Posts By: Dorothy Douglass

Job Hunting Over 50

I am  54 years old.  I have a tendency to start many of my blog posts with this information.  Why?  To add context to whatever I’m passionate enough about to write at that moment.  I’m also an HR professional and I like to think I am progressive and strategic.  I’m fairly active on social media…read more

Technology, Smechtology

What does the word “technology” do to your blood pressure when you hear it?  How about “digital space?”  “Social media?” Your answer may be different depending on a few things: Your age; Your geography; Your career choice; and possibly, Any expectations you’ve been given for using (or not using) technology. For the record, I’m 53. …read more

What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas. But Should It?

I have great opportunities to attend conferences both near and far from my home and my office and was lucky (pun intended) to fly to Las Vegas in April for a HRIS conference, and I took a few colleagues with me.  Plus I had some alone time, and added on a few days for some…read more

Keeping the HUMAN in Human Resources

My smart phone took the plunge yesterday.  Though it was just milliseconds before I fished it from the sink, it was long enough evidently for it to drown and it is now awaiting resurrection in a bag of rice.  Oh, and I’m over age 50 – that might be significant later in my saga.  Or…read more

Prepare for the Worst? Or Prepare for the Best? Or Simply, Prepare.

I live in Indiana.  It’s February, typically considered a winter month (you might hear a little cynicism in my words…).  And it’s snowy.  Albeit, there’s much more snow here than we’ve had in recent years, but is that really a surprise? I was scheduled to attend a local seminar tomorrow.  I am a “nerd” and…read more

How Dorothy Got Her Groove Back

2013 was NOT a good year for me.  In my head, that is.  Mentally, I felt burned out, disconnected, wondering if I needed to make a  professional change, and at times,  I felt frustrated in my HR role.  Twelve years (now starting year 13) is a “record” for me in any position. In prior careers,…read more

It's Time to Step Up Your HR Game

We are well into the new year now, and I am thinking about HR professionals and what steps we can take to become more strategic, get a seat at the table, and be seen as a strategic partner, and not an administrative task team? Here are 6 ways you can step up your HR game.

CEO for a Day: It's Not About Pleasing Everyone

Women of HR were asked, “If you were CEO for a day, what would (or did) you focus on to improve an organization’s productivity, employee engagement or ability to recruit?” This is the sixth post in the series of responses.

I’ve been pondering on this subject for some time. I have thought of some of the usual answers that we HR professionals might have, “Heh heh, CEO for a day! Let me get out my list, and let’s start making some personnel changes!!!” “Policies, job descriptions, performance reviews – everyone. NOW!”

But are those ‘evil’ HR thoughts realistic? No. Rarely, does the CEO please everyone, and sometimes must make hard decisions and take risks based on a broad spectrum of knowledge. So, if I were CEO for a day, this would be my immediate plan.

5 Tasty Problem Solving Tips for HR Professionals

Human Resources. Should it be this stressful? I do know it doesn’t get easier with time. It changes. There are good days, bad days, great days, and days I just say, “YES! I am thankful, happy, and blessed to be in this profession.” Then, there are other days.
Here are a few tasty problem solving tip to help you in your day.

HR and Social Media: You Can Teach a Dog New Tricks

HR professionals are, by nature, conservative.

If we want a seat at the table, even if our table is a conservative table, we have to make the move from being transactional to being proactive, analytical and forward-thinking and social media can help us take steps in that direction. We must turn the corner on social media and stop being afraid of it or thinking of it as an ‘evil’ time-waster.