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Lunch is for Wimps, So Keep Staring at Your Phone

Kathy Rapp Corporate America, Culture, Kathy Rapp

Remember when owning a mobile phone was a symbol of success? You know, the Motorola monster Michael Douglas, aka Gordon Gekko, aka “Awww, lunch is for wimps“, wielded around so powerfully in 1987’s “Wall Street“?  Everyone wanted one, but only a few were privileged enough at the time to own one. Fast forward and A) recognize the speed of technological …

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Productive People Punch List

Kathy Rapp Corporate America, Driving Productivity, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kathy Rapp, Work Life Balance

We all know them.  The types who can exercise 2 hours a day, get their kids to school (dressed) and to every activity on time (with snacks) as well as shine during a pitch meeting.  Plus – always look like they’ve gotten 10 hours of sleep. WTF?  Don’t you just want to punch them? Especially in the unpredictable people business, …

Why You Shouldn’t Send Business Emails On Sunday Night

Steve Boese Audacious Ideas, Communication, HR, Steve Boese

I’m writing this post on a Sunday night as I often do. Probably 90% of the posts on this blog are written on the weekend or at night while I’m watching NBA games on League Pass. (Side note: I have totally bought in to the Kristaps Porzingis hype. If he does not turn out to be an All Star I …

Work-Life Balance is a Human Resources Imperative

Laurie Ruettimann Audacious Ideas, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Work Life Balance

Earlier this year, I told you that a job in human resources gives you all kinds of flexibility and balance. Most of you thought I was a liar. Then I said that HR should take a sabbatical, and many of you laughed at me. “Who’s got time for a sabbatical?” I weep for you people. Yes, you people. As HR …

You Deserve an HR Sabbatical

Laurie Ruettimann Change, Driving Productivity, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Laurie Ruettimann, The HR Profession

There is an alternate universe where human resources professionals are revered as workforce leaders. They are offered paid leave every seven years to learn more about their industry. They take time off to read, and they travel to random places like India or Cuba and learn about emerging issues in complex labor markets. That universe doesn’t exist for most talent …

My Monday Motivation Starts on July 24, 2014.

Holland Dombeck McCue Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, Holland Dombeck, Performance, Recognition, Recruiting

I received the below text from my best friend last week (pardon any talk-to-text typos). She’s a healthcare recruiter down in South Florida and isn’t exactly crazy about her career. Like me, she spent a couple of her post-grad years working retail. It was 2008, and the times were rough. Retail was a secure option with solid pay and benefits. …

I Can Bring Home The Bacon, But Don’t Let Me Touch A Frying Pan

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Food and Drink, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Work Life Balance

“I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan.  And never let you forget you’re a man! Cause I’m a woman…”  This is the song from a classic 1980’s commercial for the perfume Enjoli. It came roaring back to my brain as I was frantically working on the brunch menu for my daughter’s birthday.  I was so …