Potentially Catastrophic Workplace Experiments.

Steve Boese Audacious Ideas, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Steve Boese

A close friend of mine recommended the new children’s book The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science for my son thinking (correctly) that most nine-year old boys would be interested in and fascinated by the prospect of blowing things up, experimenting with gross and disgusting substances, and generally causing some good old-fashioned mayhem and turmoil (all in the name of science, of …

The Tribe Has Spoken – Survivor: Office Style

Marisa Keegan Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Marisa Keegan, Television

I’ll be the first to admit that watching Survivor is like watching a car wreck – sick, but oddly intriguing. While most people would say they watch it for the crazy challenges, the strategy & game play, or the barely dressed girls, I watch because of the psychology behind it. The reason Survivor is truly successful is because they set …

Increase Employee Engagement. Give Up Your Office.

Marisa Keegan Audacious Ideas, Culture, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Marisa Keegan

Steve Church said it best: “If you help employees fix broken processes, you’ll gain employee engagement”. Not only is this quote spot on, but it brings me to my favorite ‘HR People Make Me Crazy’ rant. How HR Tries To Increase Engagement: First, they have an ah-ha moment where they realize the key to employee engagement is understanding employees challenges, removing barriers, and fixing broken processes. …

Dear Employees, You Stink!

Tim Sackett Current Affairs, Employee Relations, HR, Tim Sackett

In case you missed this, a Detroit, MI city employee sued the City of Detroit after claiming the perfume a co-worker was wearing caused her not to be able to do her job.  Apparently, the perfume and room deodorizer that her co-worker was using made it uncomfortable for this employee to work to the point she suffered migraines, nausea and coughing.  …

Is Employee Engagement the Right Thing?

Paul Hebert Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert

The cartoon at the right ran in the paper recently.   ‘Cuz I’m weird the first thing that went through my mind was – “wow – if that really is the definition of engage then maybe we need to revisit this whole ‘employee engagement’ thing.”  Maybe we should be looking for a new “catch phrase.”   Not being one to take a cartoon at …

Best Places To Work: ESPN Edition

Tim Sackett Employee Relations, Sports, Tim Sackett

For regular readers of FOT, you’ll notice that we have an affinity for the ESPN show Pardon The Interruption (PTI) where hosts Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon face-off during a half-hour show devoted to commenting on sports – basically it’s two knowledgeable (and funny) sports guys having an opinion of what’s going on each day in sports.  For the most …

Candidates with Hickeys – Getting Over Transgressions at Work

Tim Sackett Employee Relations, Interviewing, Tim Sackett

Kris Dunn, our own HR Capitalist, recently had a blog post “How To Destroy a Lifetime of Trust as an HR Pro in a Single Day…” where he explained how a direct report broke the cardinal rule in HR and shared confidential information, or more specifically tried to use confidential information for personal gain. It wasn’t something illegal, it had nothing to …