Do you control your environment or do you let it control you? HR is not a known science; there is gray in what we do. So often our decisions are based on interpretation and judgment. Fear creeps in and we question if our decisions are sound. In the end, you are measured by maximizing critical decision making skills, project management skills and ultimately the success of winning or achieving your given goal. Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind as you work through challenging business situations.
With over a decade of Human Resources experience in Fortune 500 organizations, Laurie Ruettimann is an influential speaker, writer and social media expert who now works with The Starr Conspiracy. Meet Laurie right here!
Two years ago, my oldest sister turned 50. I think I was more traumatized than she was. Since then, I’ve given a lot of reflection to growing older. My sister hitting that milestone first was actually a blessing because it affords me plenty of time to think about my life, my work and getting older. I have the luxury of time on my side as I adjust to the reality of reaching the half century mark myself.
Lisa is the Director, Human Resources for the St. Cloud VA Health Care System. She leads a department of 16 staff members providing HR services for over 1500 employees at the main facility and 3 community based outpatient clinics. Lisa served over 9 years as an officer in the US Army and transitioned to a human resources/organizational development position in a paper mill and then to a privately owned manufacturing company as their first HR professional. She has had wonderful opportunities to learn HR from the ground up and enjoys sharing them with others.
Meet Judith Lindenberger! Judy’s background includes designing and facilitating the first-ever sexual harassment prevention training for federal workers, leading the management training department for a major financial organization, and creating a highly successful, global mentoring program for a Fortune 500 company which won the national Athena Award for Mentoring for two consecutive years. She is also a certified career coach and human resources consultant. Judy runs her own consulting business, The Lindenberger Group.
HR professionals are, by nature, conservative.
If we want a seat at the table, even if our table is a conservative table, we have to make the move from being transactional to being proactive, analytical and forward-thinking and social media can help us take steps in that direction. We must turn the corner on social media and stop being afraid of it or thinking of it as an ‘evil’ time-waster.
Workplace bullying, just like childhood bullying, is when individuals or groups intentionally humiliate another person. At school, the victim is another student. At work, it is another employee. In 2012, the Workplace Bullying Institute conducted a survey about the prevalence of bullying in the workplace: 58 percent of respondents reported being bullied currently.
The benefits of addressing workplace bullying include improved staff satisfaction and retention, enhanced reputation for the organization, increased productivity and reduced liability exposure and risk management. Why put up with workplace bullying?
Meet Nisha Raghavan.
Nisha is the author of Your HR Buddy blog. A former HR Generalist with extensive experience in Talent Management and Development, she specializes and writes about Employee Relations, Organization Development and how companies can keep their employees more engaged through Employee Engagement Initiatives. Her experience in the corporate world was as an HR Deputy Manager at Reliance Communications Limited, India. She is a contributing writer at WomenOfHR.com.
Almost seven years ago, I needed a new receptionist. I interviewed half a dozen candidates, with many different skills and abilities from right out of school to years of work experience. The person I hired was a recent college graduate. I can’t say it was smooth sailing, because it wasn’t.
I took a chance on the young lady with stars in her eyes when I hired her. I was looking to the future, and I’m so glad I did.
Why the disparity between the number of women who obtain an MBA and the number of women CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and CMOs? If 1/3 of the MBAs granted go to women, shouldn’t the number of women in the C-suite look more like 33%? Yes, it should but it doesn’t. In order for things to truly be equal women need to shift gears and ask for spousal/partner help at home. As Sheryl Sandberg stated in her now famous Barnard commencement speech, “A world where women ran 50% of businesses and men ran 50% of houses would be a much better world.”
What do you think about that?