January 30, 2018

Why Not Asking Salary History is a Step in the Right Direction

The fact that 13 states and municipalities now ban salary history questions on their employment applications is encouraging. Organizations like Amazon, Facebook, Google and Cisco have […]
November 28, 2017

Are You Energized or Drained at the End of the Day?

Many years ago, when I was in college, I had a part-time job at a photo processing plant (this was before the days of digital photography). […]
September 26, 2017

The High Cost of Candidate Selection Short Cuts

This is how it usually plays out. A manager has an opening and wants to cut short the selection process. Business needs dictate that a quicker […]
July 31, 2017

When having a Peacemaker Contributes to Team Dysfunction

I once advised an executive team that operated more like a group of fiefdoms than a cohesive organization. Disagreements were common which permeated the entire organization. […]
June 15, 2017

Behavioral Fit: The Difference Between Swimming Upstream vs Downstream

Making a good hire takes more than finding someone with right skills and experiences. A new (or existing) employee with a good behavioral fit can be […]
April 24, 2017

Avoiding Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Paul was widely regarded as a successful project manager. His team had a reputation for top performance. By almost every metric, they exceeded expectations and made […]
February 14, 2017

You’ve heard of Big Data, but how do you make it work for you?

What’s the big deal about big data? When it comes to employees, utilizing big data can be the difference between that perfect hire and a time […]
December 12, 2016

What Inspires and Motivates people? Being Understood and Useful

I have always been fascinated with what inspires and motivates people and have been fortunate to make it the basis for my career. Recently, I had […]
November 7, 2016

5 Ways to Build a Highly Engaged Company Culture

By Greg Barnett  These methods will create a positive workplace culture that employees will be eager to engage in When you talk about company culture, what […]
September 26, 2016

Beware of Employee Incentives that Target a Specific Outcome

Executives at Wells Fargo now know how providing employee incentives that target a specific outcome, in their case getting employees to convince customers to open more […]
August 1, 2016

The Importance of Selling Your Job Opening (and Company) to Candidates

In my 25+ years in Human Resources and Recruiting, I have seen too many versions of the following story. “In the six months that we had […]
June 1, 2016

Is The Google Culture Right For Your Organization?

It is well known that Google is the dream company to work for in terms of company culture. From free sushi to free massages to free […]
April 4, 2016

When Parting Ways is Best for the Organization, the Employee and You

For his first three years, Tom was a model employee. You were convinced you had made a perfect hire as you watched him crank out work […]
March 22, 2016

Rethinking Annual Performance Reviews

Most employees and managers look forward to annual performance reviews as much as they look forward to having a root canal. Next to getting fired, it […]
February 29, 2016

The Importance of Hiring Your Next Superstar

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is believed to have said, “Nothing is constant but change.” Funny that such an old saying fits so many companies today. In […]
February 22, 2016

IgnitionHR Launches

The experiences of a 25-year career in Human Resources contributed to the founding of IgnitionHR.  The talent services we provide are the result of having served […]