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Is it against the law to remote wipe an employee's Candy Crush high score?

Replace Candy Crush high score with email contacts on a personal iPhone used for work (BYOD), and you have the issue that a federal court in Texas recently tackled.


This case presents a set of facts not unlike those which could easily arise in your workplace.

A salesman working for a residential home builder used his personal iPhone for work. This meant that his iPhone was connected to the defendant's' Microsoft Exchange Server, allowing the saleman remotely to access the email, contact manager, and calendar.

When the...


How to Prepare for a HR Assignment in Another Country


I recently spoke with a colleague in Canada who will be moving to the U.S. next year. We were talking about the differences between federal and state laws. So I thought I would share with you some resources on where to go if you’re planning for a human resources assignment in another country.

In my career, I’ve worked with several professionals who’ve had global assignments. And, I’ve had some international responsibilities myself, although I’ve never lived outside the U.S. There are two main considerations when you think about international roles and responsibilities:

  1. The labor laws, etc. of the place
  2. ...

I Love Sports References in the Workplace


While everyone is talking about employee engagement and company culture, I would like to address the all-important use of sports references in the workplace. It’s what I know and what I love to do. Whether we like it or not, there are many parallels between the work place and sports. Both have teams, coaches, managers, strategy, rules, and role players, just to name a few. So if we want to get rid of the references, we got a lot of work to do. 

For example, have you ever been asked to find those “A players?” You have used every...


#Nextchat: Your Culture Stinks...But You Still Have to Hire!


We endlessly discuss, debate and dissect the topic of organizational culture; I myself tackled the subject just a few weeks ago. “Culture is the differentiator” we’re fond of saying. “To attract top talent we need to have an awesome culture!” we loudly proclaim from the rooftops. After all, as we learned via a report from The Institute for Corporate Performance (I4CP), the five domains of high performance organizations are: strategy, culture, leadership, talent, and market.

So culture - which is neither defined, owned or controlled by one person or one group - has become an HR buzzword. We talk about hiring for culture fit. We discuss brand culture with...


Executive Book Club: November 2014


For decades, organizations have struggled to find clear solutions to better engage and retain their best employees. At some point does it make sense to say, “Why don’t we just ask them?”

Well, we do ask them. We ask them through engagement surveys, opinion surveys, climate surveys, and exit surveys. We survey online, over the phone, and with live and recorded voices. These surveys generate reports, and from reports come scores and rank orders, which then become benchmarks. From benchmarks we set goals to...


What the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Means for Employers

Overview: Following overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate and House, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2014. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) supported this legislation to reform the federal job training system and sent a joint support letter to Congress with its affiliate, the Council for Global Immigration.

WIOA authorizes federal employment and training programs. It is designed to help individuals acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for today’s economy and to connect employers to the skilled workers they need. WIOA includes four main programs:...


Stir the Talent Warehouse Pot – Nurture, Engage and Prosper


Talent acquisition for the enterprise is a challenging proposition in this era of talent shortage. Despite the lingering effects of the Great Recession and the fact that for many it seems like we are still in a recession. According to Rahaf Harfoush, co-author of the New York Times best-seller The Decoded, 1 out of 3 employers today say they are unable to fill key roles.

The Talent Warehouse – A Proactive Tool for Recruitment and Succession Planning

With this talent gap, talent is a key competitive differentiator. Finding and keeping the right talent is a critical strategic priority. At...