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

Weekly Wrap: Coping With the Most Stressful Time of the Year

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Editor’s note: This is the last Weekly Wrap for this year. We’ll return again in January 2015. 

Everyone knows that the end of the year holidays are the most stressful time of the year, and that makes for the most stressful season at work as well.

But, just how stressful is it? A new survey from Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Pulse tried to find out.

According to the recently released report Tis the Season For Stress: The Holiday’s Impact on Employees’ Health & Happiness (& What It Means For Employers), here is how stressful it seems to be: Read more…

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How to Accelerate the Development of High Potential Employees

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It’s a question that many HR and talent management leaders find themselves asking: How can I accelerate the development of my high potential employees?

Most find that this is tough to answer — unless you have been through it before.

And, that’s where Kevin Wilde, the Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness and Chief Learning Officer at General Mills, comes in.  Read more…

Classic TLNT

Enforced Holiday Fun: A 100% Preventable Employee-Morale Issue

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

I’ve seen many a workplace holiday season come and go, and with another one upon us, I wonder: Why does writing this make me feel like Scrooge lecturing Bob Cratchit?

Here’s the deal: I have worked in lots of offices where some of the staff really got into holiday planning and making sure that everyone was involved in the festivities.

Nothing wrong with that, of course, but one of the problems that crops up during the holiday season time and time again is that all that holiday fun can get in the way of getting real, live work done. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Workplace Holiday “Gifts” – If You Stretch the Definition

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Leave it to the most recent CareerBuilder annual holiday survey to zero in on a completely meaningless but totally fascinating bit of workplace intelligence — the most unusual gifts they have received from a co-worker during the holiday season.

See if you agree that these are, as CareerBuilder’s press release puts it, a creative “definition of the word ‘gift:’ ”

  • A box of Hot Pockets;
  • A chess piece (just one piece, not a set);
  • A fire extinguisher; Read more…
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When Dave Ulrich Speaks About HR, Everybody Listens

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Back in the summer of 2010, shortly after launching TLNT, I referred to Dave Ulrich as “an all-around HR Guru” and said he was “one of the greatest HR thinkers of our generation.”

If anything, I was probably too modest in my description of him.

The Harvard Business Review describes Dave as “one of the world’s leading human capital/HR experts,” and he certainly is, but he is also a Professor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan and best-selling author of books such as The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations; and, HR from the Outside In: Six Competencies for the Future of Human Resources.

Yes, Dave Ulrich is as close as you get to an HR legend — and that’s why he’ll be speaking at TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit May 6-7 in Atlanta. Read more…

HR News & Trends

SHRM Announces 2 New Board Members, Brian Silva as Board Chair

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The Society for Human Resource Management, which touts itself as “the world’s largest association representing HR,” has announced two new members of its 2015 Board of Directors.

The two newly elected to the Board in this Fall’s election are:

  • Patrick M. Wright, Ph.D., the Thomas C. Vandiver bicentennial chair and founder and faculty director of the Center for Executive Succession at the University of South Carolina, Columbia; and,
  • Gretchen K. Zech, senior vice president of global human resources at Arrow Electronics Inc., Englewood, Colorado. Read more…
HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: With So Much Research to Read, You Gotta Pick and Choose

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Most weeks, I get as many as a dozen whitepapers, research findings, survey results, and other polls and related data.

Most of it is focused on talent management and HR, but sometimes, I’ll get something sent to me that is so far out-of-bounds for the TLNT audience that I have to wonder why someone wasted their time sending it along,

Some of the research I get is pretty good, some head-shakingly bad, but a lot is distinctly mediocre and not particularly memorable, with little insight or sharp analysis. Read more…

TLNT Events

At NASA, Failure is the Most Crucial Component of Innovation

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When it comes to taking risks, NASA — America’s space agency — is probably near the top of the list.

And, it underlies the organization’s vision, which is this: “To reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind.”

Yes, NASA is probably the ultimate high performance workforce. That’s why Jeri Buchholz, Chief Human Capital Officer and Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management, at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, will be a keynote speaker at TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit May 6-7 in Atlanta. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Part-Timers Want to Be Full-Timers, But Where Are the Jobs?

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It’s been an ongoing question nobody has a good answer to: Why don’t more people feel good about the economy given the drop in the unemployment rate to nearly pre-recession levels?

Well, according to the latest survey from CareerBuilder, it’s because many part-time workers who want permanent, full-time employment simply can’t find it.

According to the study, it’s pretty simple: 32 percent of part-time workers say they want to work full-time but haven’t been able to land a full-time job. Read more…

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It’s Back: TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit Coming in May

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If you missed it last year, you’re getting another chance in 2015.

TLNT’s popular High Performance Workforce Summit will be back again on May 6-7 at the Omni CNN Center Hotel in Atlanta, with a great roster of expert Chief HR Officers, Vice Presidents and business executives.

Today we’re launching the conference website with information about the executive speakers on the agenda who will provide best practices, key trends, tools, trends how-to’s, metrics and unique perspectives on the world of talent.

The presenters and speakers are all top-drawer HR and executive leaders who will tell you how they built. manage, and leverage their own high performance workforces – the kind of speakers you rarely hear from at HR-oriented events! Read more…