“Do you like essential oils?” Is NOT a Legitimate Interview Question!

William Wiggins candidate experience, EEO, Employment Law, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Learning, Policies, Recruiting, Risks, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, Working With Recruiters 3 Comments

After being twenty minutes late for our long-awaited connection, she opened the conversation with: “About me, prior to coming here, I worked at a day spa.” “Do you like essential oils?” “I feel like we’ve met before?” “Oh, November is your birthday? That’s Sagittarius, I’m a stereotypical Capricorn.” “Do you have any pets or young children? Good, because we work …

The Golden Rule of the Workplace? It’s the No. 1 Way to Avoid Employment Lawsuits.

John Hollon Bad HR, Business Development, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, Email, Employment Law, Harassment, Hiring Bias, Lawsuits, Managing People, Risks

Maybe it’s me, but it seems like legal issues — or the potential for legal issues — have become a bigger and bigger concern for talent managers and Human Resource leaders today. That’s saying a lot, because “keeping my company from getting sued” has popped up at or very near the top of just about every survey that asks HR …

Did I Hear Someone Say EEO?

William Wiggins EEO, Employment Law, Harassment, HR, Leadership, Managing People, Personal Conduct Policy, Policies, Race, Risks, Sexual Harassment, The HR Profession, Women in the Workplace

I exited the elevator, right into… “Oh, there you are. Do you have some time later today? I’m totally unsupported. This is a hostile work environment I need to take a medical because of this place…I’m still waiting on my manager to get back to me on that. I’m a Jewish female over 40 with a disability, and I’m being …

Tim Sackett Warns to Be Careful What You Incentivize

Tim Sackett Coaching, Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Coaching, Managing People, Performance, Risks, Tim Sackett, Worldwide FOT

I’m fascinated in how we compensate and incentivize employees. Not the actual process, but the decision-making process behind the what and how we do it. In my experience, how this usually goes is a two-level process: First Level: Someone has a hunch, or it’s being done this way somewhere else. Second Level: Someone in compensation searches for data to justify …

3 Talent Trends HR Shares with The Winter Olympics

Kathy Rapp A.I., Candidate Pool, Change, Change Management, Communication, Contingent Workforce, Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Harassment, HR, HR & Sports, Innovation, Job Market, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Risks, Sexual Harassment, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, War for Talent, Women in the Workplace

Ahhh.  The Olympics.  The beauty.  The drama.  The similarities to our work world. The 2018 Winter Olympics are just beginning, but the anticipation of great competition and hyper-sports analogies are in full blast.  And all the Tonya and Nancy memories.  Seems like just yesterday. Therefore, it’s only fitting to highlight the talent trends between our HR lives and the Olympic …

Politically Incorrect, Burning Bridges and Telling “All”

Mark Fogel Good HR, in the news, Mark Fogel, politics, Risks, Tim Sackett, Uncategorized

This post will go against all conventional wisdom. Sometimes it’s the right thing to tell-all. Many of you will disagree, even a few of the writers on this site. Of course, there are pros and cons, as well as the long-term potential results of burning a few bridges. Big businesses have decided for all of us that it’s politically incorrect …

3 Reasons HR Should Pay Attention to the Amazon-Whole Foods Deal

Kathy Rapp candidate experience, Change, Change Management, Communication, Corporate Social Responsibility, Culture, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, Food and Drink, HR, in the news, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Organizational Development, Passive Candidates, Performance, Recruiting, Risks, T+D, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, The HR Profession, Training and Development

$13.7 billion buys a lot of organic quinoa. Lots of talk around Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods and what it means for the grocery business, farmers, those whose jobs will be lost to automation, and the retail industry as a whole.  It’s a cocktail of doom and gloom mixed with the reality of capitalism and a twist of efficiency. So …

HR, Take Some Risks and Just Say “What the ****”

Mark Fogel Change, Mark Fogel, Risks

My favorite movie line of all time and something every HR practitioner needs to do, “Sometimes you need to just say ‘what the ****’ and take some risks.” The quote comes from the movie Risky Business. Joel, the character played by Tom Cruise, is much like a teenage version of an HR pansy. Coasting through life on smarts, good looks …