Thriving as an Employer (COVID Edition) via the Employee Hierarchy of Needs

Ed Baldwin Culture, Driving Productivity, Ed Baldwin, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Trench HR

Everyone’s heard of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Well, almost everyone. On the outside chance you haven’t, it’s a theoretical model of human motivation that was published in 1943. Not exactly cutting edge stuff. But powerful, and surprisingly applicable to today’s workforce and chaotic COVID era environment. Summarily, it theorizes that people start out being motivated to achieve base level needs …

4 Things I Don’t Miss About the Office

Lauren Welgush COVID-19, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Performance

‘I can’t believe the pandemic was renewed for another season’*. Thanks Conan O’Brien for giving us a laugh in this prolonged state of the world being turned upside down where it feels like this all can’t be real. It’s a tv show, right? A Truman show kind of thing? The reality is, the pandemic is still upon us and we …

Holistic Leadership During COVID, Politics, And Quite Frankly Everything Else

William J. Wiggins COVID-19, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, employee experience, This Week in HR

Lately I’ve been stressed with a mixture of first world problems, Black people problems, COVID concerns – you name it. There still seems to be the open-ended question if or not Black Lives Matter and I’m fearful for my GenZ and Millennial nephews out in the world trying to survive something akin to hunting season. I’m worried about the future …

The $64,000 Question: How Can Engagement be Improving in the Middle of a Global Pandemic?

John Hollon Culture, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Workplace Flexibilty

I thought I was done writing about employee engagement. It’s always been an interesting concept because of what it represented — the notion that the more that people are committed in their organization and their work, the better they they will perform their duties. Or as Fistful of Talent’s Grand Poobah Kris Dunn once put it, employee engagement is “Discretionary …

Is All Feedback Good Feedback?

Katie Augsburger Coaching, Culture, Managing People, Performance

Five things you need to ask yourself before you give an employee feedback Every HR conference and article has been filled with content on the importance of “creating a feedback culture.” We are taught that very little can improve the employee/employer relationship more than timely and honest performance feedback. I think there is a lot of truth in this. We …

No Fa-Fa-Fa Foolin’ (Rapp Out)

Kathy Rapp Always Be Closing, Career Advice, Change, Change Management, Communication, Culture, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Giving Notice, HR, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Managing People, Offboarding, Onboarding, Retention

Almost 12 years ago, I wrote my first blog post for FOT. It was about Joe Elliott of Def Leppard and when he mistakenly placed the Stanley Cup upside down during an NHL event. I wrote: Why the blunder? Because no one coached him. No one took the time to pull him aside and whisper, “Hey Joe, this is the …

What You Won’t Hear At The Diversity Task Force Meeting

William J. Wiggins Culture, Diversity, Employment Branding and Culture, Race

Diversity, Inclusion & Equity extends far deeper than rhetoric. We engage in safe, polite discussion about how to make our workplace environments more diverse, inclusive and equitable while valuing differences, and welcoming everyone regardless of those differences, and so on… We’ve all heard the normal conversation. While it’s a nice tune, it doesn’t take into consideration the deep undertones of …

HR Famous Podcast – Talking 100K Jobs and the Crazy California Uber/Lyft Bill (AB5)

Kris Dunn Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Employee Relations

In episode 27 of The HR Famous Podcast, long-time HR leaders (and friends) Tim Sackett, Kris Dunn and Jessica Lee discuss 100K jobs with the least competition (spoiler – that means only really smart people should apply) and break down California going after Uber and Lyft with California Assembly Bill 5, which seeks to classify more contractors such as Uber/Lyft drivers into full-time employees Listen (click this …

When Employees Pass Around Salary Worksheets (Blizzard Entertainment and the HR Famous Podcast)

Kris Dunn Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Employee Relations

Pay transparency! It’s a buzzword that means many things to many people. Can you be pro-pay transparency and skeptical of reporting that involves a salary worksheet, no details and a subsequent article implying that pay issues at a company are widespread? Why yes! yes you can. In the latest episode of HR Famous, Kris Dunn and Jessica Lee discuss a recent Bloomberg article that attempted …

Assessing Trust in Your Work Relationships

Ed Baldwin Books, Career Advice, Coaching, Culture, Ed Baldwin, Employee Development, Leadership

How do you assess the strength of the working relationships you have with your colleagues, your subordinates, and your boss?  When I assess the strength of my relationships, it all comes down to trust.  The trust I have in others and the trust they have in me.  If high trust exists in our relationship, then I will seek out opportunities …