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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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Spider-Man Fall Puts Focus on Safety

December 27, 2010
The $65 million musical, the most expensive and ambitious ever done on Broadway, has faced many setbacks and delays in its attempt to open on the Great White Way. Most recently, the show’s producers announced they were delaying opening night by four weeks to Feb. 7 in order to make creative adjustments.
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