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Take a First Step Toward Building Better Workplaces – But Don’t Stop There

 


 

 

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

I’m sure that I’m not alone in saying that a few weeks ago, I was looking forward to closing the door on the dumpster fire called 2020 and anticipating the hopes for the next normal. Then January...

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When I Grow Up - A Workplace Where Bullying and Toxicity are Things of the Past

 

I spent nearly two decades working in the nonprofit sector as an HR director and VP. When I began my career, I had no idea that I would be touched so deeply by seeing others work tirelessly to improve the lives of the less fortunate. In my role, something that became important to me was that there was a sense that I was serving a greater cause by taking care of the employees who were tasked with taking care of others, thus advancing the mission and vision of the agency and...

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Baby Steps: Making Progress Towards Better Workplaces and a Better World

 

 

As a talent acquisition professional, my focus and vision are to find and bring the best and brightest talent to the companies and clients I work for so everyone can reach their goals! In addition to building relationships and networking, sourcing, screening, facilitating introductions and interviews, and managing the recruiting technology, it’s also a focus of mine to consistently work with managers (and educate myself!) on how we look at and interview talent.

How can we get more creative and expand our outlook on the types of people that we...

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When I Grow Up - My Wish for the Future of Work

 


 

I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight…

Bias, inequity, toxic workplaces…these are all experiences and behaviors we’ve lived and died with for thousands of years – ever since we became “civilized” and lived in larger communities with other humans and began fighting with other “tribes” for resources of one kind or another. These are global challenges and ever-present in all cultures. The truth: these and other dehumanizing, dysfunctional, unproductive ways of being human together are not going to disappear anytime soon in our...

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Baby Steps to Better Workplaces

 

Happy New Year to our esteemed SHRM members and to all who value the HR profession. I know you join me in wishing 2021 brings good health and business recovery—and I believe it will, thanks to HR leaders like you.

But it’s almost certain that in the coming year (like every year), businesses will lose millions of dollars in productivity and squander top talent because of toxic work environments. Discrimination, exclusion, harassment and ill-equipped People Managers will hold back essential COVID-19 business renewal efforts.

Today’s workplaces are strewn...

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"When I Grow Up..."

 

"When I Grow Up..." is a statement that children of every generation have recited to parents and teachers as a declaration of their future ambitions. Whether rooted in reality or fantasy, these ideas are a rite of passage.

But there is a long, deep-rooted gap that exists between rhetoric and reality. The reality is, those dreams of accomplishment are far too often limited from birth based on bias, stigma and false perceptions. Stop for a moment and think: what are workers genuinely experiencing in your workplace?

A thriving economy and innovations for a brighter tomorrow hinge on your workforce’s ability...

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The Relational Skills You'll Need for Career Success

 

You can work hard, but you won’t be valued as an integral part of your organization unless leaders and colleagues know who you are and are comfortable working with you. Teamwork, client service, information sharing, problem-solving—all these activities require individuals to interact with one another productively and with as little friction as possible. Given the importance of these interpersonal activities in today’s workplaces, people who have developed relational skills, who have the social grace to navigate a broad spectrum of interactions and create comfortable and trusting relationships, are the most sought...

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Job Seekers! Hiring Managers are Only Judging You on Two Things!



 

If you’re out looking for a job it usually feels like you’re being judged on every little thing you do, have done, or potentially will do in the future. Interestingly enough, a Harvard professor discovered you’re actually only judged on two things:

“People size you up in seconds, but what exactly are they evaluating?

Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy has been studying first impressions alongside fellow psychologists Susan Fiske and Peter Glick for more than 15 years and has discovered patterns in these interactions.

In her book, “Presence,” Cuddy says people quickly answer two questions when they first

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A Cure For The Dreaded Annual Performance Review

In a Forbes article headlined “Let’s Kill Performance Reviews in 2015,” former Fortune 500 senior vice president of human resources Liz Ryan said, “Performance reviews are the second-worst process in organizations. They are not quite as destructive, expensive and talent repelling as our broken recruiting systems are, but they come close. Every year we shut down our businesses for a month to fill out performance review forms. What a tragic waste! Managers hate them, and so do employees. If we want to save millions of dollars in expensive staff time and focus,...

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