Pitch-a-policy

Guess what day it is… Guess. What day. It Is. It’s PITCH-A-POLICY FRIDAY! …. Wooot!

Just kidding… it’s only Wednesday and we ain’t pitchin’ no policies anytime soon! But wouldn’t it be nice if we were? Man. I can’t even take credit for this… someone mentioned this to me in Chicago-I want to say they saw it in a book? Not sure.. specifics not necessary anyway (if you’re in the market for a fact-finding blog shoo now, go on somewhere else…). Back to the point… What if you went around to everyone on your team and let them pick a policy that they would like to pitch to the trash!? Wouldn’t that be awesome? I’d be so excited to do that I probably couldn’t function; the hard part for me would be picking JUST ONE. I wonder what our employees would suggest if we gave them that option??? #justdreaming

It would be a magnificent time to get rid of pesky policies that serve little to no purpose. Ever have a conversation with a co-worker or employee about a policy and say “well we just have to do that because it’s policy, it’s not necessary that we do that for really any other purpose”. I get confused with the #policypolice at work because my thought process is: the policy must exist for a reason so we must follow it. My brain cannot work correctly when you train me on a policy and then I follow said policy and then you tell me obey hr catsaid policy is pretty much useless. I go into LOUD NOISES mode and then shut down! If it’s useless get rid of it. Don’t write policy just to write policy. Let your policies serve a real purpose. I swear I’ve worked in companies that had more policies than they knew what to do with. No one reads all those policies. Heck, the HR department doesn’t know all those policies-even though 90% of them were “implemented” by HR. What kind of picture does that paint? How serious can your department be taken if it’s pushing around unnecessary policies? How effective is it to write a policy for one trouble maker? Better yet, how lazy is it to write a policy for one bad apple? I know a lot of my HR buddies agree with me-manage your people don’t policy them to death.

Do you policy your people to death? If you could trash a policy from your handbook which policy would it be? Why?

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Out Sick #truestorytuesday

I have too many short funnies to keep to myself so for a while I will be sharing a series that we will call #TrueStoryTuesday, for your Tuesday amusement of course. These stories are just a random collection of real things – or at least things that have really been told to me or my team – over my time in HR. By the way if you have one you think is worth sharing, but need it to be anonymous feel free to email it to me 🙂

Of course the names have been changed to protect the innocent … and the guilty!

Billy Bob: Hey Jim Bob we missed you-you feeling better?

Jim Bob: Hey Billy Bob-all better now. Those dadgum squirrels I was telling you about in my attic? I took care of em-poison traps.

Billy Bob: Yeah?

Jim Bob: Yep! Then I cleaned me some squirrel and cooked it up real nice.

Billy Bob: The squirrels you poisoned?

Jim Bob: Yeah. Meat was real tasty, but that wasn’t such a good idea though… Doc says I basically poisoned myself since I ate them squirrels I poisoned.

nooooooooooo squirrel#scoutshonor that’s a real excuse that someone gave for being out sick: “Ate squirrels after poisoned said squirrels in own house”

Do you hire crazy? Yes, yes we do.

So my phone has been blowing up over 2 stories that don’t really have anything to do with me. The first being some guy in Arkansas that woke up to a dog eating his testicle… I guess since I’m from Arkansas everyone feels it necessary for me to be associated with this crazy story. I haven’t been diligent in my research on this one, but you’re more than welcome to read about it here. Or google it and find where every state in the country has picked up the story. The question I have here is was it necessary to call the police? I know I should just research and find the answer, but no.

The second story Shea Allen being fired from WAAY 31 in Huntsville. Since I work in Huntsville and because I blog everyone I know feels necessary to tell me about this story and maybe make sure it doesn’t happen to me… what? Shea made it all the way to the Today show with her story of being fired for her personal blog and people are all in a tizzy sharing their two cents about it so I’ll throw my two cents in the pile. A couple of things… you are a reporter… for a news station… that makes you marketing as well. If people don’t like you or what you say they are less likely to watch you. You represent your employer at all times: when you are at the grocery store, at the gas station, at the water park, on the radio, tweeting and blogging… be mindful of that. Should she have been fired? I don’t know. Not for me to say. I don’t know what her personnel file looks like, but here’s my breakdown of her 10 confessions.

1)      If I could go bra-less anywhere and no one be the wiser, I would… but I can’t. Kudos to you for having that option.

2)      It’s easy to get things out of people who have the hots for you. This rule is true for everyone

3)      Sometimes people are better at winging it than if they rehearsed something or are reading someone else’s work. No problem here.

4)      Every female in the world is working on perfecting this art, if not for television at least for group photos, right?

5)      My left side is my good side too.

6)      Old people aren’t scary and they watch the news. Listen up sister, we all have to do things at work that we don’t like to do. Openly refusing to do a portion of your job may make it hard for an employer to take you seriously, now and in the future.

7)      Rainbows aren’t for everyone. And they usually don’t get the ratings that the opposite stories get. I’ll still give you a pass here.

