Performance Evals – Idol Style

Kathy Rapp Kathy Rapp, Performance

I think most of you know I’m an American Idol junkie.  I have no shame and yes, I even DVR the auditions – although I will say they’ve become a bit predictable.  How many times can we watch people make total idiots of themselves for 20 seconds of fame?  Pants on the ground.  Really?! What I DO love about Idol …

Thongs Need Not Apply…

Kathy Rapp Generations, Kathy Rapp

There was an article in the Denver Business Journal that caught my eye recently – “Generations clash over tattoos, body piercings in the workplace”.   So, what is all the fuss – especially in Denver (not the most conservative of towns)?  Essentially the article talked about tattoos and piercings becoming more mainstream and how employers are dealing (or not) with the shift in attitudes …

Sex in the Sky: Employment Branding is “Fun” Again!

Kathy Rapp Culture, Kathy Rapp

Air New Zealand is at it again!  As if the body painting safety briefing, the Bare Essentials of Safety, was not far enough out of the Black Box (note: video IS suitable for all ages) they recently completed their first Matchmaking Flight.  That’s right; the mile-high club has promoters over at Air New Zealand! The concept was simple – after …

FOT and Kathy Rapp are Rock’n at HR Southwest…

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Everyone get their lighters out as I’m coming to you this week from Ft. Worth, Texas where the HR Southwest conference, “HR ROCKS” is currently underway.  This conference has historically been the second largest HR conference in the country after the national SHRM convention – and attendance this year was still high despite budget cutbacks.  I think that tells you …

Does the Punishment Fit the Double Fault?

Kathy Rapp Kathy Rapp

What a week!  Seriously – was there a full moon or something?  I mean, what else could explain the poor behavior and performances from people we typically admire?  Every time I saw a headline I was deflated and began to question what gets in people’s heads to make them do the things they do. Three incidents stand out and I”m …

The Soundtrack of Your Career…

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Kathy Rapp, Leadership

It’s a phenomenon not uncommon to most – how music ties into certain points in your life.  I hear a song and can tell you with decent accuracy the year it came out and what I was doing at the time.  On a long plane ride recently, I started thinking about the music on my iPod.  Hearing the first few …

Don’t Do Drugs – Unless You Work in HR…

Kathy Rapp Driving Productivity, Kathy Rapp, Outplacement

Another one of my favorite movies is “Dazed and Confused” which depicts high school life in the 70’s (great soundtrack too).  There are classic characters and the typical alcohol and drug undertones – which made me think of corporate America and a recent Workforce Management poll.  It was reported that 23% of HR pros have occasionally used a “substance” to …

The Most Interesting Person – – In the HR World…

Kathy Rapp Culture, Kathy Rapp

It's HOT in Houston.  And not only is it hot, it is also HUMID.  The combination means your clothes stick to every inch of your body just at the thought of going outside. Perhaps it is because of the immense heat that I'm drawn to beer ads (or it could be I just need to write a frivolous post).  My …