The Human Maintenance Manual

Paul Hebert Change, Communication, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Good HR, HR, Influence, Paul Hebert

Every piece of equipment in your office comes with a document that explains what it does, how it does it and how to trouble shoot it when it doesn’t do what it should when it should. In some cases you get a warranty that allows you to get your money back should it not live up to the promises made …

The Systems of Engagement

William Tincup Audacious Ideas, Change Management, Employee Engagement, Good HR, HR Tech, HR Technology, HR Vendors, William Tincup

Okay, this is a very early stage idea. *disclaimer* *drum roll* What if employee engagement is somehow tethered to the love/hate relationships employees have with the systems they use for work? Example: Recruiters absolutely love working in the ATS that you’ve provided for them. Love. Like can’t imagine life without said system. Something happens… new boss, business was acquired, ATS …

The 3 “Fs” of Universal Hiring

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

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 …

HR For The Future – This Is The Stuff You SHOULD Study…

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, HR Technology, Innovation, Paul Hebert, Science, Social Media, Social Media and Talent, Social Networking

Put down the book on FMLA and anything else remotely associated with administrivia in your organization. I’m going to point you to something that is probably more important than all of the ATS software reviews you’ve got planned after HRTech. As technology grows in influence (and maybe importance—I’m still not sold on that), you will be tempted to face in …

Sometimes It’s About Perspective – Management at The Bottom

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Engagement, HR, Leadership, Paul Hebert

There as many ways to generate employee engagement as Carter has little liver pills. (Look it up. It’s a saying. An old one but nonetheless.) If you read the press and the blogs everything from humor to humidors can drive engagement, and there is probably a company-generated (but not peer-reviewed or validated) survey to accompany it to “prove” it is …

Anti-Recognition? Is That A Thing?

Paul Hebert Coaching, Culture, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, HR, Paul Hebert, Recognition

We’ve all seen the studies—heck we’ve been beat over the head by them in the last few years. Recognition will cure whatever ails your company! Over the past 10 years, that mantra has caused recognition and reward companies to spring up like patent medicines in the 1800s. And many with the same overall impact. But that is a post for …

Is Your Company a Family or a Team? Why Smart People Still Don’t Get Human Business

Paul Hebert Bad HR, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, Paul Hebert, Performance

About a month ago on the HBR website in their HR Blog section, some smart and successful people wrote a post called Your Company Is Not a Family. The article was penned by Reid Hoffman, cofounder and Executive Chairman of LinkedIn, Ben Casnocha, award-winning entrepreneur and bestselling co-author, with Reid Hoffman, of The Start-up of You and Chris Yeh, entrepreneur …

My Monday Motivation Starts on July 24, 2014.

Holland Dombeck McCue Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, Holland Dombeck, Performance, Recognition, Recruiting

I received the below text from my best friend last week (pardon any talk-to-text typos). She’s a healthcare recruiter down in South Florida and isn’t exactly crazy about her career. Like me, she spent a couple of her post-grad years working retail. It was 2008, and the times were rough. Retail was a secure option with solid pay and benefits. …

Tired of Complainers? How About You Offer Bundled HR Service Plans.

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Audacious Ideas, Employee Engagement, HR

Imagine you’ve just invested a ton of time and money designing and implementing an employee engagement survey so that you can get a real sense of what’s going on in your organization because you know, you care.  Now imagine the big day is here—you’re presenting the findings and recommendations to the senior leadership group.  Overall, the data is quite good …

#FeedbackIs4Suckers

William Tincup Audacious Ideas, Communication, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Performance, William Tincup

Recently I asked someone for feedback. I do this all the time. Normally I direct the witness, but this particular time, I did not. He gave heartfelt constructive criticism. By my standards, it wasn’t even harsh criticism. It just didn’t meet my expectations. See, what I really wanted when I asked for “feedback” was glowing affirmation. I wanted this person …