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 …

Company Needs vs. Employee Wants—Guess Who Wins?

RJ Morris Current Affairs, Employee Relations, Influence, Labor, Negotiation, RJ Morris

When it comes to negotiating deals, you’re probably like me—some good wins in your past and maybe a few plays which could have gone better. On the bad deals, was it because you misunderstood your position relative to the other side? That’s where my deals have gone south. Always looking for help, I found a nice piece from FOT alum, …

US Senate Candidate Christine O’Donnell… A Lesson in Knowing When to Shut Up.

Jason Pankow Candidate Pool, Current Affairs, Jason Pankow, Social Recruiting

You know how you thought, “I am going to regret this in the morning,” just before eating your 20th chicken wing covered in Super Atomic Hot Sauce? Remember how you wondered, “Will I ever date another girl?” just before getting your girlfriend’s name permanently tattooed on your chest? And then there was that time you pondered, “Will I ever run …

The Pros for HR in a Bad Economy

Tim Sackett Bad HR, Current Affairs, HR, Tim Sackett

I’m kind of sick and tired of reading/listening/watching so much negative information on the economy. I get it. We’re down, we’re out, we’ll never come back – it’s the worst of all time. Sure, it makes for headlines  – but otherwise, all the chatter probably isn’t really helping move us forward in a productive manner.  And I have said this …

Relocation May Require Landlord Skills…

timtolan Compensation/Cash Money, Current Affairs, Interviewing, Making Offers, Onboarding, Recruiting, Relocation, Tim Tolan

It’s a tough discussion across the board. I’m talking about owning real estate in this market when seeking a job in a new city. Whether we are conducting a search for an individual contributor or a CEO – the challenges and options are identical. Critical financial choices have to be made that were non-existent a few years ago. We all know that the higher the salary/position the …

Not Gone, But Forgotten: The Truth About Disabled Vets Returning to Work

Josh Letourneau Candidate Pool, Current Affairs, Joshua Letourneau, Recruiting

Today’s post is going to take on a more serious, impactful tone – my hope is that it touches the reader as much as it touched me to write it. As of early 2008, our number of Disabled Veterans had jumped over 25%, to 2.9 Million in total.  As of today, I can find no data (2010) on a further …

The Reality Show Generation…

Marisa Keegan Candidate Pool, Culture, Current Affairs, Generations, Marisa Keegan

You can stop holding your breath folks, and you can sleep easy tonight because the kids featured in MTV’s newest and trashiest reality show “JerseyShore” announced earlier this week that their crying and whining paid off. They received that 200% salary increase they asked for, which will fund another season of drinking, smoking, hair gellin’, hot tubbin’ trash. At $30,000 …

BP: HR & Leadership Lessons

Kathy Rapp Current Affairs, HR, Kathy Rapp, Leadership

I’ve purposely avoided writing about BP and the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico primarily because it hits so close to home, I know many people involved, and generally, I avoid political hot buttons.  That said, there are too many HR and Leadership lessons to be learned from the tragedy not to put a few thoughts out there. Anyone who …