The P Continuum

Bridges take us from one side to the other side. From the past to future to the rainbow. To become competent in our jobs, many bridges were crossed. Some bridges were intuitive. Other bridges required thought, trial & error before success. Bridges, like books, have beginnings, a middle and then The End. It’s time to write my book, maybe only for myself. The preliminary macro outline follows.

The Preamble will be the Philosophy to be explored and explained. This section is the declaration of intent. EOD defines philosophy as follows: the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge and existence.

One of the best examples of philosophical declaration of intent the the preamble to the US Declaration of Independence. From Wiki, Preamble: Outlines a general philosophy of government that justifies revolution of government when government harms natural rights.

The Preamble/Philosophy element will be followed by a Purpose statement. Each chapter will have a purpose statement followed by the Policy statement.

Procedures follow policy and sets the rules and steps for repetitive tasks. Stating these rules provides stability.

Not every instance will be covered by a procedure so Practices naturally evolve to fill the void. Practices represent procedural continuous improvement opportunities.

Precedents are the final element in the P continuum. These are the extreme one-offs that overtime may evolve towards practices.

Thus it begins.

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Pushed Wrong Button

This morning’s KCup was filled to the rim. Since then, the decision was made to let it go. After 41 years of coffee drinking, the decision was made to cold turkey stop. The coffee culture was never fully embraced – aka coffee breaks. Starbucks was recent consumption trend ~ got into their points culture with the cashless pay via the app. So far so good – two days into caffeine free freedom. The only observed side effect so far have been midday naps.


Eight Questions About Work

1. If you weren’t working here, what would you probably be doing right now?

2. How did you become a Human Resources manager?

3. What surprises you most about your current job?

4. What’s the craziest thing a boss has ever asked you to do?

5. Would you rather work four 10-hour days or five 8-hour days?

6. If you were guaranteed to be successful, what job would you want?

7. What was your first job? Did you like it?

8. Whats the best career advice you’ve ever received? How about the worst?


Get A Handle On It

By the end of the week, develop some pithy introduction. This week’s live work blog~an experiment. 

Monday:  The alarm was not set, got up 15 minutes later anyways.  Forgot that I wore my safety shoes home on Friday, thus I am now here at work sans required safety equipment.  Thus, I will remain safely sequestered in my office for the day.  Now it’s time to put together the weekend injury report.    

And now for the weekend injury report. One torn pec muscle and one biking accident that includes broken ribs, collapsed lung & skull fracture/concussion. 

How excellence erodes towards mediocrity. “Just this once”, becomes next time’s “It was okay last time.”

It’s time to stick my head back into the uniPoint oven.  Doubt it will stick, but any tool is only worth the value of time spent learning to use it efficiently. Unipoint is a safety mamagement system.  


As I See It


In my professional interpretation, every entitity involved in the administration of an employee benefit plan has a high degree of fiduciary responsibility.

Tier I responsibility lies with the Plan Administrator. This is the role of whoever whoever is the lead stakeholder in charge of human ressources management. This position has full and final authority & accountability. Every other entity typically exercise a degree of plausble deniability.

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Excuses are Uselesses

I didn’t (wouldn’t) do it.  The dog ate my homework. Nobody told me. I didn’t know.

Excuses are part of the primal human habitual defensive instinct of denial. Denial leads to shame, blame and various other avoidance tactics.  If you think this doesn’t apply to you, welcome to Stage One Denial.  It does apply to me. I wish I was better.  It does apply to you.  If you think otherwise, welcome to Stage One Denial.

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Have it Your Way

How is it in your house, over or under?  Why does it matter? Why should it matter?  Truth be told, it doesn’t matter at all, or does it?

Truth be told, this trivial nonsensical issue is a source of domestic intranquility and may violate the constitutional clause of ensuring domestic tranquility. 

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The over and under issue has been resolved by the federal government. The images supplied with US Patent No. 465,588, dated December 22, 1891 clearly show the over position. Thus proving that the under position is a patent use violation.  Okay, this too is now nonsensical. Have it your way, either one way or another. 

I’m on the road this week.  This picture was taken in the private stall of a gender specific bathroom. It offers the end user a choice, over or under.  

Have it your way!


Triple X

This is where I am coming from. Nearly 20% of the total compensation budget is spent on indirect compensation. Specifically, this means major health benefits. Extreme due diligence is required. This expense is a blend of company funds and participant contributions.  The only path forward is eXtreme eXcellence and deliberate due diligence from all parties involved – the carrier, the broker and the employer.

One word can describe the recent results achieved – Sloppy. This is after last year’s equivalent experience.  Errors were made that impacted participants. This is unacceptable. Strike Two.
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Choices & Consequences 

Remember the cola taste wars back in day? They were all a variety of which one tastes better or can you taste the difference. Then along came diet this & that with bottled water eventually winning the largest beverage market share. 

So far as carbonated & caffeinated beverage market, Mountain Dew carved out its own niche. Sponsoring the NASCAR 88 of Dale Earnhardt Jr must have positively influenced market share. 

Myself? I’ve settled into water from my well and Starbucks Pike roast for my own fluid & caffeinated thirst quenchers. Having a soda is rare, but not unheard of. 

So where is this going? Good question. The other day, well it was Fathers Day, My son and I stopped at the local convenience store. I offered to get him a beverage of his choice – a one liter bottle of Diet Pepsi. Easy enough, right. There are only two known types of Pepsi, right? Wrong!  

There are now four types of Pepsi – regular – diet – sugar free – natural sugar. Something for everyone. And thats okay. 

In HR, how often is the effort made to reasonably accomodate a variety of tastes?  Or is everything an either/or with no range in between?  Duality is always a false forced choice. 

It is more important to add at least a third choice. Say good, better & best. 

Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.  William Blake.