80 Hours Per Week vs. ROWE

Tim Sackett Bad HR, Benefits, Change, Culture, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, HR, Innovation, Organizational Development, The HR Profession, Tim Sackett, Trench HR

A while back I wrote a post called “What Would It Take To Get You To Work 80 Hrs Per Week?” over at The Project. The post was meant to dig into what it would take to get employees to go beyond their normal 40 hour work week, and give you that discretionary effort all of HR Pros want to …

Case Study: How Benefits Shapes your Talent Management

Steve Gifford Benefits, Organizational Development, Policies, Steve Gifford

So, here’s your organization, talent pro: strong employment brand, national recruiting, and no trouble filling vacancies.  Employees pay no premiums for medical, dental, or vision coverage.  They also get tuition reimbursement (including time off to study full time), free housing, and about a third of their paycheck is tax free.  No 401k match, but a fairly generous pension.  And, best …

Three Signs Your Company Culture is Going Down the Tubes

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Organizational Development, Uncategorized

If you’re an FOT reader, then we already know you’re an enlightened person and there’s a pretty good chance you already understand the importance of culture in an organization. But even for the enlightened, it’s a squishy concept – you usually know when it’s good and you know when it’s bad. Knowing when it’s going down the tubes, however, isn’t …

Can Autonomy Mastery and Purpose Work in Today’s Business Environment?

Paul Hebert Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Influence, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance, Total Rewards

We’ve all been beat over the head for the last 18 months or so with the idea that incentives don’t work.  We’ve watched Wall Street bonuses become the “it girl” for bad incentives.  We’ve read and listened to Dan Pink talk about how incentives are not the best way to drive performance in an organization.  As HR people we get …

The Experience Gap – When You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know…

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Employee Coaching, Organizational Development

A few weeks ago, I was on a family vacation up on Lake Winnipesaukee with my whole family – parents, siblings, significant others and babies, 11 of us in all.  Given our past history when it comes to family vacations, we were all expecting some Griswald trip to Walley World type moments.  Things were actually going just fine until my …

HR Should Only Give 10% to Changing Culture…

Paul Hebert Change, Culture, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, Influence, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Social Media, Social Network Analysis

Why didn’t someone tell you that you only need to give it 10% to be successful? I am.  Sorta. The Company Culture It’s not too unlikely that if you’re an HR pro you’ve been in meetings where the company culture is being discussed – or complained about more likely.  The fact is, whenever someone brings up corporate culture, all heads …

Want Better Work Teams? Hire More Women…

Tim Sackett Organizational Development, Performance, Tim Sackett

The Harvard Business Review recently highlighted a recent study by Professors Anita Woolley and Thomas Malone, in which the researchers studied how team/group diversification would impact overall team intelligence (you can view their explanation of the findings in Defend Your Research: What Makes A Team Smarter? More Women).  Big surprise to all us husbands, they found that teams with more women are smarter!  From the article: “The …

The Next Recruitment Silver Bullet – Are You Going to Fall for it?

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Onboarding, Organizational Development, Recruiting, Social Recruiting

Usually my rants move from topic to topic and I was ready to move on, until I learned last week that it’s unlikely any of us at FOT (especially Sackett after his Casey Anthony post) will ever find a job again.  That’s right, let me introduce you to Social Intelligence, the next fad in recruitment!  For a fee, they’ll go …

911 Is a Joke … And So Are Most Performance Assessments…

Josh Letourneau Joshua Letourneau, Organizational Development, Performance, Social Network Analysis

Get up, get, get down… 911 is a joke in yo’ town. Unfortunately, so are the majority of performance assessments. And no, it doesn’t take sporting a Viking Helmet to realize the why behind the ineptitude. It’s because they’re nothing more than how one human being (usually a Manager) rates another. As we all know, that ‘rating’ is littered by …

Who Knew There Was A Future HR Manager in Lord of the Flies?

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Relations, HR, Innovation, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert

‘And you shut up! Who are you, anyway? Sitting there – telling people what to do. You can’t hunt, you can’t sing – ’ ‘I’m chief. I was chosen.’ ‘Why should choosing make any difference? Just giving orders that don’t make any sense – ’ ‘Piggy’s got the conch.’ ‘That’s right – favour Piggy as you always do – ’ …