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

5 Career Rules to Break to Succeed in Today’s Fast-Changing Workplace

Everybody deals with well-meaning “buttinskis” who are always ready with advice or tips to help you traverse the different terrains of life. Whether you’re meeting someone new or pondering the direction of your career, you can expect to be gifted with such “words of wisdom.” So you think, let it be. Right? However, not all…read more

“Would Be Nice” – Negotiation’s Strongest Bargaining Chip

When we show up at the negotiation table, whether for an interview, arbitration, mediation, transition, deal, even quite frankly for a first date, we are taught to come armed with our “Must Haves” and “Deal Breakers.” We are never instructed to come prepared with our “Would Be Nices.” These are the areas, concepts and items for which…read more

“Why Women?” A #SHRM17 Speaker Q&A with Jeffery Tobias Halter

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.     As part…read more

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

Finding Mentors in Unlikely Places

Early on in my career, I may not have seen my placement next to an octogenarian as having all that much benefit. Fortunately, I’ve grown; I now quietly accept the wisdom of those who’ve gone before me. In the business world, this is called mentoring. And you can find mentors in unlikely places.

Mars and Venus on Risk

Being successful in business often requires one to take risk. Without risk, decisions are not made, deals don’t get done, and business comes to a grinding halt. Are women risk averse and does that impact their ability to succeed in business?

Like Mother Like Daughter?

Irish playwright Oscar Wilde wrote, “All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That is his.” Is there truth in this statement?

Weeds in My Garden

It is mid-summer and weeds have overtaken my garden. Clutter has sprouted up in all of the rooms of my home. It is natural and in this I find peace. Would you?

I Enjoy Being a Girl. I Think.

If you still call yourself a girl and you’re over the age of 14, I’ve got news for you. Based on the average age of first menstruation in the US, you are technically no longer a girl. Why, in some work settings, does it continue to be acceptable and common to refer to groups of women as girls?

Monday Morning Barometer

Dreading Monday mornings is a ridiculous way to spend one-seventh of your life, but that’s the weird habit millions of people have fallen into. How do you know when you’ve strayed away from your true path?

Telecommuting Works

Telecommuting works. Trust your employees, give them measurable objectives and let them do their thing. Not every job is built in a way that can allow for telecommuting, however, far more jobs could thrive with a little more flexibility.

Woman Up! Bring Your Whole Self to Work

Bring your best self to work, including (especially!) your womanhood. If where you are right now requires you to fundamentally change the essence of who you are, it’s time to start planning an exit strategy.

Summer Resolutions For Work and Play

Summer vacation is here and I toggle between happy nostalgia and the feeling of being pulled. I found that by typing up three concrete actions and publishing them on the Internet, I have been able to honor these commitments to myself. What works for you?