Remembering the 19th Amendment: Moving Towards an Inclusive, Equitable Workplace for All



This year, the SHRM External Affairs team was intentional in leveraging our workplace equity policy pillar to commemorate the 19th Amendment Centennial, which granted women the right to vote in the U.S. We partnered with the Women2Women Tour to host events that captured the opinions of women on key policy issues like healthcare and pay equity. We also joined the United Nations’ Women Empower Women initiative to share insightful research and best practices on gender equity, workplace flexibility, and leave. This month, we launched a digital campaign...


Adopt an "If ... Then" Approach to Focus on Positive Action

One of my favorite activities around the house is to mow my lawn. I mean it. I enjoy it because it takes between 2 to 3 hours to do it. I’m a bit old fashioned in that I walk to mow. It’s incredible excercise which allows me to let my thoughts wander and have a good think.

As I was dripping with sweat this weekend taking my weekly lawn mowing jaunt, I was piecing together something that has been troubling me lately with how people are choosing to interact in person, online and through the media. More and more it...


COVID-19, COLA and Compensation




A cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is an increase in wages, salaries or benefits, usually based on an objective measure that estimates how much additional money a typical person or household needs to maintain their standard of living. With the current situation being that many companies will have a remote workforce through 2021, COLA has been top of mind for HR leaders recently.

Why COLA Matters Now We’re All Working From Home

Businesses in the US are not required to provide their workers with COLAs; however, most do in order to...


Live Blog Ask an Advisor Chat: Inclement Weather & Natural Disaster Preparednes


To Get Through Back-To-School Season, Parents Should Get Comfortable Being Imperfect




Being a single mother and working full-time as a Principal in consulting has never been an easy balancing act. “Agility” is a term we use in consulting traditionally related to pivoting to client needs and market demands. Now, agility means toggling what feels like never-ending work, cooking, cleaning, fixing, tech help, errands, activity-directing, and tutoring — all while maintaining sanity and physical health.

No parent is perfect. Now is...


How to Prepare for a Job Interview (4 Things You MUST Do)


In this video, Self Made Millennial Madeline Mann shares the four things that you MUST do when preparing for a job interview. Madeline will teach you how to prep for - and pass - any job interview with these critically important tips.

Get ready to ace that interview. Wifi hi-five!


Originally posted on Madeline Mann's Self Made Millennial YouTube channel.





5 Career Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.


If we’re talking about race then we’ve got to honor Dr. King. I visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. Museum on my 6th wedding anniversary weekend.

Here are 5 career lessons from the civil rights leader.

Set your sights high.

  • Craft an authentic message. 
    Dr. King almost left out the “I Have a Dream” part of the “I Have A Dream” speech, but he did what he felt was right. Sometimes, you can’t plan everything you’re going to say in an interview, and you don’t want to sound rehearsed anyway. Know
  • ...

Leave Policies and COVID-19 “Long-Haulers” Who Don’t Recover Quickly


There are some people who contract the virus and don’t recover in two or three weeks like most patients do, but instead continue to experience a wide array of symptoms, long after testing negative for the virus. They are not contagious, but are still suffering symptoms 100 days after falling sick. They call themselves the “long-haulers”. Common symptoms include fatigue, chest pain and brain fog. More rare but alarming are fluctuations in blood pressure and heart rate from 30 to 200 without activity.

Their symptoms can’t always be explained by doctors, who are at...


How to Help Your Team Navigate Their Concerns About Culture Change



When you’re working hard on culture change, it’s natural for your team to feel skeptical.

After all, you’ve been thinking about this for a while.

You’re committed to engagement and making a difference.

You may wonder why your team isn’t breathing a huge sigh of relief and jumping on board.  After all, your vision for the future is compelling and engaging.

It’s also likely they have questions of their own about your motives, your follow-through, and what will happen...


Does Your Talent Management Strategy Support Women of Color?



I’ve been married for 9 years, and my husband and I have 1 child.

I got my first ever credit card in 2019.

I’m a stay-at-home mom (by choice) with no live-in nanny or regular sitter (by choice), and I work one full day during the workweek (by choice). It's been that way since the beginning of my independent practice, aside from a 12-week period where I was without my daughter for two workdays.

How did your assumptions about me fare?

Had you previously stereotyped me?

The main problem with stereotypes...