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Neuroleadership Lessons: Recognizing and Mitigating Unconscious Bias in the Workplace


ecause it is universal, unconscious bias impacts the workplace at all levels. Everyone has biases due to the way the brain is hardwired. Unconscious bias directly affects not only who gets hired, developed and promoted but also the ability of a team to be high performing, the effectiveness of leadership decision making, the health or lack thereof of an organization’s culture, and ultimately, the success of an organization as a whole. Because of its far-reaching consequences, it is imperative to assess to what extent an organization’s culture and business results are...


Future Friday: Shifting Megatrends and how they will affect the workplace


Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLP also known as PwC just released a new paper discussing five megatrends they have identified. These five megatrends are discussed in their paper in terms of how they will affect global defense and security. I am going to discuss two of these megatrends in terms of how they will affect the workplace in the U.S.

The Megatrends

The five megatrends identified by PwC include:

1.      A shift in global economic power

2.      Demographic shifts

3.      Accelerating urbanization

4.      The rise of technology

5.      Climate...


Next Steps After the Overtime Rule Freeze

Today, the final Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime rule was set to go into effect, but 10 days ago, a Texas district judge issued a preliminary injunction halting the rule. Although it is possible that the government could successfully appeal the decision, it’s more likely that any changes to the overtime rules will wait for the incoming Administration.

It has been a chaotic week for many in our profession. Employers—and HR professionals especially—already have spent considerable time preparing for the overtime regulation, reclassifying employees, adjusting job specs, and...


Streamlining the Interview Process to Improve the Candidate Experience

Anyone who has searched for a job understands the tedious, time consuming process it requires. First, hunting for the job and interviewing. Then, negotiating, initiation and training for it.  In fact, the hiring process can often take several months. Often times, this is because management can’t or won’t make a decision and some of the job seekers move on to something else.
Why so long?  If a company wants to expedite and retain good employees, they can seek ways to streamline the interviewing process.
As hiring managers it...

Officially Announcing My Candidacy for the 2020 Presidential Election #ACATINEVERYPOT




Apparently, we will now campaign for four years to become the President of the United States for four years. Makes sense. I like the Canadian system of campaigning way better than what we have here! 90 days or less and we’re done! Doesn’t that sound like a smart law?

Until then, I’ll have to live with what we have. So, since I’m a U.S. born citizen, over the age of 35, and I would prefer to run under a third party as neither the Republicans or Democrats come close to...


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

On November 30, @shrmnextchat chatted with employment attorney Jonathan Segal @jonathan_hr_law about The Holidays: Maximizing the Joy and Minimizing the Risk.

In case you missed this fun and informative chat filled with great ideas for how HR to handle the Holidays, you can read all the tweets here:




The Way Forward on Migration



Two weeks ago I wrote that we need to separate what we know about potential changes to the US immigration system from what we don’t know and what is speculation.  Over the past week, a couple of important indicators are telling us that employers need to prepare for more enforcement and scrutiny of their employment of foreign nationals.

What We Know: In a video message, President-elect Trump said that he would “direct the DOL to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker.” (minute 1:57). ...


How to Hire Loyal People


Loyal employees make the lives of HR managers a lot easier.  The following questions will help you evaluate how loyal a job candidate is likely to be in the organization.

How have you responded at a previous job when a better opportunity with another employer came along?

Even for someone who has just begun his or her career, loyalty doesn’t necessarily mean turning down a job offer. Character is revealed by how one responds to the offer, not whether or not one accepts it.

But suppose a job candidate — let’s call her...


A Message from the SHRM Foundation on #GivingTuesday


After Thanksgiving, it’s Black Friday. Then comes, Cyber Monday.

And then it’s #GivingTuesday!

#GivingTuesday is the global day of giving that brings ordinary people together to make extraordinary things possible.

Each dollar donated on #GivingTuesday is a gift to make the world a better place. It is an opportunity to be part of something larger by making a small gift to a charity that makes the world a better place.

The SHRM Foundation is one of those important causes. For the past 50 years, the SHRM Foundation has empowered HR professionals and...


#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...