What Does It Mean When You Send Me Emails Over a Long Holiday Weekend?

Kris Dunn Career Advice, Communication, Culture, Email, Holidays, Kris Dunn, Vacation

It’s Friday, July 5th, so that can mean only one thing–a large percentage of people in America are taking the day off, or are at work enjoying the silence that comes with an American Holiday falling on Tuesday or Thursday. American holidays on Tuesdays and Thursdays correlate to opportunities to create 4 day weekends by taking Monday or Friday off …

Your Organization’s Commitment To LGBT Pride Month Beyond Just The Rainbow

William Wiggins Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Employee Communications, Holidays, HR, Innovation, Leadership, Policies, The HR Profession, Training and Development

Growing up, my parents shared many stories of the struggle, perseverance, and the marginalization of black people. My father frequently closed with, “There’s no shame in being black, it just ain’t easy at times.” He wasn’t kidding! I grew up in a society located smack dab in the middle of the land of the free, and home of the brave …

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Is Unlimited PTO Just a Scam Not to Pay Out Accrued Vacation and Sick Time?

Kris Dunn Employment Law, Holidays, HR, Kris Dunn, Policies, PTO, TO

Yeah, I said it. In my darkest moments, I’m a bit of a skeptic.  And I think unlimited PTO might just be a scam to not pay out accrued vacation and sick time. With me?  Against me?  As with most things, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.  Here’s 5 things I know about vacation/sick time and the connection …

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Can You Choose Your Work/Life Balance? 3 Actions To Take.

Kelly Dingee Communication, Email, Engagement and Satisfaction, Holidays, Kelly Dingee, Vacation, wellness, Work Life Balance, Workplace Flexibilty

Can you? In this world where we are always on, is it possible to draw a line in the proverbial sand and give yourself that desired balance? Is it possible to feel like you have mastered being a super employee and super (mom/dad/spouse/partner/person)? More and more as I screen senior-level candidates, I find this to be a struggle for them. …

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 …

You Lowballed Your Candidate and He Accepted #MerryChristmas

Ben Martinez Benefits, Business Development, candidate experience, Compensation/Cash Money, Holidays, HR

Merry Christmas. Can we still say that? Happy Holidays if that term is not allowed. But I digress… Candidates decline offers, hiring managers do irrational things, but sometimes a hiring manager can lowball an offer to a candidate ($20K or more, less than expectations) and get them to accept. If you are the hiring manager with a tight budget, this …

My 6 Profesh Resolutions

Kylie Quetell Business Development, Career Advice, Career Paths, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Good HR, Holidays, HR, Uncategorized

Oh, the joy of New Year’s resolutions. This year I’ve decided to document my 6 professional resolutions (except that I’m lazy and shortened the word “professional” to “profesh.” Why? Well, because I’m a millennial). For those of you who are really anal about making SMART goals, you may want to avert your eyes. These resolutions are not time-bound, and there’s not …

Giving a Christmas Bonus So Employees Don’t End Up Feeling Like Clark Griswold

John Hollon Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, Holidays, HR, Uncategorized

The more holiday seasons I work, the more I feel like Clark Griswold. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, the character certainly will. It’s the role Chevy Chase played numerous times, but most memorably in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. A major plot point was how Clark was anxiously waiting to hear how large his Christmas Bonus was going to …

Don’t Feed the Vendors – the RFP Response Edition

Holland Dombeck McCue Business Development, Communication, Don't Feed the Vendors, Holidays, Holland Dombeck, HR Tech, HR Technology, HR Vendors, Innovation

I’m throwing it back to old school FOT today for a Black Friday edition of “Don’t Feed the Vendors.” For those unfamiliar with the segment, we used spotlight vendors on the site long before the days of sponsored content and influencer campaigns and allowed them their 15-minutes on the site. However, it’s the day after Thanksgiving, and now I’m craving …

5 Things To Do At The Office On Black Friday

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Communication, Culture, Holidays, HR (& Life!) Advice, Performance, PTO, Tim Sackett, Vacation

A few years back I wrote a post over at The Project called the 5 Things To Do at Work the Day after Thanksgiving.  It’s solid, a bit boring for my taste. Probably when I wrote it, like writing this post, I believed it wouldn’t be read by anyone, so let’s not put too much time into it! But, it’s …