The Scott McClellan of Your Workplace – Here’s How to Tell if Your Employees Think He’s Legit…

Kris Dunn Culture, Kris Dunn, Leadership, Retention

First up, this isn’t a political site; it’s a site about all things talent.  So, I’m not providing a political opinion on the news of Scott McClellan (former Bush press secretary) writing a scathing book on issues within the Bush Administration. Instead, I’m here to point out that every workplace has their Scott McClellan(s).  Not whisteblowers – those folks speak …

Are You Selling Out Your Incentive and Recognition Programs?

Paul Hebert Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition, Total Rewards

Do you "own" your incentive and recognition programs? I ask because it seems that many companies have abdicated their responsibility to surveys and experts who continually say that employees want "X" so in order to engage them give them "X." A smattering of examples from a quick Google search include: Cash and international travel are the most motivating incentives for …

Excuse Me? You Thought a BMW Was a Part of the Offer?…

timtolan Always Be Closing, Making Offers, Recruiting, Tim Tolan, Working With Recruiters

It was a beautiful day in Atlanta, the sun was shining and my partner and I were just about to present an offer… You know the story-line… I’m a recruiter and …that’s my job. Okay. Here’s the deal… You are really excited (jacked) about the candidate of choice and the pending offer you are about to receive. No question about …

How the Darth Vader of Performance Management Gets Forced Ranking Into Your Company…

Kris Dunn Compensation/Cash Money, Kris Dunn, Performance

Let’s start with the obvious.  Pay for Performance is tough.  Really tough… Hold on there cowboy… I don’t mean pay for performance for your stars.  I mean pay for performance for the rest of the team.  The average folks.  The poor performers (I kinda feel a "Real Men of Genius" spot coming here). The ones you are spending most of …

The Connection Between Weezer and Your Employment Brand…

Kris Dunn Culture, Kris Dunn

What’s with these homies dissing my girl? The new Weezer CD is out.  Not ordinarily fodder for a Talent site, but I couldn’t resist after bouncing around their site to see if they were touring, etc.  Here’s the deal – Weezer gets the web, and more importantly, they get how to use the web to collaborate, bring their marketing down …

Nintendo and the Wii – Tricking You Into Higher Performance Through “Play”…

Paul Hebert Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition, Total Rewards

Sometimes, it amazes me the places you can find answers to life’s big problems.  Little did I know that the company, that brought you Prisoner of Zelda and those cute Italian plumbers Luigi and Mario, would have the answer to motivation and performance management.  While I’m sure Nintendo’s approach won’t make your employees go “Wheeeeeee” … and jump up and …

The 10 Worst Entry Level Jobs in Tech…. Sign me up….

Kris Dunn Engagement and Satisfaction, Kris Dunn, Recruiting, Retention

The Talent game is pretty subjective.  Need proof?  Look to the following list below, of the 10 Worst Entry Level Jobs in Tech, put together by Silicon Valley digital flagship, Valleywag. So, these are the worst jobs in tech…Really?  Because I could go out and find about 1000 candidates for each one, across America, this Sunday, by doing a simple …