Virtual Culture - #Coronavirus and Telecommuting


Paranoia, uncertainty, and maybe a bit of loneliness are all turns of phrase to characterize the current state of work. With the fear of disease front of mind, companies have been forced to separate their workforce. For one who espouses Employee Engagement and Cultural Development for a living, you would think this a dark time. As ever, we adapt and move forward. The Coronavirus-forced work-from-home mandate could serve as an interesting experiment to test mobile work. We are not encouraged to shake hands and company events are being put on-hold so there's never...


8 Ways How to Answer: "Why did you leave your last job?" In a Job Interview

If you’re preparing for a job interview, there are several popular interview questions that recruiters tend to ask. Self Made Millennial Madeline Mann talks about how to answer the question that will most surely be on their list: “Why are you looking to leave your current job?” and all other versions that will help them understand why you left your previous employer. Watch Madeline’s YouTube video for some great tips on answering this question with confidence!  


Originally posted on the Self Made Millennial YouTube channel....


Aligning Employee Learning with Organizational Strategy


Few chief learning officers (CLOs) disagree they have a mandate to ensure that learning initiatives align with organizational strategy. A great deal of research exists about how to align the two. However, what does it look like for employees to connect their learning and development with an actual organization’s strategy?

The term “line of sight” refers to how well an employee can see and understand the connection between their work and organizational strategy. If employees can see a connection between their daily work and strategy, they can better make decisions about...


COVID-19:  Dealing with Potential Symptoms


More and more employers are encouraging employees to stay at home if they are sick or if they have symptoms that may correspond with an acute respiratory illness. In the interest of efficiency, some employers are simply circulating (or cutting and pasting from) the recommendations as set forth in this: 

While employers need to move quickly, that is not mutually exclusive from thinking through with celerity legal and practical, such as: 
1.    The CDC guidance does not specifically list in one place the symptoms that may indicate acute respiratory...


Do You Know FMLA Better Than a Federal Judge? Take this Quiz.



We’re going to start with a brief fact pattern, and then I’ll pose the questions.

Alright, let’s see whatcha got.


An employee injured his ribs while playing with his grandