Guidance Sought on Wellness Efforts and Anti-Discrimination Laws

Wellness programs are an increasingly common feature of employee health benefits, but additional guidance is needed to stop employers from violating federal equal employment opportunity laws, labor advocates told the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at a May 8, 2013, meeting in Washington, D.C. Business advocates, however, sought clarification that incentive-based wellness programs do not violate employment discrimination laws.

“There has been broad, bipartisan support for the expanded use of wellness programs to reduce health insurance and health care costs, but today’s meeting underscored the importance of ensuring that those programs are designed and implemented...


Remember When?

Recently, LaRosa's, opened a new location called Eastgate. I’m fortunate to be the Executive Director of HR for this iconic Cincinnati company, and we had a pivotal role in this store opening. HR interviewed every new potential Team Member because we were looking to add 70+ folks to this much larger pizzeria!

You may think that this isn’t such a unique story. I mean, EVERY HR person does recruiting! That’s not always true. I haven’t had to interview for over five years. It’s great to be in a role that is highly strategic, but it felt fantastic to be back in...


Volunteer to Prepare the Next Generation

Every 12.6 seconds, a blog about generational differences is written. Ok, I made that up, but you get my point. Much is written about what is wrong with the expectations of generations, but there needs to be more action around what we can do to make it better. As HR and business professionals, we need to take a more active role in preparing future generations for expectations in the workplace.

I recently had the good fortune to speak to about 900 students at Muncie Central High School in Muncie, Indiana. I was initially referred to Lisa Letsinger, chairperson of the...


#Nextchat: The Candidate Experience

The job posting was inaccurate, the online application process malfunctioned, the receptionist was rude, the interviewer was 45 minutes late and the recruiter never communicated that you didn’t get the job.  You’re glad you didn’t get the job, and you relay your horrible experience via Facebook, Twitter and Glassdoor in an effort to warn others. 

In an era of almost total transparency through social media, organizations are learning that negative candidate experiences can repel the best talent and inflict significant damage to their reputation. The candidate experience is a direct reflection of an employer’s brand and culture, and the...


Phrasing Matters-Inspiration versus Fear

Just a quick post today. I’m reading a book and I ran across a section where the author is discussing the differences between two phrases that seem pretty similar but have very different meanings.

  • What’s keeping you up at night?
  • What gets you up in the morning?

The idea is that focusing on what keeps you awake at night might seem innocuous, but it focuses on fears. What are you afraid of? What’s scaring you? The question assumes that the recipient has worries and fears that they want to share.

On the other hand, focusing on what gets...


Girl Scouts CEO On Developing Women Leaders

Leadership is an important skill in today’s world. I once heard a supply chain executive from Elizabeth Arden tell me he used to always be encouraged when he would receive position applications from young candidates who could clearly articulate their experience and goals. He knew he could hire one and she would go far in her career because she already demonstrated leadership potential.

For all of us who are out there looking for positions or any opportunity to show we can be leaders, we can never stop learning about the skills we...


Human Resources When There are Fewer Humans Around

The below chart (or a version of it) has been making the rounds plenty in the last year or so as the American economy rebounds and seemingly continues to strengthen coming out of the financial crisis and ensuing recession of the late aughts.

It shows how despite corporate profits, expressed as a percentage of GDP, continuing to set records, that those record profits have not (taken in aggregate), translated into lots of new jobs, as the labor participation rate shows.










Does Your Company Have An Employment Strategy?

I embolden job seekers on a daily basis to make sure they have a tailored job search strategy. Rather than just go about their job search randomly, I preach the importance of a strategy that is targeted, reviewed and adjusted on a daily basis. Ironically, those on the other side of the hiring line do not always seem to have the same focus.

Employment strategies help a company plan for ongoing or incremental hiring. These strategies establish budgets, time frames and areas of focus which help to keep the company proactive in their hiring decisions rather than...


#Nextchat: Leaning In and Opting Out

For the past 40+ years, Boomer and Gen X women have “leaned in” to balance work and family in order to have it all.  Many have done so with great success.  However, that success seems to drop off significantly somewhere between the levels of “management” and the “executive offices.”

McKinsey & Company reports that interviews with some 200 successful women yielded intriguing insights: "Despite their career success, 59 percent of women said they did not aspire to the C-suite."   And Catalyst reports that while 46 percent of the U.S. labor force is women, only four percent are in the C-Suite."...