Office Holiday Party? Well, This Probably Isn’t the Year For Mistletoe and an Open Bar

John Hollon Current Affairs, John Hollon 1 Comment

The headline on a story in this week’s Wall Street Journal said it all: Welcome to the Post-Weinstein Holiday Party. What followed was 1,400 depressing words that basically said, without actually saying it, something that you probably already know — the company holiday party as we know it is officially dead and gone. As The Boston Globe dryly noted, “This probably …

Through Hell and High Water: Your People Strategy

Kathy Rapp Change Management, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, HR & Sports, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Managing People, Metrics, Performance, Sports, Talent Strategy 1 Comment

After the Houston Astros knocked off three historic teams—The Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers—the city of Houston celebrated its first-ever World Series Championship.  “Houston Strong“, coined post-Hurricane Harvey, became the mantra and the common thread that bound players, fans and observers together. Beer was certainly part of that celebration, and Budweiser produced another tear-inducing spot that gave props to a …

You’re 10 Years Too Late To Get Amazon. Maybe 30.

RJ Morris Business Development, Current Affairs, RJ Morris

Here was the press release intro: Amazon today announced plans to open Amazon HQ2, a second company headquarters in North America. Amazon expects to invest over $5 billion in construction and grow this second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. Then mayors and governors lost their ever loving minds.  $5B and 50k tech jobs. Sign me up. …

The Uber CEO Search Was the Most Uber Thing Ever

RJ Morris Current Affairs, RJ Morris

Uber has been HR blog fodder for months, mostly for their toxic culture and former CEO Travis Kalanick being a jerk.  Better writers than me took their shots, so I stayed on the sidelines. But this CEO search?  I mean, come on, people.  It’s too good. Quick backstory.  Kalanick gets fired resigns to spend more time with his family.  Competing …

Best Motivation for a Top HR Pro > A Young, Ambitious Employee

Dawn Burke Career Advice, Current Affairs, Dawn Burke, Generations, Jobvite

I’m not a boxing fan.  I’m not a Mixed-Martial-Arts fan nor a UFC fan.  I am a fan of great theatre, however, so I was interested to see the outcome of the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather, Jr., match this Saturday. McGregor, the 29-year-old UFC lightweight champion, took on Mayweather, the iconic, 40-year-old, undefeated world boxing champion, in what was …

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VIDEO: SmashUps with Mary Faulkner – The HR Fallout of Charlottesville

Tim Sackett Current Affairs, HR, Smashfly, Tim Sackett, Video

This month on SmashUps, Tim Sackett sits down with Mary Faulkner, Director of Talent Acquisition at Denver Water. In light of the recent events in Charlottesville and the subsequent HR fallouts, Tim and Mary break down the decisions HR leaders have to make when one of their employees is identified at a controversial rally. Click on the video below to …

Remember, Clueless Management Never Goes Out of Style

John Hollon Corporate America, in the news, John Hollon

It’s late summer, everybody out here in the People’s Republic of California seem to be on vacation, and Labor Day is still a couple of weeks away. So, it’s time for some old school clueless management from the good people over at Tronc. Don’t know what “Tronc” is? I’d be surprised if you did, but it’s the silly name given …

Punish an Employee For a CEO’s Bad Behavior? Yes.

Dawn Burke Corporate Social Responsibility, Current Affairs, Dawn Burke, Leadership

Or no? I waited for Uber for so long.  Despite being the largest city in Alabama, it took a while to get to Birmingham. However, as a frequent traveler, I’d gotten used to the convenience of Uber in a big, big way.  So, when Uber finally arrived in Birmingham early 2016 I did a triple-lindy. Then 2017 happened. Despite what …

Yes, I Have a F***ing Problem With People Who Swear at Work

John Hollon Current Affairs, John Hollon, Leadership

Last September, Fast Company published a story that intrigued me just as it should intrigue anyone who has navigated the day-to-day rants and mutterings of co-workers on the job. The title said it all: Do You Have a F*cking Problem With Swearing at Work? The article was filled with a boatload of statistics about how much or how little people …

Amateur Hour at Uber: Too Many Managers With Too Little Experience

John Hollon Bad HR, Change Management, John Hollon, Leadership

Managers don’t get much respect at Uber. How else would you explain the fact that 63 percent of the ride-share company’s management team is, according to head of global diversity and inclusion Bernard Coleman, made up of rookie, first time managers ? In other words, it’s amateur hour when it comes to management practices at Uber, and it probably explains why …