8)      Are you on the clock or off the clock? Is this acceptable practice? I imagine if you have to get up in the wee hours of the morning or work extremely late and you have some hours in between stories you’re chasing that this probably isn’t as taboo as it sounds on your list. More info please?

9)      Still no problem here… as a recruiter we sometimes let candidates ramble after we’ve determined they aren’t a fit for our positions. I think letting them continue to talk is the opposite of rude.

10)   Okay.. isn’t this too far? That’s a federal crime right? Why is everyone harping on the other 9 things, but ignoring that this is actually a crime… #confused.

What I’m wondering is how the HR department for the news station is handling this? Hopefully everything is documented and maybe there is some sort of conduct clause in her contract. No matter if they chose to fire her or keep her on people are going to throw their two cents in. When your employees act crazy in public you get judged. People ask questions like “How did she get through the hiring process?” …. “Did she know what was expected from her?”… “Is this a lack of leadership within your organization?”…”Does she have a history of this type of stuff?” etc. etc.

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I want to be… an #intern

In two weeks, I will complete my first summer internship. Although an internship is primarily sought out for experience, I have learned much more about the real world than how to put difficult equations to practice (engineer, here).
My internship search actually began two years ago, as a Sophomore in college. I attended the career fairs that I was always advised to, and flirted with numerous recruiters from various companies. I had minimal luck, but ended up scoring an interview with an aerospace firm close to home. I really wanted this internship, so I prepared diligently for the interview, not thinking to apply to other engineering firms online. After receiving a second interview, I was unfortunately notified that I had not been chosen.
Last year, I took a different approach to the internship hunt. I decided to attend the career fairs as before, but also applying to as many programs online as possible. This is my biggest piece of advice: apply, apply, apply. For every hundred internships you apply for, you may only score one interview. It seems like overkill, but that is what it takes. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket like i did two years ago.
After weeks of filling out applications and a handful of interviews, I finally received two offers for the summer. Despite this great news, I was in a predicament. While one company had a more prestigious name, the work was more business-like and less technical. The other company was much smaller, but promised exciting technical projects. In the end, I chose the latter option, and couldn’t have been more pleased.
This summer, I contributed to a real assignment that a customer will see. I was able to to apply skills I have learned in college (microprocessor operation) and learn new ones in the process (script programming). At the end of the summer, I will present my findings in front of my fellow interns as well as the CEO and President of the company.

No coffee?
Aside from the technical experience I’ve gained, I’ve also learned a lot about corporate culture at the company I work for. Due to its size, the company is more connected to its employees, providing them with special benefits and family concern. Employees also enjoy company-sponsored events, such as picnics and holiday celebrations. Although I am unsure about my final career plans, I do know for sure that I would prefer a smaller firm over a large one.
Finally, I have learned what it means to live in a new place, starting anew with a blank slate. I was unfamiliar with the city, so on the weekends I explored new restaurants, parks, and coffee shops. I started with no friends, so I chose to spend time with my fellow interns. I even started playing Ultimate Frisbee (I was a little late in the game), meeting friends there. All in all, my internship experience was golden. I accomplished my primary goal: to learn something. And on the way, I just happened to meet some amazing people that I can call friends.

My name is Andrew Mortellaro and I am an Electrical Engineering student at the University of Florida.

I love people, wait what was the question?

I love people, wait what was the question?

Occasionally I’m faced with a group of students dreaming about their career path in the wonderful world of HR seeking advice from some of us experienced HR pros. I always ask the same question to these advice seekers… “Why did you choose HR?” and a lot of times people cannot answer that question or worse they give a bad answer. More specifically when someone wants advice on how to land a job as a recruiter I ask this question “Why do you want to be a recruiter” …. [pause…think…word vomit]… “I LOVE PEOPLE”. Let me be completely real with you guys… I hate that answer. I cannot stand that answer. When someone says that is why they want to recruit (or work in HR) I immediately start thinking of not for profit organizations they could work for that LOVE PEOPLE. Loving people isn’t going to make you an above average recruiter; in fact it could do quite the opposite to your recruiting career. I notice that people who just love people are interested in helping people and willing to fall for their stories. Tim Sackett’s compilation of candidate lies for example; a person who does recruiting because they love people are seriously more apt to fall for these and continue to deal with these rotten apples.

Why do I recruit? I get a huge sense of accomplishment when I get the opportunity to match a client and an employee up that are perfect match! I love to see the way a person’s life can change when they get to work a job that they are specifically a fit for from skills to culture and the positive impact it has on their home life. I enjoy the occasional thank you letter from candidates for working on placing them in their position. I enjoy when a hiring manager brags on the candidates I selected for them to interview. I have a heart for successful business. I believe anything is possible when you piece together the right team and I enjoy helping hiring managers and companies identify the right components and strategize to make the most of their new hires and existing team. I recruit because I love the positive impact recruiting has when done correctly. I do not recruit because I love people, in fact I may not even love people all that much.

