Tim Sackett

Tim Sackett, MS, SPHR is executive vice president of HRU Technical Resources, a contingent staffing firm in Lansing, MI. Tim has 20 years of HR and talent background split evenly between corporate HR gigs among the Fortune 500 and the HR vendor community – so he gets it from both sides of the desk. A frequent contributor to the talent blog Fistful of Talent, Tim also speaks at many HR conferences and events. Contact him here.

Articles by Tim Sackett

HR Insights, HR Management

Job Descriptions? They’re a Waste of Time, So Hand Them to Marketing

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Only employment lawyers and HR Pros from 1990 believe that job descriptions are important, legal-type documents that are still needed in 2014.

Most companies have given up on job descriptions (JDs). At best, you’ll find people today using ones from back in 1990 when people thought writing JDs was an important part of human resources.

You’ll also still find a few HR Tech vendors around trying to make you believe this is an important skill to have. Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

How the Baltimore Ravens (and the NFL) Failed HR 101

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By now everyone has seen former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, knock out his wife with two punches to the head in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino.

My question is this: Why didn’t anyone in the Baltimore Ravens’ organization see this before agreeing with the NFL to bring him back, initially, with only a two game suspension?

The Ravens (and the NFL) claim that no one in their organization saw the video from inside the casino elevator until it was leaked to TMZ this week. Do you buy that? Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

September Call-Ups? One Good Way to Evaluate Your Team of the Future

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For those who aren’t big Major League Baseball (MLB) fans you probably don’t know what the “September Call-Up” or “Expanded Rosters” mean.

Each year on September 1, as the MLB season goes into its final month, the league allows teams to invite players from their minor league teams to join the club and the roster number expands from 25 to 40.

For teams who are out of the playoff race, this allows them to give some younger guys an opportunity to perform on a larger stage. For those in playoff races, or teams that have already solidified a playoff berth, the extra players allow them to rest some regulars. For playoff teams these extra 15 players can’t play in actual playoff games, only in the final regular season games. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Just Like With Kids, HR Can Benefit From Having “Prospect” Camps

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In athletic recruitment there are these things called “Prospect” camps.

Depending on who you talk to, these are either just supplemental income for the coaching staff, or serious recruitment functions needed to get prospective student athletes on campus.

Whatever they are, they’re a little bit of genius! Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Managers as Coaches? You and Your Workers Aren’t Ready For That

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This isn’t necessarily a new concept, but it’s one that is popping up a ton lately in conversation.

The basic concept is that we should push our managers and supervisors to be “coaches” to their employees, not managers. The view from Organizational Development and Training folks is that coaches are more of a representative of great leadership than we would normally think of when we think of managers and supervisors.

Um, what? Read more…

Talent Management

6 Ways to Engage Employees – But Only One That Really Works

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We think there are millions of ways to engage, or disengage, employees but there aren’t.

Truly, there are only six. The six basic emotions we feel as humans, which are:

  1. Anger;
  2. Disgust;
  3. Fear;
  4. Happiness; Read more…
HR Insights, HR Management

Tim Sackett’s HR 101: The 10 Mistakes You Never Want to Make in HR

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I thought it was time that I randomly start listing mistakes we make in human resources and letting those coming into HR know what not to do.

So, here you go, enjoy!

These are the 10 mistakes you don’t want to ever make in HR: Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

To Poach or Not to Poach Talent? It’s Just Un-American If You Don’t

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Before we get right in and answer this question, let’s all get on the same page.

What is “Poaching?” Wikipedia defines it this way:

Poaching has traditionally been defined as the illegal hunting, killing or capturing of wild animals, usually associated with land use rights.”

It can also be a cooking term, like “Poached Eggs” or “Poached Salmon,” but that’s not what we’re talking about. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Yes, Dad’s DO Have It a Lot Easier in the Workforce

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Max Shireson, the CEO of mongoDB, turned in his resignation this past week.

That announcement in itself isn’t really that big of a deal, CEOs turn in resignations every day. The reason he turned in his resignation is huge. I’ll let him tell it in his own words from a letter he sent to mongoDB’s workforce:

Earlier this summer, Matt Lauer asked Mary Barra, the CEO of GM, whether she could balance the demands of being a mom and being a CEO. The Atlantic asked similar questions of PepsiCo’s female CEO Indra Nooyi. As a male CEO, I have been asked what kind of car I drive and what type of music I like, but never how I balance the demands of being both a dad and a CEO. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

The No. 1 Reason That You Just Can’t Find Talent Right Now

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There’s one big reason you can’t find talent right now. You’ll see it in the chart right after the jump.

Simple economics plays a huge role in your ability to hire well. We all like to think we are super star rock star talent acquisition pros, but the reality is we are mostly just pawns in economic cycles.

Sure you can have a great employment brand, and have great recruiting tools, and even have the most talented recruiters money can buy. But, rarely can you beat simple supply and demand. Read more…