THE HR FAMOUS PODCAST: Let’s Argue About Whether Reference Checks Matter!

Kris Dunn References, The HR Famous Podcast

On episode 49 of The HR Famous Podcast, long-time HR leaders (and friends) Tim Sackett, Kris Dunn and Jessica Lee come together once again to discuss the importance of reference checks and a $15 minimum wage. Listen below (click this link if you don’t see the player) and be sure to subscribe, rate, and review (Apple Podcasts) and follow (Spotify)! 2:00 – Tim recently discovered that …

Thriving as an Employer (COVID Edition) via the Employee Hierarchy of Needs

Ed Baldwin Culture, Driving Productivity, Ed Baldwin, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Trench HR

Everyone’s heard of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Well, almost everyone. On the outside chance you haven’t, it’s a theoretical model of human motivation that was published in 1943. Not exactly cutting edge stuff. But powerful, and surprisingly applicable to today’s workforce and chaotic COVID era environment. Summarily, it theorizes that people start out being motivated to achieve base level needs …

Making Peace With Getting Laid Off in HR/Recruiting During COVID (+Podcast Interview)

Liz Desio Change Management, COVID-19, Good HR, Organizational Development, Uncategorized

Editors note – Liz Desio is a NYC-based HR/Recruiting Pro who had her career impacted by COVID. She’s a triple threat – has actively recruited, wants a career in broader HR and can write. Pick her up for your team if you can. FOT founder Kris Dunn interviewed Liz to pick up the whole story on his podcast Best Hire …

When HR Staff Becomes Essential

William J. Wiggins Change Management, Communication, Contingent Workforce, Corporate Social Responsiblity, COVID-19, Good HR, Telecommuting

Essential employee: An employee that has been designated as critical because their responsibilities include non-deferrable services that must be performed despite a catastrophic event, a weather emergency, or a public health crisis. An essential employee is one who is vital to meeting operational requirements of the business. Could this be? Human Resources “vital to meeting operational requirements of the business” ? And …

Protect Your Assets – Your People

Kathy Rapp Analyst, Change, Change Management, Communication, Corporate America, COVID-19, Culture, Current Affairs, Good HR, HR, in the news, Influence, Job Market, Kathy Rapp, Layoffs, Leadership, Recruiting, Retention, Risks, Talent Strategy

How many of you are in your guest rooms/living rooms/patios “behind closed doors” working on a RIF spreadsheet? It’s a horrible exercise I’ve done too many times, and especially tough right now. With an unimaginable amount of uncertainty across most businesses, cost-savings levers are being pulled. As part of looking for cost-savings, how much quantitative analysis is taking place? It’s …

Fire With Grace

Ed Baldwin Ed Baldwin, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, HR, Outplacement, Performance, Personal Conduct Policy

Grace is a word not often used in a business context. It should probably be used more. And even less so, grace is not something we typically associate with firing someone, taking away someone’s source of financial security, involuntarily. But we should. Because when it comes to firing someone, grace on the part of the employer is what’s needed most. …

7 Signs Your Employer Doesn’t Care About People

Ed Baldwin Bad HR, Career Advice, Culture, Ed Baldwin, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, Innovation, Job Seeker Advice, Old School, Recruitment Marketing, Seat at the Table, Uncategorized

As HR pros we all want to work for a progressive, forward-thinking company that values its people. A company that is recognized as a great employer – or dare I say one that treats their employees “as their greatest asset”. No HR or Talent Pro seeks otherwise. “Man, I just want to find a company where I’m a replaceable cog …

You Got the Skills to Pay the Bills?

Kathy Rapp Change, Kathy Rapp, Leadership

I’ve got the skills to pay the bills, ya I got the got the got the skills to pay the bills I’ve got the skills to pay the bills Ah what you got, I got the skills to pay the bills For those who don’t know me, my eclectic mix of music loves includes the Beastie Boys.  This track has …