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December 2018

 


 

The office holiday party season is officially upon us and there is still plenty of time to spread some of that pent-up cheer you’ve been holding in all year long! This means festive gatherings, decorated cubes, and plenty of workplace cheer. However, that cheer can sometimes get the better of us. Here are 12 of those common office party mishaps we’ve all either witnessed or been guilty of ourselves!   

December 13, 2018

 

 

What is the value of a SHRM membership? Why should someone become a member? Even more, why should anyone maintain their membership?

December 12, 2018

On December 12, @shrmnextchat chatted with HR professional Osasu Arigbe (@OsasuArigbe).

December 12, 2018

 

 

The increasing influence of technology and artificial intelligence across every industry showcases the importance of ethical behavior in the workplace, and investment in ethics education is rapidly growing.

December 12, 2018

 

When you start to understand work as a relationship, it starts to raise some interesting questions that you may not have asked before. For example, how does our comfort with being vulnerable impact how willing or able we are to “engage?”

When I reflect on the relationships in my life and all of the stories I’ve heard from friends about their own relationships, a common barrier I notice to a healthy relationship is the fear of getting hurt.

December 11, 2018
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From time to time, I receive emails and messages from people asking how to deal with workplace situations.  Over the last couple months, a theme is emerging around colleagues who try to derail your career and how to respond.

December 11, 2018

 

Bold Purpose.  But Audacieux.  Proposito Audaz.  Algharad Jaree’.

However you say it, over the past year SHRM has been speaking out around the world on all things work.  Before the year ends, our work on immigration and the skills gap will culminate at four international events.  As our Head of Global Outreach and Operations, I have the privilege of travelling abroad on SHRM’s behalf, but it’s our collective work that shapes the opinions of the world’s leaders.  Let me share how.

December 10, 2018

 

 

Last month, we celebrated the Thanksgiving Holiday in the USA. Somehow, the fourth Thursday in November reminds us to pause and reflect on the goodness and gifts we have in our lives.

December 10, 2018

 

Today’s college graduates are starting their careers with an average of almost $40,000 in student debt. That data point surely shapes students’ and families' decisions on where to go to college, what to study and whether higher education is even worth it.

December 10, 2018

 

 

 

Work is complex. So are the lives of today’s workers. 

December 10, 2018

 

Organizational complexity is strangling innovation, productivity and engagement at an increasing rate. As companies have grown, they have added more structures, reporting relationships, communication channels, processes and rules. The ever-increasing reach of these organizational tentacles has resulted in many groups becoming lost in the complicated bureaucracy.

December 7, 2018

 

 

For many years, around the holiday season, I have written cautionary tales from “The Jewish Guy Who Wear A Chai.”  Chai is the number 18 in Hebrew and means life.

This year, I was reluctant to use the title.  For the first time in a long time, I have been the target of antisemitism.  Then, there was the massacre of 11 Jews at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

December 6, 2018

 

 

HR can be serious business. It can also be a source of comedic material. The funny and the not-so-funny.

The reality is...

People can be really difficult. Communication is hard. Change is hard.

Work can suck.  

But people are really funny. And the situations we find ourselves in - at work, at home, in public - can be hilarious.

Ever heard that laughter is the best medicine? 

December 5, 2018

 

 

You may or may not have noticed that I have taken some time off from writing lately.  I have done a few pieces for a new concept at SHRM #NotionsByNicole found here.

December 5, 2018

 

On December 5, @shrmnextchat chatted with HR professionals from around the world about HR's 2018 Performance Review.

If you missed this excellent chat about what worked well - and not so well - for HR in 2018 you can read all the tweets here.

 

December 5, 2018

 

 

Q: One of my coworkers has a knack for writing emails that instantly irritate me. We normally get along well over the phone and face-to-face interaction, so I don’t think it’s intentional. But there’s something about the way she writes and asks questions that’s really annoying. Do you have constructive tips I can pass along?

December 3, 2018

Want to make the kind of impression that draws people's attention and gets your talents recognized? In Convinced!: How to Prove Your Competence and Win People Over (Berrett-Koehler, 2018), Stanford faculty member Jack Nasher applies his expertise in psychology and negotiation (and also his experience as a mentalist at Hollywood's famous Magic Castle!) to show how anyone can master the techniques of "impression management."

December 1, 2018