Putting the human back into human resources

Discussion # 1
Heather Ashley
What is difference between humanly and humanely? Have you been treated humanly or have you treated someone you work with humanly? Explain
Humanly is a kindness to humans based on basic needs but Humanely is the way you show the compassion. I have been treated humanly out of simplification of basic needs in my job. I have done the same to my counterparts because there are basic needs we have as humans. We need to have and need basics to complete our job. An example, a providing a place to go to the bathroom. In my job I don’t have a office space, I work from my car. When training employees I make sure to speak to the basics of the humanly needs you may not have at ease because of the workplace setting.
How do you keep your employees engaged? What is this important to have engaged employees? Explain
Engagement in the counterparts that I have comes from continued lines of communication. We set up this communication through a business plan so that we can stay in engaged in the appropriate goals and objectives. I think that have my counterparts being apart of the planning of the goals and objectives helps them with their engagement in the job/tasks. The self by in of them planning the tasks and explaining the objectives that will lead to the goal they have targeted. I find there is a place for self direction with engagement but the best is when people have a known value of why they should be engaged. In my workplace the engagement of the employee renders a value. This also helps everyone stay in engaged on tasks because there are pay outs attached to completing goals and objectives. In our job as we are bring patients on to infusion pharmacy services, but building relationships with health care providers to entrust us with patients. If a person on our team doesn’t understand this basic need of the job it is difficult to get them engaged in the role we play. I have had experience with an employee that was difficult to get engaged in our role. The employee didn’t care about the reward of the job in the way she should have. We also annual complete an employee engagement survey. But at its core, it comes down to whether employees feel invested (Links to an external site.) in their company’s mission and its success (www.surveymonkey.com (Links to an external site.)).
What can you do as a manager to make sure your employees are seen and appreciated?
I think acknowledgement goes a long way. If employees recognized and rewarded they feel appreciated. The only thing is you need to know what motivates employees and know how different employees can be motivated. Some are just motivated by positive encouragement but others need to be recognized in front of peers. My boss shows her level of appreciation by not micro-managing myself and my team, she allows me to work independently with my counterparts with little or no direction. We show appreciation in our workplace through “values in action”. It is a good way to correlate the values of the company with the actions of the employees. I, once a month go through employees that have exercised a company value and I state my appreciation for those actions. Within this recognition system you can assign point for people to redeem on catalog items, such as gift cards. As a manager you need to make sure you are taking the time to complete these types of appreciation or people do start to be disengaged. Most HR professionals said their company’s recognition practices had a positive effect not only on retention but also on engagement, culture and employee happiness (Schramm, 2018).

Discussion # 2

1.What is difference between humanly and humanely? Have you been treated humanly or have you treated someone you work with humanly? Explain.
According to the video, “Putting the Human Back into Human Resources”, Mary Schaefer defines humanly as addressing human needs such as appreciation, belonging, and making others feel like they are contributing. Mary defines humanely as providing breaks while at work and resources such as food and water. My place of employment treats everyone very humanly. My employer does not only take into account what we physically need, but also what we may need on a personal level. I go out of my way to provide my coworkers and colleagues with the support they may need to accomplish a task or a goal. I always strive to be encouraging and supportive.

  1. How do you keep your employees engaged? What is this important to have engaged employees? Explain.
    To keep employees engaged you must keep their interest. As an employer, boss, or manager you must possess the ability to motivate your employees and encourage them. Employees must know and feel their worth. The more valuable a person feels to the team, the more they will get accomplished. Anyone who feels appreciated in any setting is more likely to try and go above and beyond what they are already doing because it makes them feel as a needed part of the team.
  2. What can you do as a manager to make sure your employees are seen and appreciated?
    As a manager, I will make it a point for my employees to know their worth. I will offer incentives to them so they know their work is appreciated. I will encourage them and make sure they are engaged with company activities. I will boost their spirits and have them input their ideas to the whole team, so we can do the best job we can. I will treat them humanly and humanely . I think as managers and bosses, or any kind of leader for that matter, it’s important we remember where we came from. We have all learned and grown, so I think it’s important that we keep that in mind when other people are advancing in their career.

Discussion # 3

  1. What is the difference between humanly and humanely? Have you been treated humanly or have you treated someone you work with humanly? Explain
    According to Mary, she personally sees humanely as providing bathroom breaks and water fountains. Humanly in other terms is the need to be appreciated, the need to belong, and the need to feel like you are making a meaningful contribution (Talks, 2014). These two definitions have such different and strong meanings. I personally have experienced an instance in a workplace in high school where I felt that I was not being treated humanely due to the lack of appreciation my boss had for some of her workers. I feel like when people are treated with no appreciation it makes them dislike their job and eventually makes them become unmotivated. I think the statistic Mary shared about how companies who aren’t treating their employees right are losing billions of money in production (Talks, 2014). This is a simple example of how treating people with respect goes a long way in the management industry.
  2. How do you keep your employees engaged? What is this important to have engaged employees? Explain
    Since I am not currently managing employees I do not have a clear answer to this question, but after watching the video and see how poorly a boss can manage employees has made me appreciate engaged bosses and employees. To keep my employees, I would ensure they understood that I was always available to talk to. A manager I shadowed at Kettering told that if she doesn’t make her employees feel as if they can talk and address things then the employee-boss relationship is nearly non-existent. I think it is important to have engaged employees because it keeps strong relations between members of the team and those who are managing them. I am looking forward to how you all personally keep your employees engaged.
  3. What can you do as a manager to make sure your employees are seen and appreciated?
    I think of the biggest things is to make their work feel appreciated and that they have a meaning within the workplace. Work shouldn’t be a place people dread to go every day, rather it should be a place where they feel encouraged and welcomed to do their best every single day. Another thing about keeping employees engaged is to always make sure they are learning and staying up to date on their education. I think sometimes employees get so bored with their job if they are not being educated on proper training. In the video, Mary states some very important ways to treat a person humanly and that is the need to be appreciated, the need to belong, and the need to feel like you are making a meaningful contribution (Talks, 2014). I think this should be used as a guideline to ensure employees feel like a human.