3 Reasons HR Should Pay Attention to the Amazon-Whole Foods Deal

Kathy Rapp candidate experience, Change, Change Management, Communication, Corporate Social Responsibility, Culture, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, Food and Drink, HR, in the news, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Organizational Development, Passive Candidates, Performance, Recruiting, Risks, T+D, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, The HR Profession, Training and Development

$13.7 billion buys a lot of organic quinoa. Lots of talk around Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods and what it means for the grocery business, farmers, those whose jobs will be lost to automation, and the retail industry as a whole.  It’s a cocktail of doom and gloom mixed with the reality of capitalism and a twist of efficiency. So …

Multi-Generation Employment Branding and the Whole Foods Dilemma

Holland Dombeck McCue Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, Food and Drink, Holland Dombeck, HR, HR & Marketing, Talent Strategy

Whole Foods made some noise last week following their announcement of a new lower-cost chain of stores geared at the millennial generation. While limited details around the new chain were shared, Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb described the new concept as “unlike anything that currently exists in the marketplace” and would “feature a modern, streamlined design, innovative technology, and a …

Win the War for Talent: Double Down on Benefits

Laurie Ruettimann Culture, Food and Drink, Good HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Laurie Ruettimann, Recruiting, Retention, Talent Strategy

If you haven’t heard, we are in a war for talent. I spend my time with recruiters and HR professionals who don’t know how to compete with big firms who offer large salaries and big bonuses. I say — double down on your benefits package. 1. Invest in financial wellness. Retirement plans are nice, but you can’t plan for tomorrow when …

Don’t Be A HR Scrooge This Holiday Season!

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Communication, Employee Communications, Food and Drink, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Leadership, Organizational Development, The HR Profession

Welcome to my favorite time of the year!  The season of company holiday parties!  Otherwise known as the night when relationships are either solidified or ruined in the time it took to down one too many shots and insult your boss’s wife. It’s also the night when many people in HR reinforce all of the stereotypes about old school, policy-driven …

I Can Bring Home The Bacon, But Don’t Let Me Touch A Frying Pan

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Food and Drink, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Work Life Balance

“I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan.  And never let you forget you’re a man! Cause I’m a woman…”  This is the song from a classic 1980’s commercial for the perfume Enjoli. It came roaring back to my brain as I was frantically working on the brunch menu for my daughter’s birthday.  I was so …

HR Pros Rejoice – Thanksgivukkah!

Tim Sackett Bad HR, Diversity, Employee Communications, Food and Drink, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Innovation, Leadership, Policies, Pop Culture, Religion, Tim Sackett, Work Life Balance, Workplace Flexibilty

One of the toughest times each year for HR Pros has to be the holiday season. It’s the one time each year that our support for diversity really gets challenged. In most American companies we have the majority of folks who celebrate Christmas, then we have the rest of our employees who fall into one of three buckets of celebration: …

Embrace Your Shame

William Tincup Audacious Ideas, Food and Drink, Good HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, wellness, William Tincup

“The point is, ladies and gentleman, that shame, for lack of a better word, is good. Shame is right, shame works. Shame clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Shame, in all of its forms; shame for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And shame, you mark my words, …

How To Amp Up Those #HR Socially Awkward Situations

Meredith Soleau Bad HR, Food and Drink, Meredith Soleau

We’ve all been there. You see that ex-employee out on the town, you try to avoid the person at all costs because you can’t really remember why they don’t work for you anymore, just that they don’t work for you anymore. For some reason. Dang it! Why doesn’t this person work for me anymore?! The ex-employee makes eye contact, you …