North Carolina, HB2 and HR

Laurie Ruettimann Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Change, Change Management, Laurie Ruettimann, Policies

I live in North Carolina, a state so beautiful that people like me visit from desperate hell holes in the Midwest and say things like, “I’m never going home.” That was more than eight years ago, and I meant what I said. There’s no going back. This is my home. I was born in the north, but my soul belongs …

Getting Change To Stick

Guest: Ed Baldwin Change, Change Management, Ed Baldwin, Engagement and Satisfaction, Innovation

Everyone is either leading change or trying to adapt to it. Very little in our world today remains constant. And yet, change is hard for all of us. Any change is hard, but large scale change can be particularly challenging.  Change is in front of us every waking moment of our day, from the new brand of coffee you thought you …

Back-to-School with HR

Laurie Ruettimann Change, Change Management, Communication, Laurie Ruettimann, Talent Strategy

It’s the end of August, and many HR parents are dealing with the back-to-school blues. Not your blues. You’ve got your life on lockdown, and your kids have been ready for class since July. Instead, you’re dealing with colleagues and associates who act as if back-to-school is a new thing every year and cannot get their acts together. Matt in …

4 Reasons to Abandon Anonymity in Employee Surveys

Jason Laurtisen Bad HR, Change Management, Employee Engagement, Jason Lauritsen, Organizational Development, Social Media

While we still have a long ways to go, I am encouraged by what’s happening in human resources.  Over the past few years, we’ve found the courage to admit that some of our old-school HR practices are B.S. From the uselessness of the break-room suggestion box to the ineffectiveness of annual reviews, when we admit that the old way is flawed, …

HR, Want Proof You Should Connect? It’s Better Than Sex!

Dawn Burke Change Management, Communication, Culture, Dawn Burke, Employee Engagement, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence

HR do you still need convincing your role should focus on people connection over compliance officer? Check this out: Emotional connection is better than sex. And I think most agree sex can be a pretty awesome thing. In most cases, emotional connection is far more valued in authentic relationships than sex. Now, both cases require you to be vulnerable. But …

Training Managers On The Value (or lack thereof) Of Counter Offers

Kris Dunn Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Counter-Offers, Kris Dunn, Policies, Recruiting

Hang out long enough as a manager of people and one thing’s for sure—someone on your team is going to quit or resign to take another job. The reaction you have to that resignation is directly related to how valuable the employee is to your team and company. For most of us, losing an average or below-average employee feels like …

Nobody Wants Those Crummy Trump Jobs

Laurie Ruettimann Change, Change Management, Culture, Current Affairs, Immigration, Laurie Ruettimann

I’m unabashedly libertarian in my politics. I don’t think government can solve anything that you can’t fix yourself. There are exceptions, of course. You can’t fight systemic problems like racism and sexism that are baked into our operating system. Like a computer virus, those problems require intervention beyond our individual capabilities. But, for the most part, you’re accountable for bringing …

I Heard Google Pays Mailroom Boys 100K (Dealing with Competitive Issues on Compensation)

Kris Dunn Change Management, Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Kris Dunn, Labor, The HR Profession

Quote – “If the grass looks greener on the other side, it is probably AstroTurf.” -Unknown Everybody wants more money, people. This we know. Internal issues related to pay are one thing. There’s also a big nasty world outside of your company that creates fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) across your employee base related to pay satisfaction. Whether it’s macro-media …

I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning, Pop Culture, The HR Profession

“Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley” is one of the reasons I continued to watch SNL in the 90’s.  Al Franken invented and acted out Stuart in a way that made you laugh and cringe at the same time. I’m not an affirmation gal.  The closest I get is coaching my daughter to tell me to “Buck up, Mommy!” whenever I …

Addicted to Queso and Other Leadership Predicaments

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Communication, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning and Development, wellness

I broke my left arm two weeks ago.  First broken bone, first ambulance ride, first ER visit.  All in tiny Columbus, Texas….which means I was terribly lucky they even had an ambulance, much less an ER. Why was I in Columbus?  It’s halfway between Austin and Houston and I was making a pit-stop.  And part of that stop involved queso. It …