Learning to trust is one of leadership’s most difficult tasks

Steve Boese Bad HR, Benefits, Change, Culture, HR, Leadership, Steve Boese

(Note: Apologies in advance to any other FOT’ers that want to take on this topic – I’d say go ahead, there are bound to be lots of conflicting opinions, and mine are not any smarter than anyone else’s). From time to time there are workplace related news items that rise to the level of ‘HR/Talent required blog fodder’, and the …

Enforcing Bereavement Time

Steve Gifford Bad HR, Benefits, Current Affairs, Engagement and Satisfaction, Policies, Steve Gifford

My Kindergartener announced Monday evening that, in addition to gym class and centers, they had done “lockdown practice” at school that day.  It was simply another activity in his day. I live in Connecticut.  I have two kids who go to elementary school here.  And my office is less than twenty minutes from Newtown.  No one I work with was …

Go. Go on vacation. Here’s a pile of cash and don’t you dare check in.

Steve Boese Audacious Ideas, Benefits, Policies, Steve Boese, Work Life Balance

Did you happen to catch the story that made the rounds last week of the company that is paying every employee $7,500 to force/convince/entice them to take an actual annual, completely disconnected from work vacation? No? Well in case you were on vacation yourself and missed it, here are the details. Contact management company Full Contact’s ‘Paid, Paid’ vacation program, …

The HR Olympics

Tim Sackett Benefits, Compensation/Cash Money, Conferences, Culture, Diversity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Games, Good HR, Harassment, Hiring Managers, HR, Innovation, Making Offers, Metrics, Onboarding, Organizational Development, Recruiting, SHRM, Sourcing, Succession Planning, T+D, Tim Sackett

Oh, I got me some Olympic Fever!  The Summer Olympics are the best – it’s like NCAA Tournament time but with sports we only care about once every four years!  This Summer Olympics I’m even more invested than usual because we have a local athlete from our hometown of DeWitt, MI, Gymnast Jordyn Weiber, competing, so I expect I’ll be …

80 Hours Per Week vs. ROWE

Tim Sackett Bad HR, Benefits, Change, Culture, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, HR, Innovation, Organizational Development, The HR Profession, Tim Sackett, Trench HR

A while back I wrote a post called “What Would It Take To Get You To Work 80 Hrs Per Week?” over at The Project. The post was meant to dig into what it would take to get employees to go beyond their normal 40 hour work week, and give you that discretionary effort all of HR Pros want to …

Case Study: How Benefits Shapes your Talent Management

Steve Gifford Benefits, Organizational Development, Policies, Steve Gifford

So, here’s your organization, talent pro: strong employment brand, national recruiting, and no trouble filling vacancies.  Employees pay no premiums for medical, dental, or vision coverage.  They also get tuition reimbursement (including time off to study full time), free housing, and about a third of their paycheck is tax free.  No 401k match, but a fairly generous pension.  And, best …

Didn’t Get a Raise in 2012? Maybe You Can Eat a Few More Apples Instead

Steve Boese Benefits, Compensation/Cash Money, Steve Boese, wellness

Last week, in the quiet time between Christmas and New Year’s where most of the working world slowed to a crawl, only to be occasionally stirred to life by the odd extended holiday lunch or from the benevolence of a manager or two that dismissed the troops early on the Friday before the holiday weekend, you might have missed reports …