HR In The New World Of Work – Through The Lens Of A Customer

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Communication, Contingent Workforce, Culture, Current Affairs, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning, Recruiting, Talent Management, The HR Profession 1 Comment

Nike has been in the headlines lately.  Emerging from those headlines is the story of a significant loss of opportunity within a key segment of Nike’s customers. Nike is the biggest sports footwear and apparel company in the world, commanding $34.4 billion in revenue last year.  And yet Nike’s women’s business made up only about a fifth of the total business. …

Duck Season, Wabbit Season, Conference Season and March Madness

Mark Fogel Employment Law, HR & Sports, Mark Fogel, Policies, politics, Talent Management

Unlike most of my posts, this one is a mixed bag with multiple topics. First, it’s conference season for the talent community as there is a smorgasbord of offerings and some cool places to travel to. Austin, Vegas, San Diego, and later this year Chicago. Let’s not forget some overseas offerings as well. Big, small, and everything in between. For …

3 Talent Trends HR Shares with The Winter Olympics

Kathy Rapp A.I., Candidate Pool, Change, Change Management, Communication, Contingent Workforce, Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Harassment, HR, HR & Sports, Innovation, Job Market, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Risks, Sexual Harassment, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, War for Talent, Women in the Workplace

Ahhh.  The Olympics.  The beauty.  The drama.  The similarities to our work world. The 2018 Winter Olympics are just beginning, but the anticipation of great competition and hyper-sports analogies are in full blast.  And all the Tonya and Nancy memories.  Seems like just yesterday. Therefore, it’s only fitting to highlight the talent trends between our HR lives and the Olympic …

Events From 2017 That Will Make a Lasting Impact in the Workplace

Kathy Rapp candidate experience, Change Management, Communication, Compensation/Cash Money, Corporate America, Current Affairs, Employment Law, Harassment, Holidays, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Kathy Rapp, Sexual Harassment, Women in the Workplace

I love reading trend predictions, but also enjoy the thoughtful look-back.  Makes me wish I’d saved some of those workforce articles from the 9o’s.  Lotus Notes.  Personal Digital Assistants.  Beavis and Butthead.  Causal Fridays. While I don’t miss the drama over what “casual” Fridays vs. jeans Fridays meant, there is a nostalgia that gets me this time of year.  Perhaps …

Through Hell and High Water: Your People Strategy

Kathy Rapp Change Management, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, HR & Sports, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Managing People, Metrics, Performance, Sports, Talent Strategy

After the Houston Astros knocked off three historic teams—The Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers—the city of Houston celebrated its first-ever World Series Championship.  “Houston Strong“, coined post-Hurricane Harvey, became the mantra and the common thread that bound players, fans and observers together. Beer was certainly part of that celebration, and Budweiser produced another tear-inducing spot that gave props to a …

Should HR Take a Knee or Sit on the Sidelines?

Mark Fogel Corporate America, Good HR, HR & Sports, Mark Fogel, politics

Taking a knee during the national anthem at National Football games is today’s discussion. If you work in HR can you take a knee or do you need to sit, or rather stand, on the sidelines? HR folks are all about political correctness, but what if you disagree about what you’re being asked to defend daily? In professional football, we …

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The Chicago Cubs and Cultural Fit

RJ Morris Culture, HR & Sports, RJ Morris

Major League Baseball regular season games start this weekend. As a lifelong and passionate Cardinals fan, the idea of writing a post about the Chicago Cubs and their approach to Talent Management doesn’t top my list of favorite things to do. They are, however, the reigning best team in baseball, and a few things hit the presses this week that …


Writer’s Block. Six-Year-Olds. And Truth.

Kathy Rapp Benefits, Change, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR & Sports, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Performance, Pop Culture, Retention, Social Media, Talent Management, wellness

Be forewarned.  I am experiencing writer’s block.  It’s so bad, I just poured myself a glass of bubbly and then proceeded to leave it in the kitchen. Which meant I had to get up, lost my train of thought once again, but brought back the bubbly. Why do I have writer’s block?  I’m totally uninspired by pop culture, current music, …


Nike is Running an Epic HR Experiment

RJ Morris Coaching, Good HR, HR & Sports, Outmatch, Performance Reviews, RJ Morris

When I was a kid, I desperately wanted to work at Nike. It had to be the coolest workplace in the world. In my head, I imagined that employees received free shoes, cool gear and that Michael Jordan and Andre Agassi (look Agassi up, young kids) walked the halls regularly. Also, I bet they had some pretty sweet group runs and …