The Muppets Know Talent

RJ Morris Audacious Ideas, HR, in the news, Recruiting, RJ Morris, Talent Strategy, The HR Profession

The new Muppets Show premieres next week. Who’s a huge nerdtastic Muppets Show fan? Yours truly. I’m probably gonna host an FOT viewing party for the premiere. KD loves himself some Animal. I grew up watching the Muppets, and my kids have really enjoyed watching the older shows, so I have had the opportunity to rediscover them. They’re a great blend …

Don’t Hire the Next Dilbert – Interviewing Early Career Professionals

RJ Morris Good HR, Hiring Managers, Interviewing, RJ Morris

You’ve been there before—you’re interviewing a candidate with three or so years of experience, and you have no idea what you are hoping to find. None. They aren’t rookies, but they are still early in their career, have been living in a cube and grinding away at entry level work for a few years. It’s hard to tell if they’re …

A Compensation Plan Where Everyone Earns More Is… Stupid

RJ Morris Bad HR, Compensation/Cash Money, Leadership, Pop Culture, RJ Morris

When I finished my undergrad, I wanted to be a college professor. Summers off, four or five classes to teach, the opportunity to do research, no high school punks to deal with—it seemed perfect for me. So, I entered grad school and taught two classes on my own while taking my classes. I loved teaching, but hated being a teacher. …

Why High-Potential Employees Fail

RJ Morris Audacious Ideas, Coaching, RJ Morris

I’ve been doing a bit more development and succession planning work lately, especially around internal leadership development candidates. If you have ever been involved in a succession planning process, you know this truth—that funnel gets a lot narrower as time goes on. Stan was a high potential four years ago, but he’s out of your funnel this year. As a …

Do Weak Managers Prefer One-Time Bonuses?

RJ Morris Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Engagement, Good HR, in the news, Performance, RJ Morris

It’s hard for me to talk about bonuses without thinking of Clark Griswold getting a membership to the Jelly of the Month Club in Christmas Vacation. As Eddie said, “Clark, that’s the gift that keeps on giving throughout the entire year.” Bonuses have gone through an evolution. Company-wide, “thanks for being here” Christmas bonuses were the standard when my parents …

The Only Metric You Need To Gauge Onboarding Success

RJ Morris Bad HR, Communication, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Onboarding, Recruiting, RJ Morris

No one has ever accused me of adding complexity to a situation. Small words work best with us Midwest folk. Unfortunately, we sometimes allow our desire to provide structure—especially metrics and processes—to actually complicate our simple goals. Take onboarding. At its most basic, onboarding is simple, right? Deliver on the promises you made during the recruiting process, Skippy. Early in …