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Posts from Jimmy Winskowski

Oct 13

Top HR and Company Culture News of the Week – October 13, 2014

"OK, you bunch of cry babies, what's this I hear about poor morale?" Does this sound like something you would say to your team? I hope not. But believe it or not, there are bosses out there who just don't seem to get it. Inc.com author Geoffrey James rounds up 49 of the worst offenders in his recent post, "49 Dumb Things Bosses Really Said." You won't believe what you read. Did you know that over a third of business leaders expect to see at least 50% of their employees working remotely by 2020? After all, studies have revealed some pretty significant benefits to allowing empoyees to work from home. Not convinced? Take a look at this rundown from Fast Co.'s Rachel Gillett featuring a few very compelling reasons to consider letting your workers clock in from home. What does it mean to be an entrepreneur? Sure, the dictionary may tell you that an entrepreneur is simply a person who has started his or her own business. But there's so much more to the journey of entrepreneurship than just bringing a business idea to fruition. It takes unwavering passion, dedication and innovation, and it's certainly not the right path for everyone. See what 14 top business owners named as the true qualities of an entrepreneur in this writeup from Business News Daily's Nicole Fallon.

Oct 6

Top HR and Company Culture News of the Week – October 6, 2014

We've all been there – stuck at the office to try to catch up. And then 5:30 pm turns into 6:00 pm turns into 7:00 pm turns into...well, you get the picture. Well, one company in Amsterdam has a solution. They've designed an office that disappears every night at 6:00. See how they're instituting a better work-life balance by design in this recent piece from Fast Co. author Adele Peters. Do you ever have those days when it's hard to focus at work, no matter how driven you try to be? It happens to the best of us, especially when working a 9 to 5 (or longer) schedule every day of the week. Did you know there is actually a proven reason why some days are more productive than others? See what Forbes contributor, The Daily Muse has to say about hacking your process to get more out of your days in this recent piece, "It's Not Your Imagination: There's A Proven Reason You Work Better Some Days."

Sep 29

Top HR and Company Culture News of the Week – September 29, 2014

Employee recognition is meant to boost an employee’s performance. It should motivate. It should reward. It should satisfy. But all too often management attention stops at deciding what the recognition will be. After that it’s just waiting for the performance to happen, for the recognition to be offered, and for the planning for the next go-round. Talent Culture author Tim Wright shares what he calls 3 Sparks To Recognize And Engage Employees in this recent article.

Sep 22

Top HR and Company Culture News of the Week – September 22, 2014

Finding new employees isn't always easy. And since new employees help shape a small business in ways they may not be able to at a bigger company, hiring the right employee is even more important for startups. Business News Daily author Brittney Helmrich has some great advice for anyone looking to make the right hire for their company culture. Check out her five hiring tips for your startup.

Sep 15

Top HR and Company Culture News of the Week – September 15, 2014

Vulnerability. Honesty. Accountability. These are far more than just great values to espouse in your personal relationships; They are also a few of the most important things employees expect from their leaders. So what else are today's workers looking for from management? Great question. According to Forbes writer Glenn Llopis, they're looking for these 7 key values. Read the list and see if you agree!   Want to change your mood around the office? Seemingly trivial facial expressions, minor activities, and routine habits can not only reveal your mood to co-workers, they can also dictate your mood. What does this all mean? It means that if you're looking to get happy, there are some pretty simple things you can do. Check out this article from Inc.com's John Brandon on the 7 habits of the most joyful people in your office.   What makes a bad boss? Forbes contributor Lisa Quast has more than just a few ideas. In fact, she literally wrote the book on how to spot a bad manager from a mile away before joining their company. So how can you tell if you are (or if you employ) the type of hiring manager she's talking about? Check out her recent Forbes article, "How To Spot A Bad Boss -- Before You Accept The Job Offer." If any of her descriptions seem to ring a bell, you've got a major problem on your hands...

Sep 8

Top HR and Company Culture News of the Week – September 8, 2014

Did you know that more than 1/3 of U.S. workers are either working or moonlighting as freelancers? And that number is likely to include your company's employees as well. What is it that they're looking for? For some, it's benefits. For others, it could be the extra pay. See what it's going to take for your company to adapt to this new trend with a little help from from Forbes author Susan Adams. Building a great company takes more than great planning, great values, and great leadership. It takes hiring and holding on to great people. So what's the secret formula? Inc.com writer Lolly Daskal says that you need four types of people to provide your business with direction, energy, and momentum. See what she means in her most recent article, "4 people every successful business needs." You're working hard to fill your company with the best, brightest, most talented workers you can find. And while you may or may not be in a hyper-competitive talent market, you've probably had trouble at one point or another filling a position that you were hiring for. So what are you doing wrong? Roberta Matuson has the answer. Check out her 7 reasons why you can't fill your latest job vacancy, this week on Forbes.com.