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February 2016

             

Well, yes, and no.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. 

February 29, 2016
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Last night was the 88th broadcast of Academy Awards.  And, even if you didn’t watch it, then you know that not one person of color was nominated for an Oscar in the categories of best actor or actress in either a primary or supporting role. 

The host was Chris Rock. And, with humor and perspective, he nailed it…effectively by reframing it.

February 29, 2016

   

 

Social Intelligence is often evidenced by the use of good manners. Many people presume they are socially (and otherwise) intelligent, but there’s always room for improvement, right?

So I’ve compiled a few (not exhaustive by any means) tips for checking my manners and my social intellect (in no particular order).

 Just sharing:

February 27, 2016

That is probably the most annoying idiom! Just say what you mean!

Say something like,

“Let’s try to come up with some creative ideas;” or

“Let’s think unconventionally on this particular one;” or

“A fresh, new perspective is welcome here!” or

…almost anything else but talking about a box. Creepy.

February 26, 2016
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Recruiting, especially if you are growing at a fast pace, is a huge focus of your HR organization. We have the traditional tools of inbound, outbound and university recruiting, but let’s not forget about the fundamental basis of all recruiting - relationship building.

Recruiting tends to be very task-oriented- you have a job and you need to fill it with the best person you can find. But remember those people that you have met in the past, and you think, wow, that person I met last year would be perfect for this role. I wonder where they are or what they are up to?

February 25, 2016

The recruitment landscape has evolved rapidly in recent years. The process of attracting and hiring the talent that business needs has become ever more complex and multi-layered. Digital tools have enabled quicker and simpler applications – no longer dependant on time or location – and greatly increased the number of connections every job seeker has, putting them closer to recruiters and target companies. This raises applicant expectations for the recruitment process with new tools and technology speeding up the matching and selection.

February 25, 2016

On February 24, @shrmnextchat chatted with @Eric_B_Meyer about "Accommodating Disabilities in the Workplace."

In case you missed this important chat filled with great information for employers, you can see all the tweets here:

 

February 24, 2016

I distinctly remember sitting at my desk in the cool downtown Chicago digs of the Richard Michael Group many years ago. As a recruiter, it was my daily home for several years as I worked to find the best candidates for my clients.

I loved learning about people, their experiences and career desires as well as discovering the business goals of clients and how any one of my candidates could potentially assist in achieving them.

February 24, 2016

How often have you heard people say, “Our strategy is to become the biggest and the best?” This is not strategy. Strategy is not the what. Strategy is the how – how will you become the biggest and the best? Of course, within the realm of the definition, there are good strategies and bad ones. Good strategies help to define a company or a brand’s point of difference.

February 23, 2016

The ancient Roman dramatist, philosopher and politician Seneca said, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” His point was that although luck is terrific, it typically has very little to do with success, especially that which is sustained over time. Instead, success is more often associated with great preparation and the ability to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves. Leadership development is all about living at the intersection of preparation and opportunity.

February 23, 2016

              
 

In the United States, one out of every five adults has a disability, according to a 2015 study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

February 22, 2016

 

I had a conversation with one of my friends from India and we were sharing stories about how throughout our careers we have both been known as people who can do more than what our specific job title would indicate.  We weren’t talking about being able to take on more responsibility in order to receive a promotion, we were talking about learning and using skills from another industry to help further our careers.

February 22, 2016

 

[To preserve identities, I’ll just refer to these folks by their ages: 48, 60, 30, and 27. The four (and a few other lunch-bunch buddies) had a conversation that went like this.]

30: {singing a pop song}

48: What’s that song – if I can call it that – about?

30: Love gone wrong.

48: I guess times change, but music themes never really do.

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February 21, 2016
 
 
True story.
 
Sometimes, we just have to be shown in a different way.
 
February 19, 2016
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In a discussion the other day about ethics I posed the question “What do you do if you feel your employer’s actions are discriminatory, you advise against the action, yet your employer proceeds with the discriminatory action?” From an ethical standpoint do you quit, keep your mouth shut and carry on, or report your employer to the government? Which answer you select, in my opinion, will depend on your personal circumstance. But now I pose another question for your consideration.

February 19, 2016
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"The great mystery isn't that people do things badly but that they occasionally do a few things well. The only thing that is universal is incompetence. Strength is always specific! Nobody ever commented, for example, that the great violinist Jascha Heifetz probably couldn't play the trumpet very well."— Peter Drucker
 

Focus for Success

Focus.

