Thriving as an Employer (COVID Edition) via the Employee Hierarchy of Needs

Ed Baldwin Culture, Driving Productivity, Ed Baldwin, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Trench HR 3 Comments

Everyone’s heard of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Well, almost everyone. On the outside chance you haven’t, it’s a theoretical model of human motivation that was published in 1943. Not exactly cutting edge stuff. But powerful, and surprisingly applicable to today’s workforce and chaotic COVID era environment. Summarily, it theorizes that people start out being motivated to achieve base level needs …

Holistic Leadership During COVID, Politics, And Quite Frankly Everything Else

William Wiggins COVID-19, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, employee experience, This Week in HR

Lately I’ve been stressed with a mixture of first world problems, Black people problems, COVID concerns – you name it. There still seems to be the open-ended question if or not Black Lives Matter and I’m fearful for my GenZ and Millennial nephews out in the world trying to survive something akin to hunting season. I’m worried about the future …

No Fa-Fa-Fa Foolin’ (Rapp Out)

Kathy Rapp Always Be Closing, Career Advice, Change, Change Management, Communication, Culture, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Giving Notice, HR, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Managing People, Offboarding, Onboarding, Retention

Almost 12 years ago, I wrote my first blog post for FOT. It was about Joe Elliott of Def Leppard and when he mistakenly placed the Stanley Cup upside down during an NHL event. I wrote: Why the blunder? Because no one coached him. No one took the time to pull him aside and whisper, “Hey Joe, this is the …

HCM WOES for HCM PROS

Corey Burns ATS, Corey Burns, Employee Engagement, employee experience, HR Tech, Uncategorized

Over the past 6 months, my organization has been in the midst of transitioning to the Oracle HCM suite. The decision to go to an HCM system was largely based on our disjointed and highly antiquated HR systems, which led to mountains of manual processes. In the name of consistency, employee engagement & transparency, regulatory compliance, and centralized data warehousing, …

Despite What You Hear, the Jury is Still Out on Remote Work

John Hollon COVID-19, employee experience, Employee Relations, Organizational Development, Workplace Flexibilty

Here’s a confession: I was working remotely long before working remotely was cool. Way back in 2010, when I was Editor of Workforce Management, our corporate leadership decided they had enough of California, thank you very much, and decided to move Workforce from Southern California to Chicago — after first floating the possibility of moving to Detroit. The best thing …

Don’t Put People in a Box: Customization in the COVID RTW Context.

Lauren Welgush COVID-19, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Organizational Development

Social media and greater access to information has created consumers who are empowered and expect to shape their own experiences. As a result, companies having to adapt to customize their products and services. Think Adidas – head to their website and you can chose the colour scheme for your next pair of running shoes. The more this happens in the …

When Incompetent Management Does Bad Things Under the Cover of a Global Pandemic

John Hollon COVID-19, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Law, Lawsuits, Layoffs

I love that FOT Grand Poobah Kris Dunn is taking names and kicking keisters by calling out how badly some companies are handling employee layoffs and furloughs during our “global pandemic economic meltdown.” How so, you ask? His recent Fistful of Talent post — How S**t Got Sideways as Companies Fuurloughed/Laid off People in the Coronavirus Meltdown — offers great …

WORKING FROM HOME CAN BE AWFUL! Unless You Do These Things

Dawn Burke Change, Change Management, COVID-19, employee experience, Work Life Balance

OK – let’s put a few things in perspective before we dive into this topic. Awful is getting sick. Awful is spreading illness unintentionally to others. During this time, there are many more awful things than working from home. Now onto my story… A few years back, I got a divorce from the corporate world and began my full time …

Lost Productivity Due to March Madness? It’s Just Another Office Fairy Tale

John Hollon Driving Productivity, employee experience, Employee Relations, Managing People

As someone who has spent a lifetime as a journalist, take it from me: the state of today’s media is pretty terrible. But public relations is pretty bad too, and some of the worst PR has to be from those who do their damndest to make an overblown case for some supposed workplace issue that’s going to cause a great …