Have You Engaged Your Millennials Today?

William Wiggins Communication, Diversity, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, Uncategorized

I encountered an employee of the Millennial persuasion in the copy room in a state of panic. He was working feverishly to reduce and scan a near mural-size floor plan that had been requested by an executive who sat two floors above ASAP.  He was having trouble figuring out how to reduce and email the document expeditiously. With each passing …

Management Fads Come and Go, But Here’s an Oldie You Should Get on Board With

John Hollon Change Management, Coaching, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, John Hollon, Leadership, Managing People, Uncategorized

Management fads come and go, but one thing never changes — the fact that that most management fads don’t seem to last. That’s why I was surprised when I saw this recent Wall Street Journal article touting “agile management” as the hot, new management trend. My doubt was fueled by the third paragraph of the Journal story that openly admitted …

Should We Retire the Term “Full-Time” Position?

Paul Hebert Employee Development, Employee Engagement, HR, Uncategorized

As I survey the employee/employer relationship landscape, I really never see a great story. Oh, sure, there are good “anecdotes” here and there of some company (typically privately held, startup-mentality, uber-cool) doing something unique and interesting enough to get into INC and Forbes. These stories are the bloody chum consultants tweet, retweet, post and build models around (until the next …

How About a Designer In the HR Department?

Katie Augsburger Audacious Ideas, Change Management, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Uncategorized

How HR Professionals Can Use Design Thinking To Transform Their Company and Career A few years ago I found the world’s cutest mug. It had a little pug on the front, was large and perfect for drinking tea on a cozy Sunday. It was about 10 minutes after using that mug, tea all down my shirt and my fingers squished …

Let’s Be Honest; Most HR “Diversity Programs” Are for White People

Katie Augsburger Business Development, Career Paths, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Diversity, Employee Development, HR, Learning and Development, Women, Women in the Workplace

I can’t be the only person that has sat in a “diversity meeting” and thought to myself, “who is this for?” As a woman of color, I rarely, if ever felt like the content was for me. But I often felt like the content was about me, namely, how to deal with me. The focus of many diversity presentations that …

A Lesson on Letting Go

Ed Baldwin Ed Baldwin, Employee Development, Good HR, Learning and Development, Talent Management, Training and Development

Sometimes I learn things from my personal life and can apply that learning to situations I encounter in my work life. Sometimes it’s the other way around. I’ve personally never been able to keep my home life separate from my work life. I’m a continuous learner on both fronts. And I’m just not wired that way. One such lesson that …

Great Job Descriptions Matter

Laurie Ruettimann Employee Development, Employment Law, HR, HR & Marketing, job postings, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy

I black out with rage whenever someone tells me they want TA or recruiting to report to marketing. While recruiting has both a marketing and sales component, the backbone of hiring is the job description—a compensation, compliance, and technical tool meant to define the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the role. Job descriptions are the infrastructure of a …

Employee Improvement Plans: Should They Always Be Viewed as a Death Sentence?

John Hollon Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, HR, Managing People, Performance, Talent Management, Training and Development, Workforce Management Articles

Did I miss the memo? When did the venerable Performance Improvement Plan — a managerial non sequitur that often has little to do with performance OR improvement — morph into the more concise but equally Orwellian “Corrective Action?” I bumped into this new terminology for what most managers lovingly refer to as a “PIP” a couple of weeks ago when …

The 5 Qualities Needed to Be a Really Great Manager

John Hollon Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Performance, Retention, Talent Management, Training and Development, Workforce Management Articles

I’ve had a lot of jobs so I’ve worked for a lot of different managers — the good, the bad, and the really ugly. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from all of them, it’s this: it’s rare when you find one that you would really want to work for again. In fact, when I try to count the good …

Five HR MindShifts We All Need To Make

Katie Augsburger Culture, Employee Development, HR, Leadership, Managing People, Organizational Development, Performance, Policies, Talent Management, The HR Profession

Let me first start by saying I love being an HR professional. I love the insight that the profession gives you into a company and its employees. But as HR people know, this insight can often be a double-edged sword. Instead of being coaches, we often become referees, and instead of ambassadors of our organization, we become law enforcement to …