of you besides honoring our veterans there is little else that we know about it. The history channel has a website for more details regarding the holiday with more videos and information about celebrations through its history.

 

We at The Imperfect Org wish all of our soldiers the best this Veteran’s Day and thank them for the service!

Happy Yom Kippur! -The Imperfect Org!

To increase one’s individual and organizational understanding of different cultures we have in this blog posted a link to information regarding Yom Kippur. This is an important holiday in the Jewish religion and to employees in your organization of the Jewish faith may have observations and cultural mores that will need attending to!

Therefore to not only recognize these employees of the Jewish faith which in turn increases Organizational morale but also the knowledge of the other stakeholders in the organization to the practices of the coworkers. Not only for HR reasons, but also to make sure the individuals feel a part of the organization’s community at large.

Please check out this information on history.com about Yom Kippur!

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/yom-kippur-history

A Message to Women – BEWARE of HR hiring practices and how you might be affected

At some point in time in most women’s career, they must carefully prepare for the dreaded interviewing process. However what some women do not realize is that based on how they respond to certain interview questions, they may disqualify themselves and leave the job open for the next woman or male.

According to Business Insider’s “I’ve-worked-in-hr-for-15-years-here-are-the-4-things-hiring-managers-dont-want-you-to-know”, many Human Resource (HR) representatives find deceptive ways to determine how committed a potential employee will be to their company.

It is possible the hiring manager may ask about plans that you have for the weekend to learn more about your family or childcare commitments. Why, you may ask?  Because most employers who are afraid of breaking sexual discrimination laws, will not ask up front if you have children.  However, they may have a strong desire to be in the know, as a way to avoid such things as maternity leave, a sick child (causing you to miss a day at work), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or parent/teacher conferences. Is it fair?  Absolutely not, yet it is done more often than you think.  Beware of such questions, it is designed to travel past the boundaries of information shared and set by you to learn how devoted you are to family (and not work).

Monitor Social Media

Facebook has a way of unveiling the most “colorful display” of an individual’s true character. The masks are off, leaving the bare essentials, revealing what hiring managers really want to know about you.

Do you live it up and like to party after work or on the weekends? Are you a huge supporter of family and kids? Do you place office rants on your page?  Anything to disqualify you can be found on social media.

This is more common knowledge these days, yet I see people posting things under their name on Facebook that should be avoided at all cost.

Not only should you pay close attention to what you post, you should pay close attention to what your friends post.  Simply tagging you into the photo that they took of you during your wild night out, can be enough to send the wrong idea to a potential or current employer. LinkedIn is becoming just as bad.  I knew I had to think twice who I networked with, when one of my previous coworkers had a picture posted that in my eyes was only deemed necessary for Facebook.

Change your social media name

Changing privacy settings or even changing your Facebook name may benefit you more than leaving your information out there for the world to see.

Even if you think you are secure in your job and you’re not actively looking for a job, you never know when the markets may change and you could potentially find yourself in the unemployment line. Therefore always remain vigilant and comprehend as some say, there is only “six degrees of separation”.

 

“Lead your staff to a new organizational culture!” -The Imperfect Org

In this article “Lead your staff to a new organizational culture!” by Marcella Bremer talks about managers acting as leaders in an organizational culture, and turning into transitioning into three different roles as a manager:

  1. Mentor
  2. Facilitator
  3. People-oriented leaders

The article lists various strategies for the manager to follow to become the type of leader that an organization’s employees need. The article also briefly discusses the use of the Clan Culture concept and focus upon the employees by the manager.

How to manage conflict, bridge performance gaps effectively and engaging employees are significant challenges that managers face but creating culture change is even more of a challenge. This article will give the reader, the manager, a starting point to begin this arduous and tasking process.

For more information regarding this topic just click on the link:

http://www.ocai-online.com/blog/2011/04/Lead-Your-Staff-To-A-New-Organizational-Culture