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The Awkward Dreaded Talk About Dress Code




Q:  Last week, you closed your column about the summer dress code by saying: “Management is very uncomfortable enforcing dress code rules and often will send out “reminder memos” about the policy when someone is dressing inappropriately.”  That perfectly describes my situation!  I manage a small business and have a new employee (who dressed very modestly-  for two interviews) who’s been coming to work with tops that are too revealing for the office. 

We already tried the “reminder memo” about our...


Working Together to Advance the Workplace



As the Democratic National Convention comes to a close I find myself reflecting on the city of Philadelphia – the epicenter of where history is made.

Philadelphia, Pa is the same city where the American founders signed the Declaration of Independence and then later wrote the Constitution. Years later, twelve years ago this week (to be exact), then-Senate candidate Barack Obama took the very same stage in Philadelphia when he was first introduced to the national stage. Adding another factoid to the history books this week, Democrats made Hillary...


DNC Proves Welcome Venue for CFGI Call for Immigration Reform


This week, in the city of brotherly love, CFGI joined SHRM at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to continue the two groups’ push to Create a 21st Century Workplace. The delegation to Philadelphia found many DNC attendees receptive to the message.

This week’s efforts were the latest by our two groups to advocate policies to keep America competitive in 2016 and beyond. We are working to ensure both parties know just how critical it is for U.S. employers and HR professionals to have the ability to recruit,...


The New Talent Landscape: HR Professionals Report a More Challenging Market for Finding Skilled Talent

According to a new SHRM Survey report released at last month’s SHRM 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., HR professionals are reporting the most challenging market for talent in years.   A low number of applicants, candidates without the needed work experience, competition from other employers, candidates’ lack of technical skills and local markets that are not producing enough qualified candidates are the top reasons HR professionals say they are having difficulty in filling open jobs, according to the HR professionals surveyed.

The industries reporting the highest levels of...


How will the new overtime rules affect workplace flexibility? Not well.



The slow death of the 9-5 workday, together with the arrival of the new FLSA overtime rules, which do into effect on December 1, could create one of the bigger wage-and-hour pitfalls for employers in 2017 and beyond.

Less flexibility to complete work outside of normal work hours.

A few months ago, both The Washington Post (here) and SHRM (here) ran stories about how the new overtime rules could limit job flexibility. Citing a SHRM survey, The Washington Post story noted that 67% of HR pros thought the new regulation would decrease...


How to be the Change-Maker in Your Organization…



Checking in from sunny Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) – and what a day! After catching a beautiful sunset over the beautiful Philadelphia skyline, former president Bill Clinton concluded day number two with a fantastic speech to tens of thousands of DNC attendees. The former president talked about the person Hillary Clinton was, is, and will be – as the potential first female president in U.S. history. According to the former president, she would be a change-maker.

Earlier in the day, SHRM’s President and...


Thoughts from the DNC: Five Ways to Close the Skills Gap


Today, I joined business leaders, members of Congress and experts from well-respected think tanks for a panel discussion on one of the most pressing workplace policy issues of our time: the skills gap. The panel, sponsored by centrist think tank Third Way, was convened during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to unpack the challenge of—and highlight solutions to—developing a workforce that is ready to meet the demands of the new economy.

The first question pitched to me was basic but relevant in light of some current debate:...


HR Intel: Your Handling of Political Discourse at Work is an Important Indicator of Success


A regular round up of news, legal trends and workplace developments to help keep HR ahead of the curve

Your company’s stance on politically-charged discourse at work says a lot about company culture, but it’s also an important indicator of success in the 21st century.

You may have noticed that we’re in the midst of a fairly contentious time in American history. In fact, it’s likely the country hasn’t been this divided since the Vietnam War – which claimed the lives of almost 60,000 Americans and wounded more...


2016 HR Technology Conference — What’s New and What’s Next?



The 2016 HR Technology Conference & Exposition will be held in Chicago from October 4-7 and I’m excited to return as a member of the 2016 HR Tech Insiders blogger team.

There are so many new developments in the world of HR technology—and the pace of change is so dizzying—that it’s important for HR professionals to be as knowledgeable as possible and to understand the options that are available because this will affect their organization’s ability to stay competitive in a world where finding and...