The Weight of the Matter

Mark Fogel Food and Drink, Mark Fogel, Personal Brand, Recruiting, wellness, Work Life Balance 3 Comments

Of all the topics that are taboo in the inner sanctum of the Talent/HR world, weight may be the toughest to be honest about. Especially here in the US and especially with female HR executives, although today’s quip is coming from the cliché Overweight, Caucasian, Over 50 former C-suite dude. Today I will weave a true and humbling story of …

How Do You Bury The Dead in Your Organization?

Mark Fogel Corporate America, Culture, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Giving Notice, Mark Fogel, Retention 0 Comments

So, the question for today is how do you bury the dead in your organization? As I discuss this, I am reminded of a scene in the Monty Python classic movie “The Holy Grail”. During the black plague, dead bodies are being loaded onto a horse drawn cart and an individual says to the body taker that he is not …

Always in Beta

Mark Fogel Change, Change Management, HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation, Mark Fogel 0 Comments

One of my clients refers to itself as “always under construction”…that’s another way of saying you’re always in Beta… This has been their tagline for close to twenty years and they truly are always under construction in every way they approach business including HR and Talent… But what is Beta? Webster’s defines it as: a stage of development in which …

Taking Talent Old School: How to Create a Positive Candidate Experience

Mark Fogel candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, Mark Fogel, Old School, Online Applications, Recruiting

We constantly hear stories about bad experiences candidates have in our recruiting processes – and not just about the lack of personalization in the pipelining process. I have my own war chest of stories and a few as a candidate, not as the recruiter.  A couple of year back I personally sent out over 600 resumes in a 10-month period …

Warming The Bench

Mark Fogel Managing People, Mark Fogel, Performance, Retention, Sports

A quick prelude to my discussion today: Enes Kantor, the former NY Knick center rode the bench almost all of this NBA season before being traded to the Portland Trailblazers, who had him play significant minutes during the playoffs. It’s a little hard to feel too sorry for him receiving $17 million in compensation to keep his seat warm until …

Want Employee Engagement? Just Ask.

Mark Fogel Change Management, Communication, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Mark Fogel, Paul Hebert, wellness

Employee engagement continues to be a challenge for organizations of all shapes and sizes. The road map to tackling this challenge is right in front of you if you are willing to involve your employees in the solution. But what should you be asking your people to get that answer? What they value, of course. Pretty simple, but nearly impossible …

What’s Your Story?

Mark Fogel Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Managing People, Mark Fogel, Performance, Talent Management, wellness, Workplace Flexibilty

Everybody has a story, maybe more than one, impacting your work life. A few years back while attending the SHRM National Conference in Orlando, Heather Abbott, a Boston Marathon bombing victim, gave a rousing 10-minute introduction to the conference. An HR executive whose life was dramatically altered after losing a leg in the tragic event. She has recovered, moved on, …

Duck Season, Wabbit Season, Conference Season, and March Madness: Part 2

Mark Fogel Conferences, Current Affairs, HR, HR & Sports, Learning, Learning and Development, Mark Fogel, politics, Power Rankings, Resumes, Selection, SHRM, Sports, The HR Profession

Yes, it is time for March Madness. Spring is definitely in the air. About this time last year, I departed from my political and assertive writing to do a mash-up of topics impacting the HR and Talent community. Well, It’s time for a “Part 2,” so hold on to your hats and college basketball draw sheets, here we go! First, …

The Politics of HR – Whose Side Are You On?

Mark Fogel Business Development, Conferences, Corporate America, Current Affairs, HR, Mark Fogel, politics, SHRM

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., HR’s largest membership organization’s CEO has been catching a lot of flack lately. In fact, a band of HR innovators and outliers have pushed the #fixitSHRM hashtag for a while in their displeasure with the CEO’s actions on behalf of the society. It’s even getting some press and blog play in the HR and talent space …