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 …

Stop Teaching People How to Give Feedback

Ben Olds Audacious Ideas, Culture, Guest: Ben Olds, Performance

Want a feedback culture? Join the club. But how does HR help create this? Most organizations start by teaching managers how to give feedback effectively. The logic follows that if they have the skill, then they’ll go around giving all sorts of helpful feedback to readily receptive employees who will use it to improve and pay it forward in a …

Smoke ’em If You Got ’em! An Elected Official’s Run-In With HR.

Jason Pankow Employee Relations, HR, in the news, Jason Pankow, politics, Pop Culture

There’s a story kicking around my hood that I thought FOT readers might enjoy. You may have heard, during the 2012 election, the educated/enlightened/hipster voters of the great state of Washington, together with our progressive friends in Colorado, decided to de-criminalize marijuana. The feeling is that it’s not as harmful as other things we put in our bodies (tobacco, alcohol, …

Employee Engagement Day

Paul Hebert Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Good HR, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition

Sunday is Mother’s Day. The one day a year many of us recognize the 20+ years of service and effort Mom (or Mum as they say on the other side of the pond) put into making sure you were a contributor to society and not a drag on it. Sunday is the one day a year that you tell her …

Are Job Titles Participation Trophies for Grown Ups?

Paul Hebert Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Millenial Voice, Paul Hebert, Policies, politics

I’m not a big fan of generalizing generations and playing into a faux “millennial” industrial complex, making money convincing everyone that we need to reinvent the world because the millennials have arrived. In fact this member of “Generation Jones” is the one who sets up the tech in our house, knows how the network operates, gets the printer to work …

The CYA Report E52: Keeping Employees Happy and Productive at Work with Lee Burbage [PODCAST]

Cara Lucas Cara Lucas, CYA Report, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, Organizational Development, Performance, Tim Sackett

Welcome to The CYA Report, brought to you by Workforce.com and Fistful of Talent. On today’s show we have Lee Burbage, chief people officer at Motley Fool, on Keeping Employees Happy and Productive at Work. Host: Tim Sackett Producer: Cara Lucas Music: intro  – 4 On The Floor “Smokestack Lightning” close – Pantogram “Turn It Off” Can’t see the player below? Click here to …

Roses, Thorns and Buds

Dan Carusi Business Development, Change, Dan Carusi, Seat at the Table, T+D

Happy New Year!  Hopefully, the fog from your New Year’s Eve festivities is wearing off and you are actually starting to think about 2014.  I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions and setting unrealistic goals that will likely be abandoned before the end of January.  So, I follow the Boy Scout approach with a Roses, Thorns and Buds exercise. …

Dear HR Pro: Please Don’t Kill Innovation. Thank You.

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Good HR, Organizational Development

Thought that title would get your attention! Believe it or not, this isn’t going to be an HR-bashing post. The lifeblood of an organization is going to lie in its ability to continually innovate and adapt to a rapidly changing environment, and I happen to think HR plays a key rule in making this happen. Innovation requires smart, motivated people, …

Performance, Culture, and the Miami Dolphins

Steve Boese Culture, Current Affairs, HR & Sports, Performance, Steve Boese

Focusing on performance—getting the absolute most output, productivity, creativity, etc.—out of the workforce is generally seen as a positive managerial approach. Tim Sackett’s favorite CEO, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, is (for the most part), winning plaudits for tightening up the work rules, increasing performance expectations, and demanding accountability for employees and managers. And that, whether it manifests itself in more stringent …

Your Talent Review Process Lacks Relevancy

Laurie Ruettimann Laurie Ruettimann, Organizational Development, Performance

Some organizations use assessment tools to evaluate and document employee performance and to estimate future potential. These tools — 360 surveys, 9-box grids, crowd-sourcing feedback through a cloud-based mobile tool — are often part of a broader talent review process that can be linked to performance management, succession management, and even compensation. In some companies, no process happens at all. …