How I Passed SHRM-CP (During the COVID-19 Pandemic)



It was around February 2019 that I started doing research on the SHRM certifications and I listed the approximate costs in one of my many notebooks for my thoughts. With mounting costs, especially with the inclusion of any prep course (face-to-face or virtually), I did a quick Google search to see what others recommended as the best path to passing the exam. I’m a fan of “how to” articles generally, but I soon realized that only one person wrote such...


Removing Barriers of Entry - Inclusive Job Postings will Attract Diverse Talent


Too often, I’ve heard job seekers talk about obstacles that prevent them from applying for jobs with a company they’re genuinely interested in because they don’t feel like that company’s job postings speak to them. As HR professionals we struggle with candidate connection, but less-than-inclusive job postings might just be the reason it’s so difficult. Companies have a diversity problem – not just racial diversity but also for other minority groups including women, veterans, and people with disabilities. 

I spend a lot of time working with both candidates and recruiters who...


Online Meetings that Don’t Suck Your Soul



After months of online meetings, video conferences, Zoom, and Teams meetings, you’ve mastered the basics:

  • You’ve got light in front of you (not behind you) so we can see you.
  • You look into the camera to connect with your team.
  • You’ve got a list of everyone attending and you call in each person to take part.
  • You found a decent microphone so your team can hear you and you don’t have to yell.
  • You invite the least number of people to make the best decisions.
  • At the beginning of the
  • ...

3 Things to Help You Shape Your New Virtual Leadership Style



A few years ago, when I was a manager in a large company, I found myself in the middle of the debate between the VP of HR and other executives in the company about an employee request to work from home. It sounded like science fiction, and a strongly opinionated debate developed culminating in the stance that it was a question of trust. For this reason, some people would deserve this opportunity, whereas others wouldn’t. No decisions were made, resulting in the frozen status quo. 

Looking back and reflecting on...


HBCUs Fuel America’s Workforces with Unique Talent



Welcome to HBCU Week, when we celebrate America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their contributions to our communities, companies and society.

It has been my life’s work to unleash talent—in all its forms, from wherever it originates—and I am passionate about the unique role of minority-serving institutions in fueling our workforces with uniquely prepared graduates. Every year, over 300,000 students turn to these institutions for their education and to prepare them for their careers.

For the past two-and-a-half years, I have proudly served as Chair of the President’s Board...


Handling the Clash of Parenting and Work in a Pandemic


Last week I had a chance to bring together an amazing panel to talk about how to support parents in a challenging work environment. This conversation featured:

  • Donielle Buie, HR leader in charge of employee wellbeing at the Broad Institute
  • Shana Sweeney, CHRO of SugarCRM
  • Jonathan Corke, marketing leader at Bright Horizons

In the video below, you can hear each of these leaders talking about how they are tackling the challenge of supporting parents, regardless of whether work is remote or not. 




Reskilling and Upskilling Your Workforce for the Post-Covid-19 Era


As employees return to the new normal, employers face tough choices regarding shortcomings in skills and knowledge that were laid bare by the forced telecommuting following the pandemic shutdown.

A 2018 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development study found that 50 percent of jobs ran the risk of greatly changing or becoming obsolete. After COVID-19, that's even more possible. Thanks to all of the workplace adaptations due to the pandemic, the question for many becomes how to re-educate the available workforce to fill the vast void in new digital technologies.

Reskilling vs. Upskilling

Reskilling and upskilling are both important...


Vacations are Important - Even Amid Pandemic



Q: I oversee a couple of departments, and I’m noticing a trend.  With more people working from home, I’m finding they are less likely to take vacation than other years.  Maybe because travel is difficult, or maybe it’s just awkward.

Much research says that to keep up productivity and morale -and to avoid burnout,  people need to take some time off to recharge. But with employees reluctant to take time off, how can we as managers normalize the use of annual leave during these weird time of Covid-19?

A: When we...


HR: “Leading Up” for Organizational Success




We are finally pulling out of an epic situation where many workers were furloughed or told to work from home due to COVID-19. Thankfully, the worst is in the past in many places and people are returning to work. Many questions persist: What will the workplace be like? Will the office environment have changed? Will my job have changed?

One thing is certain, the returning employees’ value to the organization has increased. Everyone who is back at work is necessary and important. However, it...