3 Things Our Employees Hate to Do

Tim Sackett Change, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Leadership, Organizational Development, Performance, Policies, Recognition, SHRM, Tim Sackett

Do you ever feel like a Mom/Dad to your employees?  Wait, let me rephrase that – Do you ever not feel like a Mom/Dad to your employees?!  HR Pros tend to act in that manner in many ways, and usually our employees hate us for it. Don't do this, do this, sign this, bring this into work – we ask …

Sackett's Guide to International HR

Tim Sackett Change, China, Communication, Conferences, Culture, Diversity, Don't Feed the Vendors, EEO, Generations, Good HR, HR, Personal Brand, Policies, Recruiting, SHRM, The HR Profession, Tim Sackett, Travel, Trench HR

I traveled to Canada last week to speak at the Achievers user conference – so, basically, I now have International HR experience and I wanted to share it with the FOT nation! (BTW – side note – HR vendor user conferences might be the best kept secret in HR conference action!  You get some great Trench HR pros speaking, folks …

HR’s Same-Sex Marriage Policy

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Policies, Tim Sackett

Let me first say that I love Chick-fil-a and I love Gay people.  Well, “Love” might be strong – I like Chick-fil-a and I like Gay people.  Ok, I’m sorry, I lied – I LOVE Chick-fil-a, I go out of my way when I’m near one to get one of those crack filled chicken sandwiches! But, I also still like …

Will Using Social Media in Your HR Strategy Open You Up to Self-Absorbed Whiners?

Paul Hebert Communication, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Generations, Paul Hebert, Policies, Social Media

The XXX Olympics (I snicker every time I type that.  Should I use the number 30 instead?) has been running for the last week and there have been some high points and low points.  The NBC coverage – both real-time and prime-time has been difficult to manage and some of the connectorati have voiced their outrage at how crappy some …

Go. Go on vacation. Here’s a pile of cash and don’t you dare check in.

Steve Boese Audacious Ideas, Benefits, Policies, Steve Boese, Work Life Balance

Did you happen to catch the story that made the rounds last week of the company that is paying every employee $7,500 to force/convince/entice them to take an actual annual, completely disconnected from work vacation? No? Well in case you were on vacation yourself and missed it, here are the details. Contact management company Full Contact’s ‘Paid, Paid’ vacation program, …

Management Training When You’re Not Doing Management Training

Steve Gifford 60-Second SPHR, Bad HR, Culture, Employee Coaching, Hiring Managers, Interviewing, Leadership, Organizational Development, Policies, Steve Gifford

Your organization’s managers have many shortcomings.  They refuse to make a decision without having a meeting and cc-ing the whole world on an email about it.  They desperately need someone to fill that open position, then go two weeks without reviewing resumes, only to decide that maybe they  don’t need someone after all.  They can’t coach, avoid confrontation, and point …

Sensible Shoes Suck. And So Do Dress Codes.

Kathy Rapp Communication, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Policies

I met a friend for lunch recently and he says to me, “I’d have to send you home because of your shoes if you worked at my company”.  I looked at my feet to see (lovely) black, patent leather, high-heel sandals.  “Why on earth would these shoes cause me to be sent home” I ask.  “Well, they aren’t considered sensible shoes because …

This HR Fatty Wants To Give Someone A Fat Lip

Dawn Burke Bad HR, Dawn Hrdlica, Policies

I was working out…yes, working out when a CNN news report flashed up that Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, Texas enacted a policy refusing to hire anyone with a body mass index higher than 35.  I thought I was about to come unglued.  Or grab a pint of chunky-monkey. Holy crap. I am an HR Fatty.  I have a BMI …

Twitter and the Enterprise: Ownership and Portability Is More Important Than Social Media Policy…

Kris Dunn Kris Dunn, Policies, Social Media and Talent, Social Networking

I know – you’re trying to figure out what social media means in your company.  If you’re reading this post within a week of it being published, you’re way ahead of the curve.  If you’re finding this at the end of 2015, welcome to the show, kid! If you’re reading this in 2015, the long tail of social media finally …

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 …