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

Organizations vs. Humans – Are We At Odds? #WorkHuman

The sign of any great conference is when you continue to mull over the ideas with which you’re presented and the concepts you learn even after the event itself is over.  It’s now a little over a week since WorkHuman 2016 wrapped up, and I’m still contemplating much of what I heard. The event closed…read more

Checking in From #WorkHuman Day 1 – Happiness as a Business Strategy?

I’m here in sunny Orlando, FL this week for the 2016 edition of the WorkHuman conference.  Now in its second year, WorkHuman is a concept developed by the folks at recognition company Globoforce, and it’s slowly taking on a life of its own.  Focused on topics like happiness, engagement, and recognition, WorkHuman is all about…read more

Do Employees Leave a Company or a Boss? 

  There are various schools of thought on what drives employee retention.  Some expert sources like Gallup place an emphasis on the importance of the manager’s role in engaging, motivating and retaining employees.  Other sources suggest that employees rarely leave a job solely because of the boss since there are many other contributing factors such…read more

The Benefit of More Women in Leadership Roles

Women account for half the world’s working-age population globally. However, the persisting imbalance of women in positions of power has started a debate in corporate circles about the viability of a gender quota so as to encourage gender equality in corporate positions of power. But why so much hoopla about gender equality? For one, reports…read more

Happiness vs. Engagement…What Should We REALLY Care About? #WorkHuman

About a year ago, right after I first heard about the concept of #WorkHuman and the inaugural WorkHuman conference was held, I started writing a post on the difference between happiness and engagement.  As it happened, life got in the way and the post was put on the back burner, but as we’re now gearing…read more

Female Managers vs. All-Male Staff

In the hotel industry, the housekeeping department is comprised of room attendants (100% female) and housemen (100% male). Management is typically 90-100% female. This predominantly female management team often has difficulty working with the housemen. Housemen are responsible for public areas of the hotel such as the lobby, hallways, restaurant, and lounges. They range in…read more

From Entrepreneur to Leader: 6 Tips For a Successful Transition

To be an entrepreneur requires a special spark, and the urge to follow your own star rather than hitching on to the wagon train that’s headed towards someone else’s idea of success.  As HR people, we’ve all seen entrepreneurs in action, maybe even picked up the pieces after them as they drive the business relentlessly…read more

Knock-Knock: Let Technology In The Job Search Today

Welcome to another edition of… The Funny Side of HR:  From the Desk of a Woman of a Certain Age Thank you for coming back to check on me “A Woman of a Certain Age”.  I hope that you are enjoying  my view of the evolution of all things HR including a hint of humor. …read more