A Memorial Day Weekend Thank You!

Mark Fogel Current Affairs, Good HR, Mark Fogel, politics, Uncategorized 1 Comment

You may have seen me post this picture before. It is my nephew Paul, a Naval Officer, with his son Mason standing on his feet. Paul has served our country for the past two decades, been wounded and recovered during the second Gulf War conflict, and has had many dangerous tours of duty during that time. He does this to …

Why Businesses Should Do An Opening Day Every Year

Mark Fogel HR & Sports, Mark Fogel 1 Comment

Yes, I am a diehard baseball fan. And the best day of the year, hands down is Opening Day. Last Thursday was Opening Day for most teams in Major League Baseball and I bet many of you tuned in to watch or listen if you weren’t at the ballpark. Talent and HR executives can learn some valuable lessons from Opening Day and …

Duck Season, Wabbit Season, Conference Season and March Madness

Mark Fogel Employment Law, HR & Sports, Mark Fogel, Policies, politics, Talent Management

Unlike most of my posts, this one is a mixed bag with multiple topics. First, it’s conference season for the talent community as there is a smorgasbord of offerings and some cool places to travel to. Austin, Vegas, San Diego, and later this year Chicago. Let’s not forget some overseas offerings as well. Big, small, and everything in between. For …

Don’t Believe Everything You Read or Watch, Even on HR Websites

Mark Fogel Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, FOT Reads, Free Speech, Good HR, Mark Fogel, politics, Television

We have heard the saying a million times: “Don’t believe everything you read”. Or maybe it is “don’t believe everything you hear or see on TV”. In any event, written, verbal or visual, with the advent of social media and 24-hour cable news, we are bombarded with a smorgasbord of “news” on demand. And how do we know if we …

Sexual Harassment: Coming to a Theater, I Mean Business, Near You

Mark Fogel Lawsuits, Mark Fogel, Sexual Harassment

Do you remember the Movie “Disclosure” with Michael Douglas and Demi Moore? A perilous tale of sexual harassment and shady undertakings. It was 23 years ago that it hit the big screen. For those not familiar: A computer specialist, played by Douglas, is sued for sexual harassment by a former lover turned boss (Moore), who initiated the act forcefully. The …

Throwing HR Under the Bus

Mark Fogel Good HR, Mark Fogel, The HR Profession

If you work in HR, at some point in your career you will get thrown under the proverbial bus. Some may experience these tires rolling over your body multiple times. This goes for every faction of HR, including Talent, Benefits, Comp, OD, and generalists of every flavor. As a consultant I am an easy target. One might say a hired …

There Is No Such Thing As “Overqualified”

Mark Fogel Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Mark Fogel, Recruiting

I’m jaded and don’t subscribe to the overqualified candidate debate. To me it is binary—you’re qualified or you are not. I am not sure when the term overqualified entered the Talent parlance. It may, by all accounts, be the must overused term in HR. More than “Engagement” or “Rigor” or “Agility”, and certainly near the historic “Seat at the Table” …

Should HR Take a Knee or Sit on the Sidelines?

Mark Fogel Corporate America, Good HR, HR & Sports, Mark Fogel, politics

Taking a knee during the national anthem at National Football games is today’s discussion. If you work in HR can you take a knee or do you need to sit, or rather stand, on the sidelines? HR folks are all about political correctness, but what if you disagree about what you’re being asked to defend daily? In professional football, we …