Gossip Girls and Boys – HR’s New Productivity Weapon?

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Influence, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert

For all my career I’ve heard that loose lips sink ships. I was told don’t talk about your coworkers, don’t spread gossip. And if you are in HR, you probably already know you are at the epicenter of gossip. I don’t mean you are the cause of it. But a whole lot of the info that fuels gossip passes through …

I Don’t Care What You Want – I Want To Know What You Think

Paul Hebert Change Management, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Paul Hebert

Every 38.6 seconds another survey hits the interweb tubes that says employees want “X.” Sometimes it’s more money (who are we kidding – it’s always more money – stop asking – just make the assumption and move on.) Sometimes it’s more recognition and more validation. Sometimes it’s just more fattening food in the vending machines (okay – that one might …

Remove It Or Use It – Achieving Your HR Goals In 2015

Paul Hebert Change Management, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Paul Hebert, Seat at the Table

We’re only a few weeks into the new year and most of us have been through the process of reviewing last year’s work, checking the boxes of things completed, pulling forward or hiding those that were left unaccomplished and setting your goals for 2015. If you’re like me, you try to keep your list of goals short. I try to …

I Rewired My Employee’s Brain and You Won’t Believe What Happened Next…

Paul Hebert Change Management, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert

It is all the rage to say that engagement is management’s fault. And that is because in most cases it is the truth. And it’s their boss’s fault. And their boss’s boss’s fault. There is no end to the ladder of blame. At the core of this problem is we continue to manage employees like we did when Don Draper …

HR Needs to Play With Legos

Paul Hebert Change Management, Good HR, HR, Innovation, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert

We’ve all read the blogs, the articles, and the tweets. The business world is changing faster and faster. As soon as you’re comfortable with one set of rules, the game changes and new rules apply. It’s not just markets, but it’s companies, too. Show of hands—who’s heard the term “pivot?” Probably a bunch of you. Now go look back in …

The Human Maintenance Manual

Paul Hebert Change, Communication, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Good HR, HR, Influence, Paul Hebert

Every piece of equipment in your office comes with a document that explains what it does, how it does it and how to trouble shoot it when it doesn’t do what it should when it should. In some cases you get a warranty that allows you to get your money back should it not live up to the promises made …

Sometimes It’s About Perspective – Management at The Bottom

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Engagement, HR, Leadership, Paul Hebert

There as many ways to generate employee engagement as Carter has little liver pills. (Look it up. It’s a saying. An old one but nonetheless.) If you read the press and the blogs everything from humor to humidors can drive engagement, and there is probably a company-generated (but not peer-reviewed or validated) survey to accompany it to “prove” it is …

Being Smart Isn’t a Job Description

Paul Hebert Driving Productivity, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance

It’s the Friday before a holiday and you don’t really want to read another tome on employee engagement, do you? You want something light, fluffy, yet tasty and worth the effort. Let’s see if I can serve that up for you. Wicked Smaht We love smart people. We love to listen to them. We love to sit with them and …

Anti-Recognition? Is That A Thing?

Paul Hebert Coaching, Culture, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, HR, Paul Hebert, Recognition

We’ve all seen the studies—heck we’ve been beat over the head by them in the last few years. Recognition will cure whatever ails your company! Over the past 10 years, that mantra has caused recognition and reward companies to spring up like patent medicines in the 1800s. And many with the same overall impact. But that is a post for …

Is Your Company a Family or a Team? Why Smart People Still Don’t Get Human Business

Paul Hebert Bad HR, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, Paul Hebert, Performance

About a month ago on the HBR website in their HR Blog section, some smart and successful people wrote a post called Your Company Is Not a Family. The article was penned by Reid Hoffman, cofounder and Executive Chairman of LinkedIn, Ben Casnocha, award-winning entrepreneur and bestselling co-author, with Reid Hoffman, of The Start-up of You and Chris Yeh, entrepreneur …