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 4 Comments

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 …

The Honeymoon Is Over, AKA “The Employee Experience”

John Whitaker candidate experience, John Whitaker 0 Comments

“Candidate experience.” Google that term and you get just over 11 million hits. I’m guessing a fair percentage of those can be traced back to the contributors on this site, myself included, as sharing the gospel of the candidate experience is a pretty cool thing to do, don’tcha know? Here’s my concern about the avalanche of material you find about …

Clock In, Check Out

John Whitaker Audacious Ideas, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, John Whitaker

“Presenteeism costing employers 11 weeks per worker.” That’s the article heading that leapt off the page when I received my HR Daily update. (“Presenteeism…” you know it’s a relatively new concept when it gets spell-checked in WordPress.) Not absenteeism, mind you. We can all count the days when employees don’t show. Presenteeism is way more prevalent than absenteeism—how much more? …

The Uberification of HR

Steve Boese Audacious Ideas, HR, Steve Boese

The “gig” economy. Labor on demand. The “death” of jobs. Whatever phrase you prefer to describe the recent surge in the amount and influence of companies like Uber; Lyft; Upwork; and scores of others, this trend towards a more fundamental change in how we view work; employment; and the nature of the relationship between “employers” and “employees” (using air quotes …

“Fit” To Be Tied

John Whitaker John Whitaker

“Fit” is a term that’s giving me (for lack of a better term) fits. Anyone involved with the hiring cycle, whether it be staffing, the hiring manager, or even the candidate, has certainly heard the term “job fit.” Hell, I use it all the time. And it’s bugging me. It hit me today, reading through the August issue of Rolling Stone. Hidden among …

Curve Your Enthusiasm

John Whitaker Culture, Current Affairs, John Whitaker

Marissa Mayer eats employee angst for breakfast. Just when you thought corporate malaise might creep back into the annual performance-review process, Marissa kicks it right in the ‘nards. The rather transparent and well known “secret” in most corporations is that the “Bell Curve” is alive and well, albeit not publicized. In most cases, the “curve” is used in determining compensation distribution, …