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

Why I Chose A Career in Human Resources

During my first semester of college, I applied for a social media marketing internship with a small, local marketing company. It was my first office job. Four years have gone by and I’m still with that same company. Only I’m no longer an intern, I’m now the Office Manager and head of HR. When I…read more

The Evolving Workplace #WorkHuman 2018

Throughout history, our workplaces have continued to evolve.   Back in the days of the Industrial Revolution and the dawn of mass production, focus was on efficiency, scale, quality control, and essentially getting “stuff” made.  Employees worked on production lines, performing the same tasks over and over, and work was a means to an end. …read more

#MeToo Focus in the Caribbean #HRCruise2018

Editor’s Note:  One of our regular contributors, Donna Rogers, recently participated as an attendee and speaker on the 2018 HR Conference Cruise.  What’s an HR Cruise you may ask?  According to the website, it combines “a robust Human Resource conference with an exciting cruise to tropical islands and gorgeous getaways….It is everything that a land-based…read more

Workplace Wellness Takes Sail #HRCruise2018

Editor’s Note:  One of our regular contributors, Donna Rogers, recently participated as an attendee and speaker on the 2018 HR Conference Cruise.  What’s an HR Cruise you may ask?  According to the website, it combines “a robust Human Resource conference with an exciting cruise to tropical islands and gorgeous getaways….It is everything that a land-based…read more

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

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?

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.