Best Places to Work Isn’t Real, but…

Tim Sackett Benefits, Brand Ambassadors, Business Development, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employment Branding and Culture, HR, Uncategorized 6 Comments

Any of the best places to work lists are basically just a marketing gimmick. We all know this, right? RIGHT!? (Let’s be clear, I’m not actually talking about the specific company ‘Best Places’, but the concept of awards that say you’re better than another employer, etc.) If you make the list, great, good for you, you have resources to jump …

5 Hard Lessons I’ve Learned About Being a Better Manager and Boss

John Hollon Business Development, Career Paths, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Leadership, Learning and Development, Performance, Recognition 1 Comment

I’m a sucker for anything that tries to answer a question that I almost never hear anyone ask, much less answer: How can you be a good boss? Notice that I say anything that “tries” to answer because I usually find that most advice on how to better manage people usually goes one of two ways — it’s either very …

Wag The Dog in HR

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Paul Hebert 5 Comments

As I think back on my career and recall the times I had the best work experiences—where I was connected and engaged the most—it almost always involved a crisis or a pressure-filled project. I can vividly remember working on a big Chrysler account or a huge GM Parts incentive program. We worked 24/7 for weeks. In one case, we slept …

The 3 “Fs” of Universal Hiring

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Culture, Employee Engagement, Interviewing, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Selection 1 Comment

I’ve worked for global Fortune 500 organizations.  I’ve worked for a private holding company.  I’ve also “done” three startups. I bring some street cred to this blog as I’ve experienced birthing and burying a startup—and everything in-between. I do admit I’m drawn to startups like a moth to a flame.  This is particularly odd to me as nowhere in my …

Walk This Way: What the #GoogleWalkout Means for HR Leaders

Kathy Rapp Assessments, Change, Change Management, Communication, Corporate America, Corporate Social Responsibility, Culture, Current Affairs, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Free Speech, Harassment, HR, in the news, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Organizational Development, Retention, Sexual Harassment, Talent Management, The HR Profession 1 Comment

The irony of the Aerosmith reference in my title is not lost on me in the wake of the #GoogleWalkout over sexual harassment, gender and pay equality, and transparency in reporting. Check the lyrics if you were born in the ’90’s. What struck me as I was reading about this protest wasn’t necessarily the fact that Google paid executives to …

3 Strategies to Help Your Seasonal Hiring!

Tim Sackett ATS, Candidate Pool, Canvas, Communication, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Holidays, Mobile Recruiting, Policies, Recruiting, Sourcing 2 Comments

7.1 Million job openings right now in the U.S.! 7.1 Million! Are you looking forward to filling your temporary, underpaid seasonal jobs this year!? Ugh! Sounds like a nightmare! So, in classic FOT Style, we are here to help you kill your seasonal hiring! There has not been a holiday hiring season quite like this one, ever. Historic low unemployment, a strong …

Yes, Millennials May be Job Hoppers, But There’s a Good Reason For That

John Hollon Business Development, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Managing People, Training and Development

It shouldn’t come as any great surprise, but according to Gallup, Millennials aren’t particularly engaged in their jobs. As Gallup’s How Millennials Want to Work and Live report points out, a whopping “71 percent of employees in the Millennial generation (people born between 1980 and 1996) are either not engaged or actively disengaged at work.” Are Millennials really big job hoppers? This is why Gallup …

The Ultimate Answer to Employee Engagement is Self-Direction

Paul Hebert Employee Development, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR

I’m not going to do my usual screed on why employee engagement is a Sisyphean effort, and almost every intervention is at best a short-term fix to a long-term problem. I believe 90% of the interventions we talk about are like handing out sandwiches to starving people and thinking you’ve fixed their food-acquisition problem. Employee engagement has never been a …

A Management Truism: The Very Best Lessons Usually Come From Very Bad Managers

John Hollon Business Development, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Harassment, Leadership, Managing People, Talent Management

Here’s a management truism to remember: You learn a lot more from a bad boss than you do from a good one. I was struck by this when I came across an old “Corner Office” column in The New York Times. It was a Q&A with Dawn Lepore, the now-former chairwoman and CEO of Drugstore.com, and she had a lot to …

Focus on Your Training Misses To Win Over the Masses

Kylie Quetell Business Development, Change Management, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Games, Organizational Development, Training and Development

Meeting the needs of your employees’ development can seem like a daunting task. So is cleaning your entire house; now imagine skipping the bathrooms every week. As I look back at my career as a training leader, this perspective is one that I wish I had learned early on. One must only master an excel pivot table to find easy …