HR’s Newest Gig: Chief Integrity Officer…

Jessica Lee Culture, Kris Dunn

  I was in one of our break rooms recently making a cup of coffee when I heard an employee telling a few of our clients (who were visiting us) about another employee’s personal situation. He meant well  – they always do – but I perked up when I heard him describing, in vivid detail, an accident that one of …

The Wild West Returns – To Your Company Parking Lot…

Kathy Rapp Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kathy Rapp

I love Texas – stereotypes and all.  We still have cowboys/cowgirls, oilmen and women, the Alamo, armadillos and big hair.  We also have those who love their shotguns and Colt 45s – and yes, hunting is to Texas as hockey is to Canada. Recently, our youngest senator, Glenn Hegar Jr., proposed a bill that would prohibit employers from banning firearms in their …

HR Speak – Time to Regulate the Funkiness

Kathy Rapp Culture, Kathy Rapp

Brad Pitt and I were hanging out the other night watching his stellar performance in “The Mexican” when a line from his co-star struck me as particularly humorous and thought-provoking.  James Gandolfini proudly proclaimed to Julia Roberts that even though he was a hired hit-man, in truth, “I’m just here to regulate the funkiness”.  Yeah!!!   It got me thinking about …

Fixing the Annual Performance Review – I Recommend More Work for HR Folks

Paul Hebert Culture, Generations, Paul Hebert, Performance, Retention

While HR may not be the one doing all the work each year, traditionally they are the "cops" that track and manage it.  The "it" I'm referring to is the annual performance appraisal.  While the individual manager is typically responsible for their team's individual reviews, the HR folks are the ones checking their list twice to make sure every employee …

Employee Generated Videos – If You Want to Make a Hit, You’ve Got to Make it Quick…

Kris Dunn Culture, HR Technology, Kris Dunn, Social Media

We've been experimenting a good bit on our company-based social network (affectionately named "Sourceapolooza") and I'm becoming increasingly convinced that the killer app for any internal social network is video.  After all, YouTube rocks the casbah, and it's what people now expect/want in any web offering. The only thing better than video on your internal flavor of Facebook?  EMPLOYEE generated videos.  …

Allow Me To “Shock” You – The Case Against Org Charts, Job Descriptions, and other Formalized Structures in Corporate America…

jasonseiden Culture, Jason Seiden

A few decades ago, Stanley Milgrim famously discovered that people’s sense of obedience is greater than our sense of personal judgment. About two-thirds greater, actually. Milgrim had subjects deliver electric shocks to strangers any time the strangers erred in answering a question. And though subjects could hear the strangers’ screams as the power of the shocks ratcheted up, two-thirds of them …