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

Rewards & Recognition, Talent Management

Color by Numbers: Just Do the Math to Find Picture Perfect People

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Without doing the math and coloring them in, you can still tell what most of them are.

But that’s no fun when you’re six, just learning addition and loving to color pictures like my oldest daughter does. Adding the numbers together in each piece of the picture “puzzle” and then following the corresponding picture color code to color each piece in is the thrill of discovering its full context.

If the data is right (if the math is correct) and the color code followed accordingly (regardless if colored a bit outside the lines), then these two things coming together tell a vibrant story in and of itself. And no matter how many times you complete the color by number pictures, the vibrant stories remain valid and reliable. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Does the Workplace Relationship Still Work in Today’s Go-Go-Go Culture?

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I remember the fear of actually finishing something. Then the fear of executing that something. And then the fear of never quite being good enough. And then the fear of being crushed under the weight of overly critical judgments again and again.

And then again, I remember the pleasure of being pushed to perform, even in the face of failure, to reach for the sky.

Get to 80 percent and go, go, go.

No words have ever been sweeter for employees today. I heard them recently. Have you? Read more…

HR Insights

Email Overload: Time to Break Free Before It Overwhelms Us

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The bell sounds woke me. They were continuous and getting louder by the second.

Ding-a-ling-ding-a-ling!

I raised my head and there they were – dozens of them! Then hundreds! Falling from the virtual clouds around me into MS Outlook like a deluge of rain filling bucket after bucket.

Ding-a-ling-ding-a-ling! Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Importance of Putting the Human Interaction Back Into HR

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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…