People

Why HR for startups is a good thing

HR doesn’t have to be a chokehold for growing startups and small and medium size businesses. There are ways to organize your human resources and hiring, while still being flexible. Here’s why startups and SMBs should...

Why should employers care about the gender pay gap?

Businesses do not profit from the gender pay gap. It hurts them. But, the way the gender pay gap is framed by activists hurts the equal pay cause. That’s because the gender pay gap debate runs...

How to find good employees: hire for skills, not ‘talent’

‘Talent’ is a feel-good word for describing good job candidates. But, framing ‘talent’ as the main recruiting and retention issue for companies does us all a disservice. Trying to find people with ‘talent’ is subjective, bias-laden...

The problem with employee wellness programs

Employee wellness programs are morally questionable and misguided. Companies usually turn to them to reduce health costs, but they’re often ineffective, poorly crafted and discriminatory. Instead, companies should focus on less intrusive ways to encourage wellness,...

Why parental leave laws aren’t working

If we want to have a workforce in the future we need to have children. The necessity to create tomorrow’s employees means today’s employers must tolerate a degree of disruption. Babies need to be cared for,...

The world’s most enduring personality test is a meaningless parlor game

If you work for a large organization you’re probably already aware that yours is one of 16 distinct personality types. You may be less familiar with the reasons why you have been assigned a four-letter string...

How to succeed as a HR leader: forget ‘best practices’

The HR industry has more buzzwordy ‘best practices’ than most. But they’re counter-productive. By definition, accepted or ‘standard’ approaches don’t achieve the best results, especially when it comes to finding, hiring and keeping the best employees....

How to approach employee engagement surveys

Surveys can reveal employee engagement issues. For example, a Gallup survey revealed that only about 13% of employees worldwide are engaged in their jobs. But, while Gallup’s aim is to unearth interesting patterns, employers need actionable...

Creating career paths that put people first

In the old world of work, climbing the corporate ladder was the most popular metaphor for getting ahead. In the new world of work, we recognize that there are multiple ways to advance. We get promoted...

How to spot disengaged employees

What makes disengaged employees stand out? They’re unlikely to send you a memo, although you can get some insight from employee engagement surveys. A disengaged employee is difficult to define. They might be actively disengaged, spreading...