Why I Chose A Career in Human Resources

During my first semester of college, I applied for a social media marketing internship with a small, local marketing company. It was my first office job. Four years have gone by and I’m still with that same company. Only I’m no longer an intern, I’m now the Office Manager and head of HR. When I…read more

The Evolving Workplace #WorkHuman 2018

Throughout history, our workplaces have continued to evolve.   Back in the days of the Industrial Revolution and the dawn of mass production, focus was on efficiency, scale, quality control, and essentially getting “stuff” made.  Employees worked on production lines, performing the same tasks over and over, and work was a means to an end. …read more

#MeToo Focus in the Caribbean #HRCruise2018

Editor’s Note:  One of our regular contributors, Donna Rogers, recently participated as an attendee and speaker on the 2018 HR Conference Cruise.  What’s an HR Cruise you may ask?  According to the website, it combines “a robust Human Resource conference with an exciting cruise to tropical islands and gorgeous getaways….It is everything that a land-based…read more

Workplace Wellness Takes Sail #HRCruise2018

Editor’s Note:  One of our regular contributors, Donna Rogers, recently participated as an attendee and speaker on the 2018 HR Conference Cruise.  What’s an HR Cruise you may ask?  According to the website, it combines “a robust Human Resource conference with an exciting cruise to tropical islands and gorgeous getaways….It is everything that a land-based…read more

Why I Quit Making New Year’s Resolutions to Explore Possibilities Instead

I don’t need studies to know that writing down goals works.  I’ve seen the proof over and over.  Still there is some impressive research surrounding goals and why writing them down makes a difference. Back in 1979, Harvard researchers supposedly interviewed their graduates and found that 84% had no goals, 13% had goals but hadn’t…read more

Is Being Positive Holding You Back?

As Human Resources Leaders, we represent the whole company. Our contribution is making the whole company stronger. What about when things aren’t going so well? Some HR business partners become cheerleaders, encouraging better performance or higher morale. That’s a good opener to engage managers or employees, but strength comes from clarity. Being overly positive can…read more

The Subtle Art of Not Caring

A promotion, a pay raise or a financial achievement should be an opportunity for celebration and acknowledgment; yet it is more likely to expose judgment, jealousy or comparison from colleagues, family and friends. Being influenced by other people’s judgments doesn’t just effect our ability to improve our income or financial success – it impacts our…read more

Rethinking How We Age at Work

As a middle-aged female with a long career in HR communications consulting, I’ve been reconsidering my role as a “maturing” business woman. In my experience, women tend to behave in one of two ways as they get older. One camp is proud of their longevity, and frequently point to their extensive track records. They’ll refer…read more

Improving Employee Engagement with Rewards and Recognition

A recent Gallup research study shows that employees who do not feel properly recognized are twice as likely to say they will quit within the next year. Fortunately, companies can make a big difference by offering employee reward and recognition programs. These programs are usually not that expensive to implement or operate and can pay huge dividends…read more

Cultivating Habits for Today and the Future [HR Leader Series]

Editor’s Note: This is the third 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.     Jenny Ooi’s passion for learning and growing drives almost everything she does.     It is clear…read more

Accommodating the Needs of Parents Who Are Shift Workers

Parents who are shift workers face a unique set of challenges when it comes to scheduling. From a parent’s perspective, they want to have flexibility in their schedule so that they are able to meet the demands of their child, whether it be attending activities their child participates in, picking them up from school when…read more

5 Things Startup Companies Should Look for When Hiring New Employees

When looking for new employees, finding candidates with relevant industry experience is often necessary.  But let’s face it, there will often be many candidates with very similar credentials. Credentials are important, but not necessarily sufficient on their own, especially when hiring for a small business or start up.  In those cases there are other traits…read more

“All In” for a Better, Stronger Workplace – #SHRM17

“All In” was the theme for the 2017 Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference and Expo, which wrapped up last week.  A theme that could be interpreted in a multitude of ways, it was certainly pervasive throughout the week with attendees often being asked and challenged, “what are you all in for?” So of course,…read more

Real Innovation Capability: Diversity and a Culture of Engagement

In today’s unpredictable, ever-changing business environment, innovation is widely viewed as a critical core competency and determinant of long-term growth and sustainability. In recent years, many organizations have focused on building component infrastructure like accelerators, incubators, and corporate VCs. There has also been increased attention to processes, tools and metrics. These things are certainly important,…read more

7 Great Reasons to Outsource HR

To answer the question “Why should companies outsource their HR function?”, you need look no further than the reasons you outsource other specialized tasks. The exceptional HR professional must possess deep understanding of countless processes and regulations, many of which have steep consequences if performed poorly.   HR professionals have to master several detailed areas…read more

Influence and a Culture of Innovation – #SHRM17

The 2017 Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference and Expo is well underway.  This year’s edition in New Orleans, LA boasts the second largest in history from an attendance perspective with well over 17,000 attendees from across the country and world.   The first two keynote speakers can claim one thing in common that…read more

Lower Your Employee Turn Over Rate by Doing These 3 Things

Employers who experience high employee turnover lose a lot of time and money to new hire searches, interviews, onboarding and training. Although this problem is commonly seen in the retail sector, employee attrition can occur in any industry and any type or size of business. A high employee turnover rate happens for a variety of…read more

Levity in the Workplace #SHRM17

Later this month I’ll be heading 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

You Belong Here – #WorkHuman 2017

  “You Belong Here.” What if all of our organizations really, truly embodied that sentiment?   It’s a sentiment that could be found everywhere throughout the 2017 edition of the WorkHuman conference.  WorkHuman, in case you have yet to hear about it, is a movement pioneered by recognition giant Globoforce, and simply put focuses on…read more

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