How To Amp Up Those #HR Socially Awkward Situations

Meredith Soleau Bad HR, Food and Drink, Meredith Soleau

We’ve all been there. You see that ex-employee out on the town, you try to avoid the person at all costs because you can’t really remember why they don’t work for you anymore, just that they don’t work for you anymore. For some reason. Dang it! Why doesn’t this person work for me anymore?! The ex-employee makes eye contact, you …

Ask And Ye Shall Receive

Paul Hebert Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert

A lot has been said about employee engagement and the connection to business performance.  It’s pretty much a no-brainer that if you have people who know HOW to do their jobs and WANT to do their jobs and do a little MORE than their jobs, you have engaged employees and probably a pretty successful company. But how do you know …

Why Public Recognition Matters

Paul Hebert Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance, Personal Brand, Recognition

I’ve seen almost everything you can see when it comes to incentive and reward programs.  That’s what being around for a while does for you.  And when you have a career’s worth of information in your brain the tendency is to want to explain things to the nth degree.  Go on, and on, and on, and on, and on. I’ll …

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 …

Don’t Be an HR Stealth Ninja…

Paul Hebert Change, Good HR, Paul Hebert, Seat at the Table, Trench HR

Is that redundant?  Ninjas and stealth are pretty similar no? Ninjas are known for their ability to strike and get out without being seen.  Same with stealth planes, trains and automobiles. The idea behind Ninjas and Stealth tech is they can get the job done without leaving any traces.  No one knows they were there and after they do their …

Who Knew There Was A Future HR Manager in Lord of the Flies?

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Relations, HR, Innovation, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert

‘And you shut up! Who are you, anyway? Sitting there – telling people what to do. You can’t hunt, you can’t sing – ’ ‘I’m chief. I was chosen.’ ‘Why should choosing make any difference? Just giving orders that don’t make any sense – ’ ‘Piggy’s got the conch.’ ‘That’s right – favour Piggy as you always do – ’ …

The World Is Bigger and We Are Smaller – The Paradox of Recognition…

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Paul Hebert, Recognition, Total Rewards

When you don’t know what you don’t know, you’re very happy. If you are the best football player in a small town – you’re the best. Until you find out there is another town, a bigger town with a better football player a few miles down the road. Somehow that makes your recognition less valuable. You are no longer special. …

Is Employee Engagement a Sisyphean Effort?

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Culture, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Metrics, Paul Hebert

Almost every company these days wants to create a program, a process, an intervention or an initiative that creates employee engagement.  It starts with the company paying someone for a “scientifically designed and vetted” survey instrument that gives management a “score” that can be influenced.  The score, usually somewhere between 1 and 5, or 1 and 10 – or even …