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    PODCAST: #HRHappyHour 339 - Using Culture and Feedback to Evolve Performance Management

    HR Happy Hour 339 - Using Culture and Feedback to Evolve Performance Management

    Sponsored by Virgin Pulse - www.virginpulse.com

    Host: Steve Boese

    Guests: Keri Smith, Director of Human Resources, Business Partner and Organizational Development, HH Hunt; Joshua Howland, Director of Product, OC Tanner Labs

    Listen HERE

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve recorded live from the OC Tanner Influence Greatness Conference in Park City, Utah and learned how HH Hunt, a 2,000 employee organization is evolving their performance management practices. On the show, Keri Smith of HH Hunt shared their journey from the classic, annual, highly structured, formal, ratings-based, and pretty much hated annual performance review processes, to a newer approach centered around the 1-1 relationship between a manager and an employee. She discussed how the organization prepared to change their performance management practices, how they have set up a framework and structure for managers to lead impactful and engaging conversations with their employees, and how these new methods have served to solidify and strengthen both organizational culture and individual performance.

    Joshua shared how the newly released capabilities in the OC Tanner Culture Cloud have supported Keri and HH Hunt in these initiatives and how they are working with all kinds of organizations to enable and empower culture-centered change. You can learn more and sign up for a free trial of these new capabilties at www.octanner.com.

    This was an interesting show and great look at 'life after performance reviews.'

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

    Thanks to Keri and Joshua for joining us and thanks to OC Tanner for inviting the HR Happy Hour Show to the event.

    Subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show wherever you get your podcasts.


    PODCAST: #HRHappyHour 334 - Driving Engagement and Results with Performance Management

    HR Happy Hour 334 - Driving Engagement and Results with Performance Management

    Sponsored by Virgin Pulse - www.virginpulse.com

    Hosts: Steve BoeseTrish McFarlane

    Guest: Michael Heller, iRevu

    Listen HERE

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve and Trish are joined by Michael Heller or iRevu, an HR technology provider of performance and goal management solutions to talk about how performance management is evolving, how organizations are making the transition from the traditional annual performance review process to something more frequent and impactful, and how leaders and managers can get better at providing useful and productive feedback more regularly. 

    Michael also shared his insights on how organizations can still manage downstream processes like compensation and rewards in a 'no performance rating' environment and his tips for making feedback more effective - namely, focusing on transparency, honesty, and directness.

    Additionally, we discussed the naming of dogs, our best bosses ever, the advice Steve was given on his first day at a 'real' job, and we celebrated a recent HR Happy Hour Show milestone - 1 Million downloads!

    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 fun and interesting show, thanks to Michael for joining us.

    Remember to subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts - just search for 'HR Happy Hour'.


    PODCAST: #HRHappyHour 332 - The 2018 Deloitte Human Capital Trends Report

    HR Happy Hour 332 - The 2018 Deloitte Human Capital Trends Report

    Sponsored by Virgin Pulse - www.virginpulse.com

    Hosts: Steve BoeseTrish McFarlane

    Guest: Erica Volini, Leader, US Human Capital Practice, Deloitte

    Listen HERE

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, hosts Steve Boese and Trish McFarlane are joined by Erica Volini from Deloitte, to take a deep dive into some of the most important themes and trends from the 2018 Deloitte Human Capital Trends Report.

    On the show, Erica shared some of the insights that the Deloitte team gained from their in-depth survey of over 11,000 global HR and business leaders. Some of theme and trends we talked about on the show are the emergence of the social enterprise - the idea that organization need to think more broadly about the value they create in society, the need for HR and business leaders to think about designing and supporting employee careers as set of experiences, and how more organizations are embracing holistic approaches to employee wellbeing as a driver of business success.

    There is so much great information, data, and insights in the report, we honestly just scratched the surface of what is truly relevant and important for HR leaders. We plan on doing a follow-up show this fall to dig into the data even more.

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

    Thanks to Erica for joing us and get your free copy of the report HERE.

    Subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show wherever you get your podcasts - just search for 'HR Happy Hour'.


    HRE Column: The Three Things I Think About the Most When Thinking About HR Tech

    I have been a little slack in posting links back to my monthly column over at HR Executive Online but fear not gentle readers, I have not abandoned this essential public service.

    So without further delay, here is the link to my latest Inside HR Tech piece at HR Executive - 3 HR Tech Topics I Think About the Most.

