Employee Retention – Are Surveys CAUSING the Problem or Just Reporting It?

Paul Hebert Current Affairs, Employee Communications, Good HR, Influence, Labor, Paul Hebert

Probably the most explosive statistic HR folks have been exposed to recently is the Manpower Survey announcing that 84% of employees plan to look for a job in 2011. That’s quite a few. It’s not the only place you can find that data, and it’s not just the good ol’ USA. In India the statistic is 40% who plan on quitting. …

Tampons and Employment Brand Scarcity

Tim Sackett Culture, Good HR, Tim Sackett

Yep, you read that correctly – tampons and employment branding. (Ahhh, yes. It must be Sackett’s day to write at FOT!) I was totally captured a few days ago by an article on CNN/Money about Johnson & Johnson’s o.b. Tampons and how hard women are working at finding access to this product. From the article: In January, Johnson & Johnson …

HR Interviews: The Road Goes On Forever…

William Tincup Good HR, HR, Profiles, Trench HR, William Tincup

I’ve been following Joni for what seems like years. Twitter has an equivalent to dog years, right?  If not, I suggest we use 10 years of real life to every year on/using Twitter. That will keep the math simple for us liberal arts folks. Joni and I met in person last year and she asked me to speak, Ignite-style, at one …

Clark Griswold, Breaking Woks and HR Exit Strategies

RJ Morris Change, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, RJ Morris

You gotta love the first week of the New Year–gyms are full, treadmill salespeople are cashing mongo commission checks and Whole Foods is overrun with reformed Twinkie eaters resolving to go organic. Confidence is high after a brutal 2009 and 2010, but a lot of companies, and by extension their HR departments, are still thinking more about exit strategies than …

When Will Zappos Jump the Shark?

Paul Hebert Change, Culture, Current Affairs, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Paul Hebert

I probably don’t have to explain it but I will – jumping the shark is that moment when something goes from good to meh, from cool to something your Dad says too often and thinks is funny, from relevant to irrelevant. Now, if you belong to any LinkedIn groups associated with HR, or follow any blogs (including this one) that …

Time to Get Your “Drink On” at the Office Holiday Party!

Tim Sackett Employee Relations, Good HR, HR Happy Hour, Tim Sackett, Trench HR

Fast Company had a recent article on the subject of office holiday parties (Office Parties: Breeding Grounds for Bad Behavior, Flings, and Unemployment) in which they reported: 40% of workers say they’ve either embarrassed themselves or know someone who has at a work holiday party. And a shocking 23%–1 in 4!–have been reprimanded for their actions. Pink slips are almost …

If You Are Going to Use What’s Out There as an Excuse, Just Stay on the Bus

RJ Morris Always Be Closing, Driving Productivity, Good HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, RJ Morris, Sports

Today’s post might sound like a sports post, but I promise it’s not. It’s actually about excuse-makers and blamers, and to make my point, you get treated to a story from my glorious forgettable football career. I worked hard, but I was missing that one key thing that was going to push me from benchwarmer to star: talent. No Rudy-esque …