Robin Schooling

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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.

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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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Is it Size…or What HR Does with It?

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In the US, small businesses (less than 500 employees) comprise 99.9% of businesses and account for slightly over 47% of private sector employment. Most of those small businesses, particularly once they hit the 25-40 employee count, have an in-house HR function; usually hovering somewhere around 1.4

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Collaboration: Whiteboards and Bulletin Boards

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The need for collaboration at work goes back to the days when the original hunters had to coordinate activities with the gatherers.

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Prepare for Increased ICE Audits with I-9 Error Checklist

ICE has foreshadowed a renewed crackdown on employer I-9 compliance in 2023, so WorkBright has created a free I-9 Audit Checklist to help you identify and correct errors before they become costly fines. Download for free today.

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Requesting a Table for One

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Far too many HR Professionals, unfortunately, tend to create new policies, procedures or rules based on the actions – or misactions – of ONE employee. Heather wore ripped jeans to the office!! We need to revise the dress code policy and make sure it states that ripped jeans are forbidden!”.

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The Robots : Haiku for HR

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By now you’ve probably heard about or even played around with ChatGPT , the AI chatbot system (robots!) released to the public several weeks ago by OpenAi.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Being Mindful of Menopause To Create a Truly Inclusive Benefits Strategy

Speaker: Andrea Wuchiski - Senior Account Executive, Mid-Market Sales

Join this webinar to find out how employers can encourage open acknowledgment of and respect for employees' menopausal experiences while also being considerate of employee privacy.

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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…”.

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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).

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My HR “Customer” Experience

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I recently started a new job (sort of; my company was acquired ) and, for the first time in my working career, I am NOT a member of the HR staff. I don’t have to worry about learning the employee benefit offerings inside-out.

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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

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Onboarding Retrospective - A Different Path to Better Onboarding Experiences

Speaker: Carrie Missele - Practice Lead, Learning and Development at Inspirant Group

In this webinar, Carrie Missele will walk you through the process of developing an effective onboarding program that leads to a happy a happy new hire!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What You Really Need to Know to Build an Effective Global Hiring Strategy

Speaker: Carrie Corbin, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Hope Leigh Marketing Group

Join Carrie Corbin, Global Workplace Executive, Strategist, and Consultant, for this discussion on some of the most common questions around building a global hiring and attraction strategy.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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The AI Conundrum: How HR Can Prepare for the Storm of Change

Speaker: Kate Bischoff - CEO and Founder of k8bisch LLC (formerly tHRive Law & Consulting)

In this webinar, Kate Bischoff, a leading expert in HR technology and law, will address the changing future of AI in HR.

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Group Narcissism and HR Self-Love

Robin Schooling

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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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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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.

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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).

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How Fertility Benefits Can Save Your Company Money

Speaker: Taylor Padalino - Account Executive, Enterprise Partnerships

In this webinar, we’ll explore how clinically managed fertility benefits can help your company reduce high-cost claims, guide employees toward less invasive care, and retain some of your most valuable employees.

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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.”.

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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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.