John Hollon

About the Author


John Hollon is Vice President for Editorial of, and the former Editor of Workforce Management magazine and An award-winning journalist, John has written extensively about HR, talent management, leadership, and smart business practices. Contact him at, and follow him on Twitter at

Why Are We So Crazy About Finding “Passive” Job Candidates?

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. I know what it is to be a “passive” job candidate. OK, so maybe I wasn’t really all that passive if you get right down to it. But twice, I was recruited by a search firm…

New Year, Same Story: 2016 Forecast Is For Another Year of 3% Raises

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If you were thinking all the recent news of job growth signaled a big comeback for the U.S. economy, think again — because another economic indicator tells a different story. According to the latest survey by Towers Watson, the global talent management consultant, “Pay raises for U.S. employees are expected to hold steady…

Workplace Dress – Is It Wrong To Be Casual All The Time?

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. Way back in 1994, I was in Honolulu to interview for a job. I showed up in a suit and tie. I got the job, but I never, ever dressed that way during my three-plus years…

SHRM Las Vegas Day 4: Dr. Oz and a Wellness Message Sends Everybody on Their Way


If you have ever attended a SHRM annual conference, you know that the final day is not only a short one that ends around noon, but that it is pretty lightly attended because so many attendees have already hit the road and headed home. So it was again this year at the 2015 Society…

SHRM Las Vegas 3: Mika Brezezinski Makes Her Pinch Hitting Opportunity Count


Mika Brzezinski, the keynote speaker on Day 3 of the 2015 Society for Human Resource Management’s annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, is known primarily for three things: She is the co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe show. She is the daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as National Security Advisor for President Carter. She is…

SHRM Las Vegas 2: Yes, HR IS in the Human Nature Business


Deep thinkers expressing deep thoughts seem to be the standard fare for keynote presentations on Day 2 at the Society for Human Resource Management’s annual Conference & Exhibition. Last year, SHRM attendees heard New York Times columnist and best-selling author Tom Friedman on Day 2 in Orlando. He’s most famous for the book The World…

SHRM Las Vegas Day 1: “Welcome to the Middle of the Stinking Desert”


If it’s June, it must be time for SHRM, and so yet another SHRM conference — the Society for Human Resource Management’s 67th annual Conference & Exhibition — kicked off on Sunday at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Here’s one thing to keep in mind about SHRM holding it’s annual meeting in Sin City:…

The Lessons of Custer: Five Things to Consider on “Bad Management Day”

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Editor’s Note: This was first published on TLNT back in 2012, but it seemed appropriate to update and share again today. Once upon a time, I made the case we should celebrate June 25 as “Bad Management Day,” a day when we reflect on all the terrible management decisions made by the many overpaid egomaniacs…

Weekly Wrap: The Weak Things That Weak Managers Always Seem to Say

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Editor’s note: Changes are coming to TLNT. You will soon see updates to our website and newsletter. Next week, we will tell you more. Come back regularly to see the latest. I have long been a fan of Liz Ryan, a former Fortune 500 HR executive, and I’ve followed her from Businessweek, to LinkedIn, and…

How to be a Good Boss – It’s Not as Simple as it Sometimes Looks

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. Here’s a great question that I almost never hear anyone ask, much less answer: How can you be a good boss? This question popped into my mind while reading The Wall Street Journal’s India RealTime blog post that was…