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 at sackett.tim@HRU-Tech.com .

Articles by Tim Sackett

HR Insights

One Phrase You Never Want to Hear: Can I Be Completely Honest?


Can I be completely honest with you?” is a phrase usually followed by some sh*t you don’t want to hear.

We talk about this concept a bunch in HR.

We need to tell our employees the truth about their performance. We work to coach managers of people on how to deliver this message appropriately. We develop complete training sessions and bring in “professional” communicators to help us out on the exact phraseology we want to use. All so we can be “honest” with our employees.

Can I be completely honest with you? No one wants you to be honest with them. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Homing From Work? It Also Means You’re Working From Home

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Every year we get stupid business phrases that become part of our lexicon:

  • Use it or lose it!
  • Necessary evil
  • A seat at the table
  • Thinking outside the box
  • Silo mentality
  • At the end of the day…”

For 2014 I’m calling it – “Homing from Work!” Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Five Traits of Truly Lousy HR Leaders

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The things you can always count on in life are: death, taxes, and a lousy HR leader in your organization.

I think I saw that on a t-shirt at SHRM National conference one year! The reality is, HR leaders are selected a little different from most leaders in our organization.

Most leadership is selected this way (right or wrong):

  1. Perform really, really well; and,
  2. Get promoted into a position of leadership, whether you can lead or not.

Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The 7 Habits Of Remarkably Likeable HR Managers

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Ripped from the pages of Inc. magazine’s recent article,  7 Habits of Remarkably Likeable Bosses, I give you … something slightly different:

The 7 Habits of Remarkably Likeable HR Managers!

Here they are:

  1. They are named “Kay.” Have you ever really not liked someone named, Kay!? Kay just seems like a friendly lady with at least three cats and grandchildren, a whole lot of grandchildren. Kay is helpful. Kay will give you a hug when you need it. Kay brings in really good comfort food with funny names like “Redneck Bunt Cake.” Read more…
HR Basics, HR Management

Tim Sackett’s HR 101: What Do You Do If an Employee is Carrying a Gun?

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Okay, HR fans, here’s the game — I give you a real-life HR scenario and you tell me how you would handle it if your were the HR person in charge of handling it.

Got it!? Here’s the issue:

You’re a Regional HR Manager of a major chain of pizza restaurants. Most of your business is home delivery. This means you primarily have location managers, pizza cooks, and drivers.

It’s a random Tuesday in the Detroit metro area, and one of your drivers leaves on a delivery to local address. When the driver arrives at the address and goes to the door, there are two armed men there to rob him of his $37 and change, and of course, the pizza. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Want to Revolutionize Recruiting? Then Switch to the “3 Minute Hire”

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Let’s look at how 95 percent of people are hired.

Besides a little variability, almost every person, at some point in their career, has been hired in this manner: Interview someone for an hour. If you like them, you make them an offer.

Sound about right? Sure you might actually add some other steps, like phone screening first, a second one hour interview with someone else later, but your reality is that it’s an hour interview and the decision is made! Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Do You Want a Few Great Employees, or a Lot of Really Good Ones?

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You know what I find really funny? That we take a really interesting concept like “Good is the enemy of great from the 2001 book Good to Great, and we make it law.

It’s now wildly held belief by most well-read leaders that “Good is the enemy of Great.” That is, if you truly want to be great, being good hurts you because it gives you a false sense of accomplishment.

I think this is bullshit.

In fact, it’s such BS that I think the opposite might be a more true statement: Great is the enemy of good! Read more…


The Skills That Really Make Great Leaders Great


Have you ever worked for a boss that was horrible? That’s an easy question to answer, isn’t it?

The person came immediately to your mind (for my staff reading this, if I came to your mind first, you’re fired! I tease – you’re not fired – just come see me after your done reading this…). Almost all of us, probably 99.99 percent of us, have worked for a boss/leader we thought was just gawd awful.

It’s the perplexity of leadership. I like to blame the entire leadership book industry. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Struggling to Find Good Candidates? More Resumes May Not Be the Answer

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I work in a world of resumes, where resumes equal solid, quality candidates.

I recently met with a client who needed “more” resumes because they didn’t have enough good candidates.

Seems like a simple equation; I just go back to the office and crank up the Resumatic 2000, and BAM — you’ve got “more” resumes.

But as those in recruiting know, it’s never that simple. Read more…

Classic TLNT

To Be Honest, I Really, Really Hate Analytics and Big Data

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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. 

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. For example: Read more…