Show Me The Shekels

John Whitaker Compensation/Cash Money, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, John Whitaker, Organizational Development, Recruiting, Retention

My buddy KD just wrote a piece about the importance of the Employee Development Plan when targeting the performance “middle-class.” It makes a lot of sense; you have 20% of your people who don’t want development, 20% who manage their own development, and a huge population in the middle who are waiting to be captured by one camp or the other. …

Win the War for Talent: Double Down on Benefits

Laurie Ruettimann Culture, Food and Drink, Good HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Laurie Ruettimann, Recruiting, Retention, Talent Strategy

If you haven’t heard, we are in a war for talent. I spend my time with recruiters and HR professionals who don’t know how to compete with big firms who offer large salaries and big bonuses. I say — double down on your benefits package. 1. Invest in financial wellness. Retirement plans are nice, but you can’t plan for tomorrow when …

Using the Sunk Costs Concept to Manage Performance

RJ Morris Business Development, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, HR, Retention, RJ Morris, Talent Strategy

Want a little insight into the educational background of your FOT contributor today? I started off as a business major at a state school, took Accounting 101, flunked it, and became an English major. I have a Masters in Irish Literature and work in Human Resources, and today we are going to talk about economics and Sunk Costs.  Seriously. Sunk …

Musing On The Candidate Experience… In Parental Recruiting Mode

Kelly Dingee Benefits, Candidate Pool, Compensation/Cash Money, Good HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Millenial Voice, Payroll, Recognition, Retention, Salary Caps, Talent Strategy

I have two teenagers… both were gainfully employed last summer.  Which meant I had a summer of bliss.  You know what I mean if you have teenagers. Both did great at their jobs, their bosses loved them, and they were asked to come back this year. But there were some fails along the way that damaged their candidate experience. What …

You Hate Your Job: Welcome to Camp Suck It Up

Kris Dunn Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Kris Dunn, Labor, Learning, Learning and Development, Retention, Travel

It’s the end of 2014, and I’ve been traveling for the last week.  There’s one trend I’ve picked up on. A lot of people in my life are generally negative about work.  A little mad, a little disenchanted about where they find themselves in life—and work is always a part of it. Is that you? Are you having a Christmas …

Don’t Fall In Love

John Whitaker Retention

You’ve heard the meme before, “people don’t leave companies, they leave managers…” right? Sure you have, we all have—it’s repeated more times than you can count. Two things about that: Bullsh-t What about good managers? For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term “good manager,” let me explain. These are people who trust your abilities. They inspire you. You …

Why Leaders Can Take Vacations, Even Us Americans

Kathy Rapp Culture, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Performance, Retention, Travel, Vacation, Work Life Balance

It’s August. Europe is on holiday. I’m just back from a week+ vacation myself. While away, I came across this article explaining why Europeans are better at taking vacations than Americans.  This should not be news to anyone. In fact, I’d say most everyone is better at taking time off than those of us in the states. The article talks …

You Have So Much Potential

William Tincup Audacious Ideas, Culture, Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Leadership, Learning and Development, Organizational Development, Recognition, Retention, Succession Planning, Talent Strategy, William Tincup

If you were MENSA eligible, would you join the organization? For me, the answer is a resounding NO. The main reason is… it would screw with me, and it would hinder my ability to have relationships with normal people. See… normal people. WTF. If you’re smart, turns out, you know it. Having an outside, third-party objective organization tell you that …

Pay to Quit. Pay to Stay. Or Just Pay Me to Work For An Awesome Boss.

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Change, Culture, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Hiring Managers, Kathy Rapp, Retention

Jeff Bezos, Founder & CEO of Amazon, boldly announced he was cloning the Zappos practice of offering employees money to leave.  He outlined the program in his annual letter to shareholders indicating, “The goal is to encourage folks to take a moment and think about what they really want.  In the long-run, an employee staying somewhere they don’t want to …