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: 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…

TLNT Events

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…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Inside Look Into What Our Evolving Workforce Cares About

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Who says that HR professionals aren’t flexible and open to new ways of doing things?

This was one of the thoughts that crossed my mind while reviewing the highlights of the 2014 Cisco Connected World Technology Report, a survey that gives a heavy dose of Millennial and Gen X thinking on a wide variety of workplace topics.

It’s a pretty interesting report. According to Cisco, the survey ”examines the relationship between human behavior, the Internet and networking’s pervasiveness. Examining this relationship unearths data about how companies will remain competitive amid the influence of technology lifestyle trends.” Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: What a Bad Boss Can Do to an Employee’s Health

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Is the boss making people sick?

It’s a question I saw posed in a recent Washington Post headline, and it’s one of those things that people ask but don’t really want the answer to.

That’s because if the answer “yes,” as it frequently is, it’s usually followed by another question, something along the lines of, “Well, then why are they managing people in the first place?” Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Managerial Malpractice? Letting Sick Employees Come to Work

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Are people busier on the job now than ever before?

It’s something I think about because I talk to a lot of people, and when I get them on the phone, the conversation always seems to get into how crazy busy they are at work and how it doesn’t seem like the craziness is going away anytime soon.

In fact, this ultra-busy business environment we all seem to be in now even popped up in a survey last week on people in the workplace who are sick with the flu. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Study Finds That Flex Work is Finally Going Mainstream

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Here’s something you probably knew was coming, but now you have the data to back that feeling up.

This week, SHRM released a survey that shows that flexible work arrangements have not only gone mainstream, but seem to be both successful and growing.

Here are the key findings:

  • Most flexible work arrangements (and SHRM identified 16 different types) are successful with 73 to 92 percent of HR professionals reporting that they were somewhat or very successful. Read more…
HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Hate Engagement? Well, Get Ready For Employee “Passion”

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I’m amazed by the ongoing struggle to get a handle on just what is employee engagement.

Some say engagement is about getting workers to think like owners. Another take is that it is going far beyond the formal job description to deliver the results needed. Even the HR Roundtable group couldn’t simply define it, and instead came up with six different takes on what engagement actually is.

So, you’re not alone if you have trouble defining engagement, but if that’s the case, get ready for yet another, engagement-like term to describe your employee’s work effort that is bound to confuse and confound you. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Working All the Time From Everywhere? Just the New Normal

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The new work life balance: We’re not working more, just differently

I saw this today on Cindy Krischer Goodman‘s Work/Life Balancing Act blog, at the Miami Herald,  and I was intrigued by her perspective on the changing nature of work and workplaces.

Here’s a little of what Cindy said

The longer I write about work-life balance, the more I hear and see that technology challenges are universal. From CEOs to sales persons, today’s workers are trying to build balanced lives by battling the impulse to stay connected 24/7. Checking work emails on our tablets or smartphones in bed or at a bar makes us feel like we’re working all the time. Read more…