What Are The Odds Your Kid Will Grow Up to Be in HR?

Tim Sackett Tim Sackett

The website BookofOdds.com had an interesting article recently titled “Hey Kids, Pick A Career“, in which they give certain odds on what occupations your child (or any child born for that matter) will become a certain profession.  As you can imagine they give you some of the obvious first, like odds my kid will be a: Surgeon: 1 in 2,872 …

How Zappos Ruined HR …

Tim Sackett Culture, Tim Sackett

So, I’m getting ready to register for any one of about 15 HR Conferences in the next 3 months, and I’ve yet to find an agenda where they don’t have someone from Zappos speaking about how great it is to work at Zappos.  Now, I don’t want to be a hater, but can’t someone get back to the Poop Deck …

The New American Dream…a Union Job…

Tim Sackett Engagement and Satisfaction, Tim Sackett

I’ll go all KD and disclose something before you continue reading – I don’t like Unions.  I don’t like unions the way fat kids don’t like gym class, the way the Yankee’s don’t like the Red Sox and (for my kids) the way Mario doesn’t like Bowser.  I grew up in Michigan and had a ton of family working for …

Better Performance Reviews in 140 Characters…

Tim Sackett HR Technology, Tim Sackett

I had to give a couple of performance reviews last week, and it had been a while since I had sat down and done one.  In fact, the last time I did a review was prior to when I started using Twitter.  As I sat down to give these associates my nuggets of wisdom, development opportunities and pat-on-the-backs, it hit me …

Leaving a Job – The Jon and Kate + 8 Way!

Tim Sackett Culture, Tim Sackett

I have an 11 year old son who loves, I mean has each season on DVD – Loves, Jon and Kate + 8.  So, you can imagine in my house right now we’ve had some interesting conversations about the undoing of Jon and Kate – and how each has gotten a touch nasty towards each other.  I don’t see the …

The Great Diversity Scam – Even Babies Discriminate…

Tim Sackett Diversity, Tim Sackett

If you haven’t seen the latest issue of Newsweek, the front page has a picture of a baby with the headline “Is Your Baby A Racist?”  The headline is in regards to an article within the issue “See Baby Discriminate” in which authors, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, study whether there is a beneficial effect by having multicultural story-lines delivered to children.  Bronson …

Obama’s Education Speech – Did Your Company Support it?

Tim Sackett Tim Sackett

I think it’s funny that over the past week the media/politicians/parents have made the President’s education speech such a hot discussion topic.  I’m not a liberal or a conservative – I’m completely comfortable, as a HR Pro, sitting on the fence and stepping on either side as it fits my agenda.  Part of my HR Pro agenda is we need a workforce that …

12 Words You Should Never Use In HR – During A Recession…

Tim Sackett Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Tim Sackett

Business Week has an article recently on the 12 Words You Can Never Say In The Office– from a technology stand point, because they’re so outdated (i.e., Intranet, Push-Technology, Web-surfing, etc.). This got me thinking of those things we shouldn’t be saying as HR Pros around the office because of what commotion we might stir up. Here’s my list: RIF …

40% of Twitter Posts are “Pointless Babble”… What’s Your Point?

Tim Sackett Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, Tim Sackett

Pear Analytics recently released a study based on measuring random tweets to come up with their very analytical observation that 40% of all tweets are, in their words, “pointless babble.”  Another 38% of the tweets were characterized as “conversational” and a full 8% were deemed “moderately interesting.”  A full 10% were either spam or self-promotion (which I view as the …