John Hollon

John Hollon is Vice President for Editorial of TLNT.com, and the former Editor of Workforce Management magazine and workforce.com. An award-winning journalist, John has written extensively about HR, talent management, leadership, and smart business practices. Contact him at john@tlnt.com, and follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/johnhollon.

Articles by John Hollon

HR News & Trends

2015 Salary Survey: It’s Another Year – and Another Mediocre 3% Increase

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Is the U.S. economy really improving?

Some people want to think it is, but if you look at the early projections for 2015 salary increases and consider such increases as a strong economic indicator, it’s barely growing — at best.

In other words, it’s time to get ready for another 3 percent raise next year.

Consulting giant Mercer just came out with their 2014/2015 U.S. Compensation Planning Survey, and “the average raise in base pay is expected to be 3.0 percent in 2015.” This is roughly in line with the early numbers from the WorldatWork’s 2014-2015 Salary Budget Survey that projects a 3.1 percent salary increase in the U.S. next year, up from the 3.0 percent employees received in 2014. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Weekly Wrap: Sweet Little Lies? Not When They’re in Your Resume

Resume snobs focus too much on form rather than the experience the author brings to the table. (Photo illustration by Dreamstime)

Raise your hand if you have never, ever fibbed on a resume.

Slightly fudging your previous experience, education, and job credentials has always been a time-honored tradition, and in the past, recruiters and hiring managers simply accepted that people would do that here and there.

Somehow, the world of work survived.

But then, background checks came along and as they got more and more extensive, all that time-honored resume fudging turned into a big problem as people got caught up in the fibs they were telling — as this latest survey from CareerBuilder makes very clear. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: How Our Gridlocked Government Impacts the Workplace

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Managing a workforce is never easy, especially in the complex economy we face here in the early 21st century.

A new survey from Littler Mendelson, the world’s largest employment and labor law firm, shows just how complex and challenging our current work environment is.

Littler surveyed more than 500 in-house counsel, HR professionals, and C-suite executives, many from the nation’s largest companies, for it’s 2014 Executive Employer Survey. Released late last month, this third annual survey, analyzed just “how employers are being impacted by current economic conditions and regulatory changes during the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency.” Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Arguing With the Boss – and Living to Tell About It

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Take it from me: Fighting with the boss is not a career enhancing experience.

I know this because I have worked for a lot of different bosses over the course of my career, and I have done my share of fighting with many of them.

Yes, I’ve battled at some point with just about every person I have ever worked for, but these arguments really break down into two distinctive categories: Read more…

Classic TLNT

The Most Important Conversation? It’s Sure Not the Performance Review

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

It’s a lesson I learned while I was working toward an MBA: the most powerful business lessons aren’t the stories of success, but the stories of failure.

Yes, as good as it is to hear about Herb Kelleher and how he built the great workforce culture at Southwest Airlines, I got a lot more out of studying “Chainsaw” Al Dunlap and all the bad stuff he did while systematically tearing down companies (like Sunbeam) and their culture.

This is also true of business wisdom; I always learn a lot more from the bad advice I see popping up from so many so-called experts who have curious notions about what really matters when it comes to managing people and leading a workforce. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Weekly Wrap

What We Can Learn From the Worst Thing a Manager Must Do

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Regular readers of my semi-regular Friday posts know that I sometimes mention The New York Times’ You’re the Boss blog because I often find it to be the source of great insight into talent management and HR.

What I like most is how You’re the Boss reduces issues that just about everyone deals with in organizations of all sizes to bite-sized specifics that are applicable to just about anyone managing people just about anywhere.

Here’s a case in point, and just the headline of the blog post sucks you into it — What I Learned From Firing My Employee of 20 Years. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Survey: Temp, Permanent Hiring May Increase Over Next 6 Months

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I can’t tell: Is this actually good news, or simply wishful thinking?

CareerBuilder’s Midyear Job Forecast says that nearly half of U.S. employers “plan to add full-time, permanent employees over the next six months, and one-third plan to hire temporary or contract workers – both improvements over the same period in 2013.”

The key word there is “plan,” because employers saying they “plan” to hire isn’t the same thing as saying they “will” be adding additional staff. Read more…

HR Insights

Ignite HR 2014: The Conversation Is the Change

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Given the importance of conversation, it makes sense that the final Ignite HR presentations from May’s HR Reinvention in Omaha is about the needs and benefits of workplace conversation.

In fact, one might say that a presentation on conversation is the perfect way to wrap up this series and remind you one more time of  the benefits of the unique Ignite HR format — five (5) minutes, 20 slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide, max.

As this presentation points out, although we are technologically connected, we’re often personally isolated too, so there are many benefits of conversation we really need to consider. Read more…

HR Insights

Ignite HR 2014: Easy For Gandhi to Say

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We’re rapidly coming to the end of our Ignite HR presentations from May’s HR Reinvention in Omaha, and I think you’ll agree, it’s been an interesting mix of subjects and insights.

Part of it, of course, is the unique Ignite HR format — five (5) minutes, 20 slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide, max — but another part is the very diverse areas that the speakers found to dig into.

Today’s presentation is pretty much defined by this message that caught my eye and has a prominent place in my notebook from the conference: You must be the change you wish to see. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: A Little More Evidence of Why Managers Are So Important

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This is an old story, but managers just don’t get much respect.

This is not any big surprise, but why IS a bit of a shock is that I am seeing more and more written that seems to indicate that there is a new found appreciation of managers as more companies realize that middle managers, in particular, are the glue that holds so many organizations together.

TLNT contributor Patty Azzarello wrote about the need for good managers here a couple of weeks ago, quoting a HBR blog post titled Why Good Managers so Rare,  that made the case that “the quality of the managers impacts the success of the business more than anything else.” Read more…