Can You Be A MVP On An Underperforming Team?

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Coaching, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Good HR, HR, HR & Sports, Performance

This time of year is my absolute favorite. It’s a time for gathering with family and friends, reflecting on the past year and making commitments to be better in the coming year. Nice, huh? But if you work in the corporate world, it’s also the time of year when you’re forced to devote hours of your life that you’ll never …

Don’t Be A HR Scrooge This Holiday Season!

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Communication, Employee Communications, Food and Drink, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Leadership, Organizational Development, The HR Profession

Welcome to my favorite time of the year!  The season of company holiday parties!  Otherwise known as the night when relationships are either solidified or ruined in the time it took to down one too many shots and insult your boss’s wife. It’s also the night when many people in HR reinforce all of the stereotypes about old school, policy-driven …

Richard Branson Didn’t Go Far Enough – Paid Time Off BEFORE You Start Working

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Audacious Ideas, Onboarding

Over the last week or so there’s been a ton of buzz over Richard Branson’s unlimited time-off policy for the Virgin Group. Personally, I think this move is a great one and helps further acknowledge that these B.S. two-week vacations (if you’re lucky) should be a thing of the past. Hire adults and treat them like adults. Period, stop. (Quick …

In Defense of HR

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Culture, Good HR, The HR Profession

What a surprise—another article on why HR is the root of all that’s evil and wrong with our organizations. It’s beginning to feel like if it’s a slow cycle or there’s nothing hot to write about, people just trot out a post on why HR sucks. In case you missed it, in the July/August issue of the Harvard Business Review, …

Top 3 Organizational Bad Habits and How To Break ‘Em

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Bad HR, Change

Leaving the toilet seat up (in a house full of women).  Talking with your mouth full. Eating a dozen doughnuts at 2AM. Drinking too much. Sensing a pattern? Yeah, all of these things might be fun to do, but they’re really all just bad habits that we’ve fallen into over time. Put another way, these are the things we either …

Tired of Complainers? How About You Offer Bundled HR Service Plans.

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Audacious Ideas, Employee Engagement, HR

Imagine you’ve just invested a ton of time and money designing and implementing an employee engagement survey so that you can get a real sense of what’s going on in your organization because you know, you care.  Now imagine the big day is here—you’re presenting the findings and recommendations to the senior leadership group.  Overall, the data is quite good …

Are You In The Trough of Disillusionment?

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Audacious Ideas, Career Paths, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR

I have a confession to make… I actually learned something about HR from an IT guy!  Shocking, isn’t it?  I was recently chatting with Nate McBride (go check this guy out—he has some FOT potential) and he used a phrase I’d never heard before: the Trough of Disillusionment. Turns out in the geeked out IT world this means something (I …

How Smartphones Are Dumbing Down Your Company

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Communication, Culture, HR (& Life!) Advice, HR Tech

It pains me to even write the headline for this blog. But the truth is, the technology that’s made work more efficient and connected us in ways that we never thought possible is the same technology that’s dumbing us down. Don’t believe me? Put your smartphone down for a minute and take a look around you. Riding the train? What …