Facts of (Work) Life: “Manager Pass-Through”

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kris Dunn, Workforce Management Articles

I wrote about the manager pass-through in 2011.  It’s an important fact of life in every organization, so I’m writing about it again today. Here’s the trick: Imagine you could film every manager in your organization trying to defend a strategy, action, change, etc. taken by the company to their team.  Would they own it or point to a higher power …

Why HR Needs to Study Psychology – United Idiocracy

Paul Hebert Bad HR, Benefits, Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Paul Hebert, Performance

For about 134 years I’ve been suggesting that to be good at HR you should be good at humans. Operations managers and factory foremen needed to know about the machines they were charged with maintaining and running at peak efficiency and HR should be judged similarly. If you are in HR, you are responsible for making sure the machines of …

HR Needs to Shave with Occam’s Razor

Paul Hebert Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, HR Technology, Paul Hebert

Time for a quiz, my fellow HR aficionados! Look at the three numbers below. 7… 84… 3,321 Your job is to find a rule based on those three numbers that will allow you to predict the next number in the series. Ready – GO! I’ll give you the answer at the end, but take some time… jot down your theory. …

Grading the Clinton/Trump vs Bush/Gore Workplace Bullying Responses

Kris Dunn Employee Communications, Kris Dunn

Ah yes. The workplace.  Full of great people, colleagues, mentors… And jerks who try to bully you. Jerks who try to bully you come in a lot of flavors in the workplace.  Some are obvious (they’re direct, maybe even profane) and some are less obvious (you have to watch body language, backchannel communications and more). Workplaces also come in a …

VIDEO: No Scrubs with Joe Gerstandt – Taking Employees’ Words at Face Value

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Jobvite

Check out the latest episode of No Scrubs below, featuring host Dawn Burke and her guest Joe Gerstandt, a speaker, writer and consultant within the scope of diversity and inclusion. Together, Dawn and Joe dive in on the difficulty of separating what you assume someone means when they say something, and taking what someone says at face value. Heed their advice on how not to get caught …

A Workplace Leadership Lesson in the Age of Trump

John Hollon Employee Communications, John Hollon, Leadership

Most employees don’t have much contact with their CEO. When they do hear from them, they tend to listen pretty closely to what the CEO has to say, and while it’s not like God giving Moses The 10 Commandments, it’s pretty darn close. That’s why the comments made by GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney to his staff in the wake of our …

Thanksgiving – The First Employee Engagement Event

Paul Hebert Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Paul Hebert

In a couple of days many of us will be pulling our chairs up to a table full of food that seems designed to turn on every single memory cell in your brain. From the look of the jiggly cranberry sauce with the indentations from the can wrapped around it to the smell of the turkey that sits waiting to …

Put a Fork in Millennials – They’re Done

Paul Hebert Communication, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, HR, Paul Hebert

I wish I wrote better headlines. A great headline assures readership no matter how poorly written and researched a post/article is. I could have put a number in it I suppose. Those always get pretty good play. Maybe I should have said “The #1 Reason to Put a Fork in Millennials – They’re Done.” Prolly would have been totes better. …

5 Ways Managers of People Can Make It All About Their Employees

Kris Dunn Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Kris Dunn, Learning and Development, meridan, Meridian

Got a good session coming up on Wednesday at 1pm ET (October 11) at the Meridian Learning and Development Hangout Series called “How Leaning Can Reframe Managers As Career Agents” (click on the link to register). The focus of what we’ll talk about are the biggest keys in terms of employees feeling like managers are agents for their career.  It’s pretty simple – …

Low Employee Performance May Actually Be HR’s Fault

Paul Hebert Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Paul Hebert, Performance

It strikes me that HR has had a long history of low self-esteem. How else do you explain the plethora of articles and blog posts calling for the end of HR, or the Re-imagining of HR, or the Re-purposing of HR, or the Re-HR-ing of HR? Blogger reputations have been made, and lost, making fun of HR. (I was going …