Mood Rings, Magic 8-Balls & Employee Engagement

Kathy Rapp Change Management, Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Organizational Development, Retention

I’m a product of the 70s. I had bell bottoms, platform sandals and wore my hair in braids. I also had a mood ring that was a piece of crap.  It was always black or dark blue.  I suppose it could have meant I was perpetually intense or lovestruck, but let’s go with crap for the sake of my parents. …

Intimacy In The Workplace: It’s a “Do”

Kathy Rapp Change, Communication, Culture, Diversity, Driving Productivity, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Pop Culture, Retention, Work Life Balance

The Breakfast Club (TBC) is 30 years old this year, which means I first saw it when I was 3. Okay… maybe I was 5. It’s a classic movie that highlights 5 different types of high school students and a Saturday spent in detention. It depicts the students as the criminal, the basketcase, the princess, the brain and the athlete. …

Five Faces of Good Management

Steve Boese Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Engagement and Satisfaction, Retention, Steve Boese

Those of us interested in improving our organizations; our ability to find, attract, recruit, develop, and retain talent; and to simply get “better” as HR/Talent pros have no shortage of freely available resources to help us in these endeavors. There are HR/Talent blogs like this one, HR and workplace podcasts, webinars, (like this one coming up from the FOT crew), …

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 …

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 …