Grumpy Cat

So let me leave you with this… why do you recruit or why do you want to recruit?

HR ain’t cool…

I recently had a chat with my baby brother about the company that I currently work for. I was telling him about all the cool stuff that happens where I work now: some of the projects we’ve worked on in the past and some of the areas that we are working in now.. He’s getting excited, my baby sister is sitting there looking at us like we are both idiots because she had heard of almost nothing I mentioned… the one thing she did know she blurted out “that sounds like Call of Duty!”.. it was a brief moment, but I was kind of proud LOL. So my brother is stoked about all this cool stuff and he looks at me plain as day and says “What kind of cool stuff do you get to do there?”…. [crickets]… I have to blink a couple of times and give him a “say whaaaaaat” because I’m assuming he knows what I do for a living… I mean I only talk about it ALL the time (Hey- baby brother, don’t you read my blog? sheesh!). When I realize he is serious and wants an answer I give it to him “I get to find the people we hire to work on all these cool projects”. BOOM! [crickets] He just doesn’t get it. So I try again… “I solve problems that are different from the problems our engineers solve…” NAILED IT! Psyche.. still doesn’t care.. he’s only interested in the cool tech-y engineering type stuff. Hmm. You may be an engineer if…?

Anyway! Isn’t this part of our problem? We can’t express our value? We can’t convince non HR folks why we rock. 😦 Well it is for some of us. And that’s okay, because for those of “us” that it is a problem for, I have faith in you. You can turn it around. You can step up and find awesome people and help grow the awesome people you already have and do some really legit team building and coaching and activities and so on and so forth and be the best HR department you can be! But no one is going to do it for you, so get up off your tush and go do it. And if you don’t want to get up off your tush and go do it I’m going to have to ask you kindly to leave the HR profession; we don’t need anyone bringing us down and we don’t want anyone giving the profession a bad name.. kthanks! 🙂 #muchlove

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#HappyBirthdayCadenceBTR -a tweetathon

As a follow up to the challenge for everyone to send Cadence a birthday card we have engaged in a massive social media storm/tweetathon! You can be a part of this by simply tweeting @bigtimerush information about Cadences story and requesting they send her a card too! You can also post on their facebook page! Find others who are doing the same at the Cards For Cadence facebook page!

Cadence getting ready to see Big Time Rush!

She loves Big Time Rush and had plans to attend a concert with her family on their #SummerBreakTour in July. Her extended family stepped up to the plate and took her in their place and I hope it is a memory that Cadence has forever. We all know this first birthday is going to be especially hard for her. So close to the date that she survived the terrible wreck that took her family. We are doing our part by making it special and sending her a #HappyBirthdayCadence card, will you?

In addition to sending your own card please join us in asking Big Time Rush to send a card! Here are some prewritten tweets you can use:

@bigtimerush Will you help us make Cadences day special? Her heartbreaking story here: https://hrpockets.com/2013/07/04/happybirthdaycadence/ #HappyBirthdayCadenceBTR

@bigtimerush You are Cadences favorite! Please send her a card! #HappyBirthdayBTR she deserves a special birthday this year!

@bigtimerush Your biggest fan has suffered a loss & you could put a smile on her face! https://www.facebook.com/#!/CardsForCadence?hc_location=stream send her a card! #HBDCBTR

@bigtimerush Please read Cadences story! She <3s you! Send her a card! #HappyBirthdayCadenceBTR https://hrpockets.com/2013/07/04/happybirthdaycadence/ Make her day special!

@bigtimerush How can you help 1 of your biggest fans? Send a card! https://www.facebook.com/#!/CardsForCadence?hc_location=stream #CardsForCadence #HappyBirthdayCadenceBTR

Everyone! Help us tweet to @bigtimerush for Cadence! #HappyBirthdayCadence https://hrpockets.com/2013/07/04/happybirthdaycadence/ Please make her day! She LOVES yall!

Everyone can help us tweet to @bigtimerush for Cadence! #HappyBirthdayCadence https://hrpockets.com/2013/07/04/happybirthdaycadence/ Please make her day! She LOVES yall!

I may go to twitter jail today! Cmon @bigtimerush show Cadence some love! Will you send her a card?! https://www.facebook.com/CardsForCadence?directed_target_id=0

@bigtimerush you could put a smile on your biggest fans face! https://www.facebook.com/#!/CardsForCadence?hc_location=stream send her a card! #HappyBirthdayCadenceBTR

@bigtimerush While youre in the studio making songs why don’t you make a video for Cadence? She loves y’all. #HappyBirthdayCadenceBTR

 

 

You can find my tweets @HRecruit

For this project please use the #HappyBirthdayCadenceBTR … maybe we can trend on twitter? 😉

Do you have a good tweet that I left off? Share it in the comments and we will use it too! This tweetathon will go on until Saturday July 12th at 8am CST. See you there!