Why a Sucker Pay Plan Made Me Hate Teaching

I was a sorta teacher for a few years. While I did my masters, I taught some composition and literature courses. If you have any sort of ego whatsoever (and… Get the Rest


Are Job Titles Participation Trophies for Grown Ups?

I’m not a big fan of generalizing generations and playing into a faux “millennial” industrial complex, making money convincing everyone that we need to reinvent the world because

Boiler Room

Slinging Crack Rock: Why Most Stock Options Suck…

"Notorious B.I.G. said it best: 'Either you're slinging crack rock, or you got a wicked jump shot.' Nobody wants to work for it anymore. There's no honor in


Kobe Bryant and Paying Above Market Compensation

If you follow professional sports, you probably know by now that Kobe Bryant returned to the NBA in December, played six games, and has been back out with injuries since


What Being Strategic In HR Means – Real Life Case Study

I was in Canada recently to speak at an HR conference.  Upon returning, I wrote a post regarding the differences in pregnancy leave policies between the two countries,


5 Reasons Why Your Kid Will End Up Being a 40-Year Old Barista

Wow.  That title is harsh.  Time to man up/woman up. As whatever higher being you believe in knows—I've got my own challenges as a dad.  But there's a couple

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

bonuses for employees

Big Bonuses—Good For Driving Everyday Performance?

Do big bonuses drive performance and behavior in general?  I've always broken this question up into two camps: the sales and non-sales camp. First, the easy one—sales.  We can

HR Capologist

New HR Title: HR Capologist

It's almost July, and for those of you in really big companies, that means one thing—you're almost ready to start thinking about budget season for 2014.  Yes, that

play nice recruiting

Rude Candidates are Annoying. But, Maybe I Should Be Nicer to Them

Something has been bugging me and I feel I need to confess.  It happened many years ago and I frequently think about it.  But, not until recently have