Workplace Fairy Tales: Why There’s No Such Thing as “Unlimited” PTO

John Hollon Benefits, Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Employment Branding and Culture, Holidays, Managing People, Policies, Retention, SHRM, Vacation, Work Life Balance

It drives me crazy when I hear people touting “unlimited” PTO. That’s because “unlimited” time off is really just one big fairy tale. I know, I know; that sounds harsh, because there are a number of companies that will defend “unlimited” PTO to the death, and on the surface, it sounds like a good idea. But what often gets lost …

Workplace Bullying, the New Normal?

William Wiggins Culture, EEO, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Harassment, HR, Personal Conduct Policy, Policies, Retention, Risks, wellness, Women in the Workplace

At age thirteen I was led to an epiphany. The year was 1976, and this is my story – – I was an eighth grader, rocking a pair of light blue converse all-stars, the perfect afro, and living large at Canterbury Jr. High School.  That was the year of my (to this day) most infamous encounter with Clifford, a classmate and neighbor, who by that time …

The Five New Year’s Resolutions of an HR Leader

William Wiggins Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Leadership, Managing People, Personal Conduct Policy, Policies, Recruiting, Retention, Talent Management, wellness, Workplace Flexibilty

2019 is just around the corner and HR leaders everywhere are making their New Year’s resolutions. I’m not talking about false promises to lay off gluten, flatten that spare tire around the midsection, call grandma in Sheboygan more often, eat more kale, blah blah blah. That’s all well and good, but how about making a collective resolution to your employees and …

Walk This Way: What the #GoogleWalkout Means for HR Leaders

Kathy Rapp Assessments, Change, Change Management, Communication, Corporate America, Corporate Social Responsibility, Culture, Current Affairs, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Free Speech, Harassment, HR, in the news, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Organizational Development, Retention, Sexual Harassment, Talent Management, The HR Profession

The irony of the Aerosmith reference in my title is not lost on me in the wake of the #GoogleWalkout over sexual harassment, gender and pay equality, and transparency in reporting. Check the lyrics if you were born in the ’90’s. What struck me as I was reading about this protest wasn’t necessarily the fact that Google paid executives to …

I’m Not Sensitive, You’re Just Wrong

Kris Dunn Assessments, Performance Reviews, Retention, Talent Management

“I’m very laid back. I only care about two things:   1) everyone on earth and their opinion of me, and 2) the crushing psychological weight of being alive.”   –author unknown ______________________________ Let’s say you’re a hiring manager trying to fill a key position. You think you might want to know how well someone can take feedback? Of course …

If You Want Me To Stay, Show Me The Money.

Mark Fogel Benefits, Career Paths, Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Engagement and Satisfaction, Mark Fogel, Outmatch, Performance Reviews, Retention

Last week The Wall Street Journal reported a 17-year high for folks leaving their roles to take new positions this year. This comes with reports of 30 percent plus increases for those in executive and management level roles. The average annual increase for employees this past year across all organizations in the USA is under 4 %, with promotions less …

Walmart to Provide Employees a College Education for $1 a Day…

Kris Dunn Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Kris Dunn, Learning and Development, Retention, Training and Development, Uncategorized

If you follow this space, you’ll know I think the following about Tuition Aid as a benefit: 1–It’s one of the most powerful benefits you can provide. 2–It will never cost you as much as you think it will because it is incredibly hard to use. People have families, people have lives once they get above the traditional age of …

How Much is Too Much When It Comes to Relationships with Your Direct Reports?

John Whitaker Culture, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, John Whitaker, Performance, Performance Reviews, Recognition, Recruiting, Retention

You know that side-job you have as the informal HR Advisor for any/all of your friends? It can be enlightening at times, even uplifting, when you hear some of the ridiculous sh*t people are forced to put up with in their workplace. For the situation to reach the “Mind if I run something by you?” stage, it usually entails the …

We Don’t Actually Have to Retain All of Our Employees!

Tim Sackett Retention, Tim Sackett

In 2018 and beyond, employee retention will become a huge focus. Why? Unemployment rates and demographics are kicking all TA shops in the mouth! The best hire you will ever make is the one you don’t have to make! So, welcome back to the main stage, Retention! Some could argue that employee retention is always an important issue, but during …