Posts Categorized: On My Mind

A Day of Rest and Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. so we’re taking the day off. To our U.S. readers, enjoy your day with family and friends, turkey dinners, and football…..or however you choose to celebrate. To our readers elsewhere, have a great day and great weekend ahead. Where ever you are, whether you’re celebrating the holiday or…read more

Snowstorms, Resilience, and Gratitude  

    I just lived through one of the craziest weeks and weather experiences I can remember.  You see, I live in the Southtowns of Buffalo, NY.  And for anyone who may have missed the story, we were just pounded with one heck of a snowstorm.  Yeah, I know, you may say “It’s Buffalo, why…read more

Women Can’t Do Anything Right! #BULLSHIT

Women Can’t Do Anything Right! This sentiment is a belief I grew up with and entered the workplace with fully controlling my life. Of course, as a brand new college graduate entering the workforce I had no idea of its power and influence over me. I could not pinpoint nor did I know to look…read more

Giving Feedback to Managers – Don’t Be Afraid To Speak Up!

We women in HR definitely have plenty to say about what managers can (and should) do to be more effective.   In fact, we’re often so overwhelmed with what a few of our business or functional managers did and didn’t do, that we don’t know where to start. I have worked in the HR field,…read more

Half Empty or Half Full? 3 Tips to Keep it Full

There is such a prevalence of negative messages in today’s world. The media is chock full of ‘if it bleeds it leads’ coverage…and in some ways we have become conditioned to not only expect the icky news, we feed on it. Yes, I get that it is important that we stay in tune with what…read more

Happiness vs. Complacency – #NYSHRM14

  “If you limit yourself to what’s comfortable, you deny yourself what’s possible.”   This week I’m at the 2014 New York State SHRM Conference in my hometown of Buffalo.  At the time I’m writing this, we’re about three quarters of the way through the conference and have seen four of the five keynote speakers. …read more

Technology and Data: Friend, Foe, Or…

I often draw inspiration for posts from articles in Time Magazine.  It’s fun at times to examine a trend or phenomenon in the world or popular culture and try to relate it back to human resources, business, or the workplace.  In the past I’ve opined about women as breadwinners and mindfulness in the workplace to…read more

HR Sense: Born or Learned?

It’s been said before that the problem with expecting Common Sense from others is that common sense just isn’t that common. It’s kind of a judgmental statement, right? It almost implies that there are general “rules” for life we should be following but most of us aren’t. What’s worse is that there are a lot…read more

Reflection and Perspective

  About the Author: Jennifer Payne, SPHR has over 16 years of HR experience in employee relations, talent acquisition, and learning & development, and currently works in talent management in the retail grocery industry.  She is one of the co-founders of Women of HR, and is currently the Editor of the site. You can connect…read more

Making the ‘Pause’ Compelling

Our cups, plates, and lives are spilling over! Every day I meet with individuals, at every level within an organization, from the CEO to individual contributors, and the one common denominator is their lamentation of being over-stimulated, over-saturated, over-spent, over-extended, and over-scheduled. Most are over achievers and thus, more often than not they find themselves…read more