Media Fasting Might Be a Good Idea Right Now

John Whitaker Employee Relations, Leadership

It’s getting harder and harder to get any kind of useful information from the “professionals” responsible for informing the public about things that matter. As a matter of fact, I would go so far as to say you have a 0% chance of getting a true re-counting of any current event that doesn’t also carry a hidden agenda or political bias. ZERO.   Stop right now if you are about …

The S-Storm Trifecta of 2020 (for HR and Everyone Else)

John Whitaker Change Management, COVID-19, Diversity, Employee Relations, politics, Race

So here we all are, this is really happening. A pandemic response of historic significance, social unrest like we haven’t seen since the 1960’s, and it’s less than six months until we have an election that promises to provide an explosive outcome – no matter who is found to be the victor. That’s one huge matzah ball. If it wasn’t …

NEWTON’S WEIRD SCIENCE & YOUR TALENT STRATEGY

John Whitaker Change Management, COVID-19, Employee Relations, Leadership, Managing People, Recruiting, Talent Strategy

Years ago, I started writing about “The Physics of HR.” I based my theory on Newton’s Laws of Motion and their respective applicability to our work in Human Resources. In case you need a refresher, here’s a quick Schoolhouse Rock reminder of Newton’s three laws of motion: An object in a state of motion will remain in motion unless an …

Seismic Shifts In HR

John Whitaker Change Management, Communication, COVID-19, Good HR

We’ve all probably said some version of “our kids/grandkids will be talking about this in History class one day,” which, in my house is met with a response of “OK Boomer.” Nevertheless… Consider that statement; First, I don’t care how “Boomer” it sounds (and, for the record, I am NOT), this absolutely will be talked about for generations to come. …

The Pretender, Part II

John Whitaker Career Advice, Change, Change Management, Leadership, Managing People

For those of you who read Part 1 of this series, here’s hoping you’ve forgiven me for taking subtle shots at Dirty Dancing, mullets, and Democrats. But in my own defense, I’m an equal opportunity antagonist, so you can be sure to see future digs at Footloose, the GOP, and whatever hairstyle Curt Gowdy has adopted for the day. If you didn’t read Part …

Feeling Like A Pretender? (The New Leader)

John Whitaker Corporate America, Employee Development, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Onboarding

If you get things that you desire, there may be unforeseen and unpleasant consequences. Another way to say that, “Be careful what you wish for,” but Google reminded me that’s also the name of a cheesy Nick Jonas flick (redundant, I know.) Whatevs, the spirit of the comment is the same – anyone striving for advancement in their professional life is …

Burn(out) Baby Burn

John Whitaker Change, Change Management, Corporate America, Employee Relations, Uncategorized

What’s up FOT’ers? Been a while, how are you holding it together? How’s that job treating you? Are you staving off those feelings of burnout? “What’s that?” you say? “Burnout?” Yep, burnout is officially a thing now. “Burnout” has gone legit. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), workplace burnout can now be classified as an “occupational phenomenon” which may warrant …

Herding Cats…and Recruiters

John Whitaker John Whitaker, Managing People

Remember when you had a recruiting desk to manage? You had your requisitions, you had phone screens scheduled, interviews scheduled, you knew your hiring managers, and you developed a rhythm. Cashing checks and snapping necks. And then they went and promoted you. Now as the manager of other recruiters, you confirm what you probably suspected all along–recruiters are a wacky bunch …