Events From 2017 That Will Make a Lasting Impact in the Workplace

Kathy Rapp candidate experience, Change Management, Communication, Compensation/Cash Money, Corporate America, Current Affairs, Employment Law, Harassment, Holidays, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Kathy Rapp, Sexual Harassment, Women in the Workplace

I love reading trend predictions, but also enjoy the thoughtful look-back.  Makes me wish I’d saved some of those workforce articles from the 9o’s.  Lotus Notes.  Personal Digital Assistants.  Beavis and Butthead.  Causal Fridays. While I don’t miss the drama over what “casual” Fridays vs. jeans Fridays meant, there is a nostalgia that gets me this time of year.  Perhaps …

Through Hell and High Water: Your People Strategy

Kathy Rapp Change Management, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, HR & Sports, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Managing People, Metrics, Performance, Sports, Talent Strategy

After the Houston Astros knocked off three historic teams—The Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers—the city of Houston celebrated its first-ever World Series Championship.  “Houston Strong“, coined post-Hurricane Harvey, became the mantra and the common thread that bound players, fans and observers together. Beer was certainly part of that celebration, and Budweiser produced another tear-inducing spot that gave props to a …

3 Reasons HR Should Pay Attention to the Amazon-Whole Foods Deal

Kathy Rapp candidate experience, Change, Change Management, Communication, Corporate Social Responsibility, Culture, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, Food and Drink, HR, in the news, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Organizational Development, Passive Candidates, Performance, Recruiting, Risks, T+D, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, The HR Profession, Training and Development

$13.7 billion buys a lot of organic quinoa. Lots of talk around Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods and what it means for the grocery business, farmers, those whose jobs will be lost to automation, and the retail industry as a whole.  It’s a cocktail of doom and gloom mixed with the reality of capitalism and a twist of efficiency. So …

How to Screw Up the Management Off-Site

RJ Morris Bad HR, Change Management, Coaching, Corporate America, Engagement and Satisfaction, Leadership, RJ Morris

For decades, the leadership off-site meeting has been a favorite tool of management consultants worldwide. “We have issues, so let’s get the team together away from the office and fix everything that’s wrong. Hire a facilitator to help us help ourselves.” Done and done. At its worst, it’s not quite group therapy, but it’s close. At its best, it’s a …

Amateur Hour at Uber: Too Many Managers With Too Little Experience

John Hollon Bad HR, Change Management, John Hollon, Leadership

Managers don’t get much respect at Uber. How else would you explain the fact that 63 percent of the ride-share company’s management team is, according to head of global diversity and inclusion Bernard Coleman, made up of rookie, first time managers ? In other words, it’s amateur hour when it comes to management practices at Uber, and it probably explains why …

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Why Innovation Requires Rules

Paul Hebert Change, Change Management, Employee Engagement, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation, Paul Hebert

When you hear the word innovation most people think, new, groundbreaking, disruptive, interesting, free-form. The word doesn’t evoke images of strict processes and rules. Yet my experience working with most companies is that rules are required for creating innovative ideas and processes. Let me set up this discussion with a story. About 10 years ago, we took in one of …

Moving from Disruption to Breakthrough HR

Mark Fogel Audacious Ideas, Change Management, Mark Fogel

For a couple of years, we have been talking about disruption, when we are actually looking for breakthrough ideas in the HR space. My discussion today is a call to action. To get there we need to move beyond just offering sexy ideas and put actionable programs to the test. The HR community loves sexy ideas, aren’t we the folks who …

Leadership. It’s Always the Answer

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Influence, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Performance, Sports, Talent Strategy

How many of you are in the throes of strategy planning and budgeting for 2017?  It’s also talent review, total rewards and expense management season.  Oh, and for those in the dark ages, it’s “I’m about to lose 80 hours of vacation time unless I take off the last 2 weeks of the year” time.  Eeek. Yes.  December is upon …