Breaking Taboos and Putting Race on the Table #TogetherForwardAtWork

There is no denying 2020 has delivered an abundance of challenges for all of us, both personally and professionally. Just when it looked like we could start planning for life after COVID-19, and begin to navigate a shaky economy, the explosive pain of racial injustice contorted our society.

Unlike the novel coronavirus, this challenge was not new. These issues have long existed, hidden under the table, in darkness and denial.

This time, we can’t deny it. Racism persists in our society and is felt in our workplaces. Black...


Does Your Talent Management Strategy Support Women of Color?



I’ve been married for 9 years, and my husband and I have 1 child.

I got my first ever credit card in 2019.

I’m a stay-at-home mom (by choice) with no live-in nanny or regular sitter (by choice), and I work one full day during the workweek (by choice). It's been that way since the beginning of my independent practice, aside from a 12-week period where I was without my daughter for two workdays.

How did your assumptions about me fare?

Had you previously stereotyped me?

The main problem with stereotypes...


SHRM Tune in Tuesday – “You Can’t Outsource Integrity” – Rob Chesnut



The August session of SHRM’s “Tune in Tuesday” featured a great discussion by Rob Chesnut, the former Chief Ethics Officer and General Counsel for Airbnb and author of the book “Intentional Integrity.”

Rob shared several stories and examples about how, more than ever, ethics and integrity have taken center stage in companies and organizations worldwide. In the past, corporations could focus solely on their bottom line by driving up shareholder value. However, in today’s world, as both employees are customers alike...


The Future of AI-Powered HR



Artificial Intelligence (AI) for HR is still in its early stages, but it can provide new efficiencies and greater effectiveness around the fundamental human process of engaging with, training and retaining the most critical of all resources—people. 

If you’re an HR executive interested in how AI can benefit your company, you do not need to understand all of the precise details about the programs, technologies and applications that comprise AI. Instead you should think about AI from a business perspective by asking yourself these questions:

  • What is the business value of the
  • ...

To Dream -- Explore Your Vast New Landscape of Opportunities



If you took a poll right now in workplaces, the title of this post might be “to survive” or “just exist.” It’s tough right now. The work environment is being tested and challenged in ways it hasn’t in our lifetime.

You have those who have been working remotely for months that have altered their living space, their schedules and their approach to work. There are also people who have been working ever since the pandemic began and haven’t missed a beat.

Even though that has been the case for them,...


9 Ways To Encourage Employees To Take Vacation Days & Use PTO




Taking time off is something many people will avoid when job security is at the forefront of someone’s mind. As a leader or HR professional, navigating how to go about asking employees to use their paid-time-off during these times can be a challenging task. 

How can you encourage employees to take vacation days? We asked nine thought leaders to share their best advice on how to encourage employees to take some well-deserved time off.

Change the Way PTO is Discussed...


A Conversation with SHRM Exchange Visitor and HR Professional Marion Anderson


In July, we had the opportunity to interview Marion Anderson about her experience as a J-1 exchange visitor training in the field of Human Resources. The J-1 visa program, officially known as the Exchange Visitor Program, is a U.S. Department of State initiative that brings over 300,000 foreign citizens to the United States each year through 15 different programs to study, teach, research, share specialized skills and receive on-the-job training. While SHRM (in affiliation with CFGI prior to 2018) has been a sponsor of J-1 visa programs for more than seven years, it’s rare that we work with HR...