Does Great Work Have To Be Shared?

Steve Boese HR, Influence, Performance, Personal Brand, Social Media and Talent, Social Networking, Steve Boese

A few months ago, on a Sunday afternoon after spending a few days in Las Vegas at some HR conference or another… and feeling the lingering effects of too much good food, good wine, and poor sleep, I hit that point of “Man, I really need to get some more exercise. I guess I should start jogging or something.” And …

Why Employees Have a Role In Their Own Engagement

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Paul Hebert, Personal Brand, Pop Culture

HR, and management in general, has taken the brunt of the vitriol and blame for low engagement scores. Read anything in the mainstream business press and the blogosphere, and the finger is decisively pointed at executives and managers as the cause for disengagement and low productivity. The subtext is “If those lazy managers and lousy HR ‘types’ would just get …

Ending the Fiction of Lifetime Employment

Steve Gifford Audacious Ideas, Books, Career Paths, Change, Culture, Giving Notice, Personal Brand, Retention, Steve Gifford, Succession Planning

You probably aren’t working in the last job you’ll ever have.  Heck, there’s a good chance you’re not even in the single digits of employers before you retire.  So, why do we pretend that we are? That’s the interesting issue that is posed in this month’s Harvard Business Review, entitled Tours of Duty: The New Employer-Employee Contract.  The authors lay …

Dear HR Graduate – What I Wish I’d Been Clued In On

Kathy Rapp HR (& Life!) Advice, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Personal Brand, Social Media, The HR Profession

“School’s out for summer.  School’s out forever.”  Alice Cooper’s lyrics hit home this month as a fresh crop of new grads enter the world and gasp, “Now what?!!” I have a cousin who just graduated from LSU and is headed to graduate school in the fall.  He’s staying in Baton Rouge for the summer and some of the relatives are …

Advice to 2013 Grads from HR [Video Bonus!]

Tim Sackett Candidate Pool, Coaching, College Recruiting, Generations, Good HR, HR, Interviewing, Job Market, Job Seeker Advice, Leadership, Onboarding, Performance, Personal Brand, Recruiting, Resumes, SHRM, Sourcing, Tim Sackett, Trench HR

It’s that time of year when college and universities around the world will release onto us the great minds of the 2013 graduate class.  This always makes me think of the popular advice – Wear Sunscreen: While this advice might be from 1999 – it still rings true today – but like everything else in the world this can be …

5 HR Safe Swear Words

Tim Sackett Bad HR, Change, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Good HR, Harassment, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Innovation, Leadership, Personal Brand, Policies, Pop Culture, Religion, SHRM, The HR Profession, Tim Sackett, Trench HR, Working With Recruiters

I tend to use swear words.  Not all the time – I’m not like some sailor walking around the office dropping ‘F-Bombs’ all the time, but in select instances I will use a word that I don’t allow my kids to use.  I’ve heard people say that those who use swear words are ignorant because they can’t come up with …

Should you get an HR Certification or a Graduate Degree?

RJ Morris Career Paths, Influence, Personal Brand, RJ Morris, Workforce Management Articles

Want to get a certain group of HR professionals fired up?  Just go ahead and question the value of PHR and SPHR certifications.  Some folks are passionately for certification, and others are just as passionate that business leaders don’t give a darn if you drop a PHR or SPHR after your name. It’s a fun debate to watch sometimes. So, …

HR People Think They Are Ugly – And That’s Getting In The Way of Organizational Effectiveness…

Kris Dunn Influence, Innovation, Kris Dunn, Organizational Development, Personal Brand, Webinar

I’m going to say this in the nicest way possible… HR pros as a whole have the outward-facing self-esteem of the 1976-77 Tampa Bay Bucs – the team that holds the recor Pearly Penile Papules Removal – Brand New Market ~ Hot d for the most consecutive losses in the NFL (26 losses in a row). Which is a nice …

Sackett's Guide to International HR

Tim Sackett Change, China, Communication, Conferences, Culture, Diversity, Don't Feed the Vendors, EEO, Generations, Good HR, HR, Personal Brand, Policies, Recruiting, SHRM, The HR Profession, Tim Sackett, Travel, Trench HR

I traveled to Canada last week to speak at the Achievers user conference – so, basically, I now have International HR experience and I wanted to share it with the FOT nation! (BTW – side note – HR vendor user conferences might be the best kept secret in HR conference action!  You get some great Trench HR pros speaking, folks …

Crazy is Crazy

William Tincup Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Culture, Good HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Personal Brand, Pop Culture, William Tincup

A few weeks ago my neighbor decided to cut down about 20 established trees in his front and back yard. Established trees. Red Oaks, Live Oaks, Pines, a gorgeous Magnolia, etc. I'm assuming some of these trees were here 50-75 years ago. His entire plot of land was covered in one huge canopy of shade. A rare sight in the …