New Generations Are Spawning! Birth of the Nano-Generation

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Culture, Employee Engagement, Generations, HR, Lance Haun, Paul Hebert

Just when we thought the hype about millennials might die down to a dull roar so we could get back to treating people like, well, people, some consultant needed to make another yacht payment and created a “new” generational cohort. One they could ride for a couple more years until they create something new for corporate HR to feel stupid …

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Is Unlimited PTO Just a Scam Not to Pay Out Accrued Vacation and Sick Time?

Kris Dunn HR, Kris Dunn, Policies, PTO, TO

Yeah, I said it. In my darkest moments, I’m a bit of a skeptic.  And I think unlimited PTO might just be a scam to not pay out accrued vacation and sick time. With me?  Against me?  As with most things, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.  Here’s 5 things I know about vacation/sick time and the connection …

Here’s a Scary Video For HR Leaders Who Really Worry About Getting Sued

John Hollon Employment Law, HR, John Hollon, Lawsuits

Over many years as a manager and editor, there’s one thing I have heard over and over about HR professionals: They’re always worried about getting sued! It’s true. In our ultra-litigious 21st Century society, with 1 attorney for every 300 Americans, people sue other people at the drop of a hat. Human resource departments are especially focused on lawsuits since HR is charged …

Laurie Ruettimann Discusses Autonomy and Power in HR

Laurie Ruettimann HR, Laurie Ruettimann, Worldwide FOT

Employee engagement numbers are low all over the world, and sometimes I think HR professionals forget that they’re employees, too. Work sucks for them as much as it sucks for other people. And many HR resources professionals are unhappy with their jobs because they have a lot of autonomy but no power. Let me explain. When you work in HR, …

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Are You Earning Your HR Badges?

Paul Hebert HR, Leadership, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition, Training and Development

A friend of mine, and a true friend of HR, recently posted on Facebook that he received a mentorship badge. That friend was Steve Browne (AKA – @sbrowneHR – the tie-dyed hippie HR man). Actually, it was his FIFTH mentorship badge. The badges Steve is referring to are given to mentors by newly minted Eagle Scouts to recognize those that …

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Productive People Punch List

Kathy Rapp Corporate America, Driving Productivity, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kathy Rapp, Work Life Balance

We all know them.  The types who can exercise 2 hours a day, get their kids to school (dressed) and to every activity on time (with snacks) as well as shine during a pitch meeting.  Plus – always look like they’ve gotten 10 hours of sleep. WTF?  Don’t you just want to punch them? Especially in the unpredictable people business, …

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Should You Fire Social Media Trolls?

Kate Weimer HR, Kate Weimer

What Are Trolls? Internet trolls are an abundant and unfortunate byproduct of the internet’s unlimited amounts of communication and anonymity. In the early days of the internet, trolls were limited to message boards and the term was saved for users who had anonymous profile images and usernames that went around causing trouble for the sake of it. As the internet has evolved since those early days, …

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Would You Pay a Bonus to an Employee to Keep them Skinny?

Tim Sackett Compensation/Cash Money, Performance, Tim Sackett

The world of professional sports gives us this great microcosm of compensation philosophy. Within professional athlete contracts, we find all kinds of crazy stuff. Depending on the sport, they sign-off on all kinds of special requests from their employer, usually with a monetary bonus attached. Take this recent one from the NFL and running back Eddie Lacy. Lacy is known for …

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Your HR Career Toolkit

Laurie Ruettimann HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Laurie Ruettimann

I’ve never met an HR pro who isn’t looking for a toolkit to facilitate personal or professional change. Whether it’s a seven-part coaching curriculum or a facilitated day of discussion, people want resources and rubrics to take their careers to the next level. That’s fine for some people. There are fabulous instruments and curricula to help you achieve your career …