Hello. My name is Tim Sackett, and I’m a hugger.
Being a hugger can make for some awkward moments. What if the other person isn’t expecting a hug, or doesn’t want to hug, and you’re coming in arms-wide-open!?
Fast Company had an article recently titled To Hug Or Not To Hug At Work?, that delved into this subject. Here’s a piece from the article:
Awkwardness is … ‘the uncomfortable feeling you get when you realize that your concept of your relationship with someone else doesn’t match their concept. The intensity of awkwardness roughly corresponds to the magnitude of difference in relationship concepts.’ ” Read more…
Let’s face it — the active candidate has become a second-class citizen.
Conventional wisdom says that there continues to be a glut of in-transition executives in the job market. Just post a job on Monster.com and you can expect an avalanche of resumes to bury your inbox. Or, set your corporate recruiter loose on LinkedIn and within a few days, she will be sitting in your office with a stack of profiles from which you can choose your next VP of [insert job title here].
The only catch is that the vast majority of these candidates are either out of work or have something going on in their current companies that is pushing them out the door. Read more…
Let’s be clear, the most useless HR activity is Performance Management. Hands down.
But since I have been an enthusiastic beater of that horse already, a close second has to be the Exit Interview.
Let’s review all of the reasons for their sacred cow status:
- Good, actionable data on why people are leaving;
- Closure for employees;
- Risk mitigation for the company;
- Goodwill and future employee referrals;
- Knighted as one of the “Best Practices” by people who know things. Read more…
As HR and other leaders grapple with high turnover rates among the Gen Y/Millennial cohort (see last week’s post here), all kinds of issues get raised.
Is the turnover due to “special” characteristics inherent in Gen Y? Is the turnover due to lack of education and training opportunities? Naivete on the part of Millennials – the world of work doesn’t match their expectations? Could a lack of thoughtful onboarding play a part?
The Aberdeen Group published Onboarding 2013: A New Look at New Hires last month and author Madeline Laurano provides data that might help organizations become more effective in retaining the youngest of their workforce. Read more…
As a Baby Boomer teen born to Depression-era parents, I never heard that term once.
It didn’t exist back then and, if it had, it would have never come out of my father’s mouth. Hard work was his life, and when he had a day off, he worked. To my dad and those who were his age and older, balance was something you did to your checkbook when the statement arrived.
It wasn’t until the late 1980s when this three-word term entered the American lexicon, and it wasn’t popularized until the late 1990s. Now, those three words are said in conjunction as frequently as pass the salt. Read more…
Here’s the scenario:
You have an opening and you do your recruiting thing. You find a candidate, and lo and behold, they are great!
What luck, you think to yourself. The hiring manager is going to thrilled. Boy, my job is easy!
Do I need to even go on?
You set up the interview with the hiring manager. She also thinks the candidate is great. Done deal, you think to yourself. Then “it” happens. Read more…
Articles from academics don’t always provide practical lessons, but there have been two recent ones that everyone in talent management should pay attention to.
The results of the first one focus on the output differential produced by top performers. This study published in February in Personnel Psychology which cut across several industries, revealed that the top 5 percent of the workforce at the researched firms produced 26 percent of the firm’s total output. The top-performing 5 percent produced 400 percent more than you would expect (26 percent rather than 5 percent).
That means that top performers have an incredibly high ROI because they produce more than four times more; however, they are generally paid less than 20 percent over an average worker in the same job. Read more…
There’s a disturbing trend I’m seeing in the HR profession.
Call me dramatic, but I think HR has a self-hate problem.
What do I mean? Well, think about this question — “Why aren’t more HR people getting degrees in finance?”
Or, consider these statements —
- “I’m a business person, not an ‘employee advocate.’ If it makes sense for the business, I’m an advocate for it. Period.”
- “If you ‘like people,’ then HR’s not the job for you. Go work for a union instead.”
Hmmm… Read more…