If Sitting By High Performers Is All It Takes To Improve, I Want To Sit By Tim Sackett

John Hollon John Hollon, Office Politics 4 Comments

These are the kinds of stories that drive me nuts. Back in August, The Wall Street Journal published an article with the headline Use Your Seat to Get Ahead at Work, but the REAL news came in the subhead — “Sitting next to a star improves your performance, research shows; finally, something to like about open offices.” Sorry, but in …

The Battle Over Casual Work Dress: It’s Time to Declare Victory and Let It Go

John Hollon Culture, Dress Code, John Hollon 5 Comments

Back in 1994, I showed up for a job interview in Honolulu wearing a suit and tie. It was the hottest, sweatiest interview I ever had. Fortunately for me, that didn’t matter. I got the job but I never dressed that way again during my three plus years as a newspaper editor in the Aloha State. The reason I bring …

Remember, Clueless Management Never Goes Out of Style

John Hollon Corporate America, in the news, John Hollon

It’s late summer, everybody out here in the People’s Republic of California seem to be on vacation, and Labor Day is still a couple of weeks away. So, it’s time for some old school clueless management from the good people over at Tronc. Don’t know what “Tronc” is? I’d be surprised if you did, but it’s the silly name given …

Yes, I Have a F***ing Problem With People Who Swear at Work

John Hollon Current Affairs, John Hollon, Leadership

Last September, Fast Company published a story that intrigued me just as it should intrigue anyone who has navigated the day-to-day rants and mutterings of co-workers on the job. The title said it all: Do You Have a F*cking Problem With Swearing at Work? The article was filled with a boatload of statistics about how much or how little people …

Looking Back at What May Just Be the “Ballsiest” Cover Letter of All Time

John Hollon Candidate Pool, John Hollon, Pop Culture

Remember the old military concept of “shock and awe“? It got a lot of attention during the Iraq War, and is defined as rapidly dominating an opponent “by the initial imposition of overwhelming force and firepower.” But “shock and awe” isn’t just for the military; it’s useful whenever you want to overwhelm someone quickly and unexpectedly. In fact, I think …

Amateur Hour at Uber: Too Many Managers With Too Little Experience

John Hollon Bad HR, Change Management, John Hollon, Leadership

Managers don’t get much respect at Uber. How else would you explain the fact that 63 percent of the ride-share company’s management team is, according to head of global diversity and inclusion Bernard Coleman, made up of rookie, first time managers ? In other words, it’s amateur hour when it comes to management practices at Uber, and it probably explains why …

Attention Walmart: It’s Managerial Malpractice When You Push Sick People to Work

John Hollon Bad HR, John Hollon, wellness

Here’s a leadership lesson that every manager should have drilled into their head: You don’t let employees work when they’re sick. Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? Of course it does, because it doesn’t take a management genius to know that sick workers hurt you in a number of different ways: Sick workers don’t perform as well as healthy ones. Productivity drops …

IBM remote employees

News Flash From IBM: There IS a Downside to a Remote Workforce

John Hollon Communication, Corporate America, John Hollon

I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner, but IBM, an early and vocal champion of a remote workforce, finally discovered what any remote worker could have told you years ago. The problem with remote work is that you work remotely. I know, I know — that sounds like double-talk. But as someone who worked in a typical office environment for most …

Here’s a Scary Video For HR Leaders Who Really Worry About Getting Sued

John Hollon Employment Law, HR, John Hollon, Lawsuits

Over many years as a manager and editor, there’s one thing I have heard over and over about HR professionals: They’re always worried about getting sued! It’s true. In our ultra-litigious 21st Century society, with 1 attorney for every 300 Americans, people sue other people at the drop of a hat. Human resource departments are especially focused on lawsuits since HR is charged …