America, Roy Moore and Smart Companies

Kris Dunn Change Management, Communication, Kris Dunn

Let’s talk about Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate Race and how it relates to smart companies. I’m a moderate Republican. I live in Alabama. But I love America. The thing I love best about America is that it has an automatic bullshit meter. But wait! Before you gush or rant about last night’s senatorial election (congrats Doug Jones) and put me …

A.I.’s Gaydar Is Better Than Yours, Which Means Discrimination Is Coming To An Algorithm Near You

Kris Dunn A.I., Kris Dunn

I’m a straight white guy, which is equal parts boring and pedestrian. Because we all tribe together, that means the majority of my friends are straight. <This is where I should insert a note to tell you that I have friends who aren’t straight, and that I’d make a good to great VP of Diversity, even though I’m white, male …

Ask The Capitalist: How Do I Deal With Personal Reputation Sabotage on Glassdoor?

Kris Dunn Employee Coaching, Kris Dunn

Editor’s Note: Our Founder, Kris Dunn, has been doing his own thing at The HR Capitalist since 2007.  The “Ask The Capitalist” feature has been a staple of that blog, but we’re bringing it to FOT with a reputation sabotage question forwarded by one of KD’s readers. A reader asks… “I know it’s a big ask, but you are the …

Influence 101 – It’s Not Enough To Ask For A Raise: Understand Who You’re Asking

Kris Dunn Kris Dunn, Making Offers, Negotiation, Payroll, Performance

Raises. Of course you should ask for them. Don’t get caught thinking the market inside your company will take care of you. But with that said, let’s break down a couple of realities: 1. Only good-to-great performers really have leverage to ask for more money. If you’re not in that group, you can throw a legal fastball by somebody for equity, …

The Training Epidemic at Starbucks (1st World Problems Edition)…

Kris Dunn Kris Dunn, Training and Development

Starbucks – it’s a great company. Examples: –Marketing – they made me pay 3 bucks for a cup of coffee (check). –Employee Love – they hire well, and they take care of employees through things like full tuition aid (check). –Training – their Baristas know what they are doing, and… Wait a second. Can I go off on a rant …

The Movie “Clerks” Proves The Innovators Are The Ones With Great Careers

Kris Dunn Kris Dunn, Talent Strategy

We’ve said it in this space before. Follow along from home or the office: –Great performers/talent see the world differently than others… –Exceeds performance should be reserved for the game changers… –Innovators do unexpected things others think are crazy… I know, you’ve heard it before. If you’re a top performer, it doesn’t matter what you do for a living – …

Grading the Clinton/Trump vs Bush/Gore Workplace Bullying Responses

Kris Dunn Employee Communications, Kris Dunn

Ah yes. The workplace.  Full of great people, colleagues, mentors… And jerks who try to bully you. Jerks who try to bully you come in a lot of flavors in the workplace.  Some are obvious (they’re direct, maybe even profane) and some are less obvious (you have to watch body language, backchannel communications and more). Workplaces also come in a …

A Man’s DIY Guide to Rid Your Company of Gender-Related Harassment

Kris Dunn Harassment, Kris Dunn

Ready for some mansplaining?  Good, because I’m a guy, and damn, it seems like companies are having a hard time avoiding gender-related harassment.  So I’m here to help. I’m referring to s*x**l harassment, but I have to call it gender-related harassment because a lot of you have email filters at the corporate level that won’t allow content in with the …

Should You Always Pick Talent Over Trust?

Kris Dunn Kris Dunn, Organizational Development, Talent Strategy

That’s a loaded/trick question. You probably reacted to that by thinking, “We have nothing if we don’t have trust.”  To me, I’m not sure – I think it depends on your definition of trust. Do you think trust is integrity at all times and ethics? How do you measure that? Is trust doing things like you expect them to be …

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Is Unlimited PTO Just a Scam Not to Pay Out Accrued Vacation and Sick Time?

Kris Dunn HR, Kris Dunn, Policies, PTO, TO

Yeah, I said it. In my darkest moments, I’m a bit of a skeptic.  And I think unlimited PTO might just be a scam to not pay out accrued vacation and sick time. With me?  Against me?  As with most things, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.  Here’s 5 things I know about vacation/sick time and the connection …