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True Sign of a Great Leader > How Well They Protect PTO

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Leadership, Vacation

To me there is one way to know if a leader is worth their salt.  It is something I don’t recall seeing in leadership books, white papers, or in training sessions.  To me the simplest way to see if a leader is doing their job is to ask team members one question: “Did you use all your PTO last year?” …

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Why Innovation Requires Rules

Paul Hebert Change, Change Management, Employee Engagement, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation, Paul Hebert

When you hear the word innovation most people think, new, groundbreaking, disruptive, interesting, free-form. The word doesn’t evoke images of strict processes and rules. Yet my experience working with most companies is that rules are required for creating innovative ideas and processes. Let me set up this discussion with a story. About 10 years ago, we took in one of …

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Hey HR – Slow Your Roll! These are people’s lives.

Paul Hebert Bad HR, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, Paul Hebert, Performance Reviews, Pop Culture

Are you feelin’ groovy? Are you feeling like the hep cat who ate the canary? Are you one of the first movers who stopped doing annual performance reviews and become too cool for school? Are you one of the folks who saw the bright shiny object and grabbed it? Did you stop doing annual reviews because Consultants who don’t do …

3 Questions to Ask Before Looking for a New HR Gig

RJ Morris Career Paths, Change, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Kris Dunn, Leadership, RJ Morris

The audience here at FOT is made up of HR and Talent pros, so we don’t usually write job seeker advice. Today’s post, however, is geared towards the HR pro who thinks they hate their job.  There’s a few of you out there, I think.   If you believe a lot of articles, this is the time of the year …

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Office Holiday Parties? They’re OK, But I’m a Big Fan of the Office Holiday Lunch

John Hollon Employee Engagement, Holidays, John Hollon

We’re deep into the holiday season, and nothing gives me pause as much as my fellow FOTer Laurie Ruettimann’s recent post on the perils of the office holiday party. It’s a personal, no-holds-barred view of such annual get-togethers, and I pretty much agree with her sober words of warning. Yes, it’s always dangerous when you mix alcohol, co-workers, and a gathering …

Thanksgiving – The First Employee Engagement Event

Paul Hebert Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Paul Hebert

In a couple of days many of us will be pulling our chairs up to a table full of food that seems designed to turn on every single memory cell in your brain. From the look of the jiggly cranberry sauce with the indentations from the can wrapped around it to the smell of the turkey that sits waiting to …

The Hidden Employee – What We Learned from Last Night

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert

I had a post locked and loaded for today but after listening to the pundits on a variety of channels discuss the surprise outcome of the Presidential election I thought it might be more apropos to talk about something that each and every person who is responsible for employees, either as an HR pro or a manager, needs to be …

Put a Fork in Millennials – They’re Done

Paul Hebert Communication, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, HR, Paul Hebert

I wish I wrote better headlines. A great headline assures readership no matter how poorly written and researched a post/article is. I could have put a number in it I suppose. Those always get pretty good play. Maybe I should have said “The #1 Reason to Put a Fork in Millennials – They’re Done.” Prolly would have been totes better. …

HR Creepiness – Don’t Be That Guy (Gal)

Paul Hebert Change Management, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, HR Tech, Paul Hebert

Clowns. It’s probably been a long time since you gave clowns a second thought. But now, with the Presidential election and headlines like this from my neck of the woods – “Creepy details released in South Carolina clown sightings”– you probably are thinking about clowns more often. BTW – best line from the clown article link is this: “They told the …