Employment Brand

The World of Work Needs Huggers, Not Walkers

June 30, 2009 “They call them Walkers.” Rick the recruiter whispered the words like a desperate prayer while he stood at the 10th floor window looking down on the street. Nishi, Rick’s new boss, was puzzled. “Walkers?” “Yes, Walkers,” Rick echoed, and wiped his dry mouth with the back of his hand. Nishi waved a hand… more The World of Work Needs Huggers, Not Walkers

Forgive Yourself A Prayer But Never Surrender

“You can surrender Without a prayer But never really pray Pray without surrender You can fight Fight without ever winning But never ever win Win without a fight…” –Neil Peart, “Resist”   The final shame of not asking nearly overshadowed my extreme physical pain, but not quite. No, the visceral memory of my hands buried… more Forgive Yourself A Prayer But Never Surrender

When Our Workplace Culture Is On Fire

“The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire. We don’t need no water let the m-f burn.” –The Bloodhound Gang At least, that’s the melodic hip-hop mantra many of us have wanted to repetitively belt out at some point in our world of work lives (with an unapologetic emphasis on the unabbreviated curse word,… more When Our Workplace Culture Is On Fire

Passive To Active In Less Than 90 Seconds

Yes, you do it, too. Don’t deny it. When you’re gainfully employed, happily or not so, and you actually make the time to update your LinkedIn profile, for whatever reason, you uncheck the box in your account settings that reads: Let people know when you change your profile, make recommendations, or follow companies. LinkedIn even adds a… more Passive To Active In Less Than 90 Seconds

Two Things: Conversations And Enculturation

“How many times Do we chaff against the repetition Straining against the faith Measured out in coffee breaks…” —Neil Peart His smile ricocheted off the booth and hit the back of my head. I couldn’t help but smile right back. “Bingo, bango!” He’d just won a $50 gift card after spinning our fabulous PeopleFluent prize… more Two Things: Conversations And Enculturation

Two Things: Rule-Breaking People for Better Outcomes

That’s when Ralph got a DJ job in the desert. He moved from New Jersey to Southern California in the early 1970s for the radio station job, his wife joining him shortly thereafter. Getting the DJ job was a boon for the two young lovers, and Ralph had a nearly Kerouac-like road trip story along… more Two Things: Rule-Breaking People for Better Outcomes

#SHRM14: Moving Into The Warming Light

Failure is an enabler. In both senses of the term, but for some, the one ultimate driver. It’s our confidant and our kryptonite; it elevates and cripples us. Ideas fail, businesses fail, processes fail, people fail, and through it all, if we’re paying attention, learning and even a little lucky, we might just find a… more #SHRM14: Moving Into The Warming Light

Two Things: Seeing Is Believing

We long for better angels. At least most of us do. We long for continuous support and sounding boards, deeper cultural connections to our real-time universe, our heaven (and sometimes unfortunately hell) on earth, and all those we come in contact with, whether in fleeting moments or ongoing endurance sessions of meaning and purpose with… more Two Things: Seeing Is Believing

Two Things: Experience Outcomes

Experience outcomes. We laughed as we said it, sitting together in the mothership executive conference room at Peoplefluent planning our global domination strategy. We’d been meeting all week, meeting after meeting, a gaggle of senior leadership and marketing team leads, workshopping and brainstorming and collaborating over all that we’ve been, where we are and where we need… more Two Things: Experience Outcomes

Two Things: Recruiting Guts and Glory

“You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, Know when to fold ‘em, Know when to walk away, And know when to run…” –Kenny Rogers, “The Gambler” I knew something was wrong the moment the two men sat in front us on the bus. I was only a freshman in college, but I knew that… more Two Things: Recruiting Guts and Glory

Two Things: Aim Deeper and Wider for Workplace Connection

Dearest Employee: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I give you a fair wage. I give you competitive benefits. I give you a safe workspace. I give you freedom to work at home, and innovative tools to communicate. I give you beer bashes and company events. I give you a professional title.… more Two Things: Aim Deeper and Wider for Workplace Connection

Two Things: From the Incremental to the Monumental

“The whims and vagaries of team life sometimes are not so much fun, but more often than not, there’s a great feeling of brotherhood amongst everybody that works together.”  –Geddy Lee, Rush Have you felt that kind of harmonic convergence in the workplace? Brotherhood and sisterhood. A deep sense of interconnectedness and shared purpose that moves you forward.… more Two Things: From the Incremental to the Monumental