The Plane Isn’t Free Falling, But You Still Need to Put Your Oxygen Mask on First.

Kathy Rapp Books, Career Advice, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Corporate America, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR

The person who gave me my start in HR also gifted me with a book, “Managing Transitions” by William Bridges. At the time I was going through a professional change and my organization was in flux–the book was much appreciated. Fast forward almost 28 years (yes, I started my career at 12) and I still revisit that book whenever I …

It’s Okay for You to Fail

Paul Hebert Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Learning and Development, Managing People, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Talent Management, Training and Development, Workforce Management Articles

It’s time to discuss improving employee engagement. Or is it employee experience? Who knows anymore? All I know is we continue to work our butts off to find that secret sauce that will ensure employees connect with the company and pledge their eternal soul to you in HR, the department they work in, and the organization as a whole–yet nothing …

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 …

Is Profit a Must for Great Culture?

Ed Baldwin Culture, Ed Baldwin, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, HR, Learning and Development, Retention, Training and Development

When I take a quick scan of any Best Places to Work list, I pessimistically always wonder whether these places would be on the list if they weren’t profitable.  Do you feel having a great culture mandates that you must also have a healthy bottom line? Does big profit always precipitate enviable culture?  While I haven’t taken the time to do …

Want Employee Engagement? Just Ask.

Mark Fogel Change Management, Communication, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Mark Fogel, Paul Hebert, wellness

Employee engagement continues to be a challenge for organizations of all shapes and sizes. The road map to tackling this challenge is right in front of you if you are willing to involve your employees in the solution. But what should you be asking your people to get that answer? What they value, of course. Pretty simple, but nearly impossible …

Are You Useful? The Ultimate Management Question.

Paul Hebert Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR

I started today’s post with the idea to riff on JTBD (that’s “jobs to be done” for those in Rio Linda), a point of view pioneered by Harvard business professor Clayton Christensen. JTBD is the idea that people don’t buy what you sell–they hire out a job to achieve an objective. Approaching your business in this way opens up additional …

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Employees Won’t Notice If You Have Recognition, but They Will Leave If You Don’t.

Paul Hebert Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Paul Hebert, Recognition, Workforce Management Articles

Let’s start with a riddle: The poor have it. The rich need it. If you eat it you will die. What is it? I’ll answer it at the end of the post. Trust me, it will connect. While you’re thinking of the answer let’s have a quick chat. I’ve been noticing that the loud and monotonous drumbeat of reward and …

Know Your Why–Gut Decisions and Your Career

Kelly Dingee Career Advice, Career Paths, Coaching, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, HR, Kelly Dingee, Learning, Learning and Development, Managing People, Office Politics, Organizational Development, Talent Management, The HR Profession, Training and Development

I feel like I should dedicate this post to PFP, a local gym my youngest daughter attends. My youngest has scoliosis, and in addition to being braced for a number of years by a phenomenal Orthotist, she’s been working out with a trainer to have an amazingly strong core. The best news–the workouts at PFP have been pivotal in reducing …

Defense Wins Championships…and Talent

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Change Management, Coaching, Culture, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Sports, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, Training and Development

I’m a college basketball fan, so the NCAA Championship this week was fun to watch. OK. Maybe not the first 5 minutes when no one could hit the broad side of a barn–but the overall tournament and the championship game did not disappoint. Take Virginia and Texas Tech–two defensive-minded teams who made it to the championship game for the first …

Dispelling HR Police Mythology

William Wiggins Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, HR

It was 5 minutes until 5:00 pm on a Friday. I was at my desk holding court about where the Sales team was going for happy hour when suddenly the “personnel” lady appeared with a figurative summons for me to appear in personnel court along with a fellow Account Executive. “Why,” you ask? Two weeks prior while in Sedona, Arizona …