The Fight Against Cancer and A (Bad) Apple a Day…

Tanya Barham Always Be Closing, Bad HR, Candidate Pool, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Giving Notice, Hiring Managers, Labor, Resumes, Tanya Barham

A long, long time ago in a galaxy far away, I worked for a management consulting firm that often encouraged its clients to “cut out the cancer” when suggesting an uncooperative manager be promoted to junior vice president of pencil sharpening.  Although I found their manner of communication, in general, to be a little too “In the Company of Men” …

Don’t Recognize ‘Til They Can See the Whites of Your Eyes

Paul Hebert Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Total Rewards

I was hitting a local fast-food empire the other day when I noticed that the drivers in each of the cars in front of me had on sunglasses.  Nothing unusual, as most drivers will wear sunglasses on a sunny day. I also noticed, as they pulled up to the window to pay and get their order, they left their sunglasses …

When “The Customer is Always Right” Goes All Wrong…

Tanya Barham Bad HR, Change, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Social Media, Social Recruiting, Tanya Barham, Travel

Unless you live in a remote corner of Yosemite National Park and spend your days oggling double rainbows, you probably heard a newsy little tidbit about a fedup JetBlue employee and his beer swilling, f bomb dropping, emergency chute pulling, and in-all-ways dramatic exit from a JetBlue aircraft. After an encounter that he describes as the straw that broke the …

Welcoming Back Rehires — The Sacred Boomerang Ceremony

Marisa Keegan Candidate Pool, Culture, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Marisa Keegan, Recognition, Recruiting

What would happen at your organization if you and an employee parted ways and they then decided one year, two years, three years later that they wanted to come back? At Kahler Slater, not only do they accept employees back (the good ones of course) but they believe that having a strong employee come back is reason to celebrate. John …

It’s Not About the Technology… Except When It Is.

Steve Boese Employee Communications, HR Tech, Social Recruiting, Steve Boese

‘It’s not about the technology’. ‘The technology should not be the first consideration in any Human Resources project’. ‘Decide what business problem you need to solve, only then start thinking about the technology’. Blah. Blah. Blah. I am sure you have heard (or said) many of these old chestnuts before. I am honestly getting sick of them. These arguments fail …

Potentially Catastrophic Workplace Experiments.

Steve Boese Audacious Ideas, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Steve Boese

A close friend of mine recommended the new children’s book The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science for my son thinking (correctly) that most nine-year old boys would be interested in and fascinated by the prospect of blowing things up, experimenting with gross and disgusting substances, and generally causing some good old-fashioned mayhem and turmoil (all in the name of science, of …

The Tribe Has Spoken – Survivor: Office Style

Marisa Keegan Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Marisa Keegan, Television

I’ll be the first to admit that watching Survivor is like watching a car wreck – sick, but oddly intriguing. While most people would say they watch it for the crazy challenges, the strategy & game play, or the barely dressed girls, I watch because of the psychology behind it. The reason Survivor is truly successful is because they set …

Death to Your Orientation Videos. Death to your Benefits Open Enrollment Videos!

franmelmed Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, Fran Melmed

Others may wish death to PowerPoint. Me? I’ve put out a hit on corporate videos. Not the employee-generated videos like we’ve seen at companies like KPMG, Intuit, and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. I’m talking the creaky, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood-type put together to talk about the company values, your respective roles in the performance management process, or benefits open enrollment. …