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, …

Shut Up…You’ll Thank Me.

John Whitaker Communication

“Never miss a good opportunity to shut up.” – Judge Roy Bean If you don’t know Michael Keaton’s fine performance as Billy Blazowski, do yourself a favor: stop reading, watch Night Shift, and then we can talk. Specifically, look for a scene where “Billy Blaze” listens to a recorded message over & over (courtesy Henry Winkler) reminding him to “SHUT UP.” Now, that …

Congratulations – You’re Non-Essential

Paul Hebert Communication, Current Affairs, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Paul Hebert, politics

Other than the people who are actually responsible for it, some federal employees are being forced to stay home as the US government goes into shutdown mode. It started yesterday and like organ failure, will ripple through the halls of federal buildings as government employees begin the process of taking that long awaited unplanned vacation. I’m guessing the two NASA …

The Middle Ball

John Whitaker Change, John Whitaker

My Dad had a bitchin’ office. Realize this is coming from the perspective of a 9-year old who still considered Batman figurines “cool,” but I’m going to say my opinion holds up. He had a computer (this was 1970’s technology, so it was the size of a small car), a speaker phone that looked exactly like the one from Charlie’s Angels, …

Changing The Tech Gender Ratio One CS Student at a Time

Steve Boese Candidate Pool, College Recruiting, Culture, Diversity, HR, Recruiting, Retention

For quite some time now there has been increased attention on the comparative lack of women in technology companies and in technology roles across most companies generally. This underrepresentation of women in the tech industry and in these high tech jobs has many implications, most of them negative – organizational culture that degrades as ‘brogrammers’ dominate tech firms, the gender …

Keep Your Pants On…

John Whitaker HR (& Life!) Advice, John Whitaker

Anthony, Anthony, Anthony….you twit. Your entire life, you work to achieve a position of stature and influence, overcoming what had to be a tough playground experience as a child, only to betray yourself in the most ironic of ways considering your surname. TWICE. Weiner is certainly not the first powerful man to succumb to the temptations of the flesh -hell, even now he’s sharing the spotlight …

Working With Fallen Angels

Steve Boese Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Culture, Good HR, HR, HR & Sports, Recruiting, Steve Boese

Ever since the passing of the legendary New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner in 2010, probably the most interesting owner in all of USA-based professional sports is Mark Cuban, the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. Cuban made his fortune, (a prerequisite for professional sports franchise ownership these days), in the early days of the internet, selling his company Broadcast.com …

With Friends Like Me…

John Whitaker Employee Relations, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, John Whitaker

“Always drink upstream from the herd.” – Will Rogers One of the lesser-known pitfalls for an HR professional working as a Business Partner is one not normally mentioned when the topic of “HR Competencies” is discussed. At least in a corporate HRBP role, you can actually run into the complication of being too damn friendly. Truthfully, it can be a …

Oh, one more thing….“Be prepared to leave the company.”

John Whitaker Employment Law, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, John Whitaker

“Be prepared to leave the company.” That’s the professional opinion I gave the Mrs., sometime last year when she was feeling jerked around by her employer and had reached the point of making a formal complaint to Human Resources. It’s a sad commentary on our profession, but I knew the potential end-game she faced once that bridge was crossed – …