February 19, 2016

Every year around this time, I’m reminded to take a closer look at my retirement account balance and to either smile and breathe a sigh of relief or cringe and increase my monthly contribution.  

February 18, 2016

             

The effect of engaged employees on long-term profits

February 18, 2016

         
              

 

People are often uncomfortable with differences and try to prove that we are all the same. They ask me questions like:

Aren’t we all just humans after all?

February 18, 2016
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On February 17, @shrmnextchat chatted with Aliah Wright (@1shrmscribe) about Reducing Tech Distractions at Work.

In case you missed this informative chat, you can see all of the tweets here:

 

 

February 17, 2016

 

                

Here’s why:

1.     They’re rarely done right! Anything done consistently wrong is making something else worse.  If you wear your shoes on the wrong feet all the time, you ruin the shoes AND your instep…and maybe your back… (Don’t ask me how I know.)   Ice skating on your knees is not ice skating. It’s just embarrassing! Doing it wrong is worse than not doing it at all.

February 17, 2016

 

There are so many distractions in the workplace. Meetings, voice mails, cellphone chatter, co-workers stopping by to ask a quick question ... the list goes on. Even the smell of stinky fish or burned popcorn can throw us off our game. And these days, the biggest distraction of all is technology.

February 16, 2016

         
 

After recognizing that the Phoenix area’s fiscal health was too dependent on real estate growth – a nod to the boom and bust that occurred in the local housing market during the 2000s – business leaders started a series of efforts to diversify the region’s economic portfolio.

February 16, 2016
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By Kenneth Matos, Senior Director of Research, Families and Work Institute

Workflex is a slam dunk when it comes to creating an effective workplace. Most managers realize this; but, for the folks who run smaller organizations or small divisions within larger companies, implementing flexible work programs can feel like more work than benefit. For others, changing strategies they believe have been successful for a long while can appear counterproductive.

February 12, 2016

     

We’re less than 2 months into 2016, but the pace at which President Obama is advancing his workplace public policy priorities through the regulatory process can easily be referred to as an onslaught.  Nowhere is this more evident than in the proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime rules.  And, as  SHRM’s Director of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, I’ve heard so many of your voices load and clear.  

February 12, 2016

 

     

 

News Updates
February 12, 2016

The changing world of work is challenging traditional ways of doing things. In the past most companies had wage and salary ranges for positions, at least large companies did, and when they were ready to make an offer it was one that fit within that range. Even companies that didn’t have official salary grades still had a range in mind when they made an offer. Bolder candidates might negotiate but many did not, especially for hourly positions. What if this was reversed?

February 12, 2016
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It finally happened…to me.

I’ve heard about this before. I’ve seen it on TV shows. There’ve even been many different news accounts of this sort of thing. It happens almost everywhere people work. It’s annoying. It’s loathsome, abhorrent, despicable, and just plain wrong.

February 12, 2016
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I was reminded again how important follow-up is to our success as professionals.  Taking a moment to finish the job and let folks know the outcome.  A former colleague’s favored the line was “DONE – NEXT” and this simplicity always made me smile.   It is a small practice, but one that will get you noticed.  It has been said that the fortune in in the follow-up.

February 11, 2016

On February 10 @shrmnextchat chatted with the #SHRM16 Bloggers about "Bloggers and Breakthroughs at #SHRM16."

In case you missed this phenomenal chat filled with great tips and advice for SHRM Annual Conference attendees, you can read all the great tweets here:

 

February 10, 2016
 
                    

 

February 10, 2016

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

February 10, 2016
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Dallas…a tough place for any Philadelphia native to visit.  Yet given the mission - and company- I had nothing but excitement as I landed at Dallas Fort Worth last Thursday afternoon.  I love any opportunity to meet, listen to, and share solutions with SHRM’s volunteer army- even if it’s in the heart of Cowboys’ country.  

February 10, 2016
 
           
Every year, I write a blog on Valentine’s Day on the risk of infusing Valentine’s Day into the workplace. This is not the same blog, and it is not what you may expect.
 
February 9, 2016

               

Life is full of opportunities and when you have a wide variety of interests almost every opportunity looks like something fun and engaging.  Many of the efforts I involve myself in are volunteer opportunities where I have the chance to help others.  In some of these cases my yes should have been a no.

