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 …

Employee Stickiness: 3 Ways to Get the Goo

Kathy Rapp Coaching, Communication, Employee Engagement, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kathy Rapp, Retention

Loyal.  Faithful.  Devotion. This isn’t a post about Kayne and Kim’s pending marriage. It is a post about love.  Well… maybe not love but at least stickiness.  What does it really take to ensure your top talent sticks around?  Let me tell ya—you’re not going to find the answer in an employee engagement survey.  You probably won’t even be able …

Sackadamus Gives His 2014 Predictions

Tim Sackett Retention, Social Recruiting, Tim Sackett

The Annual Sackadamus FOT Predictions have become legendary, primarily for their uncanny accuracy and for the simple fact no one is willing to go out on such a limb within the industry. Back in 2009—it was I who predicted the takeoff of Video Interviewing/Video profiles!  I also predicted Healthcare reform would go nowhere, so 50/50 seems to be a good …

No New Art

William Tincup Audacious Ideas, Culture, Employee Engagement, Good HR, HR, Laurie Ruettimann, Performance, Retention, Social Recruiting, Tim Sackett, William Tincup

Before you review this article, do me a personal favor and click this link—it’s only 600 words or so but it will provide some useful context. Last line of the entry is the best: “Nothing is new, get over it!” Assuming you’ve completed that task… soldier on. Here’s the thing: everything we do in HR has been done before, thought …

Changing The Tech Gender Ratio One CS Student at a Time

Steve Boese Candidate Pool, College Recruiting, Culture, Diversity, HR, Recruiting, Retention

For quite some time now there has been increased attention on the comparative lack of women in technology companies and in technology roles across most companies generally. This underrepresentation of women in the tech industry and in these high tech jobs has many implications, most of them negative – organizational culture that degrades as ‘brogrammers’ dominate tech firms, the gender …

Wedding Anniversaries and Retention Strategies

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Retention

Last week was my 5th wedding anniversary and although life is a different these days with an 18-month-old running around, we did manage a small celebration to mark the occasion.  Now this may sound weird to some of you out there, but this occasion got me thinking about retention strategies… If you take hard look, there are many similarities between marriage …