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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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Chaos in a Talent System

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Recently, while lazily channel surfing, I watched bits and pieces of Jurassic Park for (approximately) the 372 nd time.

I’m Hesitant to Ask, But…

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Over my years as an HR practitioner, in a fair number of organizations, I had employees stroll into the HR Department and start a conversation with “I’m not sure if you can get this for me, but…”.

How HR Can Create A Connected Talent Experience in the New World of Work

Speaker: Soula Courlas, Interim Chief People Officer, PwC & Sara Blanchard, Director & National Culture Lead, Workforce of the Future, PwC

Join PwC’s Interim Chief People Officer, along with their Director & National Culture Lead, to learn how they are connecting their hybrid workforce with innovative strategies and 10KC’s all-in-one platform. The event will be an opportunity for HR and people leaders to gain actionable talent experience strategies to engage and develop their workforces.

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.

Sights and Sounds: Carnival of HR – April 2021

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A carnival, to me, brings to mind sights, sounds and smells. Carnivals have bright lights, laughing (and/or shrieking) voices coming from folks on rides, live music, and tantalizing aromas wafting forth from tents and food trucks.

You Can’t Put a Sweater on a Jellyfish

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A local friend, a hiring manager at her company, recently expressed frustration with the state of hiring in her organization. “We We get plenty of applicants,” she said. Obviously some are better than others but we really have no problem with quantity and are able to hire pretty easily.

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).

Why Your Employee Engagement Tactics are Destined to Fail

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Organizational leaders and HR professionals love tossing around the word engagement. They’re quite fond of saying things like “we need to increase our employee engagement” or “let’s do an annual survey!” or “what’s the budget for employee engagement activities?” more on that later).

Connecting the Dots Between Your HR Systems Strategy and Strategic HR

Speaker: Stacey Harris - Chief Research Officer & Managing Partner, Sapient Insights Group

Join Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer for Sapient Insights Group, as she shares groundbreaking research on how organizations can move the needle by 2025, reaching critical business outcomes through a strategic approach to HR processes and system strategies.

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 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 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?

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.

The HR Compliance Playbook: How to Improve Speed-to-Hire

Every global growth to-do list should begin with compliance. Navigating international jurisdictions can be complex and time-consuming, but with solid, up-to-date compliance procedures, companies can maximize efficiency, speed-to-hire, and mitigate risks.

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.

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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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.

Preserving Culture in the Digital Workspace: A Conversation with An Employee Relations Expert

Speaker: KristyAnne Thompson Boyd, Head of Employee Relations & People Operations and Member of the Forbes HR Council

Recently, scheduling 1:1 time for any HR process -- or even a quick check-in -- is bogged down in a back-and-forth scheduling. So how can we reform our processes and eliminate this feeling of missing an integral part of the employee experience?

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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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).

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.”.

Compliance Throughout the Remote Employee Lifecycle

Compliance is a constantly evolving challenge, from the recruiting stage all the way to employee offboarding. Companies must stay compliant at all stages in the employee lifecycle. This eBook offers strategies to maintain compliance, outlines common compliance mistakes, and more.

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.

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!)

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.

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.

HR Secrets: How to Secure Executive Buy-In for Your HR Initiatives

Speaker: Steve Pruneau - Chief of Consulting Operations and HRIS solution architect at Free Agent Source Inc

During this informative webinar, Solution Architect Steve Pruneau will share his thoughts on how to get management support and assist your organization in reducing self-inflicted waste and dysfunction.

Be an Advocate for LGBTQ+ Equality EVERY Month

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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.

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.

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!”)

Build a Mentorship Experience That Drives Engagement, Promotion, and Retention

Retain, engage and support a diverse workforce with an effective mentorship program. Companies with mentorship programs can see a boost in minority representation at management levels of up to 24%, with higher employee engagement. The 10KC Mentorship Solution provides the tools & resources to create a scalable, centralized and measurable program that will help you achieve your goals.

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!”)

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.

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.

The Power of HR & Automation: How to Keep the “Human” in Human Resource Management with Technology

Speaker: Teresa Smith, Senior Managing Partner, HCM Advisory Group at UKG

Shifting existing teams over to new digital processes during remote times can be a challenge, especially when teams are focused on maintaining the ever-illusive sense of "culture." Join Teresa Smith, Senior Managing Partner, HCM Advisory Group at UKG, for this indispensable discussion on the future of work and HR tech.