    From the piece:

    I have recently had many conversations with speakers, exhibitors and HR tech-industry experts to finalize sessions, schedules and plans for the HR Technology Conference in September. In one of these conversations, a representative from a major HR-technology provider asked me an interesting question that I don’t recall ever being asked before: “When you are thinking about HR technology, what do you think about the most?”

    At the time, I tried to stammer out a reasonably coherent answer, as I was not expecting the question. I’ve been thinking about it ever since and decided it would be a good topic to explore here, because elements of HR tech I consider may also influence how you think your current and future tech.

    With that said, here are the categories I most often come back to when I think about HR tech.

    The War for Talent

    Regular readers might recall that I think about, talk about and write about macro labor-market data and trends almost compulsively. The monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics “JOLTS” report is the highlight of most months for me, and I track data points like the labor-force-participation rate and the quits rate like I used to track the batting averages of the mid-1980s New York Mets.

    You probably don’t have to be a labor-market wonk to know the U.S. market continues to tighten and become more challenging for employers. Unemployment is nearing low, “full-employment” levels and the number of posted, open jobs—as well as the rate of voluntary separations (or “quits”)—is at all-time high since the BLS began its measurements. Essentially, most, if not all, employers are facing difficulty for finding, attracting and retaining workers.

    So back to the HR-technology angle. When I think about HR technology I tend to first think about how a specific technology can help an organization better compete in this extremely difficult environment...

    Read the rest at Human Resource Executive Online...

    And remember to subscribe to get my monthly Inside HR Tech column via email on the subscription sign-up page here. The first 25 new subscribers get a new set of steak knives. Well, maybe. 

    Thanks and have a great day!


    No more free lunch, at least for some tech workers

    The on-site, catered, or in-house chef-prepared free lunch (and potentially even breakfast, dinner, and endless snacks and drinks) has long been a stable of high-tech companies all over the country, but is most typically centered on the Silicon Valley and San Francisco startup scenes.

    Free meals and snacks have become so commonplace (and celebrated), that many companies see the benefit/perk as simply a cost of doing business in order to attract and retain the best talent, (and probably to keep them on-site and working longer hours, and less distracted throughout the day). Heck, most of us are too busy to do much more than have a sandwich and an Diet Dr. Pepper at out desks for lunch anyway - who has time to head out to a restaurant? So making that grab and go and devour lunch in 12 minutes routine much more satisfying by making the food both free and delicious at least gives many tech workers a benefit that the rest of us can only admire from afar.

    Well if some Mountain View and San Francisco public officials get their way, the free lunch benefit may finally succumb to the old maxim 'There's no such thing as a free lunch.' Details of what these city leaders have in mind come from a recent piece on Business Insider - San Francisco Bay Area Cities are Cracking Down on Free Food at Facebook and Other Tech Companies:

    It's no secret that Facebook employees love their office meals. On Instagram, there are countless photos of free meals — from sushi to tacos to coffee waffles — served at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, California.

    But come this fall, when the tech giant moves to a new Mountain View office complex called the Village, that perk will no longer exist.

    That's because the city is prohibiting companies from fully subsidizing meals inside the Village, a rule that could spread to other Bay Area cities in the future. Free food is a popular perk at tech companies throughout San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    On Tuesday, San Francisco legislators proposed a similar ban, the San Francisco Examiner reports. If passed, it would adjust zoning laws to bar new construction of on-site workplace cafeterias. (The ban wouldn't be retroactive, however, so on-site food at companies like Google and Twitter would still be available.)

    A quick look at the details of the rules in Mountain View and the proposal in San Francisco do show that there are or could be at least some decent-sized loopholes that companies can walk through in order to keep providing employees free lunch. Companies already providing the perk are exempt from the new rules, and the "fully subsidized" language in the rule seems to open up the opportunity for companies to at least heavily subsidize or discount food they bring into the office for employees.

    But having said that, let's contemplate for a moment what might happen if these rules/bans actually do stick and new companies or new developments from existing companies discover that the on-site free lunch truly gets eliminated for their workers. 

    Would there be some kind of a worker revolt? An "We Demand Our Avocado Toast and Cold Brew" march on City Hall? Would some workers actually leave or refuse to join a tech company that actually made employees leave the office and buy their own food? Might a tech company or two simply relocate or decide to build their new facility in a more "free food friendly" location?

    Why am I asking so many questions about free lunch? Probably because I have not worked anywhere that offered such an awesome perk.

    Because if I did, I'd probably still be working there. 

    What do you think, should governments be regulating the perks that companies can offer their workers?

    Sounds like a bit of an overreach to me. Now you will have to excuse me, I have to go make my own lunch.

    Have a great day!