Improving HR by Fixing IT

Steve Gifford Audacious Ideas, Change, Communication, Driving Productivity, HR Tech, Influence, Organizational Development, Steve Gifford, Web/Tech

How many logins do your employees have? I sat down to think about it, and came up with the following list for a field supervisor: A Windows login A login to get into their Outlook email A login to access their sales SharePoint A login for the HR intranet (yes, a different system) A login to EZ Labor to approve …

You are a Pawn in your CEO's Game

Steve Gifford Bad HR, Communication, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Labor, Steve Gifford

Companies have a number of resources at their disposal: patent resources, real estate resources, IT resources, and of course, human resources.  Any CEO has at least mouthed words to the effect that “people are our most important resource.” But, every so often, a momentary lapse that some executives regard their employees as being on the same level as their furniture. …

When do you hire someone? Microeconomics for HR Professionals

Steve Gifford 60-Second SPHR, Business Development, Good HR, Labor, Seat at the Table, Steve Gifford, War for Talent, Workforce Management Articles

“When the hiring manager says so”, right?  And sure, you want to provide customer service to the humans that you support.  The larger question, though, is when does your organization hire someone? The economics concept to understand here is “margin”.  When an economist talks about margin, they’re talking about one additional item.  That is to say, the “marginal cost” of …

The Management Auditors are Here!

Steve Gifford Culture, Employee Coaching, Leadership, Organizational Development, Performance, Steve Gifford

Your organizational development case study of the day is this: You have offices in nearly every country in the world, ranging from a staff of a few dozen to over a thousand.  Few people last at a given office for more than three or four years, although there is substantial rotation between offices.  The person in charge of the office …

Ignoring it Doesn’t Make it Go Away: What Non-Union Employers need to know about the NLRA

Steve Gifford 60-Second SPHR, Employee Communications, Steve Gifford

Union membership accounts for less than 20% of the current American workforce, with less than 10% of the private workforce.  HR professionals tend to divide into a small group of generalists who eat, breathe, and live collective bargaining, and a much larger portion of us who simply thank our lucky stars that we don’t have to deal with that level …

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 …

Employment Branding: Resources to Get the Recognition You Deserve!

Steve Gifford Always Be Closing, Business Development, Communication, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, Recognition, Steve Gifford

Bookmark this list and save it to get credit for the good things you’re doing anyway. We at FOT are focusing on your EVP this month, culminating in the Bootstrap Your Employment Brand the FOT Way webinar  (tickets are still available, but going fast!).  As great as you might think your employment brand is, though, external validation helps with these things. You’ve …