Forget Casual Friday. What You Really Need is Honest Friday!

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Communication, Culture

You’ve all heard of causal Friday, right?  You know, the day of the week when Bob wears his ripped Wranglers and Julie thinks it’s Saturday night and leaves very little to the imagination.  It’s a nice little perk I suppose, but it really doesn’t do anything for the company other than giving them some insight into what you look like …

Cover Letters, Thank You Notes and Mariam Yak

William Tincup Audacious Ideas, Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, William Tincup

What can we learn from SPAM? Turns out, a lot – about us, about how to and how not to get folks to care about our message, cause, and/or communication. Herewith is what I honestly believe in my heart of hearts to be an actual SPAM message. I’ll dissect it to see what all we can learn from said SPAM …

What’d you say?

Guest: Jim Fox Communication, HR (& Life!) Advice

post by jim fox “Words have meaning” is a mantra from my consulting days, a statement I usually reflected on when a client would recant something they’d committed to publicly. Why? Because someone is always listening. And while it may not be the people we necessarily want to be listening, and what people take-away from our communication may not always …

5 Sourcing Resolutions for 2013…Moving Beyond Process

Kelly Dingee Kelly Dingee, Sourcing, Training and Development

I, like many of you, sat down with the boss pre-holiday to talk about performance and what 2013 will bring.  In 2012, my sourcing work life was completely focused on process improvement and an inherent “need for speed”.  At some point it felt like I was living a mash-up of The Bionic Woman and Top Gun, completely focused on being …

Wooooo….what's the scariest thing for HR this Halloween?

Kelly Dingee Communication, HR, Kelly Dingee, Social Media, Social Recruiting

Oh I've got this nailed….a lawyer with your social media policy in their hand. Haha! You think I jest, don't you? I'm not.  Not at all.  HR is running scared from Social Media.  And the lawyers are making them do it.  Bad for Corporate, outstanding for me.  (I'm in retained search, no rules remember? Just those moral ones I impose…) …

What is a Baller?

Paul Hebert Career Paths, Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Paul Hebert, Performance, Work Life Balance

If you hang around the FOT water cooler enough you’re bound to run into a few sports terms now and then.  Baller is one of those.  Originally used to reference a street basketball player who makes it big and goes pro now it is used to reference just about anyone who is extremely proficient at the game – whether business …

The Bonus Rules

Tim Sackett Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Performance, Recognition, The HR Profession, Tim Sackett

If you’ve been in HR for at least 30 minutes you’ve heard someone in your organization bitch about a bonus.  It comes part and parcel with the gig – from the beginning of time when the first caveman decided he needed some additional incentive for his cave drawers and developed the 5 drawings and you get an extra brontosaurus burger …

HR in 20 Slides and 20 Seconds

Paul Hebert Communication, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, Paul Hebert

This past week I’ve been putting some finishing touches on a Pecha Kucha presentation I’m giving at the end of the month. Pecha Kucha – pronounced “pa-chok-cha” – is a style of presentation made up of 20 slides (predominately images) shown for 20 seconds each.  Originally devised by architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham in 2003 in Japan, it was …

Old Milwaukee and the Pressure to Do More With Less

Steve Boese Candidate Pool, Employment Branding and Culture, Job Boards, Recruiting, Social Media and Talent, Social Networking, Steve Boese

Did you watch the Super Bowl a few weeks ago? Apart from actual contest itself, won by the New York Football Giants, the Super Bowl has also become the pinnacle event for big brands, marketers, and advertising agencies. In fact the Super Bowl has become well, the Super Bowl for the ad game. The stakes are very high in this …