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Should You Pay Employees Extra for Working on Special Organizational Projects?

Somewhat recently (sorry – I’m a bit backlogged) a question came up on one of my HR-focused discussion groups in Facebook. The poster was seeking ideas on how to compensate employees for being part of a company effort described as…… Continue Reading →

New Research: Employees Work Harder When They Are Almost Starving

[Warning – rant ahead] Love that headline? What if I told you that you can get more production from your employees if they are hungry? Or cold. Or tired. Or flat out exhausted. What if I told you that the… Continue Reading →

Little Shop of Engagement Horrors

It is no secret that employee engagement has become a vapor for most companies. The percentage of “engaged” employees has remained stable (and low) for well over 10 years. I’ve even suggested that maybe our 30%-ish engagement statistics represent the… Continue Reading →

My #SHRM17 To-Do List

Two months from now thousands of HR Professionals (and a enough amateurs to make it interesting) will descend on New Orleans for the 2017 Society of Human Resource Management annual conference. There will be parties. There will be regrets. There… Continue Reading →

If I’m not home … I might be here…

When I started writing my blog I was prolific. One a day. Every day. Over time I got busier and busier. And the blog suffered. Still does. I’m still writing but not always here. If you’ve checked the sidebar on… Continue Reading →

Heaven Forbid We TALK to Employees!

I’m jotting this post off in a hurry because the muse is hitting me and I have a full “to-do” list this week. A good friend and smart guy Jason Lauritsen posted in Facebook a link to an article entitled:… Continue Reading →

Where should you focus your HR Efforts in the future?

We all want to predict the future. I want to know which company will be the next AOL, or the next Apple. I want to know where to tell my kids to put their money so they can take care… Continue Reading →

#HRTech Conference – Bigger and Badder Than Hurricane Matthew

SEO link bait aside, the headline still stands. I’m in Chicago this week for HRTech. I’m one of the designated “bloggers” for the event which means I get a pass to the event and … well… that’s about it. I… Continue Reading →

3 Words to Add to Employee Titles to Drive Engagement

If you work in corporate America you worry about employee engagement. If you work in corporate “World” you worry about employee engagement. And if you pay attention to employee engagement data you know it really hasn’t changed much in 10… Continue Reading →

10 HR Topics No One Should Blog about Any More

Yes. This is one of those “apology” posts. You’ve seen them before. A blogger takes a break or doesn’t post as much as they have in the past, so they do a post to apologize for not posting and promising to… Continue Reading →

Are we playing defense when it comes to employee engagement?

  About 6 years ago I wrote a post for Fistful Of Talent entitled: HR Plays Too Much Defense” The gist of the post was that HR sees their job as “protecting the company.” That HR is in the “prevention… Continue Reading →

At What Point Do You Throw in the Towel on Engagement?

Can you believe there was a time in medical history when medical practitioners didn’t wash their hands? When cleanliness wasn’t a “best practice?” True story. Washing hands wasn’t a routine issue back in the mid-1800s. The idea of washing hands… Continue Reading →

HR Professionals – You Wouldn’t Like Them When They’re Angry

Seems HR gets more than their fair share of abuse. From HBR running their ongoing series on why HR sucks or how HR needs to change to why everyone hates HR. What exactly did HR do to Harvard Business Review?… Continue Reading →

Pulse Surveys May Be The Worst Management Idea Ever

  (Steve Boese posted today on how Netflix sees their real time data and the HR spin. It reminded me of the following slightly edited post I wrote back in February 2015 on a different blog. Enjoy this blast from the past.) Big… Continue Reading →

Want to Increase Employee Engagement? Stop Recognizing Employees.

This post is a redo of a post from a few years back (about 4 or 5 to be not-exact.) I decided to remix/repost based on a twitter conversation I had with @TrishMcFarlane and @AKABruno (aka Matt Stollack.) Trish said:… Continue Reading →