Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: What will it take to get leaders to listen?

Sexual harassment in the workplace has taken an unprecedented center stage in recent months, with waves of new high-profile cases coming to light.  With Time Magazine naming #MeToo as its person of the year, and FT honoring Susan Fowler as “Person of the Year” for her blog post about the problems she experienced at Uber, it seems that the…read more

5 Workplace Skills That Will Be Vital in The Future

In the future, when information and knowledge become more readily assessable to everyone and robots begin to replace humans at work, only one question remains… what will the future of workplace look like? Many believe that robots represent the future workforce and it is just a matter of time when technology will replace a lot…read more

The Myth of Culture Fit: Practices that Perpetuate the Myth

Hiring for and encouraging culture fit within our organizations is a concept that sounds ideal, in theory.  The problem is that the reality of culture fit is often misaligned with what it should, in fact, represent.  In a recent post I set the stage for this misalignment; in this post I’d like to delve into…read more

“Expand Your World” – Not Just a Catchy Theme #SHRM18

The 2018 edition of the SHRM Annual Conference and Expo is now just about one month away.  Each year SHRM chooses a theme for the event, something that’s meant to inspire attendees and encourage us to think about our careers and the HR professions in a new or different way, something that becomes almost a guiding force…read more

Pre-Boarding and the Importance of Human Connection in the Workplace – A Q&A with #SHRM18 Speaker Cecile Alper-Leroux

As part of our coverage of the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition, each of the official bloggers is once again conducting Q&A’s with session speakers.  When I saw this speaker’s name on the list, I knew right away she was the one I wanted to feature for my Q&A.  A leader in the HR and…read more

How Busy Female Professionals Can Reduce Stress and Focus on Success

For women with busy schedules, finding ways to focus on physical and mental health can be next to impossible some days. If you’re a professional who has many appointments to keep up with and responsibilities to take care of, you may find yourself at a loss for how to handle stress and anxiety. This can…read more

3 HR Strategies to Bridge the Gender Leadership Gap

We all know the statistics at this point: Women represent 52 percent of the total U.S. population but only 20 percent of C-suite roles, the Fortune 500 list includes only 32 women (just two of them women of color), and entry-level women are 18 percent less likely to be promoted than their male peers. Our…read more

Beyond Bereavement Days

Recently, I came across an article from The Society for Human Resource Management that reports the average employee is only allotted 2-4 days off after a death of a loved one. My stomach churned as I went over the sentence again, making sure I had read it correctly. The data is from their 2016 Paid…read more

The Myth of “Culture Fit”

Company culture is a priority that is becoming more and more important to companies and HR professionals.  In fact, the “2018 HR Trends Report” from McLean & Company cites culture as now the number one priority for the companies surveyed.  So the idea of hiring for culture fit is a concept that has gained much…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

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.

Climbing The Ladder To Your Success

Passion is a word that gets thrown around here, there, and everywhere these days. Many of the world’s leading business leaders and social thinkers talk about the need to figure out what you are passionate about and not to stop until you find it. How do you do that?

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.