The Real Reason That Training Didn’t Stick: YOU

Chelsea Rowe Chelsea Rowe, Talent Management Power Rankings, Training and Development, Work Life Balance, Workforce Management Articles

You spend a few days going through some training. Maybe it’s excellent training—compelling and engaging, with high fidelity exercises that reinforce your new found skill set. You vow to use these skills… boy/girl scouts honor. Fast forward 90 days and you’re right back where you started. Ahh… the age-old transfer of training dilemma.  Old habits die hard, right? Our default …

Ebola Isn’t A Disease I’m Scared Of

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, in the news, Tim Sackett, Work Life Balance

The hysteria around Ebola in the U.S. right now is understandable. People who contract it have a 70% chance of dying, and the death isn’t pretty—it’s horrific. It’s horror movie kind of stuff.  If I was in West Africa I would be worried; but I’m in Lansing, Michigan, and the only thing I’m worried about is UofM coming in and …

Why Leaders Can Take Vacations, Even Us Americans

Kathy Rapp Culture, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Performance, Retention, Travel, Vacation, Work Life Balance

It’s August. Europe is on holiday. I’m just back from a week+ vacation myself. While away, I came across this article explaining why Europeans are better at taking vacations than Americans.  This should not be news to anyone. In fact, I’d say most everyone is better at taking time off than those of us in the states. The article talks …

I’d Like To Be Wealthy Enough To Never Email Again

Steve Boese Communication, HR (& Life!) Advice, Steve Boese, Work Life Balance

If you were to invent some amazing new technology, get in as a ground floor investor in the next Facebook or Tesla, or finally have your decades of tossing away cash on Powerball tickets finally pay off, what would you say would be the greatest benefit of your sudden and massive newfound wealth? Most people would first tick off the …

The Relationship Between Being Knocked Up and Paying Out PTO…

Kris Dunn Bad HR, Benefits, HR, Kris Dunn, Payroll, Work Life Balance, You Want Me To Pay For What!?

What the hell is going on in America?  My friend and FOT colleague Tim Sackett dropped some science earlier this week that indicated he actually might be in favor of a proposed law/tax that funds fully paid maternity leave (click to read the post).  Since I’ve routinely called him BARON VON SACKETT in a call out to his free market/Fox …

I Can Bring Home The Bacon, But Don’t Let Me Touch A Frying Pan

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Food and Drink, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Work Life Balance

“I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan.  And never let you forget you’re a man! Cause I’m a woman…”  This is the song from a classic 1980’s commercial for the perfume Enjoli. It came roaring back to my brain as I was frantically working on the brunch menu for my daughter’s birthday.  I was so …

HR Pros Rejoice – Thanksgivukkah!

Tim Sackett Bad HR, Diversity, Employee Communications, Food and Drink, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Innovation, Leadership, Policies, Pop Culture, Religion, Tim Sackett, Work Life Balance, Workplace Flexibilty

One of the toughest times each year for HR Pros has to be the holiday season. It’s the one time each year that our support for diversity really gets challenged. In most American companies we have the majority of folks who celebrate Christmas, then we have the rest of our employees who fall into one of three buckets of celebration: …

3 Questions Freakin’ Awesome Candidates Ask

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Employment Branding and Culture, Hiring Managers, Interviewing, Kathy Rapp, Work Life Balance

I read and essentially disagreed with a post over at Recruiter.com about “7 Questions Great Candidates Ask“, so figured I better pony up with some of my favorite questions.  It wasn’t that ALL 7 sucked, but they were predictable,  like “Why did the previous job holder leave?”  And, “job holder”?  Really??!  Who says “job holder”? I did like #7 – …