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    Friday
    Jul062018

    PODCAST: #HRHappyHour 328 - SHRM Annual Recap with My Daughter

    HR Happy Hour 328- SHRM Annual Recap with My Daughter

    Sponsored by Virgin Pulse - www.virginpulse.com

    Hosts: Trish McFarlane

    Guest: Carleigh McFarlane, Trish's daughter

    Listen to the show HERE

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, host Trish McFarlane is joined by Carleigh McFarlane.  Trish and Carleigh attended the SHRM Annual conference, with Carleigh being a junior blogging ambassador.  As a high school freshman, Carleigh's perception of what is happening in the work world is quite unique.  

    Carleigh attended sessions, participated in her first vendor product demo, walked an Expo floor for the first time, and much more!  Tune in to hear how the upcoming generation feels about the workplaces they will be joining in a few years.  This was a really engaging and interesting conversation with a student who is interested in the future of work - thanks to Carleigh for joining Trish.

    You can listen to the show on the show page HERE, on your favorite podcast app, or by using the widget player below:

    Remember to subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcast, or your favorite podcast app - just search for 'HR Happy Hour'. 

    Have a great weekend!

    Wednesday
    Jul042018

    Fourth of July Rewind: The Best Introduction Ever

    NOTE: Reprising a post from July 6, 2016 - enjoy before you fire up the grill!

    This is the best speaker/performer/sportsman introduction that you will hear all year - maybe ever.

    It comes to us courtesy of the Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest held on July 4th and delivered by Master of Ceremonies George Shea, as he introduced competitive eating legend, and former champion Joey Chestnut.

    Forgive the very shaky quality of the video embedded below (email and RSS subscribers click through), as it was recorded by me with my phone from a DVR replay of the event.

    Trust me, you want to give this a minute and a few seconds to watch/listen.

     

    Here's the full text of the intro, in case the dodgy audio was tough to decipher:

    Two years ago on this stage he asked his girlfriend to marry him. And then last year one week before the contest the wedding was called off. And then on the 4th of July he lost the title of World Champion. And he was beaten and he was broken and he was alone. And nothing that he owned had any value, and his thoughts had no shape and no meaning. And the words fell from his mouth without sound. And he was lost and empty-handed, standing like a boy without friends on the school yard. But then he remembered that he is Joey Chestnut. And there is a time for pain and there is a time for punishment. A time for doubt and a time for dominance. A time for forbearance and a time for fury. And there is never, ever a time for submission. Ladies and gentlemen, the former champion of the world here to take back what was once his  - Joey Chestnut!

    Did that bring chills down your spine, or what?

    Awesome.

    Why write about this, or bring attention to it at all?

    Because it is a perfect example of someone, (Shea), going the extra, extra mile. It is a master class in combining facts, context, emotion, and excitement to make his audience interested in and excited about what is about to happen.

    Because it is an amazing 1:15 showing a person (Shea) at the absolute top of his game. And not for nothing, shortly after this introduction, Chestnut went on to reclaim his Nathan's Hot Dog Champions title, (and Mustard Belt).

    The next time it is your job to introduce someone for a speech or a presentation you'd do well to watch Shea's introduction of Chestnut a few times to find some inspiration. 

    And the next time I get introduced for a presentation, I am going to demand that George Shea gets the job.

    Happy 4th of July!

    Monday
    Jul022018

    PODCAST: #HRHappyHour 327 - Business and HR Transformation at General Motors

    HR Happy Hour 327 - Business and HR Transformation at General Motors

    Sponsored by Virgin Pulse - www.virginpulse.com

    Hosts: Steve BoeseTrish McFarlane

    Guest: Michael Arena, Chief Talent Officer, General Motors

    Listen HERE

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, hosts Steve Boese and Trish McFarlane are joined by General Motors Chief Talent Officer Michael Arena to talk about GM's business and HR transformation efforts, a program called 'GM2020'. On the show Michael shared how GM's business has had to undergo pretty significant, rapid, and cultural change in response to some dramatic changes and challenges in the automotive industry. 

    Michael shared how GM's HR and Talent organizations have had to help the organization meet these challenges by becoming more agile, developing and acquiring new skills and capabilities, and learning where and when to support, foster, and encourage new, innovative ways of thinking - leading to the development and launch of the next generation of great automotive solutions.

    We also talked Cadillacs, Corvettes, Buicks, and Chevy Trucks - because c'mon, who doesn't love those?

    You can listen to the show on the show page HERE, on your favorite podcast app, or by using the widget player below:

    This was a really engaging and interesting conversation with an HR leader at one of America's most famous and successful companies - thanks to Michael for joining us.

    Remember to subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app - just search for 'HR Happy Hour'. 

