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5 Things Your Exclamation Point (!!!) In Email Means to Me

Kris Dunn Communication, Email, Kris Dunn

You know who you are.  You love to use the exclamation point in emails and writing! Yes!!! You’re a peppy son of a gun.  We’re watching your enthusiasm for life and/or your sense of urgency. The thing is, you use the exclamation point so much that we’re not sure if if all that enthusiasm and/or urgency is real. Let’s start …

3 Criteria You’re Missing from Your IT Job Postings

Tim Sackett Job Boards, job postings, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, Tim Sackett, Udacity, Uncategorized

Crafting a good job posting is at the core of a successful recruitment process. Still, most organizations virtually ignore it when it comes to understanding the reasoning of why their process is failing.  The normal mode of operation in crafting your job posting goes something like this: Ask hiring manager to send you something about what the job they are …

Call Me! The Lost Art of Picking Up The Phone.

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, candidate experience, Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, Generations, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, War for Talent

Gen X version: “Call me (call me) on the line Call me, call me any, anytime“ Millennial version: “Hey, I just met you, And this is crazy, But here’s my number, So call me, maybe!” Aside from the observation that Millennials are much coyer in their request for a call (“So call me, maybe!”) and those of us who identify …

Why You Shouldn’t Send Business Emails On Sunday Night

Steve Boese Audacious Ideas, Communication, HR, Steve Boese

I’m writing this post on a Sunday night as I often do. Probably 90% of the posts on this blog are written on the weekend or at night while I’m watching NBA games on League Pass. (Side note: I have totally bought in to the Kristaps Porzingis hype. If he does not turn out to be an All Star I …

3 Hidden Costs of Change

John Whitaker Change, Change Management, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, John Whitaker

When a company is in an uproar, it’s estimated that employees will lose as much as 2 additional hours per day in productivity. The anxiety associated with change or even the possibility of change puts people into a distracted state beyond the norm. But would you be surprised to know that there are other activities your employees are doing every day that can …

Employee Engagement Singularity – Infinite Monkey Blogger Theorem

Paul Hebert Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Paul Hebert

I think it’s official. We’ve reached that point in the business world where absolutely nothing new can be added to the disaster that is employee engagement. It’s not that I don’t think engagement is a noble cause. It is. But like Maslow’s highest level of human needs, “self-actualization” (which is bunk by the way – but you go on quoting …

Me & Chuck Muncie

John Whitaker Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Talent Strategy

If the name “Chuck Muncie” means anything to you at all, it probably indicates one of two things: You’re old. You’re a passionate fan of the NFL and its history of characters. I have the advantage of being both. But that still isn’t the reason “Chuck” has a significant role in my professional history. Nope, for me, that name still resonates loudly …

Keeping Lousy Employees – Why Your Employer Brand May Be TOO Strong

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, HR & Marketing, Paul Hebert, Recruiting, Talent Strategy

Yeah… I said it. Lock me up. Heresy! He’s a witch! Burn him! (Now go back and say that with your best Monty Python accent – don’t lie – we all do it.) That’s right – I crossed that line and said your employer brand may be too good. With all the writing, blogging, speaking, surveying and general chin-wagging about …

Corporate Freudian Psychoanalysis: Is That A Cigar or Are You Just Engaged?

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Change, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Innovation, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance

We’re going to a weird place today. And I know this is a simplistic analysis but go with it… it’ll be fun! Freud (Sigmund, the psychiatry guy, not the guys with tigers in Vegas. If you watch Big Brother you’ll get that – h/t to Liz and Julia – watch – you’ll LOL yourself) suggested that an individual’s personality was …

When You ASSuME

Paul Hebert Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, HR, Paul Hebert

There was a show on TV in the early 70s about roomates—one was neat and one was sloppy. It bore NO resemblance to the cluster that ran in 2015 called the Odd Couple. In this show they had funny characters who didn’t leave each episode full of scenery after 30 minutes of overacting and forced “humor.” Below is a video …