Just Breathe…Everything Else is Optional

I’ve become a fairly avid practitioner of Bikram yoga.  If you’re not familiar, Bikram is a type of yoga consisting of 26 distinct postures practiced over the course of 90 minutes in a hot room.  Make that a very hot room…105 degrees with approximately 40% humidity.  It can be a tough, but worthwhile investment of…read more

Recognition, Praise, and Appreciation in Reverse

Employee recognition and reward is such a hot topic in the leadership, management and human resources fields.  Although fading to a degree, “Employee Engagement”, was a big buzzword at all the conferences for the last decade or so.  With all the focus on the how management should do their job, I wonder how much the…read more

The Countdown is On For #WorkHuman 2017

I’m a conference junkie.  Give me the opportunity to attend one and I’m probably going to jump on it.  I love learning new things and being exposed to new ideas.  I love the sense of community and networking that tends to ensue.  And I love the social aspects and seeing people I may only have…read more

Six Career Change Mistakes All Women Should Avoid

Have you decided to make a significant career change in 2017? If so, you should be prepared for an uphill battle. Choosing (and starting in) a new career can be frustrating and difficult. However, when done correctly, it can also be a rewarding experience that will change the way you think, feel, and function. Eight…read more

Organization and Planning Skills and a Willingness to Get Involved [HR Leader Series]

Editor’s Note: This is the second post in the HR Leader Series, in which Women of HR contributor Rowena Morais features successful HR leaders who talk about the habits made the biggest impact in their professional lives.  You can read the first post in the series here.   The Secrets of My Success – Sharlyn Lauby…read more

Five Small Ways To Show Employee Appreciation

Savvy business owners understand the true value of well-trained and hardworking employees. Without their efforts, your business would certainly not be as successful as it is today. Whether they regularly put in a hard day’s work and go above and beyond in their effort, or they have come up with some truly ingenious way to…read more

5 Career Rules to Break to Succeed in Today’s Fast-Changing Workplace

Everybody deals with well-meaning “buttinskis” who are always ready with advice or tips to help you traverse the different terrains of life. Whether you’re meeting someone new or pondering the direction of your career, you can expect to be gifted with such “words of wisdom.” So you think, let it be. Right? However, not all…read more

“Would Be Nice” – Negotiation’s Strongest Bargaining Chip

When we show up at the negotiation table, whether for an interview, arbitration, mediation, transition, deal, even quite frankly for a first date, we are taught to come armed with our “Must Haves” and “Deal Breakers.” We are never instructed to come prepared with our “Would Be Nices.” These are the areas, concepts and items for which…read more

“Why Women?” A #SHRM17 Speaker Q&A with Jeffery Tobias Halter

In June, I’ll be heading down to New Orleans to once again join the ranks of the SHRM Annual Blogging and Social Media team.  Stay tuned over the next few months for various posts on what to expect, session and speaker previews, and on-site coverage of the happenings throughout the event.     As part…read more

5 Reasons Why Women Make Effective Business Leaders

If your organization is looking to hire ambitious go-getters and potential leaders, it is necessary for your hiring managers to pay special attention to the finer details of recruitment assessment. What qualities should you screen for? What strengths, skills and abilities are needed to lead a team? What personality characteristics are known to lend themselves…read more

#SHRM17 – Making the Most of Your Experience

In June, I’ll be heading down to New Orleans to once again join the ranks of the SHRM Annual Blogging and Social Media team.  Stay tuned over the next few months for various posts on what to expect, session and speaker previews, and on-site coverage of the happenings throughout the event.   Every year in…read more

Why and How to On-Board New Employees

The definition of on-boarding is “the action or process of integrating a new employee into an organization or familiarizing a new customer or client with one’s products or services.” If done right, new employee on-boarding can increase productivity and enhance retention. Done incorrectly or not at all, can lead to the opposite – frustrated, under-performing…read more

A Different Kind of Diversity #WorkHuman

Diversity in the workplace.  By no means a new concept, and certainly one worth our attention as HR and business professionals.  Plain and simple, diversity makes our workplaces better, serving as a catalyst for different types of thinking, ways to approach problems, and perspectives/frames of reference. Most often when we talk about diversity in the…read more

You Can Learn A Lot Hanging Around The Playground

If you knew now that what made you popular as a teenager could potentially make you unpopular as an adult would you have behaved differently? I know I would. Let’s dial it back even further. If you understood that the simple messages bestowed upon you in grade school, your backyards, and the actions witnessed on…read more

Sometimes You Need a Break….And That’s Okay [Revisited]

Editor’s Note: This post originally ran in January.  I’m reposting it now due to some site issues that required taking down the original.   It happens to the best of us. Despite your good intentions, sometimes life gets in the way. Job responsibilities and projects call. Personal obligations take priority. You get sick. Or maybe you need…read more

A Worthy Tribute – #TimSackettDay 2017

I’m late to this party.  But as they say, better late than never. Yesterday was “Tim Sackett Day.”  If you’re not familiar with this annual occurrence, it’s the one day a year that the HR blogging community comes together to recognize someone who doesn’t get recognized enough.  A leader in the HR space who doesn’t…read more

Recipe for Resilience

There are times when it appears the tide has washed ashore.  Your boat has sprung a leak. The sun has set in your backyard.  During these temporary dark periods it appears that no matter how quickly you bail out water, paddle up stream, reach for safer ground, you still get nowhere. You may widely open…read more

Teach Your Children Well: They Might Be Listening!

My Birthday and Mother’s Day gifts did not come this year in beautiful boxes with lovely ribbons.  They did not come in the form of a bouquet or in breathtaking flats of flowers carefully chosen by my family to lovingly plant in my garden.  Nor in a carefully prepared meal of multiple fresh organic vegetables…read more

The Thing That’s Stopping You from Hiring Based on Merit

The person next in line to enter the room looked sharp, confident and ready to ace their first job interview. Dressed in a blue suit, shiny shoes and with their hair well combed, they were ready to take over the world and show that hard work pays off.  If I were to tell you that…read more

7 Steps To Overcome Historical Hurts On Trust

Have you ever struggled to release the pain caused by broken trust?  Sure, you wanted to forget what happened. To move through the experience and move on. Yet, the pain lingered like a phantom limb. Stealing your focus. Draining your energy. Holding you back. I just took a call about this from a prospective client…read more