Hold the Mayo–How to Help the Sandwich Generation Work

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Benefits, Change, Change Management, Communication, Corporate Social Responsibility, Culture, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, Good HR, HR

I have a young daughter who, like most, is a non-stop source of energy and fatigue for me and my husband. Between school, camps, athletics, UIL, Girl Scouts, CAD class, and the guitar gathering dust in the corner, there is a significant shortage of downtime. Add to the mix aging parents, geographic distance, two demanding jobs, and a 90lb rescue …

Why I Am No Longer Saying “Culture”

Katie Augsburger Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, HR, HR & Marketing, Leadership, Managing People, Recruitment Marketing, Retention

About 15 years ago, I was sitting at an office dinner party, and the company president was giving an emotional speech about the importance of company culture. The speech was inspiring, revolutionary, and confusing. Confusing because I was unsure what he meant by culture. Did he mean the behaviors he would like to see in the organization? The camaraderie and …

A Lesson on Letting Go

Ed Baldwin Ed Baldwin, Employee Development, Good HR, Learning and Development, Talent Management, Training and Development

Sometimes I learn things from my personal life and can apply that learning to situations I encounter in my work life. Sometimes it’s the other way around. I’ve personally never been able to keep my home life separate from my work life. I’m a continuous learner on both fronts. And I’m just not wired that way. One such lesson that …

Have You Hired Chris Stapleton or Florida Georgia Line?

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Change, Change Management, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, Employment Branding and Culture, Executive Search, Good HR, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR

I live in Austin, home to many awesome live entertainment venues. In the past month I’ve been able to see many musicians and some wanna-be musicians for the first time. Going to see an artist for the first time is like the first few weeks with a new hire. You’re excited and probably nervous at the same time. What if …

Before You Were Hired, There Was a Labelscar.

Ben Martinez Business Development, Communication, Culture, Hiring Managers, Leadership, Learning and Development, Offboarding, Organizational Development, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, Retention, Succession Planning, Talent Strategy, Working With Recruiters

Do you ever drive by a mall or old business and see a labelscar? You probably didn’t realize there was an actual term for what you saw. A labelscar is when a sign is taken off from a building, and the dust and fade marks still show in the shape of the old sign. Drive around many cities, and you …

Throwing out the Bad Apples

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

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 …

Defense Wins Championships…and Talent

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Change Management, Coaching, Culture, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Sports, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, Training and Development

I’m a college basketball fan, so the NCAA Championship this week was fun to watch. OK. Maybe not the first 5 minutes when no one could hit the broad side of a barn–but the overall tournament and the championship game did not disappoint. Take Virginia and Texas Tech–two defensive-minded teams who made it to the championship game for the first …

What’s Your Story?

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

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, …

Bosses Behaving Badly: When Integrity Matters Most

Ed Baldwin Business Development, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Ed Baldwin, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Good HR, HR, Leadership, Managing People, Pop Culture

How many of us have seen our leaders (C-Suite, bosses, the ivory tower, “the brass”) abandon their integrity when the going gets rough? Maybe they decided to cut salaries to shed costs without cutting their own, or they identified a sacrificial lamb to take the fall for what was their mistake. Perhaps they simply elected to flat out lie to …

Marketing Training as a Benefit

Kylie Quetell Benefits, Business Development, Career Advice, Communication, Culture, Employee Development, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Uncategorized

Today’s workforce is very impatient. We want to grow and develop and get promoted, and we want it all to come very quickly. To be perfectly frank, we believe we are entitled to it. I am your employee, and so therefore you should be giving me things. Lots of things. So many things. I don’t even care what those things …