Born in Paris Raised Everywhere – Cultural Mélange

Paul Hebert Conferences, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert

Having spent a few days at Illinois SHRM this week my head is buzzing trying to categorize and manage all the new names, faces, concepts, ideas, facts and figures.  The conference was just a great learning experience for me and based on the widely imitated but rarely matched, quick non-scientific “Paul Hebert Poll,” it was a great use of time …

Volunteering and Working…and why it’s time to exit stage left

Kelly Dingee Kelly Dingee, Sourcing

For years now I have volunteered with a non-profit community theatre group based in my hometown.   I know, I know…I strike you as the dramatic type, right?  Nope…not really.  I did it for my kid.  Because she loves to act and dance and it’s been her “sport”.  So making sure the show goes on seems like the least I can …

Quit Worrying About Employee Engagement

Paul Hebert Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition

It’s a Saturday.  Who reads HR blogs on Saturday? The more important question to ask is “who has two thumbs and WRITES posts for Saturday?”  This guy. Yup.  It’s Saturday and I’m up early because I didn’t plan my week well and didn't get this done on Thursday, or Friday.  My bad.  Maybe your good?  But that is the story …

Employee Engagement is a 2-Way Street

Paul Hebert Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition, War for Talent

We've all seen the studies.  Employee engagement is down.  Employees are more disengaged than in any time since we banged rocks together to make music.  Employees are less satisfied.  Employees are going to jump ship. I say let’em. If… and that’s a big if… you've done your homework and understand what drives engagement in an organization then maybe it’s time you let …

The Long Con of Engagement

William Tincup Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Leadership, William Tincup

We’ve been lied to. We’ve been hoodwinked and bamboozled. We’ve been brainwashed to believe that employee engagement matters. Moreover, that it is our moral obligation to manufacture engaged employees. The simple truth is… engagement is a nice to have, NOT a need to have. The con unraveled. Work is work, play is play, work is NOT play, play is NOT …

Ask And Ye Shall Receive

Paul Hebert Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert

A lot has been said about employee engagement and the connection to business performance.  It’s pretty much a no-brainer that if you have people who know HOW to do their jobs and WANT to do their jobs and do a little MORE than their jobs, you have engaged employees and probably a pretty successful company. But how do you know …

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 …

Screw Employee Satisfaction – Gimme The Bad Boys and Girls

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Change, Culture, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Innovation, Paul Hebert, Performance

Mad Men Season 5 started this past week. Full disclosure, before this past week’s episode, I’ve watched a total of 6 minutes of Mad Men.  But the hype was too much for me to bear, so I DVR’d it and sat and watched it the other night.  It’s awright. But… I liked it a lot more when I heard this …

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 …

Subtle Signals of Disengagement – The “Out of Office” Email…

Paul Hebert Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, HR (& Life!) Advice, Paul Hebert, Work Life Balance

Is there anything more self-serving and ridiculous than an “out of office” email reply? You send a message to someone and within two seconds a message hits your inbox that says something along the lines of… “I am out of the office with limited access to email.  If your message is important please contact May Jo Doesn’tCareAboutYourProblem in the Department …