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Productive People Punch List

Kathy Rapp Corporate America, Driving Productivity, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kathy Rapp, Work Life Balance

We all know them.  The types who can exercise 2 hours a day, get their kids to school (dressed) and to every activity on time (with snacks) as well as shine during a pitch meeting.  Plus – always look like they’ve gotten 10 hours of sleep. WTF?  Don’t you just want to punch them? Especially in the unpredictable people business, …

Hate Your Job? Think About What Makes You Happy.

Kelly Dingee Kelly Dingee, Sourcing, Uncategorized, Work Life Balance

I’ve been sourcing for a long time. Seventeen years, exclusively, on top of that when I was a generalist and full-life cycle recruiter.  I will say I source, not stalk. I could stalk, but that’s creepy. Honestly, right now is my favorite time to source; it’s important to me personally to enjoy where I work and the clients I source for.  My …

September 11, 2015.

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Coaching, Culture, Executive Search, in the news, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Work Life Balance, Working With Recruiters

Everyone remembers where they were fourteen years ago today. I remember and I reflect on a decision I made that could have altered my career. September 11, 2001.  I was working in HR at a high-tech startup with a significant presence in New York. Prior to that role I worked for Morgan Stanley and had friends still there. I was …

When Does Your Insane Work Ethic Backfire? When You Don’t Know When To Shut Up About It…

Steve Boese Communication, Steve Boese, Work Life Balance

Editor’s Note: We’re bringing this piece of gold back from the vault because it qualifies as a “Best Of FOT…” post. And because it’s good to be reminded that your work ethic can be super annoying… and kind of rude. Author Note: Although this post is running mid-week, it was written over the weekend, where some of the behavior that is described …

Work-Life Balance is a Human Resources Imperative

Laurie Ruettimann Audacious Ideas, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Work Life Balance

Earlier this year, I told you that a job in human resources gives you all kinds of flexibility and balance. Most of you thought I was a liar. Then I said that HR should take a sabbatical, and many of you laughed at me. “Who’s got time for a sabbatical?” I weep for you people. Yes, you people. As HR …

Intimacy In The Workplace: It’s a “Do”

Kathy Rapp Change, Communication, Culture, Diversity, Driving Productivity, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Pop Culture, Retention, Work Life Balance

The Breakfast Club (TBC) is 30 years old this year, which means I first saw it when I was 3. Okay… maybe I was 5. It’s a classic movie that highlights 5 different types of high school students and a Saturday spent in detention. It depicts the students as the criminal, the basketcase, the princess, the brain and the athlete. …

How Do You Recover From a Crappy Day?

Kathy Rapp Change Management, Coaching, HR & Sports, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Performance, Sports, Work Life Balance

James Harden, arguably one of the top five players in the NBA this season, set a record for the most turnovers in a playoff game.  EVER.  13 terrible, 7th-grade-nightmare-type turnovers like dribbling off your foot with 40 seconds to go in the 4th quarter. As a result of his really, really crappy day, the Rockets were eliminated by the Warriors. …

The Dos and Don’ts of Sleeping At Work: Lessons From An Alaska Airlines Baggage Handler

Jason Pankow Bad HR, Current Affairs, in the news, Jason Pankow, Work Life Balance

In case you missed it, earlier this week, an Alaska Airlines flight leaving my home base airport of SeaTac, quickly realized they needed to turn around. Shortly after takeoff, the pilot began hearing a banging noise coming from the cargo hold of the plane.  The banging was accompanied by yelling.  It was obvious that there was a person IN the …

Employment Branding: The Maker Vs. The Manager

Holland Dombeck McCue Employment Branding and Culture, Holland Dombeck, HR, Organizational Development, Work Life Balance, Working With Recruiters

I recently rediscovered Paul Graham’s classic 2009 essay, “Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule,” and it’s making me reevaluate how I approach my work. In the article, Graham breaks information workers and their schedules into two categories: Managers (e.g., line managers, project managers, and other “boss” types), and Makers (e.g., writers, designers, and other creative or analytical types). A Manager’s schedule is …