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

Helpful Resources for Women in Tech

Google is recently caught under fire over allegations of gender pay discrimination. An employee-led probe at the tech giant alleges that female employees are still compensated less than their male counterparts, at most job levels. As a matter of fact, three ex-Google employees have filed a class-action lawsuit for such discrimination. Bridging the gender gap…read more

“People Still Matter” – #HRTechConf 2017           

  The 2017 edition of the HR Technology Conference wrapped up about a week and a half ago, and other than transitioning back to my real world day-to-day responsibilities, I’ve also spent the time since then processing what I heard and what I learned.  When I attend a conference, I usually like to hold off…read more

Women in Technology – What Can You Do To Move the Needle? #HRTechConf

The 2017 HR Technology Conference kicked off on Tuesday morning with the second annual Women in HR Technology summit.  Back bigger and better than ever this year – in a much bigger conference space to alleviate the overflow issues from the unexpected popularity of the inaugural event last year – the goal of this summit…read more

#VegasStrong at #HRTechConf

Next week I’ll be joining thousands of other HR professionals as we converge on Las Vegas for the 20th annual HR Technology Conference and Exposition.  I’ve already written about my thoughts on the upcoming show.  This post serves a different purpose. Last Sunday, October 1st, an unthinkable act of terror occurred in Vegas, the place…read more

Perceptions of Ladies in High Heels

When I was a Human Resources Assistant, my manager always wore heels and a well-rotated collection of suits. She was also extremely professional, action-orientated and a confident public speaker i.e. everything I wasn’t at the time. So I quickly followed her lead and purchased one pair of black, brown & nude heels. I didn’t instantly soak up the demeanor and skills of my manager through those pointy tipped shoes, but I noticed a difference in my performance.

Women of HR (Happy Hour) Radio

Back when the Women of HR site officially launched, all those long months ago (well, 4 months to be exact), we went on a little radio show called the HR Happy Hour to kick things off the right way. Well, the Women of HR are planning to take over the show again this week and…read more

When Faith and Gut Collide

When we trust ourselves, and our experiences, we have a higher probability of being spot on most of the time.

Step it UP Ladies

Women, knowing how to take care of yourself feels GOOD. Being capable and self-reliant might help us all win seats at the big boys’ table.

Do Women Take Things Too Personally?

Respectful disagreement and dialogue will often generate bigger and better ideas and solutions. Passionate debate must exist in an organization if it is to grow and thrive. Is this dynamic difficult for women to embrace?

Don’t Underhand Your Pitch

Instead of making a simple direct statement of our ideas, feelings, or opinions, we often apologize, ask permission, or smooth the waters in advance. Stop that now.

Mentoring is Only Part Of The Solution

Mentoring programs abound. Coordinators, companies and participants boast of their success. The successes are real. The programs are powerful. Yet, mentoring programs are only part of the solution.

Let’s Get Engaged, Ya’ll

Engagement drives higher-producing teams which then means our organizations will also reap the benefits.