A Career Brick Wall or A Window of Opportunity?

Sometimes things happen in life that are simply unexpected, unfair, and come from out of the blue and smack you in the face like you were never expecting it.  That happened to me this past January.  I had a great career for almost two decades consulting and teaching. My motto was “I teach what I…read more

It’s Your Destiny… Take Control

I’ve been away from Women of HR for a while.  It was never my intention to let this platform go into hiatus, but as we all know life happens and best intentions are sometimes eclipsed by the realities of life.  But nevertheless, I’m back with the intention of being a bit more consistent now. Part…read more

The Science is Simple: Women on the Rise

With my team at Messina Staffing in Chicago, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting many talented women with wonderful jobs in science, technology, and engineering. Today, I see women rising everywhere I look, and the opportunities are only increasing! Let me tell you: these wildly talented women will lead the next generation. Here are three…read more

A Cautionary Tale: Amazon’s Experiment with AI in Hiring

While the search for true human-level computing power is still elusive, the targeted use of artificial intelligence is currently transforming individual lives and entire industries. From intelligent sourcing and automatic ordering optimizing supply chains for manufacturers to AI assistants routing incoming telephone calls and enhancing customer service, the examples are all around us. These specific…read more

5 Ways To Use Empathy to Become An Effective HR Leader

“You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.” – John Steinbeck A couple of years ago I remember asking the CHRO of the company I employed at about what he thought was the most important characteristic an HR leader should possess. He was quick to reply- empathy. While I absolutely agreed with…read more

The New Digital Human Workplace #HRTechConf

The 2019 version of the HR Technology Conference and Exposition wrapped up about a week and a half ago, and as always it was a world class showcase of HR technology solutions, ideas, and trends in the space.  It’s a show that I wish every human resource practitioner and leader would attend at least once;…read more

Is your company recognizing “Her” enough?

“She needs your respect, not your comfort. Needs your support, not your sweet words. Girls with dreams become women with vision. All she needs is the freedom to create her own world.”   ~ Bithika Halder     Let’s be honest! Talking about gender at a workspace is more or less a taboo. Every company…read more

Three Ways to Improve Your Employee Engagement Plan Right Now

Employee engagement is top-of-mind in our HR industry. As the tight job market continues, retention is equally as important as recruitment. Employers are focusing on ways to better engage workers who might otherwise go elsewhere seeking what they perceive to be “greener grass.” Employee engagement is top-of-mind in our HR industry. Alongside the traditional benefits like…read more

Building Organizations Worthy of Our People #WorkHuman 2019

I recently had the honor and privilege of attending the Workhuman conference for my fourth year in a row.  That’s four out of five years for me.  I missed the first year, but only because I didn’t know about the event until it was already happening.  However, once I stumbled across it I followed along…read more

How to Excel as a Young Woman Entering the Workforce Today

Today, most Americans consider women just as capable of leadership as men. Despite this, there are still a number of barriers that women have to navigate when they strive to advance their career. The glass ceiling continues to be a very real issue, particularly in male-dominated industries. Women feel they must put in extra effort…read more

Courageous Leaders, Courageous Workplaces #WorkHuman 2018

Courage. What does that word mean to you? Does it evoke images of great, daring deeds?  Of facing a perilous situation head on with no regard for one’s own safety and well-being, like a fire fighter barreling head on into a blazing inferno? But does it ever evoke thoughts of the workplace, about being a…read more

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