Importance of Goal Setting, in Crisis

Ed Baldwin Driving Productivity, Ed Baldwin, Leadership, Managing People, Performance 1 Comment

Have you been able to make progress against your goals over the past couple months, or has everything been pushed aside due to the corona virus crisis? If you’re like me, all goals unrelated to this pandemic and “keeping the lights on” haven’t just been pushed to the back burner – they aren’t even in the kitchen! Who cares right? …

Creating Value When You’re the Newbie

Ed Baldwin Career Advice, Coaching, College Recruiting, Ed Baldwin, Graduation, Internships, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice

I’ve recently been on the college recruitment circuit for my company, speaking with hundreds of students at several universities, many of whom are seeking internships or their first “real job” once they’ve earned their degree and are ready to conquer the world.  And it surprises me that while these students have impressive interpersonal skills, great academic credentials and applicable part-time …

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 …

Worst HR Document Ever, the Employee Handbook

Ed Baldwin Ed Baldwin, Employee Communications, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Law, Engagement and Satisfaction

We all know it.  Employees know it too.  It sucks.  It’s practically unreadable.  No one reads it unless they have to.  Only time they’ll try to find it is when they feel like they got screwed by the company, or are about to be by their manager.  So they painfully dig for that passage that will get them off the …

Supporting Employees in Crisis – A Hidden Gem in Retention Strategy

Ed Baldwin Benefits, Culture, Ed Baldwin, employee experience, Good HR, HR

Companies have long sought actions they could take to increase engagement and retention and keep good people.  Among these strategies – above market compensation, stock options, long term incentives, work flexibility, work from home, lunch subsidies, comprehensive and fully-paid benefits packages and a really cool and hip workspace – all these help support retention efforts.  But one overlooked strategy is …

Addressing the Side Hustle

Ed Baldwin Ed Baldwin, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR

I recently listened to a podcast of one of my fellow FOT team member’s Let’s Fix Work podcasts (which are awesome Laurie, by the way) that was titled Why the Side Hustle is Failing You. The premise of the episode is that side hustle is something that’s been inappropriately glorified by Gary Vee and others, and that it actually can …

Treating Employees Like Your Kids

Ed Baldwin Bad HR, Career Advice, Ed Baldwin, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, Good HR, HR, Uncategorized

Because I’m reaching the “vintage” where the most junior employees I work with are now the ages of my own kids, I’m now recognizing this management phenomenon in the workplace more than ever before.  Do you treat your employees like your own kids?  On the surface it sounds preposterous.  But then again, I treat my own kids pretty well.  I …

Diversity of Thought, Not Look

Ed Baldwin Audacious Ideas, Change Management, Diversity, Driving Productivity, Ed Baldwin, Good HR, HR

Let me start by saying that I’m a big advocate for diversity.  And this post isn’t suggesting otherwise. In fact, quite the opposite. I’ve seen the power of diversity first-hand many times – assembling a diverse group of folks attacking a problem or issue from every possible angle and dimension, one goal in mind, collectively architecting a solution that broaches …