Riding a Dinosaur

Ed Baldwin Ed Baldwin, Generations, Offboarding, Recognition 3 Comments

Have you ever ridden a dinosaur?  Yeah, me either.  But I did recently attend my brother’s retirement party.  I know on the surface that the prospect of attending a retirement party doesn’t sound that exhilarating.  But it was.  In fact, it was so unique and enjoyable that I suggested it was like riding a dinosaur.  Let me explain.  This was …

Thriving as an Employer (COVID Edition) via the Employee Hierarchy of Needs

Ed Baldwin Culture, Driving Productivity, Ed Baldwin, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Trench HR 3 Comments

Everyone’s heard of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Well, almost everyone. On the outside chance you haven’t, it’s a theoretical model of human motivation that was published in 1943. Not exactly cutting edge stuff. But powerful, and surprisingly applicable to today’s workforce and chaotic COVID era environment. Summarily, it theorizes that people start out being motivated to achieve base level needs …

Two Jobs in 24 Hours

Ed Baldwin Change, COVID-19, Ed Baldwin, Generations, Job Market, Mobile Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Uncategorized

With Paul Hebert’s last post here on FOT (Hebert Out) he challenged all writers to avoid “saying the same thing over and over, using different words”. He challenged us to create innovative content and not just drudge through the same topics, over and over again. Given that the HR blog world has been around more than a decade and has …

Assessing Trust in Your Work Relationships

Ed Baldwin Books, Career Advice, Coaching, Culture, Ed Baldwin, Employee Development, Leadership

How do you assess the strength of the working relationships you have with your colleagues, your subordinates, and your boss?  When I assess the strength of my relationships, it all comes down to trust.  The trust I have in others and the trust they have in me.  If high trust exists in our relationship, then I will seek out opportunities …

It’s Time to Act

Ed Baldwin Change, Change Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Culture, Diversity, Ed Baldwin, Employment Branding and Culture, George Floyd, Hiring Bias, HR, Influence, Leadership, Talent Strategy, Trench HR

A pandemic. Senseless killings. People taking to the streets. Our foundational values being rocked. This is America 2020. And your workplace is a subset of the same environment. And for good reason. As HR professionals, we haven’t done enough. If we are honest with ourselves, equal opportunity has been little more than lip service and legal statements found in our …

Importance of Goal Setting, in Crisis

Ed Baldwin Driving Productivity, Ed Baldwin, Leadership, Managing People, Performance

Have you been able to make progress against your goals over the past couple months, or has everything been pushed aside due to the corona virus crisis? If you’re like me, all goals unrelated to this pandemic and “keeping the lights on” haven’t just been pushed to the back burner – they aren’t even in the kitchen! Who cares right? …

Creating Value When You’re the Newbie

Ed Baldwin Career Advice, Coaching, College Recruiting, Ed Baldwin, Graduation, Internships, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice

I’ve recently been on the college recruitment circuit for my company, speaking with hundreds of students at several universities, many of whom are seeking internships or their first “real job” once they’ve earned their degree and are ready to conquer the world.  And it surprises me that while these students have impressive interpersonal skills, great academic credentials and applicable part-time …

Teamwork Tips for Competitive Types (Like Me)

Ed Baldwin Career Advice, Coaching, Culture, Ed Baldwin, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, HR & Sports, HR (& Life!) Advice, Personal Brand

I’m competitive.  I always have been.  Sometimes individually and other times as part of a team, but I thrive in competitive environments. Some of my passion for competitiveness likely came from my upbringing. But there is also something in my DNA, for sure. Born or bred, I’m more competitive than most. As you might imagine, because of my competitiveness sports has always …

Worst HR Document Ever, the Employee Handbook

Ed Baldwin Ed Baldwin, Employee Communications, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Law, Engagement and Satisfaction

We all know it.  Employees know it too.  It sucks.  It’s practically unreadable.  No one reads it unless they have to.  Only time they’ll try to find it is when they feel like they got screwed by the company, or are about to be by their manager.  So they painfully dig for that passage that will get them off the …