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December 2020

Balance culture and cost

Everyone loves those morning news segments about some company’s incredibly lavish workplace culture.. You’ve seen them—usually highly-capitalized startups and tech firms—sporting basketball hoops in the break room, on-premises puppy daycare, full-time masseuses and foosball tables where conference tables usually are....

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The difference between leading a company—and just running it

You came up with the idea. You built the company. You do the books, make the pitches, negotiate the deals, make the hard decisions. You do it all. So why does it sometimes feel like the business is running you?...

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Meeting Millennial employee priorities

It’s my belief that their increased likelihood of leaving a job isn’t necessarily a byproduct of generational angst. More often, I find that the cause is actually a mismatch between the employer’s and employee’s definitions of what makes a rewarding...

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Transformative Employees: Born leaders, or made leaders?

It’s a trending catchphrase in HR these days, but the idea of transformative employees is not a new one. Go back in time and you’ll find a lot of other nicknames, like game changer. Mover and shaker. Plugger. Coffee achiever,...

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Unlimited paid time off: it’s awesome! when you do it right

Unlimited paid time off (UPTO) is a workplace benefit that’s becoming more and more common,particularly in the tech field and in startups of all kinds. I get asked about this one a lot, and my answer is that UPTO is...

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