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#Nextchat: The Holidays: Maximizing the Joy and Minimizing the Risk

December is a time to breathe a sigh of relief as we finish a year of accomplishments. The beautiful lights, music, decorations and parties create a fun and festive atmosphere as workplaces around the world celebrate multiple holidays. To quote a familiar holiday song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” – perhaps, unless you’re in HR. 

Just about every HR professional has experienced both hope and headaches during the holiday season. The “fun” starts right around Thanksgiving when the cubicle decorations start to go up and culminates with...


The Ultimate Employment Brand Checklist


Tis’ the season to make a list and check it twice. With this post, you’ll figure out if your employment brand has been naughty or nice.

In all seriousness, your company’s employment brand can attract or repel the talent you’re recruiting. Most HR professionals want their organization to be an employer of choice, but where do you start?


The answer is conducting an employment brand audit. The word “audit” usually makes people cringe, so let’s just call this exercise an “end of the year employment brand checklist.” Deal?

Here’s a checklist to gauge how candidates view your employment...


Belong !!

This past week I was fortunate to attend one of my favorite events – the SHRM Volunteer Leader Summit. It’s a great event for many reasons, but the main draw for me is being with other HR volunteers. We have a common bond. It doesn’t matter if you are attending for the first time or have been attending for several years. There is an instant recognition and affinity because we share some commonality in our experiences.

The sessions are great. The chance to visit Capitol Hill and advocate is amazing !! However, when you talk to people in the hallway...


Volunteers make the difference


I write this to you today while at the SHRM Volunteer Leadership Summit in Washington, DC.  I have been a member of SHRM for over 20 years and have served in some type of volunteer role for SHRM in some capacity for many of those years.  The friendships I have gained cannot be measured only in a quantitative sense.  The value of those linkages is immeasurable and I am extremely thankful for who I have come to know and how they have been so helpful to me in my professional career.

While I have been a volunteer for many...




The SHRM Foundation provides undergraduate academic awards in the amount of $2,500 and graduate academic awards in the amount of $5,000. In 2014, 15 student members received scholarships, Suzanne Hudson is one of those recipients. She is now pursuing her MBA at St. Leo University while working full-time. Visit the SHRM Foundation website for more information about scholarship funding for certifications, undergraduate, and graduate education.

Meet Suzanne:

I have over ten years of human resource experience and have earned my SHRM-CP (SHRM Certified Professional). In October...


Overcome These 3 Recruiting Obstacles


Employers face a number of challenges when it comes to recruiting. According to Manpower’s 2015 Talent Shortage Report, employers say they find it difficult to fill jobs this year, 32 percent of the reason being higher compensation rates, increased employee turnover and low employee morale. Although there might be a number of reasons, among the most prominent include a lack of proper job candidates, budget and data to fill every position a company needs to thrive. No matter what your company’s problem might...


Don't Let Sabotage Take a Toll on Your Workplace


The HR Magazine book blog talked with the authors of Simple Sabotage: A Modern Field Manual for Detecting and Rooting Out Everyday Behaviors That Undermine Your Workplace, (HarperOne; September, 2015), by Robert M. Galford, Bob Frisch and Cary Greene, to learn how organizations—and employees—undermine their own success. - See more at:

Your book was originally inspired by a declassified intelligence document. Why did you find its message still relevant today?

First, every organization is susceptible to (or affected by) destructive behaviors.  Second, there are ways of forestalling these behaviors,...


Being fair does not mean treating everyone the same


If you have been in HR for any time you know that there is a misperception that everyone has to be treated the same in order to be “fair.” If only it were that easy. Employees bring different circumstances to every situation therefore the HR person has to consider those circumstances. The EEOC realizes this and is now suing employers who do not recognize this fact.

Attendance policies

One of the biggest areas that many companies have tried to be fair and objective with is in attendance....


Focusing on Performance and Results with Corporate Mindfulness

We are facing a productivity crisis. Global economic indicators suggest that people in westernized countries are working more hours and producing less. This should be of concern to every human resource professional.

Although there are many reasons for this alarming trend, one of the biggest factors is that people are distracted and unfocussed at work, an issue we explore in our book One Second Ahead (Palgrave, 2015). Too many employees spend too much time doing lots of things, but not necessarily activities that generate results.  

At the root of this...