    Saturday
    Jun302018

    This week on the #HRHappyHour Podcast Network

    This was a big week on the HR Happy Hour Podcast Network and with the HR Happy Hour on Alexa, so in case you missed anything or wanted to catch up on your favorite HR podcasts this weekend, here is a quick rundown of this past week across the HHH Network:

    HR Happy Hour 326 - High Tech HR: Innovating + Expanding Opportunity at Red Hat

    Host: Steve Boese

    Guest: DeLisa Alexander, Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer, Red Hat

    Sponsored by Virgin Pulse - www.virginpulse.com

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve is joined by DeLisa Alexander, EVP and Chief People Officer at Red Hat - an 11,000+ employee high tech company built on open source technology and committed to the idea that sharing, community, and being open can unlock the potential of people and organizations

    HR Market Watch 10 - The Future Role of the Recruiter

    Host: George LaRocque

    Guest: Art Papas, CEO, Bullhorn

    What's the future of recruiting? And what does that mean for recruiters?

    Join George LaRocque from HRWins to explore how the role of the recruiter is changing today with guest Art Papas CEO of Bullhorn.

     

    We're Only Human 27 - How McDonald's Measures Learning Outcomes

    Host: Ben Eubanks

    Guest: Kevin M. Yates

    One of the hard things for HR leaders to do is understand if the work they are doing actually has an impact on the business. What's the ROI, if any, of the investments and effort you're putting into your work?

    That's an question we're going to discuss today with Kevin M. Yates, a brilliant L&D leader and a self-described data detective, who recently joined the learning team at McDonald's. In the conversation, Kevin makes it really clear how to think through using data, evidence and facts to support what HR and learning leaders are doing in the business. 

    Remember to subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Podcast Network shows on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts or your favorite podcast app - just search for 'HR Happy Hour'.

    Finally, the HR Happy Hour Show for Amazon Alexa is going strong too - in the Amazon Alexa app you can add the 'HR Happy Hour' skill to your Alexa's daily Flash Briefings for updates three or four times each week from Trish McFarlane, Steve Boese, and Ben Eubanks. These are short, 3 - 5 minute 'mini' episodes covering a wide range of topics on HR, the workplace, technology, business and more. And if you don't have an Echo device you can also listen online at  the HR Happy Hour Show on Alexa.

    Here's a sample of one of the shows from this week:

    HR Happy Hour Show on Alexa - Episode 32

    Host: Steve Boese

    In this episode, Steve talks about when to let an employee who resigns work out his or her 'two weeks notice' and when to show them the exit door immediately after they turn in their resignation

    That's it from your pals on the HR Happy Hour Podcast Network - have a great weekend!

    Friday
    Jun292018

    How tight is the labor market? One retailer is already taking applications for the holidays

    You've seen the headlines, (or heard me talk about them on the HR Happy Hour Show), unemployment is really low, the number of posted job openings has never been higher, and companies of all kinds are reporting that finding and retaining talent continues to get tougher.

    Just how tough is it out there?

    Well here we are in late June and Kohl's, a major US retailer is already accepting applications for holiday (think Christmastime), seasonal workers for their stores. Here's the details from a piece on CNNMoney:

    The department store announced Wednesday that it is already accepting applications for seasonal positions. Kohl's is staking an early claim in a tight job market that has made it hard for companies to find workers.

    Kohl's is filling jobs at 300 of its 1,100 US stores for the back-to-school and holiday seasons. Additional jobs at stores and fulfillment centers will come open later in the year.

    It's the earliest Kohl's has ever started hiring seasonal workers, said Ryan Festerling, the store's executive vice president of human resources.

    Unemployment is 3.8%, the lowest since 2000. For the first time in at least 20 years, there are more job openings than people looking for work.

    A couple of quick thoughts on this move by Kohl's to get a jump start on holiday seasonal hiring:

    1. Kohl's is signaling, and I bet they have the internal data to back it up, that holiday hiring is going to be really, really tough this year for lots of reasons we've mentioned above. Starting as early as they can, they are hoping, will help them fill the roles they need by the dates they need them filled by.

    2. For the talent pool for retail holiday season help, Kohl's has gotten ahead of the likely competition for these workers. This story has been in the news a fair bit, and people who are thinking about looking for these kinds of jobs this year might consider Kohl's before other retailers - especially since they can apply right now.

    3. Despite all the talk about the end of retail and the inevitable domination of online shopping and Amazon, physical retail still matters. Lots of people work in these stores, and with a strong US economy, most of the large retailers will be looking to add staff for the holiday rush. Heck, maybe I will pick up a few hours this year over at the local mall.

    That's it for me for a summer Friday - have a great weekend!