The Coronavirus May Do What Common Sense Couldn’t: Get Rid of Crazy “Open” Office Plans

John Hollon Culture, Driving Productivity, Organizational Development 0 Comments

Way back in 2012, The New York Times dug into a big workplace problem that a lot of people were having with the lack of privacy in open offices. You might have experienced it first-hand, because It was a growing trend that seemed to be springing up everywhere — no matter how silly, dumb, and unproductive it happened to be. …

Dear White HR Ladies, We Need To Talk: How a Homogenous Profession Has shaped our workplaces, and what we need to do about it

Katie Augsburger Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Employee Relations, Organizational Development 4 Comments

I woke up Tuesday to yet another trending news story about a white woman calling the police on an innocent black man. This time, Amy Cooper, a white professional New York resident was violating the dog leash rules for a popular birding spot in Central Park, when an avid bird watcher, approached. Christian Cooper (no relation) asked Amy to leash …

3 Reasons Not to Botch Breaking Up

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Change, Change Management, Communication, Corporate America, COVID-19, Culture, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Job Market, Kathy Rapp, Layoffs, Leadership, Managing People, Offboarding, Retention, Talent Strategy 0 Comments

We’ve watched in disbelief as unemployment spikes to record highs – with over 20.5 million jobs lost in April. In addition, there are many more with reduced hours or cut pay not represented in unemployment figures. Suffice it to say, a lot of breakup conversations are being had. By now we’ve all read about some very public horror stories, and …

Protect Your Assets – Your People

Kathy Rapp Analyst, Change, Change Management, Communication, Corporate America, COVID-19, Culture, Current Affairs, Good HR, HR, in the news, Influence, Job Market, Kathy Rapp, Layoffs, Leadership, Recruiting, Retention, Risks, Talent Strategy 2 Comments

How many of you are in your guest rooms/living rooms/patios “behind closed doors” working on a RIF spreadsheet? It’s a horrible exercise I’ve done too many times, and especially tough right now. With an unimaginable amount of uncertainty across most businesses, cost-savings levers are being pulled. As part of looking for cost-savings, how much quantitative analysis is taking place? It’s …

THE HR FAMOUS PODCAST: E4 – Microaggressions

Kris Dunn Change Management, Corporate America, Culture, Diversity, Employee Relations

In Episode 4 of The HR Famous Podcast, long-time HR leaders (and friends) Jessica Lee, Tim Sackett and Kris Dunn get together to dip into uncomfortable territory by talking about microaggressions – what are they, how they manifest themselves and what HR leaders can do to make awareness of microaggressions part of their broader D&I stack. Listen below and be …

THE HR FAMOUS PODCAST: e3 – Companies Get Frisky With Glassdoor, Changes to SHRM Influencer Program

Kris Dunn Culture, Employee Relations, Managing People, The HR Famous Podcast

In episode 3 of The HR Famous Podcast, long-time HR leaders (and friends) Jessica Lee, Tim Sackett and Kris Dunn discuss recent legal proceedings designed to force Glassdoor to disclose reviewer identities, take a look at the company involved by reviewing their Glassdoor page and activity, and talk about dramatic changes to the SHRM Annual Conference Influencer Program. Listen below …

DOWNLOAD: Building Culture Through Great Recruiting Practices

Kris Dunn candidate experience, Culture, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition

Most of our readers at the FOT are interesting in building the right type of culture inside their organizations, which is a worthy goal.  But if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that “company culture” is hard to define. Some of it is real, and some of it is aspirational. As we attempt to build the culture we want at …

Teamwork Tips for Competitive Types (Like Me)

Ed Baldwin Career Advice, Coaching, Culture, Ed Baldwin, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, HR & Sports, HR (& Life!) Advice, Personal Brand

I’m competitive.  I always have been.  Sometimes individually and other times as part of a team, but I thrive in competitive environments. Some of my passion for competitiveness likely came from my upbringing. But there is also something in my DNA, for sure. Born or bred, I’m more competitive than most. As you might imagine, because of my competitiveness sports has always …

Focus! Maybe An Accountability Partner Would Help

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Career Advice, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR Tech, HR Technology, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Learning, Learning and Development, Mental Health, Performance, Talent Management, Training and Development, wellness, Work Life Balance, Workplace Flexibilty

I am a big believer in the power of focusing. “Focus and finish” is a phrase you’ll hear me say to myself, my daughter – and perhaps occasionally to my husband. Most of us in the HR space know year-end and the fast start once January 1 rolls around = bust your a$$ while everyone else is taking time off. …