5 Habits That Make You a Bad HR Pro

Tim Sackett Bad HR, HR, Tim Sackett, Trench HR

Every new year I start to think about how I can make myself better for the upcoming year – what did I do well, what do I need to stop doing and what do I need to do more of.  As I began to think about those things recently, I started to notice habits that creep up from time to …

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 …

A Riddle Wrapped In A Mystery Inside An Enigma – Meet SHRM’s Curtis Midkiff

William Tincup HR, SHRM, William Tincup

Curtis Midkiff gets it.  Curtis just so happens to work for an organization that largely doesn’t get it. Curtis is daily fighting the good fight though.  You see… Curtis manages social media operations for SHRM.  Stop snickering… I know who you are.  Stop.  Give him a chance to explain.  You see, Curtis is on “our” side.  Rather than complaining about …

My Wandering Got Me Wondering – Meet Chris Ponder

William Tincup Conferences, HR, Trench HR, William Tincup

I met Chris Ponder at the HRSouthwest Conference earlier this year. Chris is like most HR professionals who are working in the trenches ("trench HR" – hat tip to Charlie Judy) every single day.  He’s a regional HR manager, so he has a ton of stories about how HR is done locally, state by state and nationally – which is an interesting …

Livin’ on Tulsa Time… Meet Bryan Wempen

William Tincup HR, HR Vendors, William Tincup

I met Bryan this past summer at the People Report Summer Camp in Dallas, Texas.  The Celtics were on TV… I remember that.  I smoked one of my favorite types of Cuban cigars… I remember that.  I had just presented via Ignite/Pecha Kucha style presentation regarding corporate transparency and how we really, really don’t want said transparency.  I bombed, of …

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 …

Going Into HR is a Choice. Or At Least It Should Be.

Jessica Lee Candidate Pool, HR, Jessica Lee

I see a lot of resumes every day. Good resumes, bad resumes, interesting resumes. And if you’re like me, you probably see some resumes where you know the job seeker is just trying to play a numbers game – sending their resume out to company after company, applying for any and every kind of position… just to see what sticks. …

I Don’t Discriminate, I Regulate… Meet John Jorgensen

William Tincup Conferences, HR, William Tincup

50 states plus the D.C. – and that means there are a lot of local-level SHRM conferences. Including in Illinois. The Twitter hashtag #ILSHRM10 conjures up interesting memories for folks within the HR/HR social media community.  No less than five different blog posts about the conference, one session in particular that inflamed, the speakers, the bloggers… what was said, not …