How To Speak CFO: A Primer For HR

William Tincup 60-Second SPHR, Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Trench HR, William Tincup

So here’s the thing: CFOs don’t actually hate HR professionals—they just don’t understand them. As a resource to you, the faithful Fistful of Talent reader, I’ve created a guide for the funny terms CFOs use. Take this moment to learn how they speak when you’re not around. Acid Test:  A stern measure of a company’s ability to pay its short-term debts, …

3 Things HR Looks For In An Employee

Tim Sackett 60-Second SPHR, Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Candidate Pool, Culture, Diversity, EEO, Employment Law, Good HR, Hiring Bias, Interviewing, Profiles, Recruiting, Talent Strategy, Tim Sackett

Have you guys seen all of the selection tools that are out nowadays? It’s crazy.  You can select employees based on almost any personality trait, level of intelligence or emotional intelligence, physical ability, etc. Basically, you decide what you want, and someone, somewhere has already developed that tool.  It’s a great time to be in HR and Talent Acquisition! Here’s …

Employee Engagement: All You Need is Love

Laurie Ruettimann 60-Second SPHR, Employee Engagement, HR Tech, HR Technology, HR Vendors, Laurie Ruettimann

I am just back from the HR Technology Conference & Exposition where I sat through quite a few technology demonstrations that focused on improving employee engagement. Employee engagement is the greatest scam of the 21st century. You should develop a healthy psyche on your own time and dime, and you shouldn’t rely on anyone or anything to make you feel better …

ILSHRM13 Session Preview: Kris Dunn and Laurie Ruettimann

Laurie Ruettimann 60-Second SPHR, Conferences, FOT Shoutout, Kris Dunn, Laurie Ruettimann, Leadership

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When do you hire someone? Microeconomics for HR Professionals

Steve Gifford 60-Second SPHR, Business Development, Good HR, Labor, Seat at the Table, Steve Gifford, War for Talent, Workforce Management Articles

“When the hiring manager says so”, right?  And sure, you want to provide customer service to the humans that you support.  The larger question, though, is when does your organization hire someone? The economics concept to understand here is “margin”.  When an economist talks about margin, they’re talking about one additional item.  That is to say, the “marginal cost” of …

Ignoring it Doesn’t Make it Go Away: What Non-Union Employers need to know about the NLRA

Steve Gifford 60-Second SPHR, Employee Communications, Steve Gifford

Union membership accounts for less than 20% of the current American workforce, with less than 10% of the private workforce.  HR professionals tend to divide into a small group of generalists who eat, breathe, and live collective bargaining, and a much larger portion of us who simply thank our lucky stars that we don’t have to deal with that level …

Management Training When You’re Not Doing Management Training

Steve Gifford 60-Second SPHR, Bad HR, Culture, Employee Coaching, Hiring Managers, Interviewing, Leadership, Organizational Development, Policies, Steve Gifford

Your organization’s managers have many shortcomings.  They refuse to make a decision without having a meeting and cc-ing the whole world on an email about it.  They desperately need someone to fill that open position, then go two weeks without reviewing resumes, only to decide that maybe they  don’t need someone after all.  They can’t coach, avoid confrontation, and point …

VIDEO: 60-Second SPHR – Playing Both Sides of the Fence on Performance Issues

Kris Dunn 60-Second SPHR, Kris Dunn, Tim Sackett

Editor’s Note:  FOT loves to experiment.  With that in mind, Kris Dunn and Tim Sackett have launched a new series called “60-Second SPHR”.  It’s designed to cover ground that any HR pro has to deal with to survive and advance in their organization, but there’s no college course or certification program that prepares the upwardly mobile HR pro for the …