That 20 Minute Phone Screen is a Candidate’s Most Important Moment of the Week!


A lot of folks are currently out of job and looking for work. Not many jobs open. Too many candidates lead to a lot of rejections, black holes, no feedback, and very few “interviews”.

You and I (TA Leaders and Pros) don’t consider a twenty-minute phone screen to be an interview. Candidates definitely believe it’s an interview. They prepare for your phone screen at the same level they prepare for an in-person interview with the hiring manager. First impressions and all.

Here’s the problem, that twenty-minute phone screen, one of many...


Lost in Transition


Have you ever been between jobs and unemployed? It sucks. There’s no greater truth. Throughout my 30+ years of my career, I’ve been in transition twice when I wasn’t working in HR. I wanted to spend some time on this topic because I’m seeing a very unsettling trend. Even though there are millions of people who are unemployed, little is being done to help them.

I’m not talking about social assistance or making a political statement. We need to step back, be reflective, and evaluate this situation because we can make...


My Lifelong Learning Journey - The Lighting of the Fire | Part 1 of a 3-Part Series


“Why are tires round?” “Why does my skin get wrinkly in the water?” “Why don’t crayons taste like fruit?”

On the surface, the never-ending curiosity of my eight year old drives me crazy. Partly because I don’t have all the answers. But when I truly reflect on his questions and join his state of mind, I realize his inquisitions are a combination of intelligence and compliment. Intelligence because his mind is processing the known and looking for new information to fill in the unknown – A true sign of consciousness and self-awareness....


#Nextchat: COVID-19 and Compliance in the Workplace



Workplace compliance is an area where employers must continually stay ahead of the curve. Even the savviest, most-experienced HR professionals can find themselves unprepared for legal issues they never saw coming. While some can rely on in-house attorneys, others, such as small-business owners, must contract with outside legal counsel, which can be costly and time-consuming.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a slew of new legal and compliance issues related to remote work, EEO/ADA obligations, the FLSA and paid time off, return-to-work safety concerns, and other matters. Assessing compliance risks and...


Mitigating Campaign Season Stress in Your Workforce



As a CHRO, I recognize the importance of giving employees the flexibility to participate in the upcoming election, whether it’s going to vote or giving time off to volunteer. Election seasons can be stressful, and this year, it likely will add additional tension to an already volatile time period. While being faced with a recession, pandemic and social unrest, leaders should be aware of employees feeling isolated, especially as many employees are working remotely, and becoming disengaged.

Below are several ways to support employee mental health and mitigate stress during the upcoming election.   

One way LaSalle Network supports employees during...


What is the Most Important Component of a DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) Plan? Access! (IDEA)



For years Diversity and Inclusion Departments have been trying to be included in driving business solutions and, in my opinion, to no avail. Diversity and Inclusion strategic plans are futile because they are not built on a foundation of equity and on an understanding that the most critical issue is Access. If you read the trailblazing research by Tina Q. Tan (2019), you can only believe in the full concept of IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access).

According to this groundbreaking research, Tan (2019) states, "Access/Accessibility refers to equitable access to everyone...


How to Stop Hiring Lousy Managers


Every company has outstanding managers. These are the people who lead happy, productive teams, who easily motivate others and inspire innovation. They wear leadership like a comfortable sweater.

If you take a moment, you can probably name a few of these excellent managers in your organization.

And that’s the problem. There are only a few, and they are so rare, you can easily remember their names.

Study[1] after study[2] point to managers as the most influential factors in employee satisfaction and engagement. Managers have the power to inspire excellence or to...


2020: The Year of HR


Today, September 26, is Human Resource Professional Day, when our profession is recognized for its positive impact on work, workers and workplaces around the world.

But I would assert that in 2020, one day isn’t nearly enough! This has been the year of the HR professional.

From the moment the true impact of the coronavirus pandemic became clear, HR leaders stepped up to become workplace “first responders.” SHRM’s own research shows that a striking 87 percent of HR professionals report their work has been especially crucial to their employer since the...


Why I'm Pursuing a Career in HR #HRProfessionalsDay

HR Professionals Day is September 26, 2020; it recognizes and celebrates HR professionals around the world for their contributions to organizational success. 

Many will be sharing stories about their careers in HR and what they enjoy most.

We also wanted to hear from SHRM's student members, so we asked, "Why are you pursuing a career in HR?" 

Check out their inspiring answers below.

Amanda Nelson - University of Texas at San Antonio (Student Chapter President)

I am pursing a career in HR because growing up in a military family, I had to learn how...