Carolyn, who joined our consulting group last year, was a senior VP of HR for a large company in San Francisco. During a flight delay in Boston I had the chance to ask her about the top things she learned during her tenure as a senior HR executive. Here was her top 10… Continue reading
Marketers, and CEO’s, too often see HR as simply a function to recruit people or manage current employees. This is a huge mistake. Senior company executives should be meeting regularly with senior HR people to take the pulse of current employees and candidates. Continue reading
I attended a meeting of HR executives not too long ago to talk about social media’s use in recruiting candidates. At lunch I had the chance to talk with several about “personal branding” and found that they all thought it was a load of garbage. Continue reading
The “deconstruction” of the “administrative state” means that businesses are going to put profits and sales ahead of almost everything from rules that safeguard our environment to laws that protect employees from being fired for random reasons. Continue reading
The American workforce has more than 100 million full-time employees. One-third of those employees are what Gallup calls engaged at work. They love their jobs and make their organization and America better every day. At the other end, 16% of employees are actively disengaged — they are miserable in the workplace and destroy what the most engaged employees build. The remaining 51% of employees are not engaged — they’re just there.
Karen has a great a job. She was a VP of a small publishing house in Cambridge just outside Boston. “I had a great apartment and Cambridge is a great town for nightlife” she told me. So why, then, did she decide to quit and take a year off from work? Continue reading
Recently, there’s been something of a happiness backlash against America’s obsession with feeling happy at work. That’s because some companies have been going about it in the wrong way, working on short-term solutions that tend to treat employees more like children than adults who add real value to an organization. Continue reading
Nancy, an HR VP, recruited a great executive candidate from another company who had an impressive background. When she talked to references they all gave the candidate a huge thumbs up and after one month, over lunch, Nancy thought the new employee was working out fine but under the surface all was not well. Continue reading