February 2021


From the start of my human resources career, one of my biggest goals was to have SHRM-SCP behind my name.

February 25, 2021



Whether it's in the form of a raise or a simple thank you, showing gratitude can make all the difference to your employees.

February 25, 2021



We all know that the wearing of masks is an essential element in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As with many safety precautions, however, the specifics of what is required continues to evolve relative to masks, and employers need to keep up with the evolving legal requirements as well as public health and other guidance. 

February 23, 2021

Originally published April 4, 2017


I like to read and re-read blogs on leadership. They are helpful reminders on what I need to keep doing (or not doing) and where there are opportunities for personal growth. Although expressed from different perspectives, the articles often cover the same attributes or competencies that we rightfully expect from good leaders.

February 22, 2021


You know who they are. They are the rock-star sales managers, the gifted product leaders, the creative visionaries. Almost everything they do is wildly successful.

They believe—and the company agrees—that they have a golden gut: flawless instincts, essential relationships, or uncanny intuition, and the confidence to act.

February 19, 2021



When I was thinking about what Boo Boo Part 2 would be, it was clear as a bell to me. What wasn't clear, however, was how to write it. It's one of those things I think we all experience, and have even done to others and I believe people absolutely despise it. Ouch, that despise word is a strong one. But ouch, it's probably right on the mark. Listen for that bell because...

Boo Boo #2 - Cutting People Off at the Knees

February 19, 2021


Vaccines are being administered and with Spring a month away there is (finally) reason to be optimistic that a return to normal is in sight. 

What Will The Future Look Like?

Will we return to commutes, office clusters, airplanes and hotels? Will the benefits of the work-from-home experiment be adopted long term? 

February 16, 2021

Originally published on the SHRM blog February 28, 2019. 


February 14, 2021


Your organization and you personally are committed to diversity, to hiring and retaining top talent of all backgrounds.

But you keep getting derailed.

February 10, 2021


All too often employees have questions that never get answered. 

To help managers be more proactive in seeking out employee questions, we asked employees and human resources professionals about the one question they want to ask their manager - but don't.

February 9, 2021



Leaders play a vital role in employee development and that includes sharing developmental feedback. But an effective performance conversation requires an even temper. Keep these five principles in mind to help you keep your cool.

We’d just finished a live online leadership discussion about tough conversations when a private chat message appeared from one participant.

February 9, 2021


Dear Dan,

I wonder how best to write a resignation letter. I’m in my late twenties and I’ve found a new position.

I’ve been woefully underpaid and unappreciated. I’m wondering about explaining the reasons for my departure. I’d like to give them some feedback on the way I’ve been treated.

Thankful to leave,

Out the Door

February 8, 2021



If you could choose one superpower, what would it be? According to, a totally unscientific but incredibly interesting website for list ranking, the number one superpower we desire is teleportation. Forget the nuisance of flying with that ridiculous cape, teleportation allows you to simply vanish from point A and quickly materialize at point B, and you don’t even need a funky looking suit with a leotard.

February 5, 2021


That is how one court described the quandary an employee faced after asking for FMLA leave. Here’s the brief, back story.

February 5, 2021

I miss my dog.

Holly, a fluffy white Bichon Frise, was my faithful companion for over 15 years. She followed me throughout the house, not too far behind. When I sat down, she jumped on my lap. When I went outside, she followed me. When I went to the bathroom, she scratched on the door, wanting to be let in.

Having been in good health most all her 15 years, she became very ill in April and we had to make an extremely difficult decision to euthanize her. As she quietly departed, my heart sank in despair.

February 5, 2021



Occasionally I get a question from a reader, such as below. Today’s question is about how introverts can thrive in the world of HR. 

What is a good HR job for introverts? I am somewhat shy and am looking for a way to follow my passion for HR without totally stressing myself out. 


February 4, 2021

As our world evolves so does the human resources (HR) landscape. Often, though, not on the same scale or at the same rate as other industries and our business counterparts.

This must change.

The pandemic has affected all businesses, HR is no exception. Our workplaces have never been more ripe for change.

The majority of Californians, and Americans alike, spend the bulk of their waking hours “in the workplace.” It’s no great secret that a strong sense of belonging at work results in increased performance, reduced turnover, and a decrease in sick days.

February 2, 2021



February 1, 2021