Compensation Truth & Lies

Years ago, I interviewed for a job and the VP of HR was full of himself. At the end of the interview, I asked him what differentiated their HR department from others. He gave a long answer full of buzzwords, but he didn’t believe in any of it.  That was in 2004, but even now…

Culture First with Damon Klotz

I can’t say that I’m mentored by a lot of people because I’m a difficult individual. But if there’s one person that I learn from, that I grow from, that I actually pay attention to, and try to figure out which way the wind blows, it’s Damon Klotz. I have known Damon for over 11…

It’s Time to Defund HR

HR oversees a system with rules that they don’t control and might not even agree with but can’t change, and they rarely see people at their best. For the past 40 years, we’ve been pumping money into human resources and we are not getting the ROI we deserve. For all the time, money, and attention…

Culture First with Damon Klotz

Punk Rock HR Episode 122: Today’s guest is Damon Klotz. Damon has spent his career working at the intersection of people and technology. He’s held roles as an HR Consultant, Digital Strategist, and he’s the co-founder of a men’s mental health charity. He joined Culture Amp as an early employee where he grew their community…

Defund HR

Punk Rock HR Episode 121: Just like the conversation all over America, and really the world, about defunding police work, today I want to talk about defunding human resources, recruiting, and compensation.  HR oversees a system with rules that they don’t control and might not even agree with but can’t change, and they rarely see…

Building Community Through Podcasting

I love the idea of a podcast that has some rituals and structures around it. It gives people a set of expectations. Wendy Dailey and Jon Thurmond, hosts of Social HR Half Hour, are a perfect example of humans producing a podcast rooted in ritual and driven by the community.   One of the things I…

Seeing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Whether you’re a student, in the middle of your career, or a retiree, you may have felt unqualified. So, what’s the message to somebody who feels average and unqualified? Well, Amanda Nachman, author of #Qualified: You Are More Impressive Than You Realize, joined me on my podcast to talk about the stress, fear, and uncertainty…

How Dan Giusti Fixed Work for Himself

What do school lunches and fixing work have in common? Dan Giusti, that’s what. Dan Giusti, Founder and CEO of Brigaid, is the former Head Chef of Noma (the best restaurant in the world) and now works in school kitchens. Since 2016, his company Brigaid has collaborated with K through 12 school districts to support…