There’s a “Red Wedding” at Uber – But Not Just With Their Marketing Layoffs

John Hollon Candidate Pool, Change, Change Management, Corporate America, John Hollon, Layoffs, Offboarding, Organizational Development, Recruiting, Uncategorized

Like so many people, I loved Game of Thrones. And that’s why ANY big company layoff that’s referred to as a “Marketing Red Wedding” gets my full and undivided attention. The fact that the company is Uber, and the “Red Wedding” description comes from Uber employees about a big layoff that took place there in late July, well, that’s just …

Human Resources – Achieving the Right Balance of Head and Heart

William Wiggins Benefits, Culture, employee experience, Employee Relations, Good HR, Love, Uncategorized

A few years ago, I received a crash course in the importance of balancing head with heart when serving employees. As I went about my HR routine, I would engage with a particular employee in polite banter. We commiserated on how we dreamed of retirement, shared a love for southern cooking and travel; and who was serving the best food …

“Mr. Spicoli, What’s Your Reason for Your Truancy?”

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Corporate America, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Uncategorized

“Fast Times at Ridgemont High“. One of the all-time greatest flicks with almost as many life-affirming lines as “The Big Lebowski“. Sean Penn played the iconic Jeff Spicoli, who more than once was late for class, causing Mr. Hand great frustration. Mr. Hand: Mr. Spicoli, what’s your reason for your truancy? Jeff Spicoli: I just couldn’t make it on time. …

HR 2020: Who Are We?

Laurie Ruettimann Bad HR, Good HR, HR, Uncategorized

About a decade ago, some dudes crafted groundbreaking HR research. Bret Starr, John Sumser and George LaRocque wanted to know how HR people think and feel. Who is HR? What do they want? What will they buy? With those questions in mind, they commissioned an esteemed report called, “The 2011 HRxAnalysts Psychographic Survey of HR Professionals.” When the data came back, they crunched the …

The 2019 Word of the Year!

Tim Sackett Communication, Employee Communications, Uncategorized

We are over halfway through 2019 so I think it’s time we can start calling out the theme or word/phrase of the year. It’s funny how each year there actual words/themes that raise to the surface. Here are some of the previous year’s words/themes: 2010: app (an abbreviated form of application, a software program for a computer or phone operating system) 2011: occupy (verb …

How to Say Goodbye (Employee Engagement Never Ends)

Kelly Dingee Change, Change Management, Employee Communications, employee experience, Uncategorized

How does your company say goodbye? Is it a formalized program? Left to the manager’s discretion? Do you pass the buck to HR and think all is done with an exit interview? I don’t think visiting HR and having a post employment interview is a good-bye. Not for the employee, to them, it’s process. Many times they’re not tight with HR, haven’t …

What’s the Rush? Can You Dump Your Quick Application?

Katrina Kibben ATS, candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Uncategorized

I’m all for efficiency. Check out any of those online personality assessments that are supposed to help you sell to me. I like direct communication. Let’s get shit done.  I’m the same way when I go to the grocery store. I organize my list in the order of the rows. I don’t like to wander aisles at all.  Speed is …

Confessions of a Serial Work Spouse

William Wiggins Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Uncategorized

“Work spouse” is a phrase, mostly in American English, referring to a co-worker, usually of the opposite gender, with whom one shares a special relationship, having bonds like those of a marriage.  I know this phrase is still considered taboo, but let’s be real, we’ve all used it, and maybe have even had a work spouse. In fact, 23% of …

A New Recruiting Wrinkle: Paying Everybody as if They Worked in San Francisco

John Hollon Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Compensation/Cash Money, Executive Search, Uncategorized

Here’s the latest recruiting wrinkle in job listings: Posting an ad where the company is completely up front about what the position pays — even if it is $181,000 a year. Jeff Hyman, a long-time executive recruiter and author of the bestselling book Recruit Rockstars, recently flagged me to the fact that project management software company Basecamp was looking for …

5 Steps for Preventing Recruiter Burnout

Tim Sackett Engagement and Satisfaction, Tim Sackett, Uncategorized

My grandmother worked at a General Motors metal fabrication plant, raised five daughters, had the most wonderful dinner on the table each night, looked absolutely beautiful at all times, and never once complained of burnout! She might have had a nightly cocktail or two, but no burnout! But, that was back when kids walked to school, uphill, both ways. Nowadays, …