What Are You Telling Employees When You Send Them Late Night Emails?

John Hollon Career Advice, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Email, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR (& Life!) Advice, Managing People, Mental Health, Performance, Work Life Balance, Workforce Management Articles 1 Comment

I learned long ago that you should always be ready to take good advice — no matter where it comes from. This month, it came from a guy named Michael Dermer who touts himself in his blog and newsletter as The Lonely Entrepreneur. His words of wisdom were short, sweet, and spot-on. He said: “Turn off at a respectable time, …

What’s Your Story?

Mark Fogel Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Managing People, Mark Fogel, Performance, Talent Management, wellness, Workplace Flexibilty 0 Comments

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, …

Here’s to the Crazy Ones: And Why You Don’t Deserve Them

Kris Dunn Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, HR, Innovation, Kris Dunn, Learning and Development, Managing People, Pop Culture, Talent Management, Training and Development 1 Comment

I’ve been doing a lot of performance work for some client companies lately. As you might expect, I’m trying to push the companies to get out of the mindset that the performance review transaction is the reason for the process. Repeat after me:  The reason you do any type of coaching or performance management is to migrate employees. If you’re …

Does Money Buy Happy Employees?

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Change Management, Communication, Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Performance, Talent Strategy

Recently, I was lucky enough to go to a private screening of a new documentary, “Pursuing Happiness.” The director, Adam Shell, shared wonderful stories of the people he interviewed in his attempt to find the happiest people in America. “Who is the happiest person you know?” was the question he and his production partner posed. My friend who hosted the …

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 …

Orville Wright Didn’t Have a Pilot’s License

Paul Hebert Change Management, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Development, Good HR, HR, Innovation, Paul Hebert

Ask someone over 60 what “piecemeal” work is, and they can probably give you an answer without thinking too much about it. Ask someone under 40, and they will stare at you blankly for a bit until they connect some long-ago memory listening to their grandfather or grandmother talk about their early work experiences. Piecemeal work is a job where …

Performance Management Isn’t A Manager’s Job

Paul Hebert Paul Hebert, Performance, Performance Reviews

Along with employee engagement, performance management is the current “it” girl in the HR world. Posts, tweets, articles, speeches, and studies are plentiful…and contradictory. We have one camp saying you shouldn’t do performance management and the other side saying we need more of it! No middle ground it seems. From my point of view, I see performance management following the …

When A Performance KPI Drives The Wrong Behaviors Related To Teamwork And Risk

Kris Dunn Kris Dunn, Performance

The decade is the mid-’90s.  A young Fistful of Talent writer, which may or may not be me, has landed his first job out of college in Division 1 college athletics.  It’s early in his first couple of weeks and he hears this coming out of the office of a more tenured peer (which, for all practical purposes, was this …

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 …

Are Your Recruiters Screening 100 Candidates Per Day? They Should Be!

Tim Sackett Canvas, Performance, Tim Sackett

How many candidate screens did your recruiters do last week? How many per recruiter per day? It’s a top of funnel stat, right? In a normal corporate TA shop, I would say it’s probably doable to get your recruiters to do 15-20 screens per day, given they aren’t sourcing all day as well. You have a job, you have resumes, you …