Company Needs vs. Employee Wants—Guess Who Wins?

RJ Morris Current Affairs, Employee Relations, Influence, Labor, Negotiation, RJ Morris

When it comes to negotiating deals, you’re probably like me—some good wins in your past and maybe a few plays which could have gone better. On the bad deals, was it because you misunderstood your position relative to the other side? That’s where my deals have gone south. Always looking for help, I found a nice piece from FOT alum, …

“DEAD MAN WALKING!”… HR Rockstars Need to Lead the Way in Cool Employee Exit Strategies…

Dawn Burke Culture, Dawn Hrdlica, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Giving Notice, Good HR

So after ten years at one company… I left for a new job. Transition is on my mind in a big way.  In a BIG way.   So I was talking to Kris Dunn (who coincidentally was also in transition) and he related his last weeks of work as a “Dead Man Walking.”  Referring to that silent, awkward period after you turn …

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 …

An Army of Bean Gatherers

Marisa Keegan Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Marisa Keegan

I’m not going to lie, my favorite moments at work come when I’ve gotten someone to say something they wouldn’t normally have said; something they were thinking but knew they should keep to them self. A co-worker recently complimented my ability to get people to ‘spill their guts without realizing what they’re doing’. He asked if I could teach him …

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 …

Well-Dying: A Program HR Does Not Need to Champion

Kathy Rapp Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kathy Rapp

After reading about what South Korean companies are doing to attempt to increase productivity, our corporate team-building retreats, psychological assessments and 360’s don’t seem all that bad! Evidently, fake funerals or “well-dying” are the new corporate off-sites for some companies in South Korea like Samsung Electronics, Hyundai Motor, Kyobo Life Insurance, ING, and Mirae Asset Management.  In a country where …