Rainbow Flags for Everyone!

Kylie Quetell Culture, Diversity, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, HR, Leadership, Policies, Pop Culture, Talent Strategy 0 Comments

Pride is almost here! June is Pride month when all the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans folks (etc., etc.) pull out their rainbow flags and hope that their houses don’t get egged. Some of us live in neighborhoods where we don’t think twice before showing our pride (gayborhoods), while others can’t put out a flag for fear of retaliation. Luckily, …

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 0 Comments

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 …

Have You Hired Chris Stapleton or Florida Georgia Line?

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Change, Change Management, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, Employment Branding and Culture, Executive Search, Good HR, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR 0 Comments

I live in Austin, home to many awesome live entertainment venues. In the past month I’ve been able to see many musicians and some wanna-be musicians for the first time. Going to see an artist for the first time is like the first few weeks with a new hire. You’re excited and probably nervous at the same time. What if …

Your One-Size-Fits-All EVP Strategy Isn’t Fitting Anyone.

Katrina Kibben Employment Branding and Culture, HR & Marketing, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy 0 Comments

I’m going to say something a little unpopular, especially among the big agencies who want to charge you 6 figures for a one-liner: I don’t think most companies benefit from having an employer value proposition, or EVP. Don’t @ me. Before you throw any virtual tomatoes, hear me out. When I say employer brand, what do you think of? When …

Should You Call Your Co-Workers Family? Depends on the Family.

Dawn Burke Business Development, Career Advice, Dawn Burke, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Leadership, Managing People, Retention, Work Life Balance, Workplace Flexibilty 7 Comments

Mike: We’re all family here. Archie: Don’t remind me! —All In The Family I saw an excellent Twitter chat that discussed if people should use the term “family” at work. For instance, do you work for an organization that claims “we are all one big family”? Or if the company is really high on itself, they may say, “We are …

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 …

Workplace Fairy Tales: Why There’s No Such Thing as “Unlimited” PTO

John Hollon Benefits, Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Employment Branding and Culture, Holidays, Managing People, Policies, Retention, SHRM, Vacation, Work Life Balance

It drives me crazy when I hear people touting “unlimited” PTO. That’s because “unlimited” time off is really just one big fairy tale. I know, I know; that sounds harsh, because there are a number of companies that will defend “unlimited” PTO to the death, and on the surface, it sounds like a good idea. But what often gets lost …

Discrimination, A Hairy Situation.

William Wiggins Diversity, Dress Code, EEO, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Employment Law, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, Good HR, HR, Policies

Last month the New York City Commission On Human Rights banned discrimination based on hair. My elation that society had chipped away another chunk of the granite mountain that is discrimination immediately turned to shame, as I was left wondering why such a law was necessary in the year 2019 in the first place. This took me back to a …

Gandhi as Your Employment Brand Writer

Ed Baldwin Brand Ambassadors, Culture, Ed Baldwin, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, Recruitment Marketing

In today’s hot job market nearly all of us are trying to “build a better mousetrap so the world will beat a path to our door,” as the saying goes.  We are all authoring our employment brand, and trying to one-up our competitors.  And a lot of that work revolves around understanding and then documenting/describing our culture. Culture is such …

Fire With Grace

Ed Baldwin Ed Baldwin, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, HR, Outplacement, Performance, Personal Conduct Policy

Grace is a word not often used in a business context. It should probably be used more. And even less so, grace is not something we typically associate with firing someone, taking away someone’s source of financial security, involuntarily. But we should. Because when it comes to firing someone, grace on the part of the employer is what’s needed most. …