Swimming Upstream: Should Employees Purposely Fail To Build Character?

Dawn Burke Business Development, Career Advice, Coaching, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, HR, Performance 1 Comment

This weekend I practiced my weekly Sunday morning, 40-something, ritual.  I got up and watched CBS Sunday Morning. I mean that is what 40-somethings do, right (#justme?). There was a really incredible feel-good story embedded in a news cycle of crazy that made me sit up.  Not much gets my slouchy, Sunday self to sit up – this did. It …

Performance Management Isn’t A Manager’s Job

Paul Hebert Paul Hebert, Performance, Performance Reviews

Along with employee engagement, performance management is the current “it” girl in the HR world. Posts, tweets, articles, speeches, and studies are plentiful…and contradictory. We have one camp saying you shouldn’t do performance management and the other side saying we need more of it! No middle ground it seems. From my point of view, I see performance management following the …

When A Performance KPI Drives The Wrong Behaviors Related To Teamwork And Risk

Kris Dunn Kris Dunn, Performance

The decade is the mid-’90s.  A young Fistful of Talent writer, which may or may not be me, has landed his first job out of college in Division 1 college athletics.  It’s early in his first couple of weeks and he hears this coming out of the office of a more tenured peer (which, for all practical purposes, was this …

Relationships Are Not Happening On Apps (Dating Apps Excluded)

Ben Martinez Ben Martinez, Performance

There continue to be many HR Tech tools and apps sprouting up that claim to make it easier to give feedback and guidance to people. While I’m a big fan of more transparency, when it comes to conversations about performance or just giving clear guidance, these conversations…wait for it…should happen in person. The HR Tech tools out there sound good …

Are Your Recruiters Screening 100 Candidates Per Day? They Should Be!

Tim Sackett Canvas, Performance, Tim Sackett

How many candidate screens did your recruiters do last week? How many per recruiter per day? It’s a top of funnel stat, right? In a normal corporate TA shop, I would say it’s probably doable to get your recruiters to do 15-20 screens per day, given they aren’t sourcing all day as well. You have a job, you have resumes, you …

Why HR Needs to Study Psychology – United Idiocracy

Paul Hebert Bad HR, Benefits, Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Paul Hebert, Performance

For about 134 years I’ve been suggesting that to be good at HR you should be good at humans. Operations managers and factory foremen needed to know about the machines they were charged with maintaining and running at peak efficiency and HR should be judged similarly. If you are in HR, you are responsible for making sure the machines of …

How Much is Too Much When It Comes to Relationships with Your Direct Reports?

John Whitaker Culture, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, John Whitaker, Performance, Performance Reviews, Recognition, Recruiting, Retention

You know that side-job you have as the informal HR Advisor for any/all of your friends? It can be enlightening at times, even uplifting, when you hear some of the ridiculous sh*t people are forced to put up with in their workplace. For the situation to reach the “Mind if I run something by you?” stage, it usually entails the …

Finders Keepers – Uncovering The Smartest Employee At Your Company

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Good HR, Labor, Performance, Tim Sackett

I couldn’t sleep the other night, probably because of the 14 Diet Dews I had throughout the day, but I had an Epiphany while staring at the ceiling in the dark.  I figured out a way for HR pros to find the smartest employee in their company!  It isn’t a complex algorithm or a set of cognitive assessment tests—it’s a …

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 …

You Already Have AI in Your Company – Time to Energize It!

Paul Hebert A.I., Culture, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Managing People, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition

This post will be both intellectually deep and shallow. It will follow the rules of the quantum world – it will take both paths simultaneously – blog quantum superposition if you will. It will be intellectually deep because I’m pulling from a piece that was posted recently on the Edge.org which describes its mission as: “To arrive at the edge …