Prepare Your Company For A Zombie Apocalypse

Meredith Soleau Audacious Ideas, Meredith Soleau, Social Media and Talent, War for Talent

If there's one thing that keeps HR people up at night, it's threat of a zombie apocalypse. Can we all agree on this? The threat of a zombie take over is something that the CDC openly talks about, but OSHA just sweeps it under a rug, as if zombies don't even exist! Shame on you, OSHA! We know where to …

Will Using Social Media in Your HR Strategy Open You Up to Self-Absorbed Whiners?

Paul Hebert Communication, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Generations, Paul Hebert, Policies, Social Media

The XXX Olympics (I snicker every time I type that.  Should I use the number 30 instead?) has been running for the last week and there have been some high points and low points.  The NBC coverage – both real-time and prime-time has been difficult to manage and some of the connectorati have voiced their outrage at how crappy some …

Why Public Recognition Matters

Paul Hebert Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance, Personal Brand, Recognition

I’ve seen almost everything you can see when it comes to incentive and reward programs.  That’s what being around for a while does for you.  And when you have a career’s worth of information in your brain the tendency is to want to explain things to the nth degree.  Go on, and on, and on, and on, and on. I’ll …

Half Naked HR

Meredith Soleau Meredith Soleau, wellness

Vogue has done something amazing for women.  They’ve decided to become a leader in the fashion world, banning models who “appear to have an eating disorder.” And they have asked designers to stop sending “unrealistically small sample sizes of their clothing, which limits the range of women who can be photographed in their clothes.” Bravo, Vogue!  I salute you! As a …

The Bonus Rules

Tim Sackett Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Performance, Recognition, The HR Profession, Tim Sackett

If you’ve been in HR for at least 30 minutes you’ve heard someone in your organization bitch about a bonus.  It comes part and parcel with the gig – from the beginning of time when the first caveman decided he needed some additional incentive for his cave drawers and developed the 5 drawings and you get an extra brontosaurus burger …

Do You Run HR Like Hotel Le Bleu? Let’s Hope Not…

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Personal Brand

Hurricane Irene came sashaying up to the east coast of the US last week and made quite an entrance. A lot of damage, a lot of power outages, and a lot of stress.   New York and New Jersey took drastic measures and ordered evacuations and emergency measures that may have seemed out of whack – but hey, if I were …

Abercrombie & Fitch – Tough “Situation” – Buh-bye Jersey Shore

Paul Hebert Bad HR, Culture, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Performance

A&F gots no love for the “Situation” – or pretty much anyone on the show “Jersey Shore.” FTR – I have never watched – and do not ever plan to watch “Jersey Shore” – unless, of course, it is part of some sort of “A Clockwork Orange” behavioral modification program.  But…I do peruse the interwebs and watch “The Soup” on …

Like Water for Culture…

Paul Hebert Culture, Paul Hebert

Think this through… You’re hunting down the perfect hire.  You’ve outlined the specs for the job.  You’ve combed through all the job boards and check the passive (aggressive) candidates on LinkedIn.  You’ve identified two strong candidates and you bring them in for the interview.  They both do well. You stack up their resumes and they both look pretty similar on paper. …

Who Knew There Was A Future HR Manager in Lord of the Flies?

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Relations, HR, Innovation, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert

‘And you shut up! Who are you, anyway? Sitting there – telling people what to do. You can’t hunt, you can’t sing – ’ ‘I’m chief. I was chosen.’ ‘Why should choosing make any difference? Just giving orders that don’t make any sense – ’ ‘Piggy’s got the conch.’ ‘That’s right – favour Piggy as you always do – ’ …