Tim Sackett

About the Author

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 here.

Open Enrollment, Seriously? Yes! And Here’s What You Need to Do Now

It’s a beautiful day here in Michigan! 75 degrees and sunny, not a cloud in the sky. In the north, we get only a limited time to enjoy summer, so when it finally arrives you better believe I’m taking full advantage! (For, me that’s tending to my flowers and doing some yard work.)…

The ROI of Hulu’s Baby Leave Policy Is In Retention, Engagement

Editor’s note: This article was written in April during HR Tech Fest, an event previously held in Australia that came to the U.S. for the first time this year. Don’t confuse it with HR Tech, which will be held in Chicago in October. Hey, gang! I’m at HR Tech Fest in Washington D.C….

The New Rules Of Work? They’re A Waste Of Time In The Real World

Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. I’m usually a big fan of Fast Company articles, but one recently seemed like the biggest contrived piece of new-aged garbage, and I just had to share! The article has a great premise: These Are The New Rules of…

Waking Up to Reality: Why Reference Checks Are a Total Scam

I remember when I started my first job in Talent Acquisition and HR. I totally believed checking references was going to lead me to better, higher quality hires. My HR university program practically drilled into me the belief that “past performance predicts future performance.” For all I knew those words were delivered on…

When Employees Quit: Maybe It’s About More Than Just a Bad Boss

Employees don’t leave organizations, they leave  … … BOSSES! Right?! Right? Right? For at least the past two decades, the foundation of employee engagement has been built on this one simple principle. Employees don’t leave organizations, they leave Bad Bosses. It’s not just about bad managers So, if you want highly engaged employees, just don’t…

Highest Paying Jobs in 2016: You Better be Good in Math or Science

Last week, Glassdoor released their most recent Top 25 paying jobs report in the U.S., and one thing was common in 24 out of the 25 jobs; STEM! That’s right; in 24 out of the 25 top paying jobs in the U.S., you better have exceptional, high-level math skills, or be great at…

Does It Matter If the President Has Ever Hired Anyone?

At the recent Republican Presidential Debate in Houston, Sen. Ted Cruz got in a nice jab at candidate Donald Trump about hiring illegal aliens. Trump fired back (he always fires back) that he was the only candidate to ever have hired anyone. That last part gave me pause. I don’t care who you might be…

In Real Life HR, an Employee Who Punches a Fellow Employee Gets Fired

The world of the NBA brings us the real live HR Game Show – What Would You Do? I know most of you could care less about professional basketball, and I promise, this post isn’t about basketball. In case you didn’t hear about it, last week All Star Blake Griffin of the Los…

There’s Only Two Real Criteria to Judge Job Seekers On

If you’re out looking for a job it usually feels like you’re being judged on every little thing you do, have done or potentially will do in the future. Interestingly enough, a Harvard professor discovered you’re actually only judged on two things. From a story on Yahoo: People size you up in seconds,…

You Can Take This to the Bank: Candidates LOVE to Get Calls About Jobs

If I hear one more person tell me that candidates don’t like phone calls, I’m going to shove a phone up your … I’m not the smartest cat, but I know a couple of things. Here are a few things I know: You can’t taste the difference between well Gin and high-end Gin after…

When Do You Get Rid of a High Performer Who Has Gone Off the Rails?

There is nothing worse in HR than having to terminate a high performer. If you’re in the game long enough you will eventually end up facing this situation: A high performer does something incredibly stupid, and even though everyone in the organization wants to keep him or her, you all know they have…

When You Hire From the Outside, Does It Mean Your Organization Failed?

Henry Ward, the CEO of eShares, wrote a post on Medium recently titled How to Hire. It’s a great piece from an executive point of view regarding the concept of talent acquisition. Basically, Henry feels that if your organization needs to go out and hire external talent, you’ve failed as an organization: Hiring means…