Throwing out the Bad Apples

Ed Baldwin Culture, Ed Baldwin, Employee Relations, HR, Lawsuits, Offboarding, Performance, Performance Reviews, Policies, Talent Management, Training and Development 0 Comments

Everyone’s heard the phrase “a bad apple spoils the bunch,” but in my work experience, this hasn’t been true.  In my experience, it isn’t the bad apple that spoils the bunch; it’s the semi-bad apple. That apple that you think is just as good as the rest (or pretty close), until you realize it’s not just as good, and that …

Just Leave Us Alone

Kylie Quetell Employee Relations, Mental Health, Mobile, Performance, Policies, Training and Development, Vacation, wellness, Work Life Balance 1 Comment

I read a quote last week that I would surely butcher if I tried to recall word-for-word, but the overall theme of the quote was this: People are not required to be constantly available to you, or you to them. And yet, there I sat at 8 AM on a Thursday morning with 57 notifications on my phone. By 7 …

What Are You Telling Employees When You Send Them Late Night Emails?

John Hollon Career Advice, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Email, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR (& Life!) Advice, Managing People, Mental Health, Performance, Work Life Balance, Workforce Management Articles 1 Comment

I learned long ago that you should always be ready to take good advice — no matter where it comes from. This month, it came from a guy named Michael Dermer who touts himself in his blog and newsletter as The Lonely Entrepreneur. His words of wisdom were short, sweet, and spot-on. He said: “Turn off at a respectable time, …

Is High Performance a Zero-Sum Game?

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Development, HR, Managing People, Performance, Recognition, Retention, Talent Management, Training and Development, Workforce Management Articles 0 Comments

I read a lot of HR stuff about high performers. We all want an entire population of these employees at our companies. Adding more high performers means better overall results, which means better everything, right? Maybe not. Depending on your culture, you could be making it hard for the best performers to stay. As Long As It Helps Me A …

What’s Your Story?

Mark Fogel Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Managing People, Mark Fogel, Performance, Talent Management, wellness, Workplace Flexibilty 0 Comments

Everybody has a story, maybe more than one, impacting your work life. A few years back while attending the SHRM National Conference in Orlando, Heather Abbott, a Boston Marathon bombing victim, gave a rousing 10-minute introduction to the conference. An HR executive whose life was dramatically altered after losing a leg in the tragic event. She has recovered, moved on, …

That Company Has 3 Types of Workers.

Ben Martinez Ben Martinez, Business Development, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, HR, Performance, Recruiting, Retention, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, Training and Development 1 Comment

People are wired to work and make things happen. You may or may not like your job, but you are there to achieve things for your company. That is why you should hire more people who actually love their work. There are three types of workers. The “job” worker. This is the person who hates Mondays, lives for the weekends, …

Your Next Expert in Performance Management? Hire an Economist!

Tim Sackett Business Development, Change Management, Corporate America, Culture, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, HR, Innovation, Managing People, Performance, Policies, Talent Management, Workforce Management Articles 2 Comments

From the world of unicorn employers (Google, Amazon, Facebook, etc.), our next great HR experiment has almost gone undetected. What is it!? The use of Economists to run employee performance management!  A recent article talked about a new trend of tech companies (Amazon, Google, etc.) hiring hundreds of PhD Economists for all kinds of roles: For example, Amazon runs a program …

All for One and One for All! Employee Engagement Peanut Butter.

Paul Hebert Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Leadership, Learning, Performance, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, wellness 0 Comments

I started my own blog in 2006. Not an actual OG but very close. Heck, I used to use Typepad for chrissakes. That’s seriously old school. And some of (most of) my posts since that time have been about employee engagement. I know this because every time I’m up to write on Fistful of Talent I panic because I may …

Fire With Grace

Ed Baldwin Ed Baldwin, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, HR, Outplacement, Performance, Personal Conduct Policy

Grace is a word not often used in a business context. It should probably be used more. And even less so, grace is not something we typically associate with firing someone, taking away someone’s source of financial security, involuntarily. But we should. Because when it comes to firing someone, grace on the part of the employer is what’s needed most. …

Does Money Buy Happy Employees?

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Change Management, Communication, Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Performance, Talent Strategy

Recently, I was lucky enough to go to a private screening of a new documentary, “Pursuing Happiness.” The director, Adam Shell, shared wonderful stories of the people he interviewed in his attempt to find the happiest people in America. “Who is the happiest person you know?” was the question he and his production partner posed. My friend who hosted the …