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 …

HR Plays Too Much Defense…

Paul Hebert Bad HR, Culture, Good HR, HR, Innovation, Paul Hebert, Seat at the Table, Sports

Since @timsackett and @steveboese and @kris_dunn use sports analogies to talk HR, I thought I’d try to slide in and sit at the cool kids’ table with my own little sports discussion. Defense is about not losing… What I mean by that is anecdotally I see HR as a function that “protects” the company.  From monitoring legal issues, making sure people fill …

Bust Out Your Calculators! It’s Open Enrollment.

wellnesssucks Bad HR, Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Employee Relations, Good HR, Tanya Barham, Trench HR, wellness

Ohhhhhhh yes.  It’s that time of year again.  HR and Benefits know that this is the time of year when employees need to make some important choices about their benefits plans. These are choices that, in the unfortunate event that someone might need to actually use a big chunk of health care, can have some pretty serious financial consequences for …

Worst Health Advice Ever? Don’t Rush Back…

Tim Sackett Benefits, Compensation/Cash Money, Driving Productivity, Good HR, Performance, Tim Sackett, wellness

I had surgery recently (yes, KD and JLee made me sign a release form about my health information in order to be HIPAA compliant, don’t you worry) and had to spend a few days in the hospital and some time at home recovering. The interesting part of the entire experience was the “negotiation” of my time off with my doctor.  …

“DEAD MAN WALKING!”… HR Rockstars Need to Lead the Way in Cool Employee Exit Strategies…

Dawn Burke Culture, Dawn Hrdlica, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Giving Notice, Good HR

So after ten years at one company… I left for a new job. Transition is on my mind in a big way.  In a BIG way.   So I was talking to Kris Dunn (who coincidentally was also in transition) and he related his last weeks of work as a “Dead Man Walking.”  Referring to that silent, awkward period after you turn …