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

HR Neutrality: Everybody Seems to Hate It – Except, of Course, HR

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There has been a ton of press around “Net Neutrality” lately.

Net neutrality is the concept that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication.

Companies like Comcast stand to make a lot of money based on how federal regulators decide how to treat net neutrality. If regulators find in favor of ISPs (Internet service providers) they can start charging more for faster Internet access, basically creating the haves and the have nots of the Internet – or the “fast lane” and the “slow lane.” Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

HR Is a Lot of Things, But It’s Not Exactly Rocket Science

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I hear one thing over and over from people who read my stuff or see my presentations:

It’s not rocket science.

I take that as a compliment. I’m not trying to “wow” anyone with my big brain. I’ve never been known for being the big brain type. I’m the common sense, straight-forward type.

HR and Recruiting, to me, shouldn’t be hard and complex. It should be simple and easy to understand. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

What? 6 Minute Bathroom Breaks? It Sounds All Wrong, But May Be Right

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I believe in natural selection. When the Internet went crazy last week because some little known company was only allowing their employees six (6) minutes to use the bathroom each day, I didn’t have a strong reaction.

I didn’t care because I know, from experience, that companies only do this because they are forced into the position for some reason or another, or, because they have horrible leadership.

Or sometimes, both. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Tim Sackett’s HR 101: HR Strategy For Dummies (Yes, It’s Pretty Simple)

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If there is one thing I hate in HR, it’s when I hear other HR Pros try and make HR seemingly overly complicated.

Look, we aren’t launching the Space Shuttle, we’re only trying to get good people to come and stay at our organizations. It’s not rocket science, it’s people science, and it’s probably less science and more common sense.

In fact, we could call your HR strategy, People Sense! But, that’s sounds like a bad HR tech company name. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Tim Sackett’s HR 101: The Worst HR Advice I Ever Gave Someone

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A few days ago this thought came to me: “What is the worst advice I’ve ever given anyone?

Usually in a case like this, the first thing you think of, is usually correct! In my case, I came up with a number of things right away, none of which really seemed like the worst advice, and more of me making fun of what other people think is “good” advice.

Here’s a sample: Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

How to Find the Smartest Employee (and Learn to Leave Them Alone)

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I couldn’t sleep the other night, probably because of the 14 Diet Dews I had throughout the day, but I had an epiphany while staring at the ceiling in the dark.

I figured out a way for HR Pros to find the smartest employee in their company! It isn’t a complex algorithm or a set of cognitive assessment tests; it’s a simple matrix – but it’s very effective.

Now, you might be asking yourself: “Why do I need to find the smartest employee in our company?Read more…

HR Insights

Pick a Presentation: 9 Ideas For Sackett’s Talk at SHRM 2015 Las Vegas

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OK gang, I want to crowd source my title for my 2015 SHRM Annual Conference presentation proposal.

I’m going to give you a list of titles and ideas, and you let me know what you think you would like to see. Or, even better yet, let me know what you’re not seeing at SHRM and let’s make that happen!

Here are my ideas: Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The HR Certification Flap? It’s About Making Yourself Better, Not Letters

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I have some HR friends who are telling me that SHRM’s recent decision to develop their own certification is a non-issue to real trench HR pros around the world.

What do you think? Is it a non-issue?

I think it is, but we won’t see the real effects of the change for a year or more down the road. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Tim Sackett’s Top 10 (Not Boring) Things to Catch at SHRM Orlando

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The big annual SHRM National Conference happens starting Sunday in Orlando.

I’ll be there. SHRM is letting me speak again this year, which is cool, and I’m as subversive as SHRM gets, which makes it fun for me.

I always get a lot of SHRM dignitaries that show up to make sure I don’t say anything inappropriate, which makes me get very creative with my words, and if you read my blog you know that list of words in my vocabulary is roughly around 350. Read more…

HR Insights

How Do You Keep “That New Job Smell” as Long as Possible?

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I was on the phone with a friend of mine last week talking about his new job.

He had all that passion you hear from folks who just start a job! Everything is new, it’s cool, it’s fun, it’s engaging.

He said it’s like “that new car smell,” you want to be able to keep it as long as possible.

He’s right. He’s a pro, he gets it. He’s experienced enough to know the new job smell, like your car, doesn’t last forever. Read more…