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 …

Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Canvas, Tim Sackett

I’ve got a normal, everyday dilemma for you. You go into an interview for a job you really want. You’ve got a great career going, but this job is really next-level stuff, with a great brand. You have big career goal aspirations, so this won’t be your last stop. You know it’s coming, that question, but if you answer it honestly, it’s …

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 …

HR and the Cult of Amateurs

Paul Hebert Bad HR, HR, Leadership, Paul Hebert

Disclaimer: I have not, nor will I ever be, “in” HR. My paycheck will never depend on being good at HR. However, I have orbited HR for over 20 years—working with HR teams, designing engagement and recognition initiatives and I’ve stayed at Holiday Inns in the past, so I have that going for me. That resume already makes my point …

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 …

How to Screw Up the Management Off-Site

RJ Morris Bad HR, Change Management, Coaching, Corporate America, Engagement and Satisfaction, Leadership, RJ Morris

For decades, the leadership off-site meeting has been a favorite tool of management consultants worldwide. “We have issues, so let’s get the team together away from the office and fix everything that’s wrong. Hire a facilitator to help us help ourselves.” Done and done. At its worst, it’s not quite group therapy, but it’s close. At its best, it’s a …

Amateur Hour at Uber: Too Many Managers With Too Little Experience

John Hollon Bad HR, Change Management, John Hollon, Leadership

Managers don’t get much respect at Uber. How else would you explain the fact that 63 percent of the ride-share company’s management team is, according to head of global diversity and inclusion Bernard Coleman, made up of rookie, first time managers ? In other words, it’s amateur hour when it comes to management practices at Uber, and it probably explains why …