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

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

Enough Of The Good Ole Boys Already

Enough about the “good ole boys.” Women, network, communicate, be clear about your goals and create some comfort zones of your own.

The Female Version of John Wayne

Equal Employment Opportunity is not just a federal law I’m charged with helping my organization uphold, it’s a personal conviction. It’s not that I think less of the women who have to take legal action; it’s that I idolize those in the generation before us who never did.

A Summer Of Hard Work

People are used to freedom and family during the summertime, bracketed by beaches, long days and picnics. That’s what our memories tell us, what photo albums tell us, and what advertising tells us. But it’s not real.

Red Suits, Geeks and Connecting With Peers

Connecting with others can be an art form, and it is a very important success building skill. I have found that if I first look for what I have in common with someone, instead of what makes us different, it is much easier to connect.

HR On Purpose

Here’s my challenge to the on-line HR community. Be intentional in connecting with your peers. The reason most of the HR community isn’t on-line is that they don’t know we exist. So, connect with each other on purpose.

Labor Day, Rest and Recreation

On September 5, 1882 the first Labor Day parade was held in New York City. Twenty thousand workers marched in a parade up Broadway. I find it interesting that even over 100 years ago, people were fighting for balanced lives.

Elephants and Executives

Forgiving and forgetting are rare gifts amongst elephants and executives. Here’s my story of an executive who did not forget.

Two Views On Life

Your outlook on life influences how you show up to others. What path are you on?