Clock In, Check Out

John Whitaker Audacious Ideas, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, John Whitaker

“Presenteeism costing employers 11 weeks per worker.” That’s the article heading that leapt off the page when I received my HR Daily update. (“Presenteeism…” you know it’s a relatively new concept when it gets spell-checked in WordPress.) Not absenteeism, mind you. We can all count the days when employees don’t show. Presenteeism is way more prevalent than absenteeism—how much more? …

The Most Important Part of Recruiting Is… Wait For It… It’s…

Kelly Dingee Always Be Closing, candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, HR, Influence, Kelly Dingee

Not sourcing. Dear God, did I write that? I did. Sourcing is not the most important part of recruiting a candidate. It’s part of it, yes. But the most important part? No. I find people, sure. But what I’m finding these days is I find people and they think “Yeah, it’s probably time for me to make a move… ” …

What Trait Holds Leaders Back

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Coaching, Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Leadership

Effective leadership involves a million traits. As discussed in What Leadership Isn’t, it’s often easier to explain what leaders want to avoid than it is to review the laundry list of traits effective leaders employ. This post is about one behavior to avoid: getting triggered. As I’ve coached leaders over the years, and indeed as I myself have learned where …

Performance Management Economics: Regression to the Mean of Top Performers…

Kris Dunn Coaching, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kris Dunn, Leadership, Performance

I’ve got a theory I’ve written about before: EVERY MANAGER and INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTOR HAS A SHELF LIFE AT A COMPANY. What’s a shelf life? Shelf life means that you come into a new opportunity with lots of fresh ideas, and you’re engaged and ready to kick some ass. And you do that. Just as importantly, the people around you—the receptors …

Call Me! The Lost Art of Picking Up The Phone.

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, candidate experience, Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, Generations, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, War for Talent

Gen X version: “Call me (call me) on the line Call me, call me any, anytime“ Millennial version: “Hey, I just met you, And this is crazy, But here’s my number, So call me, maybe!” Aside from the observation that Millennials are much coyer in their request for a call (“So call me, maybe!”) and those of us who identify …

Even Apple Needs to Get Their Employer Brand Game On.

Jessica Lee Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, HR, Jessica Lee

I got an Apple watch from my hubby, and I returned it. That’s another blog post. But while standing at the Apple store waiting for someone to help me, I became mesmerized by the buzz within the store.The products, the crowd, the happy smiles of their employees… and I couldn’t help but to wonder how all their employees ended up …

Improve Your HR Communication Skills

Laurie Ruettimann Communication, Employee Communications, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Laurie Ruettimann, Learning

I’m a full-time writer, and I’ve been helping HR leaders and HR technology vendors communicate more effectively for many years. It’s the favorite part of my job. I love rethinking the way we interact with one another, and I want to share my advice with you. First of all, most of us mistakenly feel we have good communication skills. If …

What To Do When Struggling With a Jerk at Work

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Harassment, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Organizational Development, Personal Brand

Unfortunately, many of us will eventually have to work with someone we don’t get along with. Most of us will believe this other person is incompetent (or rude or dishonest or unqualified or whatever it is that we have a problem with), so we’ll spend the better part of the relationship simply wishing the other person would simply move along. …

How To Assess Your True Corporate Culture

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Organizational Development

In my last entry, we covered the role of corporate culture in achieving your company’s mission. Ideally, your corporate culture guides people’s behaviors to be consistent with the corporate values, which enable you to implement your strategy for achieving your mission. The trick is assessing whether your corporate culture is, in fact, aligned with your values. If it’s not, this …

Open-Ended Feedback Requests: Now Being Requested By a Sucker Near You…

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Hiring Managers, Kris Dunn

A lot of you are in an end-of-the-year cycle when it comes to performance reviews. Which is code for the following: “This #### would be a lot easier if someone would write it for me.” Which leads to this moment of rationalization: “I know what to do: I should ask my employees to give me feedback on how THEY think …