This one time, I had to fire myself.

John Cloonan Bad HR, Communication, Corporate America, employee experience, Giving Notice, John Cloonan, Offboarding

The time had come. I had been stagnating in my current role. There was no other place for me to go in the organization. I had been filling that professional void with some consulting work on the side. One of my consulting clients decided they wanted me full time, and I had accepted. All that was left to do was …

When is What Employees Discuss with HR Confidential?

Guest: Rachel Bitte Bad HR, Business Development, Career Paths, Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, employee experience, Employment Law, HR

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: “I had a complaint about my boss, so I told HR in confidence. They told my boss, and now she’s mad at me. Isn’t HR required to keep everything confidential?” Employees often assume that any conversations they have with Human Resources are confidential and can’t be shared. But since we’re not doctors …

Your Secret Weapon In Candidate Interviews

Ben Martinez Bad HR, candidate experience, Culture, Digital Interviewing, Hiring Managers, HR Tech, HR Technology, Interviewing, Recruiting, Resumes

Listen – It is the hardest thing to do in an interview. It’s almost as hard as showing up to work after a late night eating grilled meats and watching fireworks. Happy Birthday, America. #4thofJuly Recruiters and hiring managers pay thousands of dollars to training firms to become the best interviewers. They buy pricey technology that is supposed to predict …

Develop Your HR Philosophy

John Cloonan Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, FOT Reads, Good HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Laurie Ruettimann

I’m a natural cynic, which means that I don’t buy the hype around anything from pony rides to human resources conferences. If people are having fun, I’m skeptical. There’s a term for how I view the world. I’m a defensive pessimist. I try to figure out what can go wrong so I can prevent sorrow and chaos. Believe it or …

CHRO, Yo

John Whitaker Bad HR, John Whitaker

So…I’m throwing my hat in the ring, folks. Chief Human Resources Officer/Chief People Officer (CHRO & CPO, respectively), whatever the position is called at your company, I’m stretching my wings and hoping not to get clipped. The incumbent at my company took an unexpected early departure, and now there’s a big, fat vacuum at the top of the HR totem …

It Took a Terrible Airline to Bring Back the Stupidus Maximus Award Honoring Bad Management

John Hollon Bad HR, John Hollon

Back when I was Editor of a talent management magazine, I gave out an annual Stupidus Maximus Award to honor the “most ignorant, shortsighted and dumb workforce management practice of the year.” This was a VERY popular feature, and it ended when I left the magazine back in 2010. But after all the colossal management stupidity over the last year coming out of …

Why HR Needs to Study Psychology – United Idiocracy

Paul Hebert Bad HR, Benefits, Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Paul Hebert, Performance

For about 134 years I’ve been suggesting that to be good at HR you should be good at humans. Operations managers and factory foremen needed to know about the machines they were charged with maintaining and running at peak efficiency and HR should be judged similarly. If you are in HR, you are responsible for making sure the machines of …

Just Stop Asking – Identity Theft Meets Your ATS

Steve Gifford ATS, Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Current Affairs, HR Technology, Steve Gifford

Does anyone want to be Equifax right now? Home Depot? The Office of Personnel Management? Or anyone else involved in identity theft news stories? No? Then fix your applicant tracking system. I wasn’t as successful as FOT Alumna Meredith Soleau at running my own business, so I’ve been applying to jobs again recently. Lots of jobs. And holy cow, the process …