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

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…

Talent Management

Want to Motivate Employees? Aim For a Better Workplace Connection

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Dearest Employee:

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I give you a fair wage. I give you competitive benefits. I give you a safe workspace. I give you freedom to work at home, and innovative tools to communicate. I give you beer bashes and company events. I give you a professional title. I give you a team, a staff, a department. I give you the work you love.

But it’s just not enough, is it? It’s never enough. You just keeping taking, and taking, and taking.

What else can I do? What’s that? Oh, I see. It’s not you, it’s me — is that it? Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Great is Good, But Good Companies Can Be Pretty Great, Too

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There we were — discussing the factors that make “great” employers so special.

I couldn’t resist asking how organizations on Fortune magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For compare with those featured in Jim Collins‘ best-selling books, Good to Great and Built to Last.

Similarities? Differences? Read more…

HR Insights, HR Technology

“HR Is No Free Lunch — Not Then, Not Now”

No free lunch

What do you do?” asked my airport shuttle driver (I’ll call him Ben).

“I work for an HR software company,” I answered.

He nodded. “HR, huh? I remember when I worked in Personnel.”

“Personnel.” That term got my attention — precursor to the “human resources” profession we know today. I asked Ben about his experience, and he told me about his days at Polaroid in the Boston area during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Read more…

Training & Development

How Interactive Tools Can Help Organizations Develop Great Leaders

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If you ask HR leaders at major U.S. employers whether they have leadership development programs in place to identify and develop future C-level leaders, most will reply “yes,” which doesn’t mean a lot.

While companies are increasingly opening their wallets to support leadership development, existing programs are doing little to quell HR and executive managements’ anxieties about developing current and future corporate leaders.

According to late 2012 data from the Society of Human Resource Management, developing corporate leaders ranks as a chief concern among U.S. HR departments over the next decade — only slightly outranked by worries about retention. Meanwhile, companies spent an estimated $13.6 billion on leadership development programs in 2012 — a 14 percent increase over the previous year, according to Bersin by Deloitte. Read more…