The Long Con of Engagement

William Tincup Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Leadership, William Tincup

We’ve been lied to. We’ve been hoodwinked and bamboozled. We’ve been brainwashed to believe that employee engagement matters. Moreover, that it is our moral obligation to manufacture engaged employees. The simple truth is… engagement is a nice to have, NOT a need to have. The con unraveled. Work is work, play is play, work is NOT play, play is NOT …

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 …

Screw Employee Satisfaction – Gimme The Bad Boys and Girls

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Change, Culture, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Innovation, Paul Hebert, Performance

Mad Men Season 5 started this past week. Full disclosure, before this past week’s episode, I’ve watched a total of 6 minutes of Mad Men.  But the hype was too much for me to bear, so I DVR’d it and sat and watched it the other night.  It’s awright. But… I liked it a lot more when I heard this …

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 …

Subtle Signals of Disengagement – The “Out of Office” Email…

Paul Hebert Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, HR (& Life!) Advice, Paul Hebert, Work Life Balance

Is there anything more self-serving and ridiculous than an “out of office” email reply? You send a message to someone and within two seconds a message hits your inbox that says something along the lines of… “I am out of the office with limited access to email.  If your message is important please contact May Jo Doesn’tCareAboutYourProblem in the Department …

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 – ’ …

Employee Retention – Are Surveys CAUSING the Problem or Just Reporting It?

Paul Hebert Current Affairs, Employee Communications, Good HR, Influence, Labor, Paul Hebert

Probably the most explosive statistic HR folks have been exposed to recently is the Manpower Survey announcing that 84% of employees plan to look for a job in 2011. That’s quite a few. It’s not the only place you can find that data, and it’s not just the good ol’ USA. In India the statistic is 40% who plan on quitting. …

Our Employees Are Addicted to Rewards

Paul Hebert Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Recognition, Total Rewards

We can prattle on and on about whether intrinsic or extrinsic rewards are best. We can cite Dan Pink and we can cite the Incentive Research Foundation. We can talk all we want about whether incentives are great or not. Those are beliefs, opinions and interpretations. What isn’t an interpretation is that one of the main components of the brain’s …