I a have a Masters degree in Education from the University of Florida and worked in corporate HR over 20 years; I’m accredited as a Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR) and I write a column for the Sunday business section of The Gainesville Sun. I’m also an instructor and an expert resource for Santa Fe College’s business incubator, the Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED).
I’ve lived, worked and played in North Central Florida for the last 20+ years, have strong roots in this community and I understand the unique economic factors that affect our businesses and workforce. I bring that perspective and experience when advising my clients.
I help small businesses and start-ups use best HR practices and common-sense advice to succeed…. just like big businesses do.
Q: My elderly father is in poor health and has recently come to live with us. We are empty nesters and both still work full time.
What does last week’s Supreme Court decision outlawing mandatory union fees mean for me?
The law doesn’t affect private employers, so if you’re associated with a private employer simply carry on, there’s nothing to see here.
Q: For the last few months two of my employees have been constantly bickering about politics.
While most other employees were staying out of the discussion now more of them are getting dragged in, to the point that we now have a divided, tense work environment. I’m hesitant to get involved but I am concerned that the negativity is affecting productivity and morale.
Q: A few years ago, I was asked to resign from my job. My boss said “We’re going to have to let you go, or you have the option to resign.” I chose resignation.
Q: What do you think about offbeat interview questions such as “Tell me a joke” or “If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be? I think we can learn some good things from these types of questions. What do you think?
Q: We like to give our employee handbook a quick review at the beginning of each year, do you recommend any particular additions or updates?
Every year, between Christmas and New Year’s, I become inspired to set goals for the coming year.
I am notoriously bad at goal-setting, but there is something magical and fresh about January 1st that fills me with optimism that maybe this year will be different.
Q: What the heck is going on with this rash of sexual harassment stories and all these guys getting fired? Now even a (formerly wholesome) household name like Matt Lauer from the Today show. It makes a nice guy like me want to clam up around women at work in fear that some coworker may take something the wrong way. What’s the best way to avoid being wrongly accused?
We just survived Thanksgiving weekend and now, we brace ourselves for the rest of the holidays.
While the holidays can bring joy to many, it can also bring increased anxiety and sadness to others. For most of us the season is an emotionally charged mixed-bag of ups and downs.
Why do we tend to feel sad and overwhelmed?
After a storm, there is an opportunity to bring people together and create a stronger team.
Here are some tips about ways to do that while building camaraderie and teamwork.
Q: I have been job hunting for about three months with little luck. I‘ve had a couple of interviews but afterwards, I never heard anything back. The most frustrating part is that I don’t know why. I wish there was a way to find out what I’m doing wrong.
Q: I’ve been unhappy at work for some time now. At home, I find myself rehashing conversations that upset me that day or preparing for counter arguments that may come up next. I even fantasize about what I would say -if I could- in a resignation speech. I know that realistically I can’t quit right now but I’m having a hard time coping from day to day. What can I do while I’m stuck?
If you’re like me, the week between Christmas and New Year’s is the most inspiring time to set goals for the coming year. Perhaps it’s the lull in activity, or that it’s cold outside, or that I see January 1st as a endued with special powers to turn me from chronic procrastinator to achiever; when I’ll magically have enough willpower to go for a brisk morning walk and then sit down to write for an hour every day.