A Career Brick Wall or A Window of Opportunity?

Sometimes things happen in life that are simply unexpected, unfair, and come from out of the blue and smack you in the face like you were never expecting it.  That happened to me this past January.  I had a great career for almost two decades consulting and teaching. My motto was “I teach what I…read more

It’s Your Destiny… Take Control

I’ve been away from Women of HR for a while.  It was never my intention to let this platform go into hiatus, but as we all know life happens and best intentions are sometimes eclipsed by the realities of life.  But nevertheless, I’m back with the intention of being a bit more consistent now. Part…read more

The Science is Simple: Women on the Rise

With my team at Messina Staffing in Chicago, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting many talented women with wonderful jobs in science, technology, and engineering. Today, I see women rising everywhere I look, and the opportunities are only increasing! Let me tell you: these wildly talented women will lead the next generation. Here are three…read more

A Cautionary Tale: Amazon’s Experiment with AI in Hiring

While the search for true human-level computing power is still elusive, the targeted use of artificial intelligence is currently transforming individual lives and entire industries. From intelligent sourcing and automatic ordering optimizing supply chains for manufacturers to AI assistants routing incoming telephone calls and enhancing customer service, the examples are all around us. These specific…read more

5 Ways To Use Empathy to Become An Effective HR Leader

“You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.” – John Steinbeck A couple of years ago I remember asking the CHRO of the company I employed at about what he thought was the most important characteristic an HR leader should possess. He was quick to reply- empathy. While I absolutely agreed with…read more

The New Digital Human Workplace #HRTechConf

The 2019 version of the HR Technology Conference and Exposition wrapped up about a week and a half ago, and as always it was a world class showcase of HR technology solutions, ideas, and trends in the space.  It’s a show that I wish every human resource practitioner and leader would attend at least once;…read more

Is your company recognizing “Her” enough?

“She needs your respect, not your comfort. Needs your support, not your sweet words. Girls with dreams become women with vision. All she needs is the freedom to create her own world.”   ~ Bithika Halder     Let’s be honest! Talking about gender at a workspace is more or less a taboo. Every company…read more

Three Ways to Improve Your Employee Engagement Plan Right Now

Employee engagement is top-of-mind in our HR industry. As the tight job market continues, retention is equally as important as recruitment. Employers are focusing on ways to better engage workers who might otherwise go elsewhere seeking what they perceive to be “greener grass.” Employee engagement is top-of-mind in our HR industry. Alongside the traditional benefits like…read more

Building Organizations Worthy of Our People #WorkHuman 2019

I recently had the honor and privilege of attending the Workhuman conference for my fourth year in a row.  That’s four out of five years for me.  I missed the first year, but only because I didn’t know about the event until it was already happening.  However, once I stumbled across it I followed along…read more

How to Excel as a Young Woman Entering the Workforce Today

Today, most Americans consider women just as capable of leadership as men. Despite this, there are still a number of barriers that women have to navigate when they strive to advance their career. The glass ceiling continues to be a very real issue, particularly in male-dominated industries. Women feel they must put in extra effort…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

A Worthy Tribute – #TimSackettDay 2017

I’m late to this party.  But as they say, better late than never. Yesterday was “Tim Sackett Day.”  If you’re not familiar with this annual occurrence, it’s the one day a year that the HR blogging community comes together to recognize someone who doesn’t get recognized enough.  A leader in the HR space who doesn’t…read more

Recipe for Resilience

There are times when it appears the tide has washed ashore.  Your boat has sprung a leak. The sun has set in your backyard.  During these temporary dark periods it appears that no matter how quickly you bail out water, paddle up stream, reach for safer ground, you still get nowhere. You may widely open…read more

Teach Your Children Well: They Might Be Listening!

My Birthday and Mother’s Day gifts did not come this year in beautiful boxes with lovely ribbons.  They did not come in the form of a bouquet or in breathtaking flats of flowers carefully chosen by my family to lovingly plant in my garden.  Nor in a carefully prepared meal of multiple fresh organic vegetables…read more

The Thing That’s Stopping You from Hiring Based on Merit

The person next in line to enter the room looked sharp, confident and ready to ace their first job interview. Dressed in a blue suit, shiny shoes and with their hair well combed, they were ready to take over the world and show that hard work pays off.  If I were to tell you that…read more

7 Steps To Overcome Historical Hurts On Trust

Have you ever struggled to release the pain caused by broken trust?  Sure, you wanted to forget what happened. To move through the experience and move on. Yet, the pain lingered like a phantom limb. Stealing your focus. Draining your energy. Holding you back. I just took a call about this from a prospective client…read more