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Let’s Start with Decency #SHRMDIV



Lately I have engaged in several conversations (online and IRL) surrounding race, racism, diversity and inclusion, as I’m sure many of you have given today’s political and social climate. These conversations have been with friends, colleagues and fellow HR professionals. Thankfully I associate with some pretty intelligent, thoughtful, decent individuals who can discuss heated topics without becoming heated (passionate maybe, but not heated) and/or resorting to insults or name-calling. Thankfully. But for many, these types of conversations can often devolve into a free-for-all that becomes focused on the individual rather...


D & I Preparation #SHRMDIV

I’m in San Francisco getting ready for the SHRM Diversity and Inclusion conference that starts tomorrow, and I’m thinking about what diversity and inclusion mean.
On the plane here, I listened to an episode of The Guilty Feminist podcast about male privilege. The host, Deborah Frances-White, likened privilege to hot and cold running water. Most people reading my blog have lived their entire lives with hot and cold running water in their homes. It’s an expectation we don’t think twice about. We know in our heads that...

Sweeping a Dirt floor, and Drinking Nescafe


Two of the most important skills the military gave me!

Transferable skills are consistently the focal point of discussions around veterans’ hiring programs and employment after the military.  Skills such as leadership, time-management, and teamwork are often mentioned as traits that position veterans for success after their time in uniform.  Nevertheless, what I find even more valuable- at work and everywhere else in my life- are the lessons I’ve learned through the many multi-cultural experiences I had serving alongside diverse people around the world.  These experiences have given me- and thousands...


Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Technology 2017


Earlier this month, 18,000 people descended upon Orlando for the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Technology.

We live in an amazing time, where the influence and impact of technology permeates every aspect of our lives. We rely on technology to do our banking, stay connected with our friends, book our travel, and to manage our schedules. And yet women make up a relatively small percentage of the technical workforce.

Anita Borg and Grace Hopper both did tremendous work to change that dynamic. The Grace Hopper Celebration is an inspiring...


Not Paying for Work Performed. Not an Option


“Do we have to pay for time worked that was not approved?”
In a word, yes!  If it is time worked, it is compensable. Employers are obligated under federal law (FLSA) to pay employees for time spent working.
“But Rue we didn’t tell her to come in on a Saturday! She did that on her own!  Why should we have to pay her for working outside of her schedule?”
Here’s why:  SHE WORKED.
She did something that benefitted the company and the company has an...

SHRM Connect: An I-9 Audit ... at the Airport?

SHRM Connect is an online community where SHRM members can ask questions and get answers on a variety of HR topics. It’s a great place to network with other HR professionals and share solutions.  
The conversation topics range from “HR Department of One” to Employment Law, are always insightful, and deal with some of the most pressing issues that HR professionals face in the workplace today.
While some of the conversations take on a more serious tone, others will deliver a bit of comic relief, and on Fridays, I’ll be highlighting a conversation or two in hopes...

How to Inspire and Energize Your Workforce Every Day


What does it take to inspire others? In The Inspiration Code: How the Best Leaders Energize People Every Day (Amacom, 2017), Kristi Hedges, a leadership communications expert and author who coaches CEOs and senior executives, draws from in-depth research to highlight the tools and practices used by inspirational leaders. Her guide provides a targeted approach to igniting inspiration, relying on a framework informed by hundreds of interviews, survey data and communications studies.
With a methodology Hedges calls "The Inspiration Path," the book takes complex...

Ask-HR – What is it?


I call it A Standard Knowledge-base for Human Resources; ASK-HR. For those who are new here, I have four+ years of experience (international & US) working with this centralized HR function and I have never looked back.
BUT…what exactly is it?
ASK-HR is a centralized HR service desk for all your HR related needs. Consider it an FAQ system that answers most of your generic questions. ASK-HR’s primary purpose is to bring all employees and their questions to one point of contact – the centralized HR service desk....

6 Simple Ways to Improve Open Enrollment

It’s that time of year again. There’s a crispness in the air combined with an energy that is simultaneously exciting and scary. As the shadows cast longer and the kids head back to school, HR professionals face their own early-fall ritual: open enrollment.
If you’re like many of your colleagues, you confront this annual exercise with a mixture of enthusiasm and dread. It’s a busy time that is undeniably stressful and exhausting. Yet it also gives HR an opportunity to make vital contributions to the business and to help...