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.” …

Welcome? 3 (More) Challenges For the FNG

John Whitaker employee experience, John Whitaker, Onboarding, Organizational Development, Personal Brand, Social Media and Talent

Back in June, I wrote a post describing some of the initial pain points of re-entering the corporate world after years in a role as a consultant. Much of the challenge is acclimating to the new physical environment – dress codes, standard work hours, staff meetings and the like. All of the brick & mortar adaptations that initially shock our …

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 …

The Customer Boundary Is Where EVERY Employee Should Start

Paul Hebert Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Innovation, Onboarding, Paul Hebert, Performance, Trench HR

A big part of employee engagement is connecting the “why” of the company to the “why” of the individual. The better a company does that, the better the individual will engage and succeed. And, not coincidentally, the better the company will do as well. When you’re connected to the company and its mission, it’s easier to put up with minor …

Always High Employee Engagement. Always.

Steve Boese Audacious Ideas, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Good HR, Performance, Steve Boese

I am pretty sure I have written about this before, maybe even here at FOT, but even still it deserves at least a second take. After a couple of decades of research, 194,467 blog posts and articles written and probably hundreds of millions of dollars invested, most general and national surveys still report persistent and stubbornly low levels of employee …

“Inter-” VS “Intra-” Employee Engagement

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Culture, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Paul Hebert

I remember back in grade school when I learned the difference between “intra” and “inter.” For those that didn’t have Ms. Mangione for 3rd grade, the difference is this: Intra: on the inside; within Inter: existing between I use the mnemonic of the Eisenhower “interstate” highway system which connected all the various states. Interstate meant that the highways went outside …

3-Step Approach For Responding To Employee Concerns

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Influence, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Organizational Development

Company leadership receives input from employees in a variety of formats: Engagement surveys, pulse-check forums, rumors heard in the hallway, supervisors reporting what their teams are saying, etc. Yet, too often company leadership squanders the gift of this input, and actually discourages employees from sharing information from the front lines. They do this in a few ways: They criticize the …

Your Employees Define Your Employment Brand – How #FBFamily Got Its Start

Holland Dombeck McCue candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Good HR, Holland Dombeck, HR, HR & Marketing, Recruitment Marketing, Social Media and Talent, Social Recruiting

I interviewed a candidate yesterday for a Social Media Coordinator role on my team and one of the questions I asked was around how she approaches identifying content to share on social. Her response was spot on. In her current role, she was tasked defining her recruitment social media content strategy and instead of pushing her own agenda, she asked …

Degrees Measure Resilience In Employment… And That’s Why We Require Them.

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, College Recruiting, employee experience, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kris Dunn

Do you have to have a degree to get hired at your company? Maybe. Do you need a degree to be one of the best in any company? Hell no.  That’s probably why Ernst and Young decided to drop the degree requirement recently. Then why do we require degrees? I think for the most part we’ve progressed past the point …