Mythbusters: Executive Search Edition…

admin Audacious Ideas, Bob Corlett, Executive Search, Recruiting, Working With Recruiters

Dear Corporate HR Friends, You know that tough job opening that’s been on your books a while now? The one with the hard-to-find skills and a hard-to-please hiring manager?   Why haven’t you engaged an executive search firm yet?  (Was it the mind-boggling cost? No definitive timeline for results?  Uncertainty about getting any results?  Or perhaps your last experience just didn’t …

Is Employee Engagement a Sisyphean Effort?

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Culture, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Metrics, Paul Hebert

Almost every company these days wants to create a program, a process, an intervention or an initiative that creates employee engagement.  It starts with the company paying someone for a “scientifically designed and vetted” survey instrument that gives management a “score” that can be influenced.  The score, usually somewhere between 1 and 5, or 1 and 10 – or even …

More Money Does Equal Happiness… By the Way…

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Tim Sackett, Total Rewards

Google recently made public plans to give each and everyone of their 23,000 employees a 10% raise in January.  From the Wall Street Journal article: The pay hike comes as Google ramps up its battle with competitors, especially neighboring Facebook Inc., in a fight to secure talented staff. Roughly 10% of Facebook’s employees are Google veterans and other Silicon Valley …

(not) Dying To Leave Your Job

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Job Market, Tim Sackett

I’m a glass half full kind of guy. So, I wanted to find the positive side to our high-unemployment-bad-economy-recession-thingy we are going through.  I mean, I’m in Michigan and Wolverine fans need something to be happy about before football season starts and they start taking their own lives, again.  (BTW – 1000+ days since UofM has beat MSU in football and basketball – I’m just …

Diversity Recruiting Lessons… from Broadway?

Jessica Lee Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Diversity, Good HR, Jessica Lee

I recently came across an interesting article about Broadway’s efforts to woo black audiences to the theater, and there was so much about how they were going about their recruiting efforts that just seemed so right and so in line with my philosophies on how best to approach diversity initiatives in the workplace. For background, overall attendance at Broadway shows …

The Unemployed Won’t Be Considered?

admin Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Culture, Kris Dunn, Tim Sackett, Working With Recruiters

We have email conversations. Interesting email conversations. And I caught wind of an interesting back and forth between FOT's Kris Dunn and Tim Sackett as they broke down a trend reported by the Huffington Post the other week of companies advertising in job postings that they will not consider the unemployed. Of course, your gut reaction as a good HR …

Potentially Catastrophic Workplace Experiments.

Steve Boese Audacious Ideas, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Steve Boese

A close friend of mine recommended the new children’s book The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science for my son thinking (correctly) that most nine-year old boys would be interested in and fascinated by the prospect of blowing things up, experimenting with gross and disgusting substances, and generally causing some good old-fashioned mayhem and turmoil (all in the name of science, of …