Why You Should Eliminate Your Paid Time Off Policies

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Bad HR, Benefits, Good HR, Workplace Flexibilty

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 puts in hours on nights and weekends, much to the chagrin of his family (don’t even bring up the smartphone). He’s a professional and paid well to care about his work …

What’s Driving Compensation In Your Market?

Guest: Kent Pritchett Benefits, Compensation/Cash Money, Hiring Bias, HR & Sports, Payroll, You Want Me To Pay For What!?

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 the results have been pretty good since then—assuming you call two championships, two MVPs and an Olympic gold medal pretty good. His reasons why were pretty clear: there are worse places to …

Parental Leave in the US Really Does Suck

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Benefits, Culture, Good HR

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 done by Harvard and McGill Universities, they are the only 3 developed countries in the world that don’t guarantee working mothers leave with compensation. I didn’t believe it when I read …

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

Steve Boese Audacious Ideas, Benefits, HR, Steve Boese, Total Rewards

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, (while technically not a ‘remote work’ program, certainly resulted in lots of people working remotely), has seemed to die down for the moment, seemingly drowned out by a combination of March Madness, …

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

Steve Boese Bad HR, Benefits, Change, Culture, HR, Leadership, Steve Boese

(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 opinions, and mine are not any smarter than anyone else’s). From time to time there are workplace related news items that rise to the level of ‘HR/Talent required blog fodder’, and the …

Enforcing Bereavement Time

Steve Gifford Bad HR, Benefits, Current Affairs, Engagement and Satisfaction, Policies, Steve Gifford

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 his day. I live in Connecticut.  I have two kids who go to elementary school here.  And my office is less than twenty minutes from Newtown.  No one I work with was …