“Mr. Spicoli, What’s Your Reason for Your Truancy?”

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Corporate America, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Uncategorized 0 Comments

“Fast Times at Ridgemont High“. One of the all-time greatest flicks with almost as many life-affirming lines as “The Big Lebowski“. Sean Penn played the iconic Jeff Spicoli, who more than once was late for class, causing Mr. Hand great frustration. Mr. Hand: Mr. Spicoli, what’s your reason for your truancy? Jeff Spicoli: I just couldn’t make it on time. …

Confessions of a Serial Work Spouse

William Wiggins Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Uncategorized 0 Comments

“Work spouse” is a phrase, mostly in American English, referring to a co-worker, usually of the opposite gender, with whom one shares a special relationship, having bonds like those of a marriage.  I know this phrase is still considered taboo, but let’s be real, we’ve all used it, and maybe have even had a work spouse. In fact, 23% of …

Learning & Development – It’s Really About $$$

Corey Burns Corey Burns, Learning and Development

When explaining L&D to others outside of work, I often take the short route and say it’s a fancy word for training and employee performance. Most don’t understand that learning is an ongoing function rather than a specific task, which is why it’s not just “training”. Fortunately for those who are in Learning & Development, it’s really the “feel good” …

Keeping Your Best Hands on Deck in Times of Uncertainty

John Whitaker Change, John Whitaker, Uncategorized

You know there’s a funny fact about mosquitoes…only the female variety of mosquito will bite you, while only the male mosquito makes an audible “buzz” when it flies. So the saying goes, it’s when you hear nothing that you should worry most. At DentalOne, we’re currently going through one of those transitory phases where change & uncertainty abound. Needless to …

We Don’t Actually Have to Retain All of Our Employees!

Tim Sackett Retention, Tim Sackett

In 2018 and beyond, employee retention will become a huge focus. Why? Unemployment rates and demographics are kicking all TA shops in the mouth! The best hire you will ever make is the one you don’t have to make! So, welcome back to the main stage, Retention! Some could argue that employee retention is always an important issue, but during …

employer branding

3 Ways You’re Failing at Employer Branding

Elizabeth Dickerson Elizabeth Dickerson, Employment Branding and Culture

“Employer branding is a double-edged sword—it’s a great initiative to attract the best talent for your teams, but also it’s the perfect strategy to help retain current employees you have right now. A stellar employer brand can also improve the corporate brand + identity to the outside world.” – me, over at Kinetix’s Tremendous Upside blog. Well, if you’re reading …

hourly hiring

The New Brutal Reality of Hourly Hiring

Tim Sackett Hourly Hiring, Smashfly, Tim Sackett

Hourly hiring is the toughest it’s been in a decade! On any single day, there are millions of hourly jobs available in the U.S. In 2016, hourly job growth in the food and beverage industry outpaced broader economic job growth by 4X! There are so many hourly jobs available right now, the only reason not to have a job, at …

A Sad Reminder That People Don’t Leave Their Companies, They Leave Their Managers

John Hollon John Hollon, Retention

Sometimes, you just need to be reminded of some basic principles of the workplace. Here’s one to keep in mind as your organization struggles with recruiting and retention: Employees don’t leave their company, they leave their managers. Victor Lipman wrote a book about this last year — The Type B Manager: Leading Successfully in a Type A World — and in it (and …

Will Fighter Pilot Shortage Change Military Retention Practices?

RJ Morris Outmatch, Policies, Recruiting, Retention, RJ Morris

If you get three talent acquisition folks around a table, they’re pretty often going to start talking about the hardest job they ever had to fill. “Oh yeah, I once had to fill a nuclear physicist who could read Sanskrit in Dubuque, IA.” I know….sexy, right? Downright hot. Bloomberg had an article last week that made me think of those …