Throwing out the Bad Apples

Ed Baldwin Culture, Ed Baldwin, Employee Relations, HR, Lawsuits, Offboarding, Performance, Performance Reviews, Policies, Talent Management, Training and Development 0 Comments

Everyone’s heard the phrase “a bad apple spoils the bunch,” but in my work experience, this hasn’t been true.  In my experience, it isn’t the bad apple that spoils the bunch; it’s the semi-bad apple. That apple that you think is just as good as the rest (or pretty close), until you realize it’s not just as good, and that …

What’s Your Story?

Mark Fogel Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Managing People, Mark Fogel, Performance, Talent Management, wellness, Workplace Flexibilty 0 Comments

Everybody has a story, maybe more than one, impacting your work life. A few years back while attending the SHRM National Conference in Orlando, Heather Abbott, a Boston Marathon bombing victim, gave a rousing 10-minute introduction to the conference. An HR executive whose life was dramatically altered after losing a leg in the tragic event. She has recovered, moved on, …

All for One and One for All! Employee Engagement Peanut Butter.

Paul Hebert Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Leadership, Learning, Performance, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, wellness 0 Comments

I started my own blog in 2006. Not an actual OG but very close. Heck, I used to use Typepad for chrissakes. That’s seriously old school. And some of (most of) my posts since that time have been about employee engagement. I know this because every time I’m up to write on Fistful of Talent I panic because I may …

Does Money Buy Happy Employees?

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Change Management, Communication, Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Performance, Talent Strategy

Recently, I was lucky enough to go to a private screening of a new documentary, “Pursuing Happiness.” The director, Adam Shell, shared wonderful stories of the people he interviewed in his attempt to find the happiest people in America. “Who is the happiest person you know?” was the question he and his production partner posed. My friend who hosted the …

Worked Up About Manipulated Glassdoor Ratings? Maybe It’s Time For a New Approach

John Hollon Brand Ambassadors, candidate experience, Communication, Culture, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR & Marketing, Recruitment Marketing, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, Web/Tech

I learned long ago that user-generated ratings — whether they be on Amazon, Yelp, TripAdvisor, or anywhere else — are easily manipulated and should be taken with a grain of salt. So, is anyone really surprised that Glassdoor ratings get manipulated too? The Wall Street Journal recently published an in-depth look at how some companies have figured out how to …

Wag The Dog in HR

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Paul Hebert

As I think back on my career and recall the times I had the best work experiences—where I was connected and engaged the most—it almost always involved a crisis or a pressure-filled project. I can vividly remember working on a big Chrysler account or a huge GM Parts incentive program. We worked 24/7 for weeks. In one case, we slept …

LinkedIn is Democratizing Engagement – Do You Have a Playbook for That?

Holland Dombeck McCue ATS, Communication, Employment Branding and Culture, Holland Dombeck, in the news, Networking, Policies, Recruitment Marketing, Social Media, Social Media and Talent, Social Networking

If you’re one of the many LinkedIn users who noticed an uptick in your post engagement over the last month, you’ll be happy to know that democracy is alive and well in America (and everywhere else you can access LinkedIn). In a recent blog post, the social networking and recruiting/marketing/now learning giant shared that they recently made updates to their …

The Ultimate Answer to Employee Engagement is Self-Direction

Paul Hebert Employee Development, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR

I’m not going to do my usual screed on why employee engagement is a Sisyphean effort, and almost every intervention is at best a short-term fix to a long-term problem. I believe 90% of the interventions we talk about are like handing out sandwiches to starving people and thinking you’ve fixed their food-acquisition problem. Employee engagement has never been a …

Is Employer Branding Killing Corporate Culture and Employee Engagement?

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Paul Hebert

In the context of the real world “employer branding” is fairly new. According to Wikipedia it was first defined in the Journal of Brand Management in 1996 as an attempt to connect consumer brand management techniques to human resources. The first book on employer branding was published in 2005 (The Employer Brand, Bringing the Best of Brand Management to People …