HR Plays Too Much Defense…

Paul Hebert Bad HR, Culture, Good HR, HR, Innovation, Paul Hebert, Seat at the Table, Sports

Since @timsackett and @steveboese and @kris_dunn use sports analogies to talk HR, I thought I’d try to slide in and sit at the cool kids’ table with my own little sports discussion. Defense is about not losing… What I mean by that is anecdotally I see HR as a function that “protects” the company.  From monitoring legal issues, making sure people fill …

Bust Out Your Calculators! It’s Open Enrollment.

wellnesssucks Bad HR, Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Employee Relations, Good HR, Tanya Barham, Trench HR, wellness

Ohhhhhhh yes.  It’s that time of year again.  HR and Benefits know that this is the time of year when employees need to make some important choices about their benefits plans. These are choices that, in the unfortunate event that someone might need to actually use a big chunk of health care, can have some pretty serious financial consequences for …

Fear and Loathing on LinkedIn

Steve Boese Bad HR, Career Paths, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR Tech, HR Technology, Leadership, Social Recruiting, Steve Boese

This week the professional social networking site LinkedIn announced a new feature (initially) aimed at current college students, the LinkedIn Career Explorer.  This new capability provides the student the ability to visualize potential career paths based on their field of study, search for relevant job opportunities, find and follow target companies matching their career aspirations, and discover and connect with …

The Pros for HR in a Bad Economy

Tim Sackett Bad HR, Current Affairs, HR, Tim Sackett

I’m kind of sick and tired of reading/listening/watching so much negative information on the economy. I get it. We’re down, we’re out, we’ll never come back – it’s the worst of all time. Sure, it makes for headlines  – but otherwise, all the chatter probably isn’t really helping move us forward in a productive manner.  And I have said this …

The Fight Against Cancer and A (Bad) Apple a Day…

Tanya Barham Always Be Closing, Bad HR, Candidate Pool, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Giving Notice, Hiring Managers, Labor, Resumes, Tanya Barham

A long, long time ago in a galaxy far away, I worked for a management consulting firm that often encouraged its clients to “cut out the cancer” when suggesting an uncooperative manager be promoted to junior vice president of pencil sharpening.  Although I found their manner of communication, in general, to be a little too “In the Company of Men” …

When “The Customer is Always Right” Goes All Wrong…

Tanya Barham Bad HR, Change, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Social Media, Social Recruiting, Tanya Barham, Travel

Unless you live in a remote corner of Yosemite National Park and spend your days oggling double rainbows, you probably heard a newsy little tidbit about a fedup JetBlue employee and his beer swilling, f bomb dropping, emergency chute pulling, and in-all-ways dramatic exit from a JetBlue aircraft. After an encounter that he describes as the straw that broke the …

Money Talks: Our Problem of Paying for Problems

Kathy Rapp Bad HR, Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Relations, Kathy Rapp

No huge surprise – BP announced today that Tony Hayward will be stepping down as CEO as of October 1st.  After the disaster in the Gulf killed 11, falling stock prices, numerous failed attempts to stop the oil leak and even more numerous ill-placed comments and responses from Tony (including a yacht racing episode), it was inevitable a change would …