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

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

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?

Blogging and Career: The Great Balancing Act

Many companies have hopped on the Social Media Train in different ways such as company blogs, Twitter accounts, Facebook fan pages (or are they called LIKE pages, now?), or intranet sites to keep their associates connected. However, what many companies have not anticipated is this: If associates are so passionate about the work they do that they want to create their own personal blog about it, will they be supported?

No Apologies

Understanding and practicing the art of conflict resolution allows us to move on psychologically. It’s essential to our emotional well-being and something that affects us long-term if not consistently practiced.

Do You Have a Role Model?

When you aspire, and all your role models are men, seek a female. You can learn something from male and female role models yet the reality is, female role models offer important, valuable and unique perspectives a male role model never could.

Don't Be Sassy

When the Women of HR idea first started, someone innocently used the word, “sassy” to describe the tone we should set. I didn’t agree. What do you think? Let’s continue the conversation.

The Gender of Leadership

Are there gender differences in leadership? Probably the most noticeable differences in styles would be in the area of communication. Generally, female leaders are more accessible and open in their approach than their male counterparts yet regardless of gender, personal experiences and perspectives shape leadership styles.