Kick-Start Your HR Creativity in 2020 with these Two Lessons

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Pop Culture, wellness, Work Life Balance

The Thin Red Line. Fight Club.  American Psyco.  These are films that solidified Jared Leto‘s success as an Oscar-winning actor. Then, as his star was rising, he basically stopped making movies. “I think it was about focus. I knew that I needed to commit everything to music at that point in my life,” said Leto. Fast Company interviewed Jared Leto and …

Welcome to the Circus, HR

Mark Fogel employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Free Speech, in the news, Mark Fogel, Office Politics

HR, welcome to the proverbial circus of politics in the coming year. HR and Talent folks will be hard pressed to  ignore the firestorm created by our politicians in our country the past few months. It hit a crescendo this past week as Presidential Impeachment proceedings  took center stage. We always have been dealing with politics, specifically legislation and to …

Can You Measure Passion in Candidates In Interviews?

Kris Dunn Corporate America, Driving Productivity, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction

You want candidates who are passionate about what they do for a living, don’t you? Of course you do. But passion for a profession is tough to get a grip on. And like most subjective things, there’s a whole lot of bulls**t going on in the world related to determining whether someone has passion for what they do. But the …

Hello 3-Day Weekends!

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Benefits, Change, Change Management, Compensation/Cash Money, Corporate America, Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Onboarding, Performance

If you’ve been in the workforce for 20+ years, you probably grew up thinking working longer hours meant you were more productive, or helped you advance your career. I spent many years arriving at and leaving an office in darkness. Microsoft has put a bit of data behind the fact longer hours do not equate to higher productivity (or happiness). …

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 …

Sweet Lies About Work and Other Final Thoughts from HR Tech 2019

John Hollon Corporate America, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR & Marketing, HR Tech

Editor’s Note – FOT Contributor John Hollon is on the ground this week reporting from the HR Technology Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas How do I know I’m at an HR conference? I know when I hear Marcus Buckingham giving a keynote speech. To put it another way, if Josh Bersin is everyone’s favorite HR technology analyst, Buckingham may …

Treating Employees Like Your Kids

Ed Baldwin Bad HR, Career Advice, Ed Baldwin, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, Good HR, HR, Uncategorized

Because I’m reaching the “vintage” where the most junior employees I work with are now the ages of my own kids, I’m now recognizing this management phenomenon in the workplace more than ever before.  Do you treat your employees like your own kids?  On the surface it sounds preposterous.  But then again, I treat my own kids pretty well.  I …

Have You Engaged Your Millennials Today?

William Wiggins Communication, Diversity, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, Uncategorized

I encountered an employee of the Millennial persuasion in the copy room in a state of panic. He was working feverishly to reduce and scan a near mural-size floor plan that had been requested by an executive who sat two floors above ASAP.  He was having trouble figuring out how to reduce and email the document expeditiously. With each passing …

10 Things HR Should Have Given Up by Now

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Contingent Workforce, Corporate America, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Harassment, HR, Uncategorized

I attended an awards luncheon where the nominees were asked the question, “What would you have expected to have given up by now?” Answers involved a lot of childhood sweets, biting nails and imaginary dogs (that was not mine). Slap that question on the HR profession and I have a few ideas around the answers. Some are common sense and …