John Hollon

About the Author

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John Hollon is Vice President for Editorial of TLNT.com, and the former Editor of Workforce Management magazine and workforce.com. An award-winning journalist, John has written extensively about HR, talent management, leadership, and smart business practices. Contact him at john@tlnt.com, and follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/johnhollon.

Worth Remembering: You Never Stop Learning To Be A Better Manager

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Editor’s Note: As I wind down my stint as Editor of TLNT — yes, I’m leaving next month — I wanted to share some of my favorite posts over the years. Here’s one from our first month back in June 2010. Here’s a lesson worth remembering: No matter how long you have managed people,…

It’s Sad We Don’t Send Out Rejection Letters Anymore

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Editor’s Note: As I wind down my stint as Editor of TLNT — yes, I’m going to be leaving soon — I wanted to share some of my favorite posts from over the years. Here’s one from March 2014. I was thinking about this today because, a) I have gotten my fair share of…

Super Bowl Hangover: 10% of U.S. Workforce May Miss Work on Monday

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Some people will take any good reason to miss work. And, recovering from the Super Bowl is probably just as good a reason as any. According to a new survey commissioned in January by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated and conducted by the Harris Poll, “an estimated 16.5 million employed U.S. adults may miss work the day…

The Last Word: Why it’s Good to Learn from a Bad Boss

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Editor’s Note: As I wind down my stint as Editor of TLNT — yes, I’m going to be leaving soon — I wanted to share some of my favorite posts from over the years. Here’s one from our very first month in July 2010. Anyone who has spent much time managing knows this…

Last Word: Jack Welch Says Micromanagement Is Good – and I Believe Him

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Leave it to Jack Welch, father of the famous rank-and-yank system, to defend micromanagement. The former General Electric CEO is known for a lot of things, but in workforce terms, his embrace of forced ranking — the system where you evaluate your workforce by dividing them into 20-70-10 segments where the bottom 10…

Last Word: New Survey Is Clear – More and More Workers are Stressed and Depressed

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HR leaders and talent managers don’t usually think much about this, but your EAP — your Employee Assistance Program — can give you great insight into the issues and concerns troubling your employees. Here’s a case in point: A number of years ago, I was executive editor of a newspaper in Hawaii. A new editor…

A 100% Preventable Employee Morale Issue: Enforced Holiday Fun

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is getting into the spirit with some classic holiday posts. Look for them through Christmas Eve. I’ve seen many a workplace holiday season come and go, and with another one upon us, I wonder: Why does writing this make me feel like Scrooge lecturing Bob Cratchit? Here’s the…

Last Word: Open Offices at Facebook? Good Luck Getting Much Work Done

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Take it from me: It’s a pain in the rear to work in an open office. Yeah, I know; that brands me as a dinosaur, a relic, or someone who isn’t “with it” in today’s working world. Open workplaces, as The Washington Post reminds us this week in an article about Facebook’s heralded new…

Last Word: Employers Aren’t As Worried About Retention As You Think

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Here’s a question that every employee, whether they be a manager, mid-level worker, or administrative assistant, always have in the back of their mind: How critical is my job in the grand scheme of things? I know there are employees out there who don’t think about that, but if they don’t, they’re delusional…