How Much is Too Much When It Comes to Relationships with Your Direct Reports?

John Whitaker Culture, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, John Whitaker, Performance, Performance Reviews, Recognition, Recruiting, Retention

You know that side-job you have as the informal HR Advisor for any/all of your friends? It can be enlightening at times, even uplifting, when you hear some of the ridiculous sh*t people are forced to put up with in their workplace. For the situation to reach the “Mind if I run something by you?” stage, it usually entails the …

Are You Tracking Recruiters? Or Spying?

John Whitaker John Whitaker, Performance, Recruiting

Trackers. The bane of every recruiter. Call trackers, “activity” trackers, shared trackers, weekly trackers, monthly trackers, “tick” sheets….no matter the name or the purpose, most recruiters I’ve managed consider these administrative tasks a waste of time at best, or micromanaging at the very least. I don’t blame them, really, nobody likes to tediously document what he or she does throughout …

Donald Trump… You’re Fired!

Jason Pankow Audacious Ideas, Current Affairs, HR, in the news, Jason Pankow, politics, Television

Have I mentioned before that I love politics?  Well… I do!  I love the argument!  I love the drama!  I love the insults!  I follow all of it, and I love to dissect every little piece of info that comes around. But, lately, I’m annoyed.  I’m annoyed at this talking hairpiece named Donald Trump.  What, exactly, annoys me?  Simple… I …

POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME: Setting Developmental Goals

Chelsea Rowe Chelsea Rowe, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, Hiring Managers, Learning and Development, Millenial Voice, Organizational Development, Performance, T+D, Talent Management Power Rankings

To get everything done in the next year, you’re going to need your people to perform at a high level. You also know that the people who report to you have some developmental needs (fancy HR speak for they’re not as good as you need them to be). For you to accomplish everything you (and your bosses) want, you’re going to have to …