September 15, 2015 Issue

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8 Responses to “September 15, 2015 Issue”

  1. Jocelyn McCord Says:

    Hi Glenn,
    I love your articles, but this one touched a nerve. First of all, “sexual” and “sexually” are two adjectives in the English language that I don’t feel I need protection from, nor do I need the little reminder at the bottom to indicate what the “*” refers to.

    With this recent movement about “rape culture” you have fed into precisely what the young women are fighting against. What a woman wears should have no bearing on a man’s behaviour. If you can’t keep your hands off me, the fact that I’m naked should not enter in. “No” means no, no matter how you’re dressed, where you’re walking, or what time of day it is. Men need to take responsibility for their actions and stop sexualizing women. I have heard similar critiques from men who think women should “dress up a bit”. “They look like nuns”.

    This article should have focused on inappropriate male behaiour in the workplace rather than attacking a younger generations misguided choice of office attire.

    Respectfully,
    Jocelyn McCord
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  2. Beverly Evans Says:

    I am speechless. My mantra has been for quite some time, “Common sense is most uncommon these days” but this leaves me speechless. This goes beyond teaching “soft skills.”

  3. David Sabathane' Says:

    Nice article, I have had many discussions with my son (MBA Human Resource Professional) about these same kind of issues.
    While I would have no problem adding language to our employee handbook, I am not sure how I would prove/disprove the charge; win the battle and create a whole new problem of invasion and harassment.
    No surprise when we have to spell out that bathing is required, why would underwear be any different.

    Keep it coming, I love these little tidbits.

    David Sabathane’

  4. Cyrus Sloane, Sr. Says:

    Tramp stamps….LOVE that he called it how it is!

    Cover the three B’s….I can only think of 2 though. What am I missing?

    Guessing:
    Breast
    Butt
    ?

    Cyrus Sloane, Sr.

  5. Glenn Shepard Says:

    In no specific order, the 3 B’s are:

    1. Belly
    2. Buttocks/Behind
    3. Breasts

    – Glenn

  6. Juda Myers Says:

    The world has flipping gone demonic and every thing good is bad and everything bad is good. Glad to see Glenn still has the “not so common” common sense.

    Thank you,

    Juda Myers

  7. billmoak Says:

    Ha! I actually had to look up what the 3 B’s were. I got the breast and butt, but the third one I had conjured in my imagination.

    Regarding the issue in general, I find it amazing that some people try to justify anything. My wife has expressed to me that she is often shocked at what girls are being allowed to wear, even to church (short, tight skirts, low necklines, etc.), and their mothers even sometimes dress the same way. “Hey, let women wear what they want, and you pervert men stop leering,” is something you’ll hear in response (and is even reflected in one of the comments above.) But it goes both ways. Sure, men should control their impulses to look; no argument there. But women should also realize that men are hard-wired to look. There more you show, the more they’ll look. It’s not an excuse; just a fact of nature. My dad taught me to respect women, and treat them like they are princesses. But a woman also should to respect herself. A little modesty goes a long way in that direction.

  8. Justin Hoatson Says:

    I would disagree almost 100% with the thoughts on ‘reverse evaluations’. Of course our company uses these, and I find them highly effective as one measure for holding managers accountable to their teams. The staff’s feedback truly helps filter out those who are just ‘managers’ and helps to highlight those who are truly ‘leaders’ of their teams.

    Plus I find that asking for the staff’s feedback not only demonstrates that you value their feedback and that they are a valued member of the organization (not just some grunt working the front lines), but that you also trust them to provide valuable and constructive feedback…otherwise the reverse eval process wouldn’t work. And if that truly were the case, I would think that would reflect poorly on the culture of the company, demonstrate a lack of trust, and would point to much larger morale and engagement issues. (which would further impact overall morale and customer service)

    Just as you often talk about how employees should treat customers and provide a high level of service (treat every customer as if they sign your paycheck, because they do!)…many of those principles should apply to managers and how they treat their staff. Your staff are your most valuable resource, and if you are not treating them that way, you will go out of business just as quickly as if you don’t provide great customer service. Because how you treat your staff is modeled by and carried over to how they treat the customers.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not condoning any level of ‘coddling’ the staff just to get them to like you or to get good scores on your eval. You can and should still hold them accountable and provide clear and consistent expectations that are applied equally to all.

    So while I completely agree, feedback from employees should be filtered…it’s a much more valuable tool for effectively determining a managers performance and if they are truly a leader of people than most other measures in my opinion.

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