February 9, 2016

By Todd Corley

Millennials first filled my world in November 2004, when I accepted the job of chief diversity officer at Abercrombie & Fitch—a position mandated by the settlement of discrimination lawsuits against the company totaling nearly $50 million. Millennials, by then, were not only the retailer’s workforce but also its market.

February 8, 2016
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This month’s Pulse probe revolves around what do you do to re-charge and re-fresh beyond your day-job?  I enjoy reading how others find a life outside work to gain a sense of balance.

As members and leaders within the HR Community, we need you to be rested and ready to go each day.  You are role models in balance.  As the flight attendants remind us in travel, we must first take care of ourselves before we can care for others.

February 8, 2016

                

Caution!

Alert!

Don’t do it!

There are 24 hours in a day. More than ten are spent sleeping, eating, and commuting. Another 10 are spent at work. That leaves less than 4 hours for the rest of our lives.

Our coworkers generally get more of our time than our families and loved ones. They tend to become our “families” and…wait for it…our ”loved ones.”

February 7, 2016

 

Great highlights shared on Twitter from day one of SHRM’s Regional Council Business Meeting (RCBM) in Dallas, TX.   Senior SHRM volunteer leaders gather together to discuss best practices and network for 2016.

February 5, 2016

I came across an article in the Australian newspaper Herald Sun titled Reading Trends a must have skill.  In the article scientist Stefan Hajkowicz said that the ability to read major global trends will make or break businesses in a highly competitive environment. He went on to give some examples of things that will have an effect on Australia. This reminded me of a post I did last year so I thought it would be a good time to repost it. Dr.

February 5, 2016
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Which are you?

  • Leader
  • Follower
  • Nuisance

Leaders don’t manage! Leaders Inspire, influence, and innovate. Let that sink in.

February 5, 2016

A wide variety of articles exist about the need for human resources to change. Often those articles talk about the need for HR to be more of a “business partner” or “strategic” or “transformational.” But rarely do we see articles that address what the future jobs in human resources will look like.

 

February 4, 2016

 

Sometimes clients ask me relative to gender:

1.  Would it be gender discrimination if we do X?

2.  Does the law require that we do Y?

Of course, we need to start with the legal imperative.  But, as HR professionals, we know we must transcend the legal imperative and focus on the business necessity (and moral obligation) to ensure gender equality.

February 4, 2016

In February, the hiring rate will fall slightly in manufacturing and will remain nearly unchanged in services compared with the previous year, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for February 2016.

February 4, 2016

Did you know there are more hourly workers than salary workers in the United States?

For those of us that are desktop workers, we identify with salaried employees and often think we are the majority. If you work in an industry with hourly workers, you may not be surprised to learn that a majority of workers in the US are employed at an hourly wage. 

February 4, 2016

                 
 

As a freshman accounting major in the illustrious School of Business and Industry (SBI) at Florida A&M University (FAMU), Dr. Auzenne taught me that achieving success in business required three things: Performance, Image, and Exposure – PIE. Done right, in proper proportions, the individual can achieve great success both in business and in other dimensions of life.

P – Performance

February 4, 2016

On February 3, @shrmnextchat chatted with talent strategist Mary Faulkner @mfaulkner43 to chat about "Teaming Up to Take Out a Toxic Culture."

In case you missed this informative chat, you can find all the tweets here:

February 3, 2016

 

Okay, there’s discrimination, then there’s discrimination. 

Merriam-Webster.com has these 3 definitions.

February 3, 2016

                   

               

When was the last time that you trained your managers and supervisors on how to address disability accommodation requests? Or, how about the last time that you reminded your supervisors and managers that an employee with a disability needs to be treated respectfully?

If it’s been a while (or, maybe, I dunno, forever), have I got a case for you!

February 3, 2016

 

February 2, 2016
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*Sharing a blast from the past…

February 2, 2016

 

 

I’m very excited to be speaking a couple of times during this year’s Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference and Expo in Washington D.C. 

February 1, 2016

        
 

“The culture of any organization is shaped by the worst behavior the leader is willing to tolerate.” ~ Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker
 

We live in an era where civility is on the decline. Examples of bad behavior can be found just about everywhere—in our government, in our schools, at sporting events and during the rush-hour commute. It’s pervasive on social media.

February 1, 2016

             

Bullying is epidemic. A 2014 survey published by the Workplace Bullying Institute found that 37 million U.S. workers face “abusive conduct” during their workday. 

What can human resource professionals do to address this epidemic? A lot. 

February 1, 2016