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 1 Comment

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 …

Are You Ready for Generation Alpha?

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Corporate America, Current Affairs, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Executive Search, Generations, HR, Onboarding, Paul Hebert, Recruiting 1 Comment

Boomers? Buh bye. Gen X? Gone – checking their 401K balances and investing in long-term nursing care options. Millennials? Busy packing participation trophies in their second rental locker and googling “where to get botox for my butt?” Gen Z (or C)? Heads down, checking Snapchat to block their Gen Y parents (yeah Gen Y and Millennials ARE that freaking old! …

Tesla Fired Hundreds….To “Improve Morale”

RJ Morris Corporate America, Employee Relations, in the news, Outmatch, RJ Morris 3 Comments

When you geek out on talent like the folks here at FOT, it’s fun to sit back and watch high profile companies make big talent decisions.  Intrigue, strategy and risk are all embedded in public leadership transitions, succession planning, business strategy pivots, acquisitions, mass firings….wait, what? Mass firings?  Who announces those and makes them public?  Well, Tesla does.  Backstory intro …

Should HR Take a Knee or Sit on the Sidelines?

Mark Fogel Corporate America, Good HR, HR & Sports, Mark Fogel, politics

Taking a knee during the national anthem at National Football games is today’s discussion. If you work in HR can you take a knee or do you need to sit, or rather stand, on the sidelines? HR folks are all about political correctness, but what if you disagree about what you’re being asked to defend daily? In professional football, we …

Remember, Clueless Management Never Goes Out of Style

John Hollon Corporate America, in the news, John Hollon

It’s late summer, everybody out here in the People’s Republic of California seem to be on vacation, and Labor Day is still a couple of weeks away. So, it’s time for some old school clueless management from the good people over at Tronc. Don’t know what “Tronc” is? I’d be surprised if you did, but it’s the silly name given …

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 …

IBM remote employees

News Flash From IBM: There IS a Downside to a Remote Workforce

John Hollon Communication, Corporate America, John Hollon

I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner, but IBM, an early and vocal champion of a remote workforce, finally discovered what any remote worker could have told you years ago. The problem with remote work is that you work remotely. I know, I know — that sounds like double-talk. But as someone who worked in a typical office environment for most …

michael douglas phone

Lunch is for Wimps, So Keep Staring at Your Phone

Kathy Rapp Corporate America, Culture, Kathy Rapp

Remember when owning a mobile phone was a symbol of success? You know, the Motorola monster Michael Douglas, aka Gordon Gekko, aka “Awww, lunch is for wimps“, wielded around so powerfully in 1987’s “Wall Street“?  Everyone wanted one, but only a few were privileged enough at the time to own one. Fast forward and A) recognize the speed of technological …

united talent

How Talent (or Lack Thereof) Can Lead to Systemic Business Failure

RJ Morris Bad HR, Communication, Corporate America, Outmatch, RJ Morris

The legend, John Hollon, tore into United here at FOT earlier this week, accurately writing that culture problems are the core reason Satan ranks higher than United in popularity polls this week. John laid out a solid strategic analysis of where culture impacts service, and he mixed in his own personal experiences. Good stuff…read it if you haven’t. As I …

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Productive People Punch List

Kathy Rapp Corporate America, Driving Productivity, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kathy Rapp, Work Life Balance

We all know them.  The types who can exercise 2 hours a day, get their kids to school (dressed) and to every activity on time (with snacks) as well as shine during a pitch meeting.  Plus – always look like they’ve gotten 10 hours of sleep. WTF?  Don’t you just want to punch them? Especially in the unpredictable people business, …