Worst HR Document Ever, the Employee Handbook

Ed Baldwin Ed Baldwin, Employee Communications, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Law, Engagement and Satisfaction

We all know it.  Employees know it too.  It sucks.  It’s practically unreadable.  No one reads it unless they have to.  Only time they’ll try to find it is when they feel like they got screwed by the company, or are about to be by their manager.  So they painfully dig for that passage that will get them off the …

This Is A Call – Will the Workplace Moderates Please Stand Up? (5 Types of Extremists That Kill Your Company)

Kris Dunn Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Kris Dunn, Performance

This is a political rant – for about 10 seconds – then it’s going to become a workplace rant. I watched pieces of the GOP and the DNC conventions, and one word came to mind – #bullies. If you want airtime in the political process, you have to be at the extreme.  Extreme democrats are called socialists by the GOP. …

Mandatory Manager Skill: Showing Confidence & Support When You’re Not Feeling It

Kris Dunn Coaching, Communication, Employee Development, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR

Being a manager is full of things that are simple, yet hard. Perhaps no better example of this exists than showing confidence in team members who are struggling from a performance perspective. You’re not sure they’ll get over the hump, and one thing’s for sure – if you look like you don’t believe, they 100% won’t get over the hump …

The Office Halloween Party Rules!

Tim Sackett Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations

Is your office dressing up for Halloween? Mine isn’t.  It’s not that I wouldn’t. Okay, I wouldn’t. But if others wanted to, I wouldn’t say “no”.  I mean everyone has that one person in their office that’s a little way too excited over Halloween. I get it.  I have kids. They lose their minds at the thought of free candy and dressing up. But you’re …

Has Title VII Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Outlived Its Usefulness? Really?

William Wiggins Diversity, EEO, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Law, Engagement and Satisfaction

I was delivering EEOC training when the next slide was Protected Classes. I noticed some quizzical looks and furrowed brows in the audience so I gave a broad definition of Protected Class, and went on to define Title VII of the Civil Rights Act; only the most important federal statute banning discrimination in the workplace.  I went on to explain that …

Addressing the Side Hustle

Ed Baldwin Ed Baldwin, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR

I recently listened to a podcast of one of my fellow FOT team member’s Let’s Fix Work podcasts (which are awesome Laurie, by the way) that was titled Why the Side Hustle is Failing You. The premise of the episode is that side hustle is something that’s been inappropriately glorified by Gary Vee and others, and that it actually can …

Transgenderism In The Workplace: The New Not-So-New Normal

William Wiggins Change Management, Culture, Diversity, employee experience, Employee Relations, Uncategorized

Many years ago I met a co-worker, Terry. Terry was quiet, but friendly enough, a bit of a loner, but social enough. Terry was introverted, but just outgoing enough to be someone to look forward to chatting with. We crossed paths frequently in the kitchen, the men’s room, the elevator, Starbucks, etc. We would chat about everything from food, life, …

Paid Family Leave is a No-Brainer

Kylie Quetell Benefits, Compensation/Cash Money, Corporate Social Responsiblity, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Uncategorized

As you begin reading this article, imagine a place where babies are born into the world by mothers and fathers that might want to spend a little bit of time with the newborn.  Just a few weeks though, nothing wild.  Crazy, right?  You would think so when you look at federal policy that protects the rights of working parents, and also …

Human Resources – Achieving the Right Balance of Head and Heart

William Wiggins Benefits, Culture, employee experience, Employee Relations, Good HR, Love, Uncategorized

A few years ago, I received a crash course in the importance of balancing head with heart when serving employees. As I went about my HR routine, I would engage with a particular employee in polite banter. We commiserated on how we dreamed of retirement, shared a love for southern cooking and travel; and who was serving the best food …