A Night at the Improv with HR…

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Business Development, Change, Driving Productivity, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Good HR, HR, Innovation, Paul Hebert, Performance

Wouldn’t it be nice to know that for once, things will be staying the same for a while? I think about business in prior decades – the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Most business folks could get up every day and know that things will be pretty much like they were yesterday (not counting the War years, of course.) Most …

The Hardest Position to Hire: The Executive Admin…

Jason Pankow Candidate Pool, Change, Jason Pankow, Recruiting

Recruiting blogs often talk about the Purple Squirrel; that super niche role that only one person in the entire universe can fill. Or, that big honcho executive who’s a really tough close that keeps you negotiating until you’re handing over the keys to your Miata. Child’s Play, I say to you. These people are nothing! A challenge just like any other. One …

Clark Griswold, Breaking Woks and HR Exit Strategies

RJ Morris Change, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, RJ Morris

You gotta love the first week of the New Year–gyms are full, treadmill salespeople are cashing mongo commission checks and Whole Foods is overrun with reformed Twinkie eaters resolving to go organic. Confidence is high after a brutal 2009 and 2010, but a lot of companies, and by extension their HR departments, are still thinking more about exit strategies than …

System Implementation on the Horizon? Ask Away.

Jessica Lee Change, HR Tech, Jessica Lee, Trench HR

Let me just say this: I am stressed out. I am not even going to lie about it. 2011 has come like a hurricane. There’s my regular recruiting load, 2010 year end stuff, special projects like a Jobvite implementation… cumulatively, it’s what keeps me up at night. Who likes a complainer though?! Jobvite however? I am more than excited about. …

When Will Zappos Jump the Shark?

Paul Hebert Change, Culture, Current Affairs, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Paul Hebert

I probably don’t have to explain it but I will – jumping the shark is that moment when something goes from good to meh, from cool to something your Dad says too often and thinks is funny, from relevant to irrelevant. Now, if you belong to any LinkedIn groups associated with HR, or follow any blogs (including this one) that …

The One-Eyed HR Professional in the Land of the Blind…

Paul Hebert Change, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Influence, Paul Hebert, Performance, Total Rewards

“If ever there were a moment for companies to be experimenting with how they organise and motivate their employees, now would seem to be it. Businesses are being yanked in every direction by the forces of recession, emerging markets and new technology. Psychologists and economists are collaborating as never before to expand the field of behavioural economics, to tell us …

Start at the Wall

Paul Hebert Change, Influence, Paul Hebert, Performance, Total Rewards

When we think of changing behavior we typically think of rewards and recognition.  We think of compensation schemes and bonus structures. Motivation programs provide participants with a choice.  Do “x” get “y” – or not do “x” and don’t get “y.”  You can also turn that equation around and say – do “x” and get thrown in jail (a negative …