Slinging Crack Rock: Why Most Stock Options Suck…

Kris Dunn Compensation/Cash Money, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kris Dunn, Payroll, Policies

“Notorious B.I.G. said it best: ‘Either you’re slinging crack rock, or you got a wicked jump shot.’ Nobody wants to work for it anymore. There’s no honor in taking the after-school job at Mickey D’s. Honor’s in the dollar, kid. So I went the white boy way of slinging crack rock. I became a stock broker.” —Seth Davis in Boiler Room In …

William Tincup for President

William Tincup Audacious Ideas, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, Influence, Policies, Pop Culture, Social Media and Talent, William Tincup

Okay, I’m running for the President of the United States of America in 2016. Time for Tincup to clean up Washington! Are you with me? Don’t say yes or no yet… here’s my short plan to un-screw America: Guns: you can buy them, own them, swap them—whatever. The only caveat is civilians cannot possess any weapon with a clip that holds …

HR Pros Rejoice – Thanksgivukkah!

Tim Sackett Bad HR, Diversity, Employee Communications, Food and Drink, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Innovation, Leadership, Policies, Pop Culture, Religion, Tim Sackett, Work Life Balance, Workplace Flexibilty

One of the toughest times each year for HR Pros has to be the holiday season. It’s the one time each year that our support for diversity really gets challenged. In most American companies we have the majority of folks who celebrate Christmas, then we have the rest of our employees who fall into one of three buckets of celebration: …

What Does HR Have To Unlearn?

Paul Hebert Change, Good HR, HR, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Policies, Recognition, Retention, Seat at the Table

I’ve been taking stock of the news about HR lately and trying to find a pattern in it.  I did. The pattern I found is the new topics about HR today are exactly the same as they were the day before, and the day before that, and the year before that, etc.  In other words – there is nothing new …

I Hired This Totally Rad Guy

Meredith Soleau Change, Meredith Soleau, Policies, Social Media and Talent

I broke about five rules in the employee handbook to hire someone. And I don’t even care. Meet Rad:                   Rad is driving the creative bus at the dealership now. Which? Is awesome. We needed to hire someone for our digital marketing spot. We needed someone artistic, creative, and talented. I went to a …

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 …

Relative HR Progress

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Good HR, Innovation, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance, Policies, Star Wars, Training and Development

We humans have a tendency to see things in absolutes. It took Einstein to clue us in on the issue of time relativity and even that still leaves many of us scratching our heads.  (Tell me again how the speed of light has anything to do with how fast two people age?) We like to see things in black and …

Legislative Gridlock: Yes, It’s a Talent Issue

Steve Gifford Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, HR, Leadership, Policies, Recruiting, Steve Gifford, War for Talent

Sequestration, filibuster, campaign finance… Congressional dysfunction isn’t just them, it’s how *we* manage them! Consider the recruiting pool a member of Congress.  Technically, you only need to be a citizen and over 35, so the talent pool is pretty large.  Realistically, though, it’s hard to run for Congress if it’s your first time in elected office.  You’re probably a local …

Enforcing Bereavement Time

Steve Gifford Bad HR, Benefits, Current Affairs, Engagement and Satisfaction, Policies, Steve Gifford

My Kindergartener announced Monday evening that, in addition to gym class and centers, they had done “lockdown practice” at school that day.  It was simply another activity in his day. I live in Connecticut.  I have two kids who go to elementary school here.  And my office is less than twenty minutes from Newtown.  No one I work with was …