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Why I don’t really like the whole analytics and big data thing in HR

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It’s been something in the back of mind, wound tight, ready to spring with the right trigger – the feeling this whole mad, headlong rush into big data and predictive analytics for HR isn’t right. Isn’t human. Sure, in a few (very, very few) instances you might find a passing nod to bettering the employee. But with HR, it seemed different. You do know that, right?”.

3 Words to Add to Employee Titles to Drive Engagement

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If you work in corporate America you worry about employee engagement. If you work in corporate “World” you worry about employee engagement. And if you pay attention to employee engagement data you know it really hasn’t changed much in 10 years or so. Hovering around 30%, employee engagement is the Groundhog’s Day of HR issues. But what the heck. And this is one of them.

Want to Increase Employee Engagement? Stop Recognizing Employees.

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This post is a redo of a post from a few years back (about 4 or 5 to be not-exact.) I decided to remix/repost based on a twitter conversation I had with @TrishMcFarlane and @AKABruno (aka Matt Stollack.). Trish said: “Interesting. Recognition makes me uncomfortable (personally) but validation is important to me. Wonder why?”. Today the idea of recognition is huge! Yet engagement numbers still lag.

HR Professionals – You Wouldn’t Like Them When They’re Angry

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Seems HR gets more than their fair share of abuse. From HBR running their ongoing series on why HR sucks or how HR needs to change to why everyone hates HR. What exactly did HR do to Harvard Business Review? Please apologize so we can get some good press going for HR. HR is the department (and the people in some cases) we all love to hate. For too many, HR people are like politicians. Who knows.

The definitive guide to choosing the right applicant tracking system

At What Point Do You Throw in the Towel on Engagement?

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Can you believe there was a time in medical history when medical practitioners didn’t wash their hands? When cleanliness wasn’t a “best practice?” True story. Washing hands wasn’t a routine issue back in the mid-1800s. The idea of washing hands came about because of the studies of Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis. I’m sure many of you have heard the story but for those who haven’t…. Sounds simple, right?

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Heaven Forbid We TALK to Employees!

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I’m jotting this post off in a hurry because the muse is hitting me and I have a full “to-do” list this week. good friend and smart guy Jason Lauritsen posted in Facebook a link to an article entitled: “Employers are creepily analyzing your emails and Slack chats to see if you’re happy.”  And I kid you not the article is exactly what the headline says it is…. AIR, a Tokyo-based software company, is marketing  software that scans  conversations on workplace communication tool Slack to gauge team morale. There’s even a bot that will notify managers of real-time changes in team morale.”.

St. Louis Rams – Doing Football Like You Do Employee Engagement

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Looks like I’m going to try and channel my inner Steve Boese or my inner Kris Dunn and try to draw some connection between what’s going on in sports and what’s going on in the business world. First some backstory (not that you need it…). Today was no different. One of the stories in  USA Today was about the St. Louis Rams. The headline read, “Rams bash St. Their argument is they’ve been in St.

Charlie Judy – What You Wish Someone Had Told You

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Seems I’m doing more podcasts than writing lately. think it’s because I’ve been writing for almost 10 years about engagement, rewards, incentives, recognition and just about anything connected to influencing behavior in an organization. It gets tough to continue to find new things to say. And it is going extremely well. And the conversations have been enlightening and fun.

Building your Learning Experience! What’s it all about?

Old MacDonald Had a Farm – Then Became an Employee Engagement Guru

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Show of hands… how many of you like being compared to domesticated farm animals? Or even non-domesticated animals for that matter? Except for honey badgers and wolverines – those are some bad-ass animals. I’m cool if someone said I was like a honey badger or wolverine. But what about cows? Do you like being compared to a cow? Don’t we all? You’ve seen it. Contented freakin cows. Oh – yeah I forgot.

Blame your company culture on the pens you use.

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Culture – the tapestry of who and what your company is and stands for. Woven from many different behaviors – large and small. Culture isn’t what is written on posters outside the offices of your senior leadership team. Culture is what happens in the conference rooms and on the phones of your employees. Culture is the space between words and actions. You think I’m kidding right? But I’m not.

Where should you focus your HR Efforts in the future?

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We all want to predict the future. want to know which company will be the next AOL, or the next Apple. want to know where to tell my kids to put their money so they can take care of me in in my old age in the same lifestyle they have grown accustomed to under my roof. Trust me. They’ve lived better than I did at their age – and probably better than I do at my current state. Le sigh. But seriously.

The Only 2 Incentives You Really Have to Think About

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If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me “what incentive should I run to help me grow my business?” I’d have enough nickels to buy something really expensive. If I had a dollar for every time I’d been asked that I’d be on the beach not answering this question anymore. But the question is common. While that would make my life a lot easier – it just isn’t true. Only 2 Things Incentives Do.

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A Development Journey to More Effective Managers [Infographic]

Kristen Harcourt on the “Paul”Cast – What I wish I had been told…

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Are you afraid? Are you intimidated? Was there a time in your career where you didn’t say something or didn’t do something because you were intimidated? Either by title, gender, tenure? Was your career stalled or at least slowed down because you were too intimidated by someone at work? That’s what Kristen Harcourt brings to the “Paul”Cast in this episode. Kristen is a senior consultant with the McQuaig Institute. Listen in as we riff on the idea of overcoming the intimidation factor and hear the one thing that 100% of all successful people do. Listen for it.

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Culture at the Speed of the Internet – Microsoft Chatbot Goes Rogue

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On March 23, 2016, Microsoft unleashed on the internet an artificial intelligence (AI) attached to a twitter account. It was called a chatbot and it went by the name of “Tay.”. Tay” was an experiment in AI to learn how this nonhuman software robot would interact with the twittersphere and converse with “real” people on twitter. Turing test anyone?). That’s not how this works. This ALWAYS happens.

Do You Know When to Run an Incentive Program?

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Click Here for Larger Version of Incentive Decision Tree. Most people think they know. My experience is that most people are wrong. But here I am to save the day. Below are the most important questions you need to answer before deciding whether to run an incentive program and deciding how to structure it. Use this EVERY time you think you need an incentive program. Most people want to succeed.

Engagement Entropy – Stop Trying to Find a Solution

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Except for a few classes in high school and college, I’m betting you haven’t used the word entropy in a long while. If you have, you’re traveling in better circles than me. In my group the most common words we use are “does it hurt when I do this” and “do these look like bed bug bites?”. But seriously. But I’m thinking it should. Stick with me here…. Just like your business.

Innovation Buster: How Losing Your Best Employees is Killing Innovation

Rayanne Thorn on the “Paul”Cast … Do the thing you suck at?

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Rayanne Thorn joins the “Paul”Cast to chat about doing something different with your life and your career. Normally we talk about leveraging your strengths and focusing on what you do well while outsourcing the stuff you suck at. Rayanne is the Vice President of Marketing at  Dovetail Software , ( [link] ) a case management and help desk solutions for HR and also Clarify Solutions. She is also an editor at  intrepidNOW  ( [link] ), an online radio show where she covers the  IntrepidHR channel. She is also an online radio host for  HR Latte  and  TradeShow.media. But fun!

Are we playing defense when it comes to employee engagement?

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About 6 years ago I wrote a post for Fistful Of Talent entitled: HR Plays Too Much Defense”. The gist of the post was that HR sees their job as “protecting the company.” That HR is in the “prevention of problems game.” ” Unfortunately, the way you win that game is to not lose. And the way you “not lose” is to make sure you don’t have problems.  HR still plays defense.

Take me to the pilot… Good Incentive Design

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Incentive programs are sometimes more art than science. think that is due to a variety of studies that contradict each other and gurus who do the same. That tension creates “gray” areas and they get filled with the “art” part of the design. Think Alfie Kohn. But, as I’ve said over and over and over again, like any tool – it is only as good as the craftsman. You Make the Call ? Case in point.

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Chad Atwell Podcast – What you wish someone had told you…

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Continuing my podcast series addressing advice you wished someone had given you early in your career we talk with Chad Atwell. Chad is the Director, Product Strategy – Human Capital Management at Oracle leading the strategy for Oracle’s Compensation Cloud working with clients and prospects to help create future product functionality. Someone with that pedigree SHOULD be giving advice.

The importance of your Learning Culture and Experience

Ray Zinn on the “Paul”Cast… What I wish I had been told…

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As I got ready to upload this podcast I noticed just how long it has been since my last post. I am embarrassed! Chaulk it up to being busy – which also equates to better business. I can attest – there is an uptick in the economy. And speaking of making money. Today’s podcast is a special one. I got the chance to talk to Ray Zinn. The past CEO of a silicon valley company called Micrel. Ray is (was?) the longest-tenured CEO in Silicon Valley – 37 years! THAT is really a different kinda tech CEO. One question he asks – “How did you like your last job.”

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Jim Hacking on the “Paul”Cast – What you wish you’d known…

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Back on the air with another “Paul”Cast. This time we welcome Jim Hacking – an immigration and citizenship attorney in St. Louis. (I know who I’m gonna call if I get lit up in St. Louis!). Jim joins me to talk about “time.” More ” More specifically – the amount of time things really take to accomplish vs. what you think they should take.

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Employee Engagement is a Lot Like Parenting – #NextChat Jan 13th At 3:00 pm ET

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During conversations over Christmas break with my 22 year-old and my 24 year-old children they were surprised to learn that all this parenting stuff they had to suffer through growing up (and continue to for at least a little while longer) … their mom and I were making up as we went along. Like EVERYONE else, we didn’t know what we were doing. Sometimes you guess right and you repeat it. TRUTH.

2017 Resolutions – Top 10 “Won’t Post” Topics for 2017

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Note: I just noticed that I published a “10 Posts Not to Write About HR” back in September. So this is a bit of rehash. It has more in it and I’ve already written it so … what the hey… enjoy. normally don’t do resolutions. just decide whenever the mood hits me to do something (or not do something) and away we go. Scales don’t lie. But I have as they say …. It is bunk.

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

Just Throw a Webinar – May 25 at Noon EDT

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Six years ago I wrote a post on Fistful of Talent called “Just Throw Strikes.”. The gist of the post was that too often what we think is helpful advice is rarely that. At best it is just a restatement of obvious facts or at worst, a group of words strung together with no meaning whatsoever. The crowd screaming at my kid “Just throw strikes!”. Yeah – no one thinks of that right? Until now of course!

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Read Less – Excel More | Your SoMe Addiction is Hurting You

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Hello… my name is Paul. I’m a social media and industry news addict. Truth. actually have an app installed that won’t let me open Facebook during certain hours. I can’t disable it. I can’t reboot the computer and start over. It stops me from accessing Facebook during certain hours of the day – like say – 8:00am – Noon and then from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. YOU.MUST.READ.THEM. know you know the feeling ….

Powerball Planning for the Rest of Us

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I hear a lot of people say that those of us that buy Powerball tickets are stupid. They say we are throwing away our money. They say we have no chance of winning. Well… not exactly… we have a chance. But it is a really, really, really, really small one. Bugger off! You, my friend, are missing the point. The lottery isn’t about winning. It is about the “possibility” of winning. Dream a Little Dream.

Deep Thoughts Shallow Brains

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Is it just me or have we seen a huge uptick in pithy sayings set top of beautifully photographed scenes? Like you, I read them and nod my head in agreement. In the past these visual soundbites (or do we call them site bites?) were quotes from famous people or people who had earned some level of accomplishment and notoriety. You get the idea. Are these “quotes” helpful, intelligent, interesting.

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HR's Critical Role in Creating Productive and Meaningful Workplaces

Drew Hawkins on the “Paul”Cast… What I wish I had been told…

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Back behind the microphone with Drew Hawkins. Drew is someone I met about 8 years ago as I was just firing up a single practitioner consulting service and we was working in Chicago at a semi-competitor. Drew moved on to bigger and better things. Got married. Moved to ATL and got a legitimate job. Drew’s profile on LinkedIn is here and you can see his blog “Brainwads” ” here.