Life is Clickbait

Sometimes people complain that my blog has clickbait on it. “You roped me in under X and then told me about Y.” Smart bloggers who monetize their online presence know that they have to sell ideas, products and services through their websites. I could load my blog up with display ads or pop-up advertising. I…

New OT Rules

Everybody is freaking out about (proposed) new overtime rules in America. Here are some of the insincere objections to the rules I’ve seen from pro-business websites. Workers Might Lose Money in the Long Run Yes, companies who previously paid people $23,000/year and called them managers — and worked them 50+ hours each week without overtime…

Work-Life Balance Advice

I’ve spent the month of July curating posts at The Hiring Site about work-life balance. I’m proud of the team’s work over there. There are excellent pieces on unlimited PTO, giving up technology for a weekend, and paternity leave. You should go check it out. But reading about work-life balance never saved anybody’s sanity. The…

Great Interview Questions

Lots of traffic to my blog based on Google searches related to interview questions. I’m not a big fan of pre-planned interview questions. Ask a boring question, get a boring answer. I like reliable and valid interview processes, but asking someone to list their “biggest weaknesses” will not predict success. So if you’re going to…

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What Defines Culture?

I’m on record telling everybody that the current trend of “culture” is a bunch of baloney. You don’t have a culture. At best, you may have a vibe in your office that’s influenced by real-time employee interactions, systems and behaviors. That’s not culture. That’s just a bunch of people who are paid to come together…

HR Expert

I’ve been doing more media, lately, and I just thought it would be amusing to share some of those links. The Office Pet Is a Pig. No, Really – WSJ How to get that promotion you’ve been waiting for – Mashable How to Determine Your PTO Policy – Entrepreneur  11 Habits of Expert Salary Negotiators –…

The LinkedIn HR Hackathon is a Joke

I’ve been blogging about human resources, in one capacity or another, since 2004. While I’m the first to indict human resources for its stupid behaviors, I also serve as a character witness for the men and women who are in office parks and factories around the world—serving leaders and employees who don’t deserve their genius.…