A Holiday Lesson on Engagement: Treat Employees Less Like Scrooge, More Like Fezziwig

John Hollon employee experience, Employee Relations, Leadership

Given how terrible 2020 has been, nobody would blame you for being a Scrooge this holiday season. But what if you just don’t identify with Scrooge? Well, perhaps a more contemporary grouch would be a better choice — someone like the Grinch, especially the 1966 Chuck Jones version (no snickering, please; that’s contemporary for me) with the late, great Boris …

There’s Lots I Don’t Miss About the Office, But Here’s The One Thing We Can’t Live Without

John Hollon COVID-19, Innovation, Organizational Development, Workplace Flexibilty

Confession time: It’s hard not to LOVE Canadians. I’ve worked with a lot of our Northern cousins, and I’ve found Canadians to be generous, helpful, and kind. They don’t wear their partisanship on their sleeve, as so many of do here in Lower 48 plus 2, and they’re pretty easy going unless required to be something else. Yes, Canadians are …

The $64,000 Question: How Can Engagement be Improving in the Middle of a Global Pandemic?

John Hollon Culture, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Workplace Flexibilty

I thought I was done writing about employee engagement. It’s always been an interesting concept because of what it represented — the notion that the more that people are committed in their organization and their work, the better they they will perform their duties. Or as Fistful of Talent’s Grand Poobah Kris Dunn once put it, employee engagement is “Discretionary …

Sick of Bad Bosses? Here Are 4 Things Great Managers Do

John Hollon Leadership, Managing People, Talent Management

Ever come across an article or blog post somewhere that you just have to drop everything for? That’s how it was when I came across an article from Gallup titled 8 Behaviors of the World’s Best Managers. One good thing about Gallup: It’s a rare oasis of balanced (aka, non-political) news and analysis in a Mojave desert-sized wilderness of agenda-driven …

Despite What You Hear, the Jury is Still Out on Remote Work

John Hollon COVID-19, employee experience, Employee Relations, Organizational Development, Workplace Flexibilty

Here’s a confession: I was working remotely long before working remotely was cool. Way back in 2010, when I was Editor of Workforce Management, our corporate leadership decided they had enough of California, thank you very much, and decided to move Workforce from Southern California to Chicago — after first floating the possibility of moving to Detroit. The best thing …

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

John Hollon Culture, Driving Productivity, Organizational Development

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

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

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 …