Unlimited Vacation- YEAH! Let’s all take a break!

Month: April 2015

Unlimited Vacation- YEAH! Let’s all take a break!

Unlimited Vacation- YEAH!  Let’s all take a break!

Unlimited vacation!  YES!  We recently moved to flex-time off (FTO), aka unlimited vacation time. Other technology companies had already done this and we thought it was a great benefit.  I was on the project team to determine how to make this work and what the advantages and pitfalls were of rolling it out. When I was researching FTO, I reviewed companies who had already implemented unlimited vacation. The overwhelming consensus was that folks took less time off under FTO. That was a negative for us, honestly. We all understand the benefits of employees taking time away to refresh and rejuvenate.  We did not want

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Tell Me How to be a Better HRBP, Part 2

Tell Me How to be a Better HRBP, Part 2

In the first part of this series,  I talked about the need to learn the business and be credible.  This week I want to chat about puzzles.  One of the skillsets we build in HR, regardless of the focus area is how to put together puzzles. Whether it is during an employee relations investigation, where you interview those involved and build the case with the puzzles pieces they share.  Or as a recruiter, when you sit with a hiring manager to find out what they are looking for and then put together the puzzle with just the right person based on their

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Just Tell Me How to be a Better HRBP, part 1

Just Tell Me How to be a Better HRBP, part 1

Everywhere we turn these days as HR professionals, we see something about a complete overhaul of HR being needed for us to remain relevant.  Deloitte just published Reinventing HR which points to what needs to be fixed. We can all agree that we need to change and we want to change, but where we fall down is how.  I am not sure about you, but I have not been granted an unlimited budget from my Chief People Officer to make all the changes needed, no matter how nicely I ask.  So, how do we make this shift on teams with limited

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The Art of the Walkabout

The Art of the Walkabout

No I am not from the outback but I have learned a great deal by mastering the art of the walkabout.  This is a simple trick I read in some management 101 book many years ago and it applies to HR in a very meaningful way. I like to walk through all the buildings or floors or common areas in my organizations that I support.  I am not there with a specific agenda.  I am there to chat and listen.  Sometimes, I learn more during these 15-20 minute walkabouts than I do in all day meetings. Now, I am in

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