A 3,000 Year Old Piece of HR Advice

Paul Hebert Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert

Too many posts and pundits are ready to sell you the newest, greatest and most cool thing to help you do HR better. Yet, I’d suggest that in many cases adopting that “new” idea is a fool’s errand. Most, if not every new HR idea that is tied to a process, procedure, function or tool will be obsolete fast. Probably …

Embracing Competition in the Workplace

Ben Olds Audacious Ideas, Ben Olds, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Good HR, Guest: Ben Olds, HR, HR & Sports

The other day, I was listening to a friend discuss what a competitive equestrian she was growing up. As I am wont to do when fake-listening to someone wax stories of yesteryear, I started daydreaming. I couldn’t help but think: Why do people compete at riding horses? Equestrian is an artform, isn’t it? Who was the first narcissist who sat …

We Need More Meetings at Work

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Communication, Culture, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Paul Hebert, Social Media

I know – lock me up. While everyone else is finding ways to dodge meetings I’m raising the flag that says in order to do better business we need to do more meetings. See, I’m not one to throw babies out with bathwater. I like to first see if the bathwater is really dirty or if we’re simply looking for …

How Recruiters Get Promoted

RJ Morris Always Be Closing, Career Paths, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kris Dunn, Recruiting, RJ Morris, Uncategorized

Like a lot of folks, I fell into recruiting. I did not go to college to be a recruiter. Instead, I wanted to be an astronaut. A life inside Corporate HR? Sure, it’s a close second. Seriously, though, after 18 years in recruiting, one of the top questions I get asked is, “How can a recruiter get promoted out of …

“Provided By Management For Your Safety”

Kathy Rapp Communication, Culture, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Training and Development, wellness

I was in an airport restroom last week and the seat cover holder made me laugh.  I’d never noticed it before, but this particular one actually said, “Provided By Management For Your Safety.”  I even took a picture of it. So many things struck me as stupid about this sign. Is the airport leadership really concerned about the safety of …

Five Faces of Good Management

Steve Boese Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Engagement and Satisfaction, Retention, Steve Boese

Those of us interested in improving our organizations; our ability to find, attract, recruit, develop, and retain talent; and to simply get “better” as HR/Talent pros have no shortage of freely available resources to help us in these endeavors. There are HR/Talent blogs like this one, HR and workplace podcasts, webinars, (like this one coming up from the FOT crew), …

Remove It Or Use It – Achieving Your HR Goals In 2015

Paul Hebert Change Management, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Paul Hebert, Seat at the Table

We’re only a few weeks into the new year and most of us have been through the process of reviewing last year’s work, checking the boxes of things completed, pulling forward or hiding those that were left unaccomplished and setting your goals for 2015. If you’re like me, you try to keep your list of goals short. I try to …

Don’t Fall In Love

John Whitaker Retention

You’ve heard the meme before, “people don’t leave companies, they leave managers…” right? Sure you have, we all have—it’s repeated more times than you can count. Two things about that: Bullsh-t What about good managers? For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term “good manager,” let me explain. These are people who trust your abilities. They inspire you. You …

Are You Experienced? 3 People You Need to Meet

John Whitaker Communication, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, John Whitaker

Funny how it works, but as I get older, I realize that yes, Virginia, experience does count. But not, necessarily, in the traditional definition of experience, i.e. “tenure.” Let’s face it, there are people who have 20+ years of experience that equate to very little outside of the company for whom they work. But, there are others, who just by …

Lead-footed Leadership

John Whitaker John Whitaker, Leadership

Waaaaaaay back in the 1990s, before Tom Cruise lost his mind, he was in a little flick called Top Gun.  Ever heard of it? One of the iconic memes to come out of the movie was when “Mav” and “Goose” would exclaim “I feel the need, the need for speed!” Good times… (Okay Tom, back to Xenu, we’ll carry on without you…) “THE NEED …