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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 0 Comments

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 6 Comments

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 1 Comment

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 1 Comment

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 …

Great Leaders Embrace Traits of An Adventurer

Dawn Burke Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Leadership, Uncategorized

I’m in Iceland as I am writing this, so naturally, adventure is on my mind. Anyone who has visited Iceland will tell you it’s unlike any trip they’ve ever taken. One day you are in the middle of a lush, green field leading to a massive waterfall, the next day traveling between snow-capped mountains, while the next day you’re making …

“Mr. Spicoli, What’s Your Reason for Your Truancy?”

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

“Fast Times at Ridgemont High“. One of the all-time greatest flicks with almost as many life-affirming lines as “The Big Lebowski“. Sean Penn played the iconic Jeff Spicoli, who more than once was late for class, causing Mr. Hand great frustration. Mr. Hand: Mr. Spicoli, what’s your reason for your truancy? Jeff Spicoli: I just couldn’t make it on time. …