staycation

Happy Spring Break! Now Get Back to Work.

It’s Spring Break this week (at least where I live)! Time to take some time off!!! Vacation time!!! What’s that? You did not get any time away from the office… Get the Rest

PTO Policies

Why You Should Eliminate Your Paid Time Off Policies

Let's meet Bill: Bill's a hard-working guy who always meet his goals (sometimes exceeding them). He's more than willing to help out others on his team, and he regularly

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Random Thoughts as I Thaw Out My Brain…

Random thoughts on the work world as I thaw out from shoveling for the fourth time in a week... I really hate that some hiring managers still think there

what drives compensation

What’s Driving Compensation In Your Market?

LeBron James famously once said that he was going to take his talents to South Beach to play for the Miami Heat. That was three years ago and

Parental leave in the US sucks

Parental Leave in the US Really Does Suck

Pop Quiz: What does the United States of America have in common with Papua New Guinea and Swaziland? Well, pretty much nothing at all EXCEPT, according to a study

corporate giving human resources

Every Company Needs A Giving Campaign

When I write for FOT, I intentionally try to keep a lot of my day to day at Microsoft out of it.  You all know where I work. 

live work play

Would say $500/month be enough to get you to move closer to the office?

The recent ‘working from home’ kerfuffle that sprang from Yahoo’s decision to end all remote working arrangements and Best Buy’s move to end their ROWE program at their corporate HQ,

cube farm

Learning to trust is one of leadership’s most difficult tasks

(Note: Apologies in advance to any other FOT'ers that want to take on this topic - I'd say go ahead, there are bound to be lots of conflicting

401 salesman

Why is Your Retirement My Problem?

I'm a 401k salesman. Don't get me wrong, I'm an HR generalist in the truest, small-company sense.  I source dozens of jobs a month, touch a lot of compensation

hug your family

Enforcing Bereavement Time

My Kindergartener announced Monday evening that, in addition to gym class and centers, they had done "lockdown practice" at school that day.  It was simply another activity in