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, Recruiting and Staffing

Why It Makes Perfect Sense For You to Hire a Hustler

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Hustle (via Merriam-Webster): “To sell or promote energetically and aggressively.”

Hustle (via Urban Dictionary): “Anything you need to do to make money.”

Hustle (via Sackett): “Getting sh*t done with a smile.”

I’ve been thinking a lot lately on what really makes someone successful. I know folks who are completely brilliant, in a way most of us can’t even comprehend, both intellectually and creatively. I know why they’re successful. Read more…

Classic TLNT

The One Thing That HR Really Wants For Christmas

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

OK, before we get started, stop it.

I could have titled this “The One Thing HR Wants for the Holidays,” or “The One Thing HR Wants for Chanukah,” but I didn’t because the majority of people here celebrate Christmas, so I used Christmas.

Breathe in deep HR people (for the record we celebrate both Chanukah and Santa in my house – my kids are equal gift getters!). Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The 3 Things That HR Should Stop Trying to Apologize For

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I think HR Pros apologize way too much.

I got this idea from the Fast Company article 3 Things Professional Women Should Stop Apologizing For, which are:

  • Their financial expectations (i.e., Pay us the same!)
  • Their physical appearance (i.e., Sorry we aren’t club ready – I was up with a sick kid all night!)
  • Their professional accomplishments (i.e., Just because I’m a woman doesn’t mean I can’t brag about what I do great!) Read more…
Classic TLNT

To Be Honest, Here’s Why I Really Hate Analytics and Big Data

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

Don’t kid yourself – you hate analytics.

It wouldn’t be politically correct to say that you hate analytics, so you won’t. That’s why I’m here.

You hate analytics because using them in your organization increases accountability. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Complexity Conundrum: Why Can’t HR Just Make Things Simple?

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Have you ever wondered why HR Departments continue to make complex processes?

In reality, all of us want things to be simple. But, when you look at our organizations, they are filled with complexity.

It seems like the more we try to make things simple, the more complex they get.

You know what? It’s you – it’s not everyone else. You are making things complex and you’re doing this, because it makes you feel good. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

5 Signs That You Aren’t Paying Your Employees Enough

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I was reading an article recently, it was one of those “Best Places To Work” type of articles.

Since I run a company, I’m always looking out for good ideas on how to take care of your employees without spending a dime. Unfortunately, “Best Places” companies that make these lists usually don’t give you these type 0f ideas!

What you get from “Best Places” articles are all the over the top crap – gourmet cat food for your in-cube pet-mate, free liposuction for your spouse, and discounted tattoo eyeliner coupons.

I would love for my company to be on the top of every single “Best Places” to work article, but we probably won’t. I care too much about my employees to make that happen. Read more…

Classic TLNT

Top 5 Things to Do When You’re Stuck Working the Day After Thanksgiving

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

The Friday after the Thanksgiving holiday has to be the most useless day of work ever.

I know many folks who still don’t get this off as a holiday, and either have to burn vacation or burn PTO to get this as a paid day off  – obviously not including all of those folks who work in the service areas and have to actually work to deal with all those crazy “Black Friday” shoppers! Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Tim Sackett’s 10 Essential Rules For an Awesome Office Holiday Party

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It’s fast becoming that time of year when you’ll be invited to office holiday parties across the world!

This is one of my favorite times of the year. Let’s face it — I’m married and 40-ish, and the holiday office holiday party is one of the few times a year I have a “Get Out of Jail Free” card.

What!? You want to do shots? Well, I shouldn’t, but I want to be a ‘team’ player. You know me!Read more…

Classic TLNT

4 Rounds of Interviews? It Shows How Screwed Up Your Hiring Process Is

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

 I had a client recently that was undecided about a candidate after the fourth (4th) round interview.

They were thinking that maybe a fifth round would make the difference. I told them that it wouldn’t. In fact, it was a mistake to allow them to get to four.

Do you know what the fourth round interview says about your hiring process? Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Tim Sackett’s HR 101: The Six Degrees of Thought Leadership

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I’m not sure when this started, but recently I’ve been introduced as a “Thought Leader.”

At first, it was flattering. Wow, a ‘Thought Leader’! I wasn’t sure what it meant, but it sounded cool.

You mean, I’m a “Thought Leader” like Steve Jobs? Well, slow down Sparky, not quite like Steve Jobs. Read more…