Too Good To Be True? Here’s An HR Conference Storyline That’s Worth Checking Out

John Hollon HR, John Hollon 1 Comment

May is here and the spring conference season is getting into full swing. It’s also getting a little more crowded — and maybe a little more interesting too. No, I don’t mean WorkHuman interesting. I’m not sure any other HR or talent management event is ready to challenge them for what my friend and Fistful of Talent Grand Poobah Kris Dunn …

Another Bad Idea From Silicon Valley – Employees Pushing to Retire in Their 30s

John Hollon John Hollon

Think you have challenges finding skilled candidates today? What if a number of the best and the brightest decide they just want to stop being the best and brightest and retire while still in their 30s? This is the latest big idea coming out of California’s Silicon Valley, a place that most of the world adores although a number Californians consider …

Is Your Candidate Experience Also Driving Great Candidates Away?

John Hollon candidate experience, John Hollon

We all know that job candidates are getting fed up with how they’re treated when they apply for jobs. That’s why the “candidate experience” — how job seekers perceive and react to employers’ sourcing, recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and onboarding — gets so much attention. The complaints about the terrible state of the candidate experience in many companies seem to come, …

It Took a Terrible Airline to Bring Back the Stupidus Maximus Award Honoring Bad Management

John Hollon Bad HR, John Hollon

Back when I was Editor of a talent management magazine, I gave out an annual Stupidus Maximus Award to honor the “most ignorant, shortsighted and dumb workforce management practice of the year.” This was a VERY popular feature, and it ended when I left the magazine back in 2010. But after all the colossal management stupidity over the last year coming out of …

I Love Amazon, But It’s Scary Thinking They’re The Most Effectively Managed U.S. Company

John Hollon in the news, John Hollon

If you read a lot of business coverage, you know this to be true: The last thing we need is yet another list touting the “best” companies. As my PR friend Robin Hardman points out, “Each year you see them — shouting from business journals, websites, magazine covers… “Best Companies to Work For” lists are everywhere: there are local and regional …

Here’s The One Big Takeaway From LinkedIn’s Most Popular Job Posts

John Hollon Employment Branding and Culture, John Hollon

Here’s the one big thing I learned from LinkedIn’s latest list of their most popular (they call it most viewed) job posts: When it comes to job seekers, it’s all about the brand. You should remember this when you hear somebody pooh-pooh the notion that a company’s brand really isn’t all that important to job candidates. They’ll tell you that …

Bad Things Happen When Companies Take Too Long To Hire

John Hollon John Hollon, Metrics, Recruiting

I have recruited and hired a lot of people over the years, more than I can count, but the one constant throughout the process is a simple question: Are we taking too long to hire? Yes, I’ve been accused of that before, especially when I was recruiting journalists from the U.S. Mainland for a newspaper in Hawaii, a place that people …

What’s the Trick to Managing Employees? It’s Simple — Just Let Them Manage You

John Hollon John Hollon, Managing People

A few years ago, I was working as Editor of a fairly well-known talent management magazine and found myself engaged in one of my frequent discussions with the publisher over something. I don’t remember what the subject was, but at some point I said something that seemed to startle my publisher. His face contorted, turned red, and he barked something …

A New Year’s Surprise: I Saw a Good Woman Dump a Bad Boss … All During the Rose Bowl

John Hollon employee experience, John Hollon

On New Year’s Day as I was watching the Rose Bowl, I saw a hard-working woman who was mistreated by a self-centered boss who didn’t appreciate her. So, she quit and left the clueless jerk to go work for herself. Who knew? It’s amazing what can happen in 30 seconds during a big college football game. The TV commercial that …

Office Holiday Party? Well, This Probably Isn’t the Year For Mistletoe and an Open Bar

John Hollon Current Affairs, John Hollon

The headline on a story in this week’s Wall Street Journal said it all: Welcome to the Post-Weinstein Holiday Party. What followed was 1,400 depressing words that basically said, without actually saying it, something that you probably already know — the company holiday party as we know it is officially dead and gone. As The Boston Globe dryly noted, “This probably …