Category Archives: Engagement

Are you kidding me?

I saw a LinkedIn question that asked if anyone had considered paying prospective employees to show up for an interview.  Apparently, applicants were agreeing to an interview time and place and then not showing up, and this had become the norm rather than the exception.

The question was asked by a member of the human resource profession. I guess I would have expected a deeper understanding of human behavior from HR.

This organization has a business problem, but it isn’t going to be solved by paying applicants to show up for an interview.

For sure, it’s a real business problem. Productivity is lost because of lengthy vacancies, training, and recruiting costs are up trying to entice people in the door, and those remaining employees are burning out because they’re carrying the load of the vacancies. Business doesn’t get more problematic than that. Continue reading Are you kidding me?

Is Connection a Key to Engagement?

Hands-connectionMy editor is a connector. With a virtual team of writers that have never met each other, we feel connected to him and to each other. It’s a good feeling. It makes me want to provide really good content for his publication, and I now have relationships with people across the globe that I never would have known. I can reach out to them, and they can reach out to me.

Dare I make the analogy….this connected “workforce” is also an engaged workforce? I believe I can make that case.

What is it he actually does to be a connector?

He introduces every new writer that musters the courage to write their inaugural article. In doing so, he invites those of us on the cadre to welcome the new writer.  Simple. Effective.

He shares content that is relevant to me. Each of us in the cadre have a different expertise and experience, so much of the content is not relevant. But when it is, I am invited to comment. And those of us who write know how important it is to get feedback.

He makes a point to get to know each of us, in the real world. Because of the geographic dispersion, a telephone is the only option but it puts a real person behind the e-signature. Continue reading Is Connection a Key to Engagement?

Party on, HR

party onDoes it strike you as odd that the July/August HR Magazine features a seven-page article titled “25 Fun & Easy Ways to Boost Morale?” On first glance, this looks pretty neat. The writer crowd-sourced ideas on social media and shared them in the article. The ideas range from movie tickets to time off to an ugly sweater contest. Each story exclaimed how excited the employees were with the activity.

Call me a spoil sport but the article hit me the wrong way. My first thought was….our profession has been trying for decades to get out of the role of party planner, so now our professional magazine is touting party planning?

And then I thought to myself, “You really are a grouch, aren’t you?Continue reading Party on, HR