The Uber CEO Search Was the Most Uber Thing Ever

RJ Morris Current Affairs, RJ Morris 3 Comments

Uber has been HR blog fodder for months, mostly for their toxic culture and former CEO Travis Kalanick being a jerk.  Better writers than me took their shots, so I stayed on the sidelines. But this CEO search?  I mean, come on, people.  It’s too good. Quick backstory.  Kalanick gets fired resigns to spend more time with his family.  Competing …

Punish an Employee For a CEO’s Bad Behavior? Yes.

Dawn Burke Corporate Social Responsibility, Current Affairs, Dawn Burke, Leadership

Or no? I waited for Uber for so long.  Despite being the largest city in Alabama, it took a while to get to Birmingham. However, as a frequent traveler, I’d gotten used to the convenience of Uber in a big, big way.  So, when Uber finally arrived in Birmingham early 2016 I did a triple-lindy. Then 2017 happened. Despite what …

Amateur Hour at Uber: Too Many Managers With Too Little Experience

John Hollon Bad HR, Change Management, John Hollon, Leadership

Managers don’t get much respect at Uber. How else would you explain the fact that 63 percent of the ride-share company’s management team is, according to head of global diversity and inclusion Bernard Coleman, made up of rookie, first time managers ? In other words, it’s amateur hour when it comes to management practices at Uber, and it probably explains why …

Some Hires Might Not Be Worth the Trouble – Lawsuit Uber is Fighting Proves It

RJ Morris Current Affairs, Employment Law, RJ Morris

I’m a House of Cards fan…power, subterfuge, shady deals and intrigue. Sign me up. Can’t wait for the new season. I like drama and backroom politics. It’s fun to see how things get done. Shady deals like this, however, don’t normally happen around the HR space. But for Uber and a division of Google, it’s on. Frank Underwood would eat …

uber ceo travis kalanick

A Lesson From Uber: You Are What Your Culture Says You Are – Like It or Not

John Hollon Culture, John Hollon

Why do so many people think that companies only focus on building strong, positive workplace cultures? The fact is, organizations are ALWAYS building their culture — whether they mean to or not. You know what I’m talking about: Those kinds of businesses where workers spend more time yakking about all the bad management and terrible decision making going on around them than …

Uber Trades Out CHROs, aka Life In The Fast Lane

Kris Dunn Good HR, HR, Kris Dunn, Recruiting

If there’s one thing that’s true in HR, it’s that today’s HR leader right for a company may not be right for the same company 3 years from now.  Things change. New leaders come in, new strategies are developed and deployed. And if you’re really lucky, your company experiences exponential growth that causes you to need a different type of …

The Gig Economy – Where Uber Drivers All Drive Teslas

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Contingent Workforce, Current Affairs, Engagement and Satisfaction, Innovation, Job Market, Kathy Rapp, Labor, politics, Recruiting, War for Talent

In 2013, a Tesla burst into flames when it ran over a metal object. Then it happened again a few weeks later.  A federal investigation was launched and within four months, it was closed. Why? How? Tesla quickly determined should debris hit the car’s battery pack when the chassis was lowered at highway speeds—well, it would catch fire. The company …

The Uberification of HR

Steve Boese Audacious Ideas, HR, Steve Boese

The “gig” economy. Labor on demand. The “death” of jobs. Whatever phrase you prefer to describe the recent surge in the amount and influence of companies like Uber; Lyft; Upwork; and scores of others, this trend towards a more fundamental change in how we view work; employment; and the nature of the relationship between “employers” and “employees” (using air quotes …

HR Technology and Cable Companies – Time to Cut the Chord on Both

Andy Porter Andy Porter, HR, HR Tech, HR Technology, HR Vendors

I’ve recently become engaged in an HR technology selection process, and with every conversation and demo, I can’t help but think about the cable industry.  You know—an outdated model for delivering entertainment that forces you to pay for a bunch of sh*t you don’t want or need because well, you really don’t have any other choice.  The space is dominated by one or …

Recruit Like A Marketer: Surprise and Delight (Then Reap The Social Reward!)

Holland Dombeck McCue Candidate Pool, Culture, Current Affairs, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Holland Dombeck, HR, HR & Marketing, in the news, Innovation, Recruiting, Talent Strategy

Yesterday Uber partnered with the Animal Planet to bring adorable and adoptable puppies to offices in a handful of major metropolitan cities in their footprint. While the offer was geared at generating buzz for Animal Planet’s annual Puppy Bowl (and building some goodwill for a company that needs it), Uber and The Animal Planet also provided the perfect vehicle for …