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How Hemingway, Crystal and a Fox Can Help You Communicate Better

By: mprinz Friday June 10, 2016 comments

Do you sometimes sound like a jerk? Are your emails rambling, confrontational, demanding or insensitive? Have you ever gasped in horror rereading the memo YOU just sent only to realize what you should have said didnt come out the way it should have? In Orwells dystopian novel 1984, written years before its time, spin-doctor Winston was chartered to rewrite history. Leaving the details out because you probably already know them, words can shape thought - and wrong words can be deadly . Rarely do you get second opportunities to explain your... Read More

Yoga for the Stressed Out Recruiter

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday January 20, 2015 comments

Recruiting can be stressful. You try so hard to find the perfect candidate and sometimes it seems like all the stars are aligned against you. To help with this problem, I have come up with some yoga poses to be used for some of those more stressful moments. Down Dog : This pose is used when that candidate you had high hopes for totally pisses-off the President of the company by saying something really stupid. The pose is to be executed at the end of the day when you are debriefing the candidate and he says So how did I do? To perform... Read More

Happy Holidays from 2 Santas, a Reindeer and a Grinch!

By: Casey Siewert Tuesday December 23, 2014 comments

Happy Holidays from 2 Santas, a Reindeer and a Grinch!

Happy Holidays from the InnotrieveTeam: (back): Jerry Doug (front): Casey Elena ... Read More

Change and the Death of the Chocolate Santa Claus

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday December 16, 2014 comments Tags: HR Humor

Change and the Death of the Chocolate Santa Claus

The chocolate Santa Claus first poked his head out of my stocking in 1965. All you could see was that shiny, silvery red head just above those glinty Santa eyes. Hes appeared in my stocking every year since then. Thats 48 years of Santa heads peering out at me. There wont be one there this year. My family informed me that it is a waste of time, we already have too many sweets around the house during the holidays that are a lot better. (I am willing to concede the second half of this argument but, REALLY, I did not know there was such a thing... Read More


By: Casey Siewert Tuesday November 11, 2014 comments


Today is a day that we honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. I'm sure you can think of a few people off the top of your head that you should (if you haven't already) send a quick note to, thanking them for their service. If my grandfather were still here today, I would have called him to thank him, but also to hear some of his great stories. Burt served in the Navy as an electrician from 1951-1955. Back when [somehow] it was possible to pay someone to pass your swimming test. Yes, you read that right. He... Read More

Go Vote HR

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday November 4, 2014 comments

We are all sick and tired of the political advertisements, the robo-calls (thats one technology I wish theyd zap with a ray-gun), the mud-slinging and the unseemly pandering. But at the end of the day none of that matters what matters is that we make democracy work by exercising our personal responsibility to: GO VOTE I saw a great political cartoon in the local paper today (I live in Fort Collins, Colorado so LOCAL really means local. I think the vote for Homecoming King got equal billing this morning) but anyway the... Read More

Company Branding to Attract Talent

By: Casey Siewert Friday August 15, 2014 comments

Do you recruit based on job qualifications alone, or is the best person for the job one that would fit into your company culture? Can your most sought after talent identify with your brand? Are your emplHere are some great ideas on how to sell, and the benefits of selling your brand to attract future employees . And, because its Friday: here are some hilarious horrible recruiting videos: ... Read More

Holiday Weekends & Work Productivity

By: Casey Siewert Friday May 23, 2014 comments Tags: Employee Engagement

Holiday Weekends & Work Productivity

Are you still working today? Most of you have already probably left the office, but for those of you still sitting at your desk: how productive are you right now? I bet most of you are thinking about all the things you can squeeze into your long weekend. Most of us are -- don't feel bad about it, unless of course you have some deadlines looming. Since your attention span is probably comparable to that of a gnat right now, here are two of our favorite tips on leveraging your Friday-before-a-holiday-weekend to make your... Read More

Why Does Employee Engagement Matter?

By: Casey Siewert Wednesday March 5, 2014 comments Tags: Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Recruiting

What is Employee Engagement, and why does it matter to my organization? It is the heartbeat of your organization. It's ensuring your employees care about the outcome of their work. Not just for the bottom-line, but to contribute to something bigger, and to have a purpose in their work. It's making sure your top talent doesn't leave and go to your competition. It's the reason your top talent wants to refer their top-talent friends to work with them. Think it's not a big deal? You might be right. Then again, you might not... Read More

What is Human Resources Worried About?

By: Casey Siewert Thursday February 20, 2014 comments Tags: Company Culture, Documentation, Employee Referrals, Hiring, Human Resources, On-boarding

What is Human Resources Worried About?

Every Human Resources organization is different, but in my experience I can tell you that  HR usually worries about a mix of these 4 things: Creating a Great Culture Leadership Development Employee On-boarding Documentation Culture - this is always an interesting one for me. HR is usually tasked with making sure the organization has a great culture. How does this happen? Well it starts with hiring the right people .  After that, culture is usually developed through training, leadership approach, promotional... Read More