WORKING FROM HOME CAN BE AWFUL! Unless You Do These Things

Dawn Burke Change, Change Management, COVID-19, employee experience, Work Life Balance 1 Comment

OK – let’s put a few things in perspective before we dive into this topic. Awful is getting sick. Awful is spreading illness unintentionally to others. During this time, there are many more awful things than working from home. Now onto my story… A few years back, I got a divorce from the corporate world and began my full time …

Candidates Who Over-Talk May Need To Work Elsewhere

Dawn Burke Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, HR, Selection, Talent Strategy 6 Comments

“You talk too much. You never shut up.” – Run DMC To shut a candidate up or not to shut a candidate up? That is the question. A question, as an interviewer, I’ve contemplated for many years. A question I admittedly flip-flop on. But here is where I am with this now. Candidates, you need to control your explanations. You …

Efficiency Recruiting Is Like An Impossible Burger; It’s Got No Meat

Dawn Burke Always Be Closing, Bad HR, candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Dawn Burke

Here is the scene:  This week, my hubs and I were on a travel jaunt and after 3 hours in the car I was desperate for a latte’ (unsweetened almond milk with lots of cinnamon and Splenda on top). Since we were somewhere in the middle of “where the hell?” and “did we almost run over a possum carrying a …

Insanity, Indulgences and Reflection; Tips To Assess Talent Acquisition

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Leadership

The most dichotomous month of all the great months is December. The Yin vs. Yang of the human experience comes out in great force. The Yin December is the month of insanity: including cramming 8 weeks of year-end work in one month and making sure all your friends get a swell photo card of your kids posing with a Christmas …

Leaders: If You Are Not A Great Listener, You Are A Great Pretender

Dawn Burke Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Uncategorized

Being an active listener is hard.   I work as an HR consultant/trainer for some incredible firms (including KinetixHR, Recruiting Toolbox, and naturally, Dawn Burke HR). Whether conducting training for corporate leaders, HR pros, recruiters, hiring managers, or coaches, there is one significant obstacle all face and struggle to conquer – active listening. My eight year-old-niece would say, “a-doy.” My husband …

Onboarding…Who Cares?

Dawn Burke Change Management, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Learning and Development, Organizational Development, Uncategorized

Really, who cares? I suppose many do not. I know many companies do not onboard effectively and seem to keep their doors open. I know many companies that say they onboard, but do an abysmal job at it. They too seem to be still schlepping soap products or selling mattresses or building software regularly.  However, if you have a workforce …

How To Manage Your CEO If They Think “They Are A Terrible Person”

Dawn Burke Change, Change Management, Coaching, Dawn Burke, Good HR, Uncategorized

CEO’s are only human. They have a tough job with high stress. Naturally, there are going to be times where their judgment will lapse, even to the point where they may do “terrible” things. But how do you, HR pro, manage that?  A few days ago I read a fascinating article in Vanity Fair called “I’m a Terrible Person”: Behind …

Great Leaders Embrace Traits of An Adventurer

Dawn Burke Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Leadership, Uncategorized

I’m in Iceland as I am writing this, so naturally, adventure is on my mind. Anyone who has visited Iceland will tell you it’s unlike any trip they’ve ever taken. One day you are in the middle of a lush, green field leading to a massive waterfall, the next day traveling between snow-capped mountains, while the next day you’re making …

Punish an Employee For a CEO’s Bad Behavior? Yes.

Dawn Burke Corporate Social Responsibility, Current Affairs, Dawn Burke, Leadership

Or no? I waited for Uber for so long.  Despite being the largest city in Alabama, it took a while to get to Birmingham. However, as a frequent traveler, I’d gotten used to the convenience of Uber in a big, big way.  So, when Uber finally arrived in Birmingham early 2016 I did a triple-lindy. Then 2017 happened. Despite what …

To Squash Fears of Failure, Discipline Yourself to Keep Moving.

Dawn Burke Career Advice, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Dawn Burke, Learning, Workplace Flexibilty

“Action cures fear” – Mike Kim. I am someone who needs structure. And you do to. For the last 18 months, I’ve been on my own workwise. Before you roll your eyes, this isn’t a missive on entrepreneurialism. However, going from larger corporate environments to working for an organization of one (me) has forced me to analyze every nuance of …