The HR Olympics

Tim Sackett Benefits, Compensation/Cash Money, Conferences, Culture, Diversity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Games, Good HR, Harassment, Hiring Managers, HR, Innovation, Making Offers, Metrics, Onboarding, Organizational Development, Recruiting, SHRM, Sourcing, Succession Planning, T+D, Tim Sackett

Oh, I got me some Olympic Fever!  The Summer Olympics are the best – it’s like NCAA Tournament time but with sports we only care about once every four years!  This Summer Olympics I’m even more invested than usual because we have a local athlete from our hometown of DeWitt, MI, Gymnast Jordyn Weiber, competing, so I expect I’ll be …

First Day on the Job Blues

Tim Sackett Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Hiring Managers, HR, Leadership, Onboarding, Organizational Development, Retention, Tim Sackett, Trench HR

I was reminded recently on how much your first day on the jobs sucks! I hear you – “What Tim?!” – the first day is the best!  No, it’s not – more than likely if you’re reading this, you’re an HR or Talent Pro so you “think” the first day on the job is wonderful – because you’ve designed orientation …

My Motivation: New Running Shoes and Leadership

Kathy Rapp Engagement and Satisfaction, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Organizational Development

I started running again last week.  I know I haven’t run since February of 2010, because that’s the last time I sync’d my running playlist on my iPod.  Sad, but I had a wonderful reason to quit running…my now 19 month-old little girl. So in addition to needing new running shoes, I needed new motivational running songs.  Think “Rocky” soundtrack …

HR Should Run Volunteer Organizations

Paul Hebert Employee Coaching, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Influence, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance

I read a quote a long time ago – I think it was from Peter Drucker – that said something along the lines of: “If you want to really understand management, manage volunteers.” I find that concept more and more relevant to what today’s managers must do in order to drive performance within their organizations.  While the economy may be …

Why Public Recognition Matters

Paul Hebert Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance, Personal Brand, Recognition

I’ve seen almost everything you can see when it comes to incentive and reward programs.  That’s what being around for a while does for you.  And when you have a career’s worth of information in your brain the tendency is to want to explain things to the nth degree.  Go on, and on, and on, and on, and on. I’ll …

Your Headcount Wishlist

Steve Gifford Always Be Closing, Driving Productivity, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Organizational Development, Recruiting, Steve Gifford, The HR Profession, Trench HR

When the day comes, who are you going to hire? We’re not always going to be cutting back.  Sure, it seems like it now, but at some point, the economy in general or your company specifically is going to grow.  And at long last, you’ll get to play hiring manager again!  But, what req do you ask for first? I …

No More Smelly Candidates With Video Interviewing! #WEBINAR

Tim Sackett Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, Hiring Managers, HR, HR Tech, HR Technology, Innovation, Interviewing, Organizational Development, Profiles, Recruiting, Resumes, SHRM, Social Media, Social Recruiting, Sourcing, Television, The HR Profession, Tim Sackett, Trench HR, War for Talent, Web/Tech, Webinar

KD and I are back at it – we’re doing an upcoming webinar on Wednesday May 23rd at 1pm EST (click here to register).  We have a lot of fun with these – we get to check out some very cool stuff in HR – and we get to channel our inner Oprah at the same time!   For this recent …

What Would You Do if There Was No Government?

Paul Hebert Leadership, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Seat at the Table, Trench HR

One of the thought exercises I like to do with clients when trying to get to new ideas and new ways of solving problems is to eliminate the focus they currently have and see what happens. As an example, in the incentive industry, most companies get paid based on the value of the awards they sell.  Sell more awards, make …

GenY’s Succession Plan – Fire the Old Farts

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Candidate Pool, Career Paths, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Relations, Generations, Influence, Job Market, Job Seeker Advice, Organizational Development, Recognition, SHRM, Succession Planning, Tim Sackett

For those who read my stuff regularly, you know I’m not a real fan of all the generational talk that goes on in our space – “GenY’s are like this, and Baby Boomers are like that, and GenXers are something totally different…”, blah, blah, blah.  It annoys me when people paint broad strokes over an entire population of people – …

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 …