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HR’s Biggest Problem? The People Hiring HR.

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The worst thing (probably) about your company’s HR Leader is the person who hired your HR Leader. In fact, I would love nothing more than to banish, forevermore, the CEOs, Business Owners, COOs and CFOs who recruit, interview and select their company’s HR leader.

No HR (background) For You! Next!

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Yesterday I felt the need to respond to a post on LinkedIn (lord knows why) that led off with the statement “You don’t need to have a background in HR to lead HR” and then linked to this article.

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The Break-Up: Managing Employee Departures

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The way in which an employee is treated when departing your company is just as important as how you handled the process when they joined. Remember that intoxicating time? You wooed and courted and promised them the moon.

The Road Untraveled

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I have several friends who are avid hikers. They love nothing more than strapping on a pair of boots, grabbing a backpack and heading out for a long and vigorous walk criss-crossing the local trails. .

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Championing Different Abilities as Opportunities: Understanding Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Speaker: Janine Nicole Dennis, Chief Innovations Officer, Talent Think Innovations

In this session attendees will learn how how to hire and accommodate neurodiverse talent while also redesigning the system to work better for both current and new employees.

Time to Think: The HR Knowledge Worker

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The term “knowledge worker” joined our business lexicon courtesy of Peter Drucker; the concept of “knowledge work” first appeared in his 1959 book The Landmarks of Tomorrow.

Let’s Do the Time Warp Again: 15 Years of the Carnival of HR?

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Images of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” are copyright 1975 by 20th Century Fox. The very first Carnival of HR ran 15 years ago this week (February 21, 2007) when Suzanne Lucas kicked off our long-running tradition with this post.

Trench HR: Where Java Means Coffee

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Many years ago my friend Charlie Judy coined the phrase #TrenchHR. Boy oh boy did we run the hell out of that hashtag on the Twitterz circa 2010 – 2017 or so. And then it kind of died off).

Replicate? Or Redefine?

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A number of years ago, as I was cavorting-in-the-job-market whilst in pursuit of a new gig, I had an interview for an HR Leader role when the site leader (we’ll call him Bob) asked me “what HR best practices are you aware of in our industry? I want us to implement all the best practices.”. (I

The Talent Crisis: Aspirational vs. Actual

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Last week my friend/colleague Jena Brown and I had a really good discussion about the role (perhaps) that HR, TA and Talent Marketers have played in our current talent crisis. What, we discussed, are some of the reasons that are causing employees to resign in droves?

Global Growth Playbook: Scaling a Remote-First Company

Today, nearly half of companies plan to continue offering some form of remote work flexibility to their employees. In this guide, we will explain what a remote-first company is and how you can quickly and efficiently pivot to this workforce model.

Death to Shorthand

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“I hate dealing with Joe; he never remembers anything I tell him.” (“Oh… you didn’t know that Joe has hearing loss in his left ear?”). Jane always looks so mad; she’s just unpleasant to deal with.” (“I guess you hadn’t heard; Jane’s husband has terminal cancer.”). Carmen is pretty rude.

Your Mom Called (and she’s in HR)

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Many of us have fond opinions of mothers – whether those notions be based on personal experience or something fed to us via TV when we longed to be cozied up next to Claire Huxtable or Carol Brady at our own dinner table. The thought of “mother” brings to mind someone caring and nurturing.

Work in HR? It’s Time to FIGHT for Workers’ Rights.

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There’s a peculiar mindset amongst far too many HR practitioners. Due to their fervent and often all-consuming desire to be considered “business partners,” they’ve adopted a capitalist perspective that places them somewhere on the spectrum between Scrooge McDuck, Rich Uncle Pennybags and Mr. Burns.

In Order to Form a More Perfect (HR) Union….

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HR professionals are raised (trained? taught?) to view labor unions as the enemy. Unions are the Moriarty to our Sherlock Holmes. The Hans Gruber to our John McClane. The Ursula to our Ariel.

Hire Global to Grow Global: A Conversation with A Global Recruiting & HR Expert

Speaker: Janice Stack, CEBS, Global Human Resources Executive

The digital age has given us access to a workforce beyond geopolitical boundaries. While this new access can increase productivity, it often comes with its own set of obstacles. Join Janice Stack, Global Human Resources Executive, for this insightful webinar on the ins-and-outs of expanding your team globally.

Group Narcissism and HR Self-Love

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Have you ever strolled into the office of your CFO and seen an office tchotke on their bookshelf spouting the phrase “I <heart> Accounting?” I haven’t. How many Supply Chain Managers do you see posting on LinkedIn/Twitter/Facebook something along the line of “I LOVE my job!!!!”

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There’s Nice. And Then There’s NICE.?

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Last week a video was posted of a customer’s drive thru experience at a Popeye’s here in Louisiana. It captures one of the most joyous service experiences ever; even without considering the customer also got to leave with some delicious chicken. Cynthia (just “keepin it real over here!”)

Racism: When HR is Part of the Problem

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HR professionals are the architects of the employee experience. They’re the ones responsible for ensuring their workplaces are free from unlawful discrimination and racism. They’re charged with nurturing a culture that promotes diversity, inclusion and equity.

Join the Club. Or Not.

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I’ve tried to like Clubhouse. I really have. I joined on January 1 of this year, dutifully invited other people and have popped in to assorted rooms on a variety of topics a few times each week. I don’t like it. Apparently I’m in the minority (of the minority; more on that later).

Financial Wellness Solutions: How to Provide Financial Security and Well-Being to Your Employees

Speaker: Matt Bahl –– VP, Market Lead Workplace Financial Health at Financial Health Network

In this webinar, Matt Bahl will discuss the data and resources you need to improve the financial lives of your employees.

City Livin’?

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I spent the last week in Milwaukee, WI with my daughter (thankful yet again for my 100% work-from-anywhere company!). She lives exactly 5 blocks north of the hospital at which I was born.

Carnival of HR – Happy 13th Anniversary Edition!

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Thirteen years ago today (2/21/2007) the first Carnival of HR blog post was published. A blogging carnival (which in the pre-Instagram stories and TikTok days was quite the thing!)

A 9/11 Legacy

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My friend Christine Lewis-Varley wrote this guest post for me in 2011 and it ran for the 10 th year anniversary of 9/11 over at the HRSchoolhouse. Sadly Christine passed away in 2014.

Sleeping with the Enemy: When HR and Payroll Make the Worst Bedfellows

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A dear friend is starting a new job today as an HR Manager – joining a company with ~300 employees.

The Empowered Workforce: A Human-Centric Approach to the Employee Experience & Retention

Speaker: Ben Eubanks, Chief Research Officer at Lighthouse Research & Advisory, and Felix Eichler, co-founder and CTO of Userlane

As Yoda is known to say, "Do or do not, there is no try." Join Ben Eubanks, Chief Research Officer at Lighthouse Research & Advisory, and Felix Eichler, co-founder and CTO of Userlane, for this insightful discussion on meeting talent where they are and creating empowering experiences.

The Brave New World of ‘Open Hiring’

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Greyston Bakery was founded 38 years ago in Yonkers, NY and per Mike Brady, CEO, the company “was founded on the idea that a profitable business could be the backbone of ethical practice.”.

Be an Advocate for LGBTQ+ Equality EVERY Month

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Why You Got 99 (%) Problems in your Organization

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If there’s one aspect of organizational dynamics that chaps my hide it’s the elitism that naturally surfaces due to the structural settings inherent in corporate hierarchies.

It’s Not Them. It’s Us.

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I’m sitting here at the 5+-month mark since my state first implemented #StayAtHome orders. Since then, as has occurred across the globe, we’ve moved into new phases (“woo hoo! restaurants and hair salons are open!”)

Flip the Script: Winning Tactics for Recruiting High-Quality Candidates

Speaker: Apple Musni, Vice President, People Partner at Chipotle Mexican Grille

In this discussion, Apple Musni, VP, People Partner at Chipotle, will teach you about the importance of data-driven recruiting and how it can help your organization benchmark your hiring needs.

Realism vs. Idealism: Why HR Should Tilt at Windmills

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I’ve worked in HR for decades and I want to tell you a secret.

The Importance of Using the “Write” Language

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“I’m going to issue a write-up.”. “He He should be written up.”. Her manager is going to give her a write up.”. “HR HR must be present when a manager gives an employee a write-up.”. Should I write-up this employee?”. The employee refused to sign the write-up.”.

OnBoarding The Newest Member of the Team

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Eddy von Schooling. We’re dog people in the Schooling household. Oh sure, we’ve had cats over the years (RIP Liza, Cleo and Sasha) but as far as we’re concerned there’s nothing like the unconditional love that emanates from a canine companion.

When “Everyone” is an Online Celebrity

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Six years ago, an eternity in HR years , there was a topic I presented via keynote and general sessions at several HR conferences around the country: “Lessons from Hollywood: HR and Pop Culture.”.

Global Guide to Hiring Digital Nomads

The growing digital nomad workforce offers companies new opportunities to expand their global teams. In this guide, you’ll discover key factors to consider before hiring digital nomads, as well as recommended locations that offer tailored visa programs.

“Conference” HR vs. Real-World HR

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For many years now I’ve lived simultaneously in two separate and distinct HR worlds. I’ve been fortunate to be able to travel the world attending and/or speaking at events and conferences focused on HR, Recruiting, Technology and the Future of Work. I’ve also continued to meet and work with human resources professionals and businesses that, to put it mildly, operate much as they did circa 1993.

And Thus, 2020, I Bid You Adieu

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Today’s the day. Midnight will arrive, fireworks will be lit, and we’ll say farewell to 2020. Does it mean anything? Not really. As we discussed on Drive thru HR last week, January 1, 2021 won’t be much different than December 31, 2020. We’ll still be in the throes of a raging pandemic.

A Few Considerations for Remote “Team Engagement”

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Even as we grapple, globally, with the containment and fight of the pandemic, there are many lovely things happening as a result of the ‘Rona. One thing I’ve noticed is how my neighbors on Nextdoor are less passive-aggressive and actually being, well, neighborly!

‘Tis the Season – Company Holiday Party Memories

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I love a good company party. And, at the risk of having my “strategic HR” card permanently revoked, I admit I even enjoy planning them. Over the years I’ve organized everything from sit down service awards galas to parties with DJs, bands and (one time) an improv troupe.

Where is Everyone? Breaking Down the Talent Shortage Myth & the Great Resignation

Speaker: Ellie Dailey, Global Recruiting Expert and Team Lead for BetterUp Europe GTM Recruiting via Russell Tobin

Businesses everywhere appear to be experiencing a so-called talent shortage and repercussions to 2021’s “Great Resignation." To address what this is and how this is affecting recruiting, we need to consider issues such as the Employer Value Propositions –– Values, Mission, Vision –– and how to actually walk the walk.