See Something, Say Something? (The Astros)

Mark Fogel Current Affairs, Mark Fogel, Personal Conduct Policy, Sports

I know it’s still Football season, but Baseball has stolen the backpage headlines with an epic cheating scandal. Today, I will spin a cautionary tale of seeing something and saying something for all my HR peeps… Getting an edge or cutting corners can start out innocently but can eventually lead to crossing the line. And then there is the BRO …

Welcome to the Circus, HR

Mark Fogel employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Free Speech, in the news, Mark Fogel, Office Politics

HR, welcome to the proverbial circus of politics in the coming year. HR and Talent folks will be hard pressed to  ignore the firestorm created by our politicians in our country the past few months. It hit a crescendo this past week as Presidential Impeachment proceedings  took center stage. We always have been dealing with politics, specifically legislation and to …

The Weight of the Matter

Mark Fogel Food and Drink, Mark Fogel, Personal Brand, Recruiting, wellness, Work Life Balance

Of all the topics that are taboo in the inner sanctum of the Talent/HR world, weight may be the toughest to be honest about. Especially here in the US and especially with female HR executives, although today’s quip is coming from the cliché Overweight, Caucasian, Over 50 former C-suite dude. Today I will weave a true and humbling story of …

Always in Beta

Mark Fogel Change, Change Management, HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation, Mark Fogel

One of my clients refers to itself as “always under construction”…that’s another way of saying you’re always in Beta… This has been their tagline for close to twenty years and they truly are always under construction in every way they approach business including HR and Talent… But what is Beta? Webster’s defines it as: a stage of development in which …

Taking Talent Old School: How to Create a Positive Candidate Experience

Mark Fogel candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, Mark Fogel, Old School, Online Applications, Recruiting

We constantly hear stories about bad experiences candidates have in our recruiting processes – and not just about the lack of personalization in the pipelining process. I have my own war chest of stories and a few as a candidate, not as the recruiter.  A couple of year back I personally sent out over 600 resumes in a 10-month period …

Warming The Bench

Mark Fogel Managing People, Mark Fogel, Performance, Retention, Sports

A quick prelude to my discussion today: Enes Kantor, the former NY Knick center rode the bench almost all of this NBA season before being traded to the Portland Trailblazers, who had him play significant minutes during the playoffs. It’s a little hard to feel too sorry for him receiving $17 million in compensation to keep his seat warm until …

Want Employee Engagement? Just Ask.

Mark Fogel Change Management, Communication, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Mark Fogel, Paul Hebert, wellness

Employee engagement continues to be a challenge for organizations of all shapes and sizes. The road map to tackling this challenge is right in front of you if you are willing to involve your employees in the solution. But what should you be asking your people to get that answer? What they value, of course. Pretty simple, but nearly impossible …