Kevin Grossman

Kevin W. Grossman has held multiple leadership positions in the human resource and recruiting marketplace, B2B and consumer technology marketplace and higher education for the past 25 years. He's a marketing strategist, HR industry evangelist, online community developer, entrepreneur, analyst, advisor, manager, philanthropist and writer. He is currently the Director of Content Development for Peoplefluent, the leading provider of talent management solutions designed to support the entire workforce. Contact him at kevin@reach-west.com .

Articles by Kevin Grossman

HR Insights, HR Management

The Importance of Putting the Human Interaction Back Into HR

New job new hire

Welcome to your new job!

Now, put on these chains and fill out this form …

And then fill out this one … And then fill out this one… And then fill out this one…

Darkness descends … and excitement slowly seeps away… Read more…

Culture

Here’s How We Cope When Our Workplace Culture Is On Fire

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The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire. We don’t need no water let the m-f burn.” – The Bloodhound Gang

At least, that’s the melodic hip-hop mantra many of us have wanted to repetitively belt out at some point in our world of work lives (with an unapologetic emphasis on the unabbreviated curse word, of course).

Not because we’re having so much fun dancing around the water cooler, or in the break room, or the conference room, house music thumping in our heads, but because our workplace culture around has all but burned out our aspirational goals. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Here’s What Happens When Candidates Go From Passive to Active

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Yes, you do it, too. Don’t deny it.

When you’re gainfully employed, happily or not so, and you actually make the time to update your LinkedIn profile, for whatever reason, you uncheck the box in your account settings that reads:

Let people know when you change your profile, make recommendations, or follow companies. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

The Complicated Dynamics Behind Workplace Bullying

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I just didn’t want to go anymore. She made it nearly unbearable.

It didn’t start off that way, though. When we first started working together as colleagues in the same department, our relationship was amicable and tolerant. We because fast friends and got to know each other very well, including our spouses, lives and everything in between.

The first time it happened, it made me flinch inside a little, but not enough to rethink our relationship. The tenth time it happened, I felt sick every time we ran into each other in the office. Read more…

Talent Management

The Big Freeze Out, or Why You Can’t Ignore the Dissed-Engaged

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What do you do with a productive outlier?

Especially when she’s a smart problem-solver who is sometimes collaborative, and works well with others, but who’s also a headstrong, impulsive, independent, opinionated and throws tantrums like baseballs from a wild fast pitcher — tantrums that take what feels like an inordinate amount of time to extinguish; a fuse lighting itself over and over again like a trick stick of dynamite.

One minute she’s figuring everything out, and the next, she’s blowing up.

Sizzle. Hiss. Ka-boom. Read more…

HR Insights, HR News & Trends

Are You Ready For the Coming Decade of Change and Innovation?

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I used to love that little Volkswagen Bug, the “Love Bug” named Herbie that many early Gen Xers like me remember vividly.

Herbie was the do-good little car with a mind of its own, a driverless car that helped Dean Jones win many races and save the day. Over and over again. Movie after lovable movie.

However, someday in the near future, fleets of driverless cars may displace millions of paid drivers in the global marketplace — not the “Herbien” vision of buddy work I remember from my childhood. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

How Your Work Culture Can Get You Through the Sands Dunes of Life

You-are-here

“You are here,” the mat reads.

You look down, mouth agape, and you think, “So where the hell is here?”

You’re standing atop a great sand dune among a mountainous range of dunes. Nothing but blue sky above, you’d think the future would look brighter, but it might as well be raining, since the sunlight hurts your eyes and you’re drenched in sweat; the sun’s heat is unbearable.

And there’s no one or nothing else around. No wind, shade or drink to help cool you down. No one to help or even commiserate with. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

EAPs and the Need to Foster the Domestic Violence Safety Net

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Everyone deserves a safety net and a safe haven, even at work, and especially if you’re part of the 24 percent of women and 12 percent of men who reported at least one lifetime episode of intimate-partner violence.

According to statistics gathered by the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, the most comprehensive study of its kind, released in 2007, found that violence costs the United States $70 billion annually. Most of the $70 billion in costs associated with violence were from lost productivity ($64.4 billion), with the remaining $5.6 billion spent on medical care.

And think about this as well: The cost of domestic violence to the U.S. economy is more than $8.3 billion. This cost includes medical care, mental health services, and lost productivity (e.g., time away from work). Read more…

Classic TLNT

Who Says That HR Can’t Be Fun?

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

“I’m in HR because it’s fun.”

Wait, what?!?

“I’m in HR because it’s fun.”

Wait, what?!?

“I’m in HR because it’s fun.”

That’s what I thought she said the first time, she being the VP of Human Resources at Bay Federal Credit Union in Santa Cruz, CA. One of her staff members, an HR generalist specializing in recruiting, echoed the sentiment. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Helping Overwhelmed Employees: It’s About Flexibility and Development

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Our employees are our greatest asset.”

Year after year, it seems like employers focus on the same catchphrase.

Meanwhile, workforce engagement statistics continue to crawl along the ocean floor like bottom feeders scouring for scraps. It’s like being caught in a time-travel wormhole that loops back on itself, with only our clothing styles and digital technologies changing along the way.

Even professionals with specialized “knowledge skills” are caught in this spin cycle. And for too many in today’s workforce, it’s not just monotonous, but overwhelming. Read more…