5 Hard Lessons I’ve Learned About Being a Better Manager and Boss

John Hollon Business Development, Career Paths, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Leadership, Learning and Development, Performance, Recognition 1 Comment

I’m a sucker for anything that tries to answer a question that I almost never hear anyone ask, much less answer: How can you be a good boss? Notice that I say anything that “tries” to answer because I usually find that most advice on how to better manage people usually goes one of two ways — it’s either very …

This Job Crunch is our Least Favorite Form of Exercise

Guest: Rachel Bitte ATS, Brand Ambassadors, candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Communication, Email, Employment Branding and Culture, Generations, HR Tech, HR Technology, Job Market, Jobvite, Mobile, Mobile Recruiting, Rachel Bitte, Social Media and Talent, Social Networking 0 Comments

Have you heard? For four straight months this year, the number of open jobs outnumbered the people out of work in the U.S. If you’re like most in the talent acquisition biz, you’re probably feeling the squeeze of this historically tight labor market. There are no signs that this trend will slow down soon, which is great news for workers …

Holiday Season = Referral Season

Corey Burns Always Be Closing, Candidate Pool, Corey Burns, Employee Referrals, Referrals 1 Comment

‘Tis the season when business begins to taper just enough for us to embark on a hiring push, to onboard and train our newest team members. For the fall and winter months, this is our window of opportunity to ensure we’re ahead of the hiring curve before it’s too late. If our hiring initiatives during this time fall short of …

The Placebo Employment Brand

Tim Sackett Business Development, candidate experience, Communication, Diversity, Employment Branding and Culture, HR, HR & Marketing, Influence, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, Talent Acquisition, Tim Sackett 4 Comments

There’s a ton of research done on placebos. You give one group the real medicine, you give another group the ‘placebo‘ pills, and then tell both groups what they should expect… and amazingly in almost every test, the placebo group will see most of the same effects as the real medicine group. The power of the mind is a crazy …

Wag The Dog in HR

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Paul Hebert 5 Comments

As I think back on my career and recall the times I had the best work experiences—where I was connected and engaged the most—it almost always involved a crisis or a pressure-filled project. I can vividly remember working on a big Chrysler account or a huge GM Parts incentive program. We worked 24/7 for weeks. In one case, we slept …

Don’t Feed the Vendors – the RFP Response Edition

Holland Dombeck McCue Business Development, Communication, Don't Feed the Vendors, Holidays, Holland Dombeck, HR Tech, HR Technology, HR Vendors, Innovation 2 Comments

I’m throwing it back to old school FOT today for a Black Friday edition of “Don’t Feed the Vendors.” For those unfamiliar with the segment, we used spotlight vendors on the site long before the days of sponsored content and influencer campaigns and allowed them their 15-minutes on the site. However, it’s the day after Thanksgiving, and now I’m craving …

3 Ways to Ensure Your Work Communications Show Kindness

Dawn Burke Change, Communication, Culture, Dawn Burke, Email, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications 2 Comments

Work communications are always a barrel of laughs. Usually, when I have gotten in trouble either at work or with a pal, it involved me snapping off in an email. I don’t do it often, but when I do, I spend the next days downing an entire, full-fat version of humble pie, second-guessing my instincts, and generally feeling pretty s**ty. …

The 3 “Fs” of Universal Hiring

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Culture, Employee Engagement, Interviewing, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Selection 1 Comment

I’ve worked for global Fortune 500 organizations.  I’ve worked for a private holding company.  I’ve also “done” three startups. I bring some street cred to this blog as I’ve experienced birthing and burying a startup—and everything in-between. I do admit I’m drawn to startups like a moth to a flame.  This is particularly odd to me as nowhere in my …

5 Things To Do At The Office On Black Friday

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Communication, Culture, Holidays, HR (& Life!) Advice, Performance, PTO, Tim Sackett, Vacation 1 Comment

A few years back I wrote a post over at The Project called the 5 Things To Do at Work the Day after Thanksgiving.  It’s solid, a bit boring for my taste. Probably when I wrote it, like writing this post, I believed it wouldn’t be read by anyone, so let’s not put too much time into it! But, it’s …

No Vacations for You!

Kylie Quetell Benefits, Business Development, Candidate Pool, Career Advice, Culture, Employee Development, employee experience, HR, Leadership, Managing People, Policies, Recruitment Marketing, Talent Strategy, Vacation, Work Life Balance

I received a job offer a while ago, and it was a good one. Part of the package included an awesome paid time off program. Unlimited. That’s right folks, Unlimited PTO. I can take as much time as I need, whenever I need it, vacations galore. If my wife and I decide to start a family, I can have unlimited …