FatWallet – Culture Crush #2

Marisa Keegan Culture, Marisa Keegan

A few months ago, I publicly announced my culture crush on Kahler Slater when I highlighted just one of the awesome initiatives they have for their employees in this blog post here on Fistful of Talent. While they’ll always be one of my favorite companies to ooh and ahh over, I find myself crushing on new companies all the time. I …

An Army of Bean Gatherers

Marisa Keegan Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Marisa Keegan

I’m not going to lie, my favorite moments at work come when I’ve gotten someone to say something they wouldn’t normally have said; something they were thinking but knew they should keep to them self. A co-worker recently complimented my ability to get people to ‘spill their guts without realizing what they’re doing’. He asked if I could teach him …

Welcoming Back Rehires — The Sacred Boomerang Ceremony

Marisa Keegan Candidate Pool, Culture, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Marisa Keegan, Recognition, Recruiting

What would happen at your organization if you and an employee parted ways and they then decided one year, two years, three years later that they wanted to come back? At Kahler Slater, not only do they accept employees back (the good ones of course) but they believe that having a strong employee come back is reason to celebrate. John …

The Reality Show Generation…

Marisa Keegan Candidate Pool, Culture, Current Affairs, Generations, Marisa Keegan

You can stop holding your breath folks, and you can sleep easy tonight because the kids featured in MTV’s newest and trashiest reality show “JerseyShore” announced earlier this week that their crying and whining paid off. They received that 200% salary increase they asked for, which will fund another season of drinking, smoking, hair gellin’, hot tubbin’ trash. At $30,000 …

The Worlds Worst Employee Recognition Program: This Takes The Cake

Marisa Keegan Bad HR, Culture, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Marisa Keegan, Recognition

  One of my guilty pleasures is the reality show Cake Boss. Buddy and his stereotypical brass, word spitting, food loving, Italian family remind me of everything I loved about growing up amongst a slew of Tonys in my New York Italian family. And Buddy and crew crack me up as they wave their arms, yell instead of talk, and …

The Tribe Has Spoken – Survivor: Office Style

Marisa Keegan Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Marisa Keegan, Television

I’ll be the first to admit that watching Survivor is like watching a car wreck – sick, but oddly intriguing. While most people would say they watch it for the crazy challenges, the strategy & game play, or the barely dressed girls, I watch because of the psychology behind it. The reason Survivor is truly successful is because they set …

Increase Employee Engagement. Give Up Your Office.

Marisa Keegan Audacious Ideas, Culture, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Marisa Keegan

Steve Church said it best: “If you help employees fix broken processes, you’ll gain employee engagement”. Not only is this quote spot on, but it brings me to my favorite ‘HR People Make Me Crazy’ rant. How HR Tries To Increase Engagement: First, they have an ah-ha moment where they realize the key to employee engagement is understanding employees challenges, removing barriers, and fixing broken processes. …