Parental Leave in the US Really Does Suck

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Benefits, Culture, Good HR

Pop Quiz: What does the United States of America have in common with Papua New Guinea and Swaziland? Well, pretty much nothing at all EXCEPT, according to a study done by Harvard and McGill Universities, they are the only 3 developed countries in the world that don’t guarantee working mothers leave with compensation. I didn’t believe it when I read …

Would say $500/month be enough to get you to move closer to the office?

Steve Boese Audacious Ideas, Benefits, HR, Steve Boese, Total Rewards

The recent ‘working from home’ kerfuffle that sprang from Yahoo’s decision to end all remote working arrangements and Best Buy’s move to end their ROWE program at their corporate HQ, (while technically not a ‘remote work’ program, certainly resulted in lots of people working remotely), has seemed to die down for the moment, seemingly drowned out by a combination of March Madness, …

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 …