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Dear Workforce How Do We Cope When Human Resources Is the Problem?

September 7, 2011
I provide organizational development services for a government agency. I've heard complaints from several employees about a human resource staffer, and the accusations sound like classic bullying behavior. Made aware of these complaints, our human resources director shrugs them off. We have policies against harassment based on gender and race, but none against "equal opportunity bullying." When neither policies nor decision-makers protect people, how do you advocate for change?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Handle a Mutiny in Our Senior Ranks?

July 28, 2011
Both our CEO and I received a copy of an anonymous letter, purportedly from disgruntled senior managers. In it, the letter writers make highly unflattering remarks, attack the executive team and even use character assassination on members of the board of directors. It is painfully obvious that the person (or people) behind this letter carries a lot of anger and hostility. The issues have to do mainly with not tapping into the skill sets of managers, bringing on expatriates in high positions without first offering the jobs to locals, micromanagement and feeling belittled by upper management. How do we go about addressing these issues without knowing where the fire started? How do we begin to restore trust and harmony among this level of managers? The atmosphere is similar to a mutiny.
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Sexual Harassment Bills Proposed for Hotels

June 8, 2011
The proposed laws come in the wake of two alleged attacks by high-profile people in New York hotels, including the alleged sexual assault by Dominique Strauss-Kahn at the Sofitel in Manhattan.
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