No Love from SBC to AT&T Employees – Gas is $3/Gallon and Telecommuting is No Longer an Option…

Kris Dunn Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, Retention, Total Rewards

OK, here’s the situation.  Gas costs $3 per gallon, companies are under increasing pressure to show their "greenness" and studies show that telecommuting can boost productivity in most, if not all, jobs. Based on those facts, would you increase the amount of telecommuting, keep it the same, or start making your current crop of telecommuters come back to the office? …

Does Your Company Sponsor Employee Clubs? Not Even a Wine Club?

Kris Dunn Compensation/Cash Money, Engagement and Satisfaction, Retention, Total Rewards

Kristina Shevory has a cool article up at the New York Times about employee clubs.  From her article at the NYT: "Fat paychecks, pensions and health insurance are not enough to recruit and keep employees these days. Companies are again finding that adding a bit of social context to work is crucial to keeping employees happy and productive. That is …

Confused About Who’s Engaged? Try This Handy Engagement Test to Sort It All Out…

Kris Dunn Engagement and Satisfaction, Performance, Retention

My posts last week regarding the concept of engagement and subsequent research on the topic clarified a couple of things to me.  -First, trying to get everyone to agree on a definition of engagment is harder than trying to get Britney Spears to settle down and work it all out with K-Fed.    -Second, my take on the best way …

Why “Cash Money” Won’t Save Your Best Talent…

Kris Dunn Career Paths, Compensation/Cash Money, Engagement and Satisfaction, Recognition, Retention, Total Rewards

Check out my article at workforce.com (Money Won’t Buy You Love) that went in 2007 if you have time… The theory?  Your managers will tell you that cash is king when it comes to retaining top talent. The truth is, you’ll never deliver enough money to keep the stars from moving across the street if they want to.   It takes …

Does Your Company Need More Stars or Ditch Diggers?

Kris Dunn Culture, Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, Performance, Retention, Sourcing, Total Rewards

Check out my article at workforce.com answering the age-old stars vs. steady performers question here… Here’s how it starts: Quiz time today with the HR Capitalist. Pick the book that is not available on Amazon: The War for Talent Secrets for Hiring Top Talent The World Needs Ditch Diggers Too Hiring the Best Confirm your knowledge and see the rest …

Is Google Smarter Than Your Company With Talent?

Kris Dunn Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Onboarding, Recruiting

I may have to turn comments off on this one – such an obvious question for most people that I expect the caveman, ALL CAPS responses like "H#@! YEAH!!"… Thanks in advance, Nostradamus…. In news you might have missed in 2007, Google announced it was missing its quarterly earnings targets, in part because it overhired.  From the wire report: “We …

Will Your Company Be Using Facebook to Manage Talent in the Next Year?

Kris Dunn Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, HR Technology, Recruiting, Social Media, Sourcing

Don’t look now, but Facebook, that social networking site that has long been the avenue for college kids to share those crazy pictures from last weekend’s party – is growing up. What’s that mean for you?  Maybe nothing.  But if you are a part of a Fortune 500 company looking to build internal knowledge networks or training applications, assist employees …

Talent Primer – The Cost of Reinventing Yourself

Kris Dunn Compensation/Cash Money, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, Salary Caps

Earlier this week I profiled the recent research concluding that today’s American men have less income than their fathers’ generation did at the same age, according to a new analysis by the Economic Mobility Project.  My conclusion?  That globalization has turned many jobs into commodities, which means those jobs likely get shut down and performed somewhere else over time.   As …

Talent Economics – Our Parents (on average) Made More Than Us, and It’s Complicated…

Kris Dunn Compensation/Cash Money, Engagement and Satisfaction, Salary Caps

Are we all destined to be George Costanza?  Offspring who never deliver on the dreams our parents envisioned for us?  There’s some hand wringing going on about the viability of the American Dream, as today’s American men are reported have less income than their fathers’ generation did at the same age, according to a new analysis by the Economic Mobility …