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 1 Comment

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 …

5 Truths About Detail Orientation In the People You Hire

Kris Dunn Caliper, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Kris Dunn, Organizational Development, Recruiting 1 Comment

My company gets the opportunity to be involved in thousands of hires every year. It’s an interesting test tube, especially since we help other companies hire. So, it’s not our culture we’re hiring for most of the time, but the individual cultures of the clients who partner with Kinetix. As part of that, I’ve grown up a little bit when …

It’s as Simple as Hugging a Goat

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Change, Change Management, Communication, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Interviewing, Job Market, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy 1 Comment

Petting zoos are a staple at small-town rodeos. Chicks, bunnies, ducks, pigs – and of course, baby goats. I’m beginning to believe goats are the new avocados. Stay with me, here. For the last few years, avocados have been the “it” food. Smashed, sliced, spread – every way you can top toast with avocado has been featured on menus at …

Getting Change To Stick

Ed Baldwin Change, Change Management, Ed Baldwin, Engagement and Satisfaction, Innovation

Everyone is either leading change or trying to adapt to it. Very little in our world today remains constant. And yet, change is hard for all of us. Any change is hard, but large-scale change can be particularly challenging.  Change is in front of us every waking moment of our day, from the new brand of coffee you thought you would …

3 Leadership Lessons Before You Drop-Kick Your Garmin

Kathy Rapp Career Advice, Change, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Development, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Organizational Development, Performance, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, wellness

I received a Garmin fitness tracker for Mother’s Day this year. This gift followed a Peloton bike for my wedding anniversary.  And before you think my husband is not so discreetly saying there’s more of me to love than he would like – I asked for both fitness gadgets (ok, the bike is not really a gadget given it costs …

If You Want Me To Stay, Show Me The Money.

Mark Fogel Benefits, Career Paths, Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Engagement and Satisfaction, Mark Fogel, Outmatch, Performance Reviews, Retention

Last week The Wall Street Journal reported a 17-year high for folks leaving their roles to take new positions this year. This comes with reports of 30 percent plus increases for those in executive and management level roles. The average annual increase for employees this past year across all organizations in the USA is under 4 %, with promotions less …

A Robot Can Make Your Burger. What Does That Mean For HR?

Kathy Rapp A.I., Change, Change Management, Contingent Workforce, Corporate America, Current Affairs, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, HR Tech, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Networking, Organizational Development, Personal Brand, Recruiting, Robots, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, The HR Profession

I want to get on a plane and head to San Francisco to experience “Creator“, the new restaurant with the world’s first robot-made burger. “Creator isn’t the machine so much as it is the diner, the chef who uses the instrument, the dining experience, and the designers who created these robots.” As we talk about the future of work, technology …

Is Employer Branding Killing Corporate Culture and Employee Engagement?

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

In the context of the real world “employer branding” is fairly new. According to Wikipedia it was first defined in the Journal of Brand Management in 1996 as an attempt to connect consumer brand management techniques to human resources. The first book on employer branding was published in 2005 (The Employer Brand, Bringing the Best of Brand Management to People …

Walmart to Provide Employees a College Education for $1 a Day…

Kris Dunn Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Kris Dunn, Learning and Development, Retention, Training and Development, Uncategorized

If you follow this space, you’ll know I think the following about Tuition Aid as a benefit: 1–It’s one of the most powerful benefits you can provide. 2–It will never cost you as much as you think it will because it is incredibly hard to use. People have families, people have lives once they get above the traditional age of …

I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning, Pop Culture, The HR Profession

“Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley” is one of the reasons I continued to watch SNL in the 90’s.  Al Franken invented and acted out Stuart in a way that made you laugh and cringe at the same time. I’m not an affirmation gal.  The closest I get is coaching my daughter to tell me to “Buck up, Mommy!” whenever I …