Why You Should Eliminate Your Paid Time Off Policies

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Bad HR, Benefits, Good HR, Workplace Flexibilty

Let’s meet Bill: Bill’s a hard-working guy who always meet his goals (sometimes exceeding them). He’s more than willing to help out others on his team, and he regularly puts in hours on nights and weekends, much to the chagrin of his family (don’t even bring up the smartphone). He’s a professional and paid well to care about his work …

HR Drinking Games

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Audacious Ideas, HR (& Life!) Advice, Metrics, Performance

This past weekend I did something I haven’t done in a long time— I played a drinking game.  You remember drinking games, right?  It’s when a bunch of twenty-somethings get together and make up ridiculous games with ridiculous rules as a way to make binge drinking seem like it’s okay.  As you would expect, drinking games aren’t kind to guys in …

Dear HR Pro: Please Don’t Kill Innovation. Thank You.

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Good HR, Organizational Development

Thought that title would get your attention! Believe it or not, this isn’t going to be an HR-bashing post. The lifeblood of an organization is going to lie in its ability to continually innovate and adapt to a rapidly changing environment, and I happen to think HR plays a key rule in making this happen. Innovation requires smart, motivated people, …

Parental Leave in the US Really Does Suck

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Benefits, Culture, Good HR

Pop Quiz: What does the United States of America have in common with Papua New Guinea and Swaziland? Well, pretty much nothing at all EXCEPT, according to a study done by Harvard and McGill Universities, they are the only 3 developed countries in the world that don’t guarantee working mothers leave with compensation. I didn’t believe it when I read …

Forget Casual Friday. What You Really Need is Honest Friday!

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Communication, Culture

You’ve all heard of causal Friday, right?  You know, the day of the week when Bob wears his ripped Wranglers and Julie thinks it’s Saturday night and leaves very little to the imagination.  It’s a nice little perk I suppose, but it really doesn’t do anything for the company other than giving them some insight into what you look like …

Wedding Anniversaries and Retention Strategies

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Retention

Last week was my 5th wedding anniversary and although life is a different these days with an 18-month-old running around, we did manage a small celebration to mark the occasion.  Now this may sound weird to some of you out there, but this occasion got me thinking about retention strategies… If you take hard look, there are many similarities between marriage …

The One Sentence HR Handbook

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Good HR

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the value (or not) of having an employee handbook chock full of policies and procedures that lay out in great detail how an employee should act at work. If you’ve ever read any of my posts, I think you can take a wild guess on how I feel about a policy telling me …