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 …

Thanksgiving is Coming!

Paul Hebert Change, Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Email, Employment Law, Good HR, Holidays, HR, Paul Hebert

A few short weeks from now many of us will be sitting down with friends, the family we like (and may even love), engaging with new and old acquaintances, laughing, chatting, reveling, playing games and connecting on a truly human level. The rest of us will have Thanksgiving dinner at our own, or a relative’s house, arguing about politics, misremembering …

Trading Places (in HR)

Mark Fogel Bad HR, Business Development, employee experience, Employment Law, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Leadership, Mark Fogel

I have always been fascinated with the idea of trading places in business. The 1983 movie Trading Places, starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, is a comedy classic. The concept of trading places in business is compelling. A few years ago, I traded places with a university colleague at Adelphi, where I teach HR as an adjunct professor. Part of …

Insourcing is the new (and old) black

Tim Sackett Business Development, Insourcing, The HR Profession, Tim Sackett

HR/Talent Pros are always nervous about outsourcing. I do some consulting from time to time in the corporate HR space and eventually in my time with corporate HR executives, the conversation will find its way to outsourcing. “Hey, Tim what do you think about us shopping our ‘blank’ out to…?”  It’s a basic skill vs. resource vs. culture decision – …

“Do you like essential oils?” Is NOT a Legitimate Interview Question!

William Wiggins candidate experience, EEO, Employment Law, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Learning, Policies, Recruiting, Risks, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, Working With Recruiters

After being twenty minutes late for our long-awaited connection, she opened the conversation with: “About me, prior to coming here, I worked at a day spa.” “Do you like essential oils?” “I feel like we’ve met before?” “Oh, November is your birthday? That’s Sagittarius, I’m a stereotypical Capricorn.” “Do you have any pets or young children? Good, because we work …

4 Reasons Great Recruiters are Great at Recruiting

Tim Sackett Bad HR, Candidate Pool, HR, Job Market, Recruiting, Tim Sackett

I was reminded this past week that recruiting is very hard. No, it’s not hard to post a job on your careers page and wait for a resume, that you won’t screen, and instead, just pass along to the hiring manager—that’s not hard. Recruiting is hard when it comes down to finding talent that really doesn’t want to be found …

Don’t Be Greedy: An Argument for User-Centric Design in HR

Kylie Quetell ATS, candidate experience, Career Advice, Employee Communications, Employee Development, HR, HR Tech, HR Technology, T+D, Talent Acquisition

Imagine a company that puts its needs before that of their customers. Consider what the shelf life of that organization would be. Picture, if you can, the number of good things that would be said about that organization. Zero – the answer is zero. That’s because no one would choose to work with a company that doesn’t put their users …

changing mind

The Unbelievable Freedom In Changing Your Mind

Dawn Burke Business Development, Dawn Burke, Employee Development, HR, Leadership, Onboarding

“I traded fame for love without a second thought It all became a silly a game some things cannot be bought; I got exactly what I asked for, wanted it so badly Running, rushing back for more, I suffered fools so gladly; And now I find … I’ve changed my mind” -Madonna   I was watching a video that shared a top-10-type …

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 …