Clark Griswold, Breaking Woks and HR Exit Strategies

RJ Morris Change, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, RJ Morris

You gotta love the first week of the New Year–gyms are full, treadmill salespeople are cashing mongo commission checks and Whole Foods is overrun with reformed Twinkie eaters resolving to go organic. Confidence is high after a brutal 2009 and 2010, but a lot of companies, and by extension their HR departments, are still thinking more about exit strategies than …

System Implementation on the Horizon? Ask Away.

Jessica Lee Change, HR Tech, Jessica Lee, Trench HR

Let me just say this: I am stressed out. I am not even going to lie about it. 2011 has come like a hurricane. There’s my regular recruiting load, 2010 year end stuff, special projects like a Jobvite implementation… cumulatively, it’s what keeps me up at night. Who likes a complainer though?! Jobvite however? I am more than excited about. …

When Will Zappos Jump the Shark?

Paul Hebert Change, Culture, Current Affairs, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Paul Hebert

I probably don’t have to explain it but I will – jumping the shark is that moment when something goes from good to meh, from cool to something your Dad says too often and thinks is funny, from relevant to irrelevant. Now, if you belong to any LinkedIn groups associated with HR, or follow any blogs (including this one) that …

The One-Eyed HR Professional in the Land of the Blind…

Paul Hebert Change, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Influence, Paul Hebert, Performance, Total Rewards

“If ever there were a moment for companies to be experimenting with how they organise and motivate their employees, now would seem to be it. Businesses are being yanked in every direction by the forces of recession, emerging markets and new technology. Psychologists and economists are collaborating as never before to expand the field of behavioural economics, to tell us …

Start at the Wall

Paul Hebert Change, Influence, Paul Hebert, Performance, Total Rewards

When we think of changing behavior we typically think of rewards and recognition.  We think of compensation schemes and bonus structures. Motivation programs provide participants with a choice.  Do “x” get “y” – or not do “x” and don’t get “y.”  You can also turn that equation around and say – do “x” and get thrown in jail (a negative …

When “The Customer is Always Right” Goes All Wrong…

Tanya Barham Bad HR, Change, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Social Media, Social Recruiting, Tanya Barham, Travel

Unless you live in a remote corner of Yosemite National Park and spend your days oggling double rainbows, you probably heard a newsy little tidbit about a fedup JetBlue employee and his beer swilling, f bomb dropping, emergency chute pulling, and in-all-ways dramatic exit from a JetBlue aircraft. After an encounter that he describes as the straw that broke the …

Another Talent Management Lesson From Reality TV – Really Lesser-Known Reality TV

Paul Hebert Change, Driving Productivity, Paul Hebert, Total Rewards

No not American Idol.  No not Big Brother.  No not the Surreal Life (although there are some real cautionary tales in that hot mess of humanity.)  Nope – not Top Chef either. I’m talking Top Shot. Whaaaaaaaat?  I hear you saying. Yep. Top Shot is a History channel reality show hosted by 3-time Survivor show contestant Colby Donaldson.  The show …