Is Pointing out a Problem More Valuable Than Fixing it? Asking for a Friend…

Paul Hebert Communication, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR Technology, Paul Hebert

A lot is written on employee engagement. Probably too much. Check that. Not probably, actually. As an HR pro and someone your company probably relies on for engagement ideas, I know you struggle. I know that even though most engagement problems exist in the three feet of air between an employee and their manager, you are still the one responsible …

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 …

VIDEO: No Scrubs with Paul Hebert – Human Connection

Dawn Burke Culture, Dawn Burke, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Paul Hebert

On this episode of “No Scrubs,” Dawn Burke talks to engagement expert Paul Hebert about the power of connection, and why connection and understanding should be ranked ahead of many things we spend our day on in the world of HR and recruiting. It’s a deeper conversation of Dawn’s previous post that connection is more powerful than things often thought to be great – like …

It’s High Time We Give Up the Ghost on Employee Engagement

John Hollon Bad HR, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, John Hollon

Aren’t we all sick and tired of employee engagement? I know I am. I’ve been writing about it for years (here’s one from July 2010), and the story never changes. A great many consultants and companies have gotten involved in helping organizations get more engaged employees, and a great deal of time and money has been spent. It should have really helped, …

What Is the Next HR Phase?

Paul Hebert Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Paul Hebert

This is a post that asks a simple question. What will the next phase of HR be? Right now we’re in the “Engagement” phase. Everyone is focused on employee engagement as the panacea for corporate performance. We’ve been through a few phases over the years and I’m feeling that itch on my left ear means “the times they are a-changing.” …

4 Reasons to Abandon Anonymity in Employee Surveys

Jason Laurtisen Bad HR, Change Management, Employee Engagement, Jason Lauritsen, Organizational Development, Social Media

While we still have a long ways to go, I am encouraged by what’s happening in human resources.  Over the past few years, we’ve found the courage to admit that some of our old-school HR practices are B.S. From the uselessness of the break-room suggestion box to the ineffectiveness of annual reviews, when we admit that the old way is flawed, …

HR, Want Proof You Should Connect? It’s Better Than Sex!

Dawn Burke Change Management, Communication, Culture, Dawn Burke, Employee Engagement, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence

HR do you still need convincing your role should focus on people connection over compliance officer? Check this out: Emotional connection is better than sex. And I think most agree sex can be a pretty awesome thing. In most cases, emotional connection is far more valued in authentic relationships than sex. Now, both cases require you to be vulnerable. But …

Deconstructed Employee Engagement

Paul Hebert Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Paul Hebert

If you’re a foodie, you’ve probably heard about “deconstructed” recipes. I’m not a foodie. I’m more a “fooder” – which is the county fair/midway version of a foodie. Deep fry it, dip it in mayonnaise and it will be in my go-to recipe file on evernote. But, for those of you like me who’ve spent time in Rio Linda, you …

How to Make Your Organization Better at Decisions

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Innovation, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Organizational Development

Why is it so easy to criticize the decisions of others but so difficult to make the tough calls ourselves? What is it that makes high-stakes decisions so difficult? I used to think it was because it was hard to decide the right solution. But as I’ve coached executives struggling with such decisions, I’ve noticed that often it’s fairly clear …

VIDEO: SmashUps with Ursula Mead: Creating a New Kind of Glassdoor

Tim Sackett Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, Smashfly, Tim Sackett

Welcome to our newest video series, Smashups, brought to you by the recruitment marketing pros at Smashfly! Each month, our host, Tim Sackett, will chat with a featured guest on ways you can better attract candidates and actually convert them into job applicants. Kinda important right? This month on Smashups, Tim talks to Ursula Mead, Founder and CEO of InHerSight, which tags itself as where …