If You Want a Culture of Feedback, You Should Measure the Sensitivity of Those You Hire

Kris Dunn FOT Reads, Good HR, HR, Kris Dunn, Learning, Learning and Development

Feedback has never been on the menu for most of us, people. Here’s a taste of what I’m talking about from the aptly-named Tim Sackett Project: Here are the types of “critical” feedback people can handle: “You’re doing a good job, would love it if you could get that big project off the ground. That would really help us out!” …

HR’s Greatest Opportunity to Support Gender Diversity

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Career Advice, Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Corporate America, Current Affairs, Diversity, Employee Development, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning and Development, Organizational Development, Retention, Succession Planning, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, The HR Profession, Women, Women in the Workplace

As a mom of a young daughter, I’m paying more attention to the gender diversity push than ever before. I personally never felt passed over for roles or promotions due to my gender – nor afforded them because of my gender either. That said, until the last half of my career, I worked in corporate HR where a lot of …

The Perilous Effects of Work-Life Imbalance

William Wiggins Culture, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Uncategorized

Work-life balance “The lack of opposition between work and other life roles. It is the state of equilibrium in which demands of personal life, professional life, and family life are equal.” I had been traversing the United States from coast to coast, California on Monday, Virginia on Tuesday, California again on Wednesday, Arizona on Thursday, Atlanta on Friday, topping off …

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). …

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 …

Supporting Employees in Crisis – A Hidden Gem in Retention Strategy

Ed Baldwin Benefits, Culture, Ed Baldwin, employee experience, Good HR, HR

Companies have long sought actions they could take to increase engagement and retention and keep good people.  Among these strategies – above market compensation, stock options, long term incentives, work flexibility, work from home, lunch subsidies, comprehensive and fully-paid benefits packages and a really cool and hip workspace – all these help support retention efforts.  But one overlooked strategy is …

Kohl’s/Amazon: Would You Do The Bidding For Someone Else’s Talent Brand If It Helped You Compete?

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Change, Good HR, Recruiting, Women, Women in the Workplace, Working With Recruiters

In case you missed it, Retail – at least of the normal variety – is on life support. We’re all to blame. That big sucking sound you hear? It’s the gravitational pull of Amazon, giving you two-day one-day delivery you didn’t even know you needed, but now expect. Amazon has a history of innovating, taking the long view of changing …

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 …

4 Critical Steps for Success as a New CHRO

Kathy Rapp Assessments, Career Advice, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Corporate America, Culture, Driving Productivity, Executive Search, Good HR, HR

Starting anything new is a bit daunting. A new exercise program. A new school. Sporting a new hairstyle. The internal questions of “Am I ready for this? Will I make friends? Is the “Rachel” really back?” will bubble in the pit of your stomach. Starting a new gig, especially a leadership role, builds even more intense emotions. Starting a new …