Free Beer and New Concepts in Employee Perks

I was talking to someone in HR this week.  At one time, they were a trendsetter in terms of perks offered to employees.  However, they have not done anything really new or innovative in years, and...

Paying Employees to Leave Part 2

Several months ago I wrote a blog about paying employees to leave. LocalJobNetwork.com radio read the blog and conducted a short interview to dive into this topic into more detail.  You can listen to...

Paying Employees to Leave

I am sure many of you have read by now that Amazon pays employees $5,000 to leave.  Technically they borrowed this idea from Zappos.  The idea is once a year you basically have a buy out period and...

Yahoo Work from Home Policy

I am sure you heard back in February the CEO of Yahoo decided to cancel the work from home policy and told employees that by June, they are expected to be working in the office.  I have read a number...

State Farm: Like a Really Bad Neighbor

I have blogged several times about the link between employee behaviors and customer behaviors.  I wanted to provide a real life example, back in March we had a house fire.  Our outside A/C unit blew...

Interviewing Tips

Several years ago, I wrote a blog about weird things to say in an interview.  Recently I have been helping out by interviewing some candidates for a position at Walker.  Several of them have been...

Continued Fall Out of Recession

I have spoken to many HR professionals who talk about the difficulty of finding talent, even with high unemployment.  Well buckle up because it is just going to get worse, which is bad for HR but if...

5 R's of Employee Loyalty

  I recently conducted a radio interview on the 5 R's of employee loyalty and retention with MyLocalJobNetwork.com, this was the second interview with them.  The first interview can be heard here. ...

Battle of the Bulge

Indiana, as a state, is fat.  According to the CDC: 65.9% of adults are overweight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater 29.6% of adults are obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater With the...

Time Theft Problem or Lack of Outcome Problem?

I saw this article this week on how much time is wasted at work.  According to this article, almost 50% of employees waste between one and five hours a day on non-work websites and 64% visit non-work...

7 Out of 10 Are Passively Looking for a New Job

In a recent HBR article, the authors give five things companies need to be doing to retain employees.  You might be wondering why employee loyalty is important right now.  It is important because they...

Employee Loyalty is a Two-Way Street

I recently conducted a radio interview with LocalJobNetwork.com radio on the state of employee loyalty.  One of the things I liked about the discussion was we got into the role of both the employer...

The Mind of a Trapped Employee

Last month I blogged about how the Business Confidence Index is at its lowest. I have seen the results for the latest survey and it does not look like things are improving, nor do I think they...

Business Confidence at All Time Low

We recently conducted a survey of Indiana business leaders and employees, this is something we do about every other month on different topics.  The latest survey was on employee issues and perceptions...

Is Your Organization Overrun with Whiners?

I friend of mine, Nancy Ahlrichs with Flashpoint HR, just wrote a good article about whining in the workplace.  You can find the article here.  We have all been in meetings, or around colleagues,...

How Barnes & Thornburg Became One of Indiana's Best Places to Work

Barnes & Thornburg LLP is one of the largest and most respected law firms in Indiana, and the Indianapolis office has approximately 490 staff.  Barnes & Thornburg made the list of Best Places to Work...

Vacation Days: ∞

An article in a recent Indiana Business Journal talks about companies that do not have a formal time off policy.   This is especially relevant today as I am sitting at my desk looking at at the...

Bring Your Pet to Work

Walker has a new employee, Star.  She is a beautiful Lab/Retriever mix with a great disposition.  Star is not a pet but is being trained to be a service dog.  Star is a puppy that is currently part of...

The Future is Bright

I am sure you all remember my blog from a couple of weeks ago where I wrote about the results of a recent study we conducted that found companies plan to increase hiring.  This study was conducted in...

The Importance of Employee Engagement in Picture Form

A colleague sent me this picture below put together by National Business Research Institute (the full article can be found here).  I thought it was a very clever, and easy to understand illustration...