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Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Benefits, Change, Change Management, Compensation/Cash Money, Corporate America, Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Onboarding, Performance 0 Comments

If you’ve been in the workforce for 20+ years, you probably grew up thinking working longer hours meant you were more productive, or helped you advance your career. I spent many years arriving at and leaving an office in darkness. Microsoft has put a bit of data behind the fact longer hours do not equate to higher productivity (or happiness). …

Supporting Employees in Crisis – A Hidden Gem in Retention Strategy

Ed Baldwin Benefits, Culture, Ed Baldwin, employee experience, Good HR, HR 0 Comments

Companies have long sought actions they could take to increase engagement and retention and keep good people.  Among these strategies – above market compensation, stock options, long term incentives, work flexibility, work from home, lunch subsidies, comprehensive and fully-paid benefits packages and a really cool and hip workspace – all these help support retention efforts.  But one overlooked strategy is …

Paid Family Leave is a No-Brainer

Kylie Quetell Benefits, Compensation/Cash Money, Corporate Social Responsiblity, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Uncategorized

As you begin reading this article, imagine a place where babies are born into the world by mothers and fathers that might want to spend a little bit of time with the newborn.  Just a few weeks though, nothing wild.  Crazy, right?  You would think so when you look at federal policy that protects the rights of working parents, and also …

Human Resources – Achieving the Right Balance of Head and Heart

William Wiggins Benefits, Culture, employee experience, Employee Relations, Good HR, Love, Uncategorized

A few years ago, I received a crash course in the importance of balancing head with heart when serving employees. As I went about my HR routine, I would engage with a particular employee in polite banter. We commiserated on how we dreamed of retirement, shared a love for southern cooking and travel; and who was serving the best food …

Hold the Mayo–How to Help the Sandwich Generation Work

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Benefits, Change, Change Management, Communication, Corporate Social Responsibility, Culture, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, Good HR, HR

I have a young daughter who, like most, is a non-stop source of energy and fatigue for me and my husband. Between school, camps, athletics, UIL, Girl Scouts, CAD class, and the guitar gathering dust in the corner, there is a significant shortage of downtime. Add to the mix aging parents, geographic distance, two demanding jobs, and a 90lb rescue …

Millennials Are Obsessed with Branding. Use It to Your Advantage.

Guest: Rachel Bitte Benefits, Brand Ambassadors, Business Development, Candidate Pool, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, HR & Marketing, Passive Candidates, Personal Brand, Rachel Bitte, Recruitment Marketing, Social Media and Talent, Vacation

It’s no secret that millennial candidates care about much more than just collecting a bigger paycheck when looking for a new gig. These young professionals (who now make up the largest segment of the U.S. workforce) crave a sense of purpose in their work, both in their day-to-day job and the causes their employers support, even more than past generations. …

Workplace Fairy Tales: Why There’s No Such Thing as “Unlimited” PTO

John Hollon Benefits, Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Employment Branding and Culture, Holidays, Managing People, Policies, Retention, SHRM, Vacation, Work Life Balance

It drives me crazy when I hear people touting “unlimited” PTO. That’s because “unlimited” time off is really just one big fairy tale. I know, I know; that sounds harsh, because there are a number of companies that will defend “unlimited” PTO to the death, and on the surface, it sounds like a good idea. But what often gets lost …

Student Loans Suck

Kylie Quetell Benefits, Candidate Pool, College Recruiting, Compensation/Cash Money, Current Affairs, Generations, Internships, Recruiting, War for Talent

The Evidence I recently fell upon an article from 2017 that discussed the weight of student loans on young workers. My conclusion? Student loans suck and businesses can use this to their advantage. While the sample size was small (approximately 500 participants), I believe the data from the article to be pretty close to accurate. Here are my faves: 56% …

Marketing Training as a Benefit

Kylie Quetell Benefits, Business Development, Career Advice, Communication, Culture, Employee Development, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Uncategorized

Today’s workforce is very impatient. We want to grow and develop and get promoted, and we want it all to come very quickly. To be perfectly frank, we believe we are entitled to it. I am your employee, and so therefore you should be giving me things. Lots of things. So many things. I don’t even care what those things …

Need a New Year’s Resolution? How About Resolving to Hire More Older Workers in 2019.

John Hollon Benefits, Business Development, Career Paths, Culture, Diversity, Employee Development, Employment Branding and Culture, Generations, Good HR, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR, Uncategorized

I’ve never met my Fistful of Talent colleague Rachel Bitte, but her recent post on the big changes recruiters had to make (2018 Was the Tipping Point For Recruiting) to deal with “the current job market reality,” tells me she knows her way around a recruiting department. I’m also sure her insights are spot on for recruiters and hiring managers …