Do Weak Managers Prefer One-Time Bonuses?

RJ Morris Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Engagement, Good HR, in the news, Performance, RJ Morris

It’s hard for me to talk about bonuses without thinking of Clark Griswold getting a membership to the Jelly of the Month Club in Christmas Vacation. As Eddie said, “Clark, that’s the gift that keeps on giving throughout the entire year.” Bonuses have gone through an evolution. Company-wide, “thanks for being here” Christmas bonuses were the standard when my parents …

Show Me The Shekels

John Whitaker Compensation/Cash Money, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, John Whitaker, Organizational Development, Recruiting, Retention

My buddy KD just wrote a piece about the importance of the Employee Development Plan when targeting the performance “middle-class.” It makes a lot of sense; you have 20% of your people who don’t want development, 20% who manage their own development, and a huge population in the middle who are waiting to be captured by one camp or the other. …

Musing On The Candidate Experience… In Parental Recruiting Mode

Kelly Dingee Benefits, Candidate Pool, Compensation/Cash Money, Good HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Millenial Voice, Payroll, Recognition, Retention, Salary Caps, Talent Strategy

I have two teenagers… both were gainfully employed last summer.  Which meant I had a summer of bliss.  You know what I mean if you have teenagers. Both did great at their jobs, their bosses loved them, and they were asked to come back this year. But there were some fails along the way that damaged their candidate experience. What …

Holiday Giving For Employees – It’s Not That Simple

Paul Hebert Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Influence, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition, Total Rewards

I have two kids… actually they are no longer kids but young adults—21 and 23. When they were 6 and 4, buying them gifts for Christmas was easy. Make the boxes big and the number plentiful. As long as there was stuff under the tree we pretty much had Christmas whupped. As they got older, they got more discerning. Now …

Never Underestimate the Power of “Thank You!”

Jason Pankow Communication, Compensation/Cash Money, Driving Productivity, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Jason Pankow, Performance, Recognition

I was having a little jibber jabber this evening with a close friend.  We were discussing work.  This is great, that sucks, this is new, can’t believe this is still happening.  You know… the usual. This friend has been with her company for a while.  She often sounds a bit burned out or fed up.  I have asked her on …

He Said What??! Microsoft’s CEO Better Hope Karma Is Really a Guy.

Kathy Rapp Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Compensation/Cash Money, Current Affairs, Kathy Rapp, Leadership

What’s the phrase… “Karma is a bitch?”  Talk about poetic given Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s comments about how women should ask for a raise—said no less in front of 10,000 women at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference. “For women who aren’t comfortable asking for a raise, what’s your advice for them?” asked Maria Klawe, a member …

4 Useless Things Career Advisers Tell You

Steve Boese Career Paths, Compensation/Cash Money, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Job Seeker Advice, Negotiation, Steve Boese

Over the weekend I caught this kind of interesting piece debunking much of what the investment advice industry tells its clients (that is you and me), The Four Most Useless Things Financial Advisers Tell You, on the Marketwatch site. It was a fun article, and while I don’t really know for sure if it is 100% on the money (bad …

Are Job Titles Participation Trophies for Grown Ups?

Paul Hebert Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Millenial Voice, Paul Hebert, Policies, politics

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 the millennials have arrived. In fact this member of “Generation Jones” is the one who sets up the tech in our house, knows how the network operates, gets the printer to work …

Slinging Crack Rock: Why Most Stock Options Suck…

Kris Dunn Compensation/Cash Money, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kris Dunn, Payroll, Policies

“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 taking the after-school job at Mickey D’s. Honor’s in the dollar, kid. So I went the white boy way of slinging crack rock. I became a stock broker.” —Seth Davis in Boiler Room In …