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 …

Christmas Grind.

Holland Dombeck McCue Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, FOTNation, Holland Dombeck, Performance, Work Life Balance, Workplace Flexibilty

It’s the first official day of my Thanksgiving PTO, and my husband and I are in his satellite office down in South Florida so he can grind out a few hours of work. You’ve been there—budgets are closing, projects are wrapping up, and everyone wants to check out but they need YOUR help to do it. I like to call …

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 …