The Coronavirus May Do What Common Sense Couldn’t: Get Rid of Crazy “Open” Office Plans

John Hollon Culture, Driving Productivity, Organizational Development 0 Comments

Way back in 2012, The New York Times dug into a big workplace problem that a lot of people were having with the lack of privacy in open offices. You might have experienced it first-hand, because It was a growing trend that seemed to be springing up everywhere — no matter how silly, dumb, and unproductive it happened to be. …

A Recruiting Book in the Middle of a Pandemic? This One Shows You Can be Both Lucky AND Good

John Hollon COVID-19, Managing People, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition 0 Comments

Ever hear the old expression, “It’s better to be lucky than good“? It basically says that if you could choose, being lucky is always better than just being good. But Garry Kasparov, the Russian chess grandmaster who is generally considered to be the greatest chess player of all time, thinks the notion that luck is preferable to skill is out-and-out …

When Incompetent Management Does Bad Things Under the Cover of a Global Pandemic

John Hollon COVID-19, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Law, Lawsuits, Layoffs 1 Comment

I love that FOT Grand Poobah Kris Dunn is taking names and kicking keisters by calling out how badly some companies are handling employee layoffs and furloughs during our “global pandemic economic meltdown.” How so, you ask? His recent Fistful of Talent post — How S**t Got Sideways as Companies Fuurloughed/Laid off People in the Coronavirus Meltdown — offers great …

Lost Productivity Due to March Madness? It’s Just Another Office Fairy Tale

John Hollon Driving Productivity, employee experience, Employee Relations, Managing People

As someone who has spent a lifetime as a journalist, take it from me: the state of today’s media is pretty terrible. But public relations is pretty bad too, and some of the worst PR has to be from those who do their damndest to make an overblown case for some supposed workplace issue that’s going to cause a great …

Time to Stick a Fork in Cover Letters? Only If You Want to Miss the Best Candidates

John Hollon Always Be Closing, Candidate Pool, Interviewing, Recruiting, Resumes

A couple of years ago, Fistful of Talent published a blog post of mine that not only created a huge reaction but was easily the most well-read article I’ve ever had here.  The title should tell you why: Looking Back at What May Be the “Balliest” Cover Letter of All Time.’ It was about a classic cover letter that the …

What Does It Mean When a Tech Analyst Talks About People More Than Technology?

John Hollon Change Management, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, employee experience

I’ve been attending a lot of talent management-related conferences recently, and that means that I’ve gotten a heavy dose of hearing everybody’s favorite HR technology analyst, Josh Bersin, speaking here, there, and everywhere. This has been an enlightening experience. As someone who has been covering the talent management space for a long time, I’ve heard Josh speak quite a bit …

Sweet Lies About Work and Other Final Thoughts from HR Tech 2019

John Hollon Corporate America, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR & Marketing, HR Tech

Editor’s Note – FOT Contributor John Hollon is on the ground this week reporting from the HR Technology Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas How do I know I’m at an HR conference? I know when I hear Marcus Buckingham giving a keynote speech. To put it another way, if Josh Bersin is everyone’s favorite HR technology analyst, Buckingham may …

Josh Bersin at HR Tech: You Need to Hire Generalists Because “They Are Going to Rule the World”

John Hollon employee experience, HR Tech, HR Technology, HR Vendors

Editor’s Note – FOT Contributor John Hollon is on the ground this week reporting from the HR Technology Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas. When Josh Bersin talks, talent management people listen. Everyone’s favorite technology analyst kicked off the first full day of the annual HR Technology Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas with a keynote speech on Making Sense …