Wake-up Call Archives

If Uber’s Culture Is to Change, the CEO Must Go

If any part of the charges of sexual harassment and favoritism made by a former Uber engineer hold up, company CEO Travis Kalanick should go. The VCs who sit on the company board should do the right thing if he doesn’t, and fire him. The chaotic, sexist culture described in a blog post…

What Are You Doing to Reduce Insider Threats?

Most companies agree that background checks are critical in ensuring a good hire. If events revealed in a background check prevent you from hiring a malicious employee, wouldn’t you want to know the same about an existing employee? An effective human resources leader wants to put their company in a position for success….

Who’s Winning the Top HR Jobs?

Through our executive search and consulting engagements we are seeing an increasingly clear profile emerge of those who win and keep the top talent role. Some factors feel familiar (see the 4+2 Model) while others seem to be developing as the talent management field matures. With functional expertise being a given, the differentiating…

When Good Goals Go Bad

Setting expectations for employees is the most critical step in any performance management process. A great article by Leigh Anthony describes how this fundamental step provides focus, increases motivation, helps employees to prioritize their responsibilities and offers measurability. Overall, it sets the stage. Without goals, employees are flying blind, causing a loss in…

How Secure Is Your Employee Information?

All recruiting and hire platforms store data that is considered to be something called PII, “Personally Identifiable Information,” or information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person. It is information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity…

What to do When A Worker Dies On The Job

Note: This is the second of two articles on being prepared in the event the worst happens. The first article (here) dealt with the sudden death of a key employee. This article discusses an on-the-job death. Successful companies know its best to plan for the worst and hope for the best. When we…

What Would Happen If Your CEO Died?

Note: This is part one of two parts. Today’s article focuses on corporate readiness for a sudden loss of key leaders. Tomorrow’s article discusses how HR should respond to an on the job death. Human resource professionals have a complicated job: payroll, discipline, morale, harassment, terminations, etc. An HR professional who doesn’t stay…

The HR Analytics Rocking Horse: Lots of Action, Little Progress

As we head full-on into the second month of 2017, a friend sent me the link to a survey analysis that is extremely eye-opening. Still Under Construction:  The State of HR Analytics 2016, conducted and published by the New Talent Management Network, has some compelling data about how HR functions are deploying higher…

Sometimes HR Just Has to Go Big and Fail Fast

What would happen if HR just went ahead and tried something new? No lengthy conversations; no insisting on a unanimous consensus; and certainly no pilot. “I Googled ‘entrepreneurship and HR’, and got very, very little results,” said Tariq Elnaga, manager, talent development & diversity at Spectra Energy. “I Googled ‘HR and policy’, and…

We Are All Tech Newbies, So Train For It

In Kevin Kelly’s book The Inevitable, he observes that we’ve hit an era where we are forever technology ‘newbies’ (i.e. an inexperienced user). You’d like to master your smartphone or PC, but apps and operating systems update so frequently that you never know when a feature will be added, removed, or changed. You…