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 …

RANT: Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down

Kris Dunn Bad HR, Employee Communications, HR, Kris Dunn, politics, Salary Caps

God, I like you people. You’re nice. You’re professional. You shop at Dillards, so you always look fresh and clean—which brings us to our first video featuring Andre 3000. (Email subscribers, click through, because there’s probably going to be a lot of videos in this one.) You’re winning. There’s just this one little problem. As talent pros, you’re stuck in a …

Kobe Bryant and Paying Above Market Compensation

Guest: Kent Pritchett Compensation/Cash Money, Executive Search, HR & Sports, Making Offers, Performance, Salary Caps, Sports, Talent Strategy, Total Rewards

If you follow professional sports, you probably know by now that Kobe Bryant returned to the NBA in December, played six games, and has been back out with injuries since then.  Bryant hasn’t really made any substantial on-court contributions to his team—the Lakers—since tearing his Achilles tendon last April (while my game is not quite as high-flying/scoring-centric as Kobe’s, this is the injury I …

5 Reasons Why Your Kid Will End Up Being a 40-Year Old Barista

Kris Dunn Compensation/Cash Money, Generations, Kris Dunn, Salary Caps

Wow.  That title is harsh.  Time to man up/woman up. As whatever higher being you believe in knows—I’ve got my own challenges as a dad.  But there’s a couple of things I see out there in the world. And when I see them, I know your kid may end up as a 40-year old barista.  Now, my kid may end …

Prices Aren’t the Only Thing Dropping At Walmart…

Tim Sackett Compensation/Cash Money, Current Affairs, EEO, Salary Caps, Tim Sackett

If you’re male and employed at Walmart, the prices aren’t the only thing dropping – so might your salary! Oh wait, you saw the news about the class action law suit by current and former Walmart female employees claiming they are/were not getting paid the same as men and not getting promotions (here) – and you just assumed that Walmart would …

Why Sales People Are the Highest Paid Employees…

timtolan Compensation/Cash Money, Salary Caps, Tim Tolan

I speak with CEO’s and senior executives on a regular basis regarding compensation issues – especially when it comes to paying high powered sales leaders. While some CEO’s truly understand the reasons that successful sales performers should be highly compensated, many still just don’t get it. During this economic downturn, we are now beginning to wind out of, many of our clients are …

Capping CEO Pay – What It Means for All of Us…

Paul Hebert Compensation/Cash Money, Paul Hebert, Performance, Salary Caps, Total Rewards

The cause célèbre today is CEO pay and by extension, overall pay transparency, performance-based pay and letting a government entity manage what used to be a free-market concern.  While on the surface, it seems to be a good idea – less hidden pay, less excess, more connection to performance, more oversight – I can see why it makes sense to …

The Most Expensive Colleges Have One Thing in Common – This Recruiter Has Never Heard of Most of Them…

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Compensation/Cash Money, Kris Dunn, Salary Caps

If you matriculated from an expensive private school, allow me to say this up front – I’m still your fan.  If you’re good at what you do professionally, articulate and able to point to a body of work that distinguishes you from others like you, you rock.  Seriously. I just don’t understand why you, or your family, had to pay WAY into the six …

Cost of Talent – World Series 2008 Edition….

Kris Dunn Compensation/Cash Money, Kris Dunn, Salary Caps, Succession Planning

The World Series is here, and it reminds me of the talent/economics lesson that occurs each season in Major League Baseball. This year's compensation lesson? The Tampa Bay Rays, now featured on Fox in their quest to win a championship, have a total payroll this season of $43 million. The Red Sox? $133 million. The Yankees? $209 million. The Phillies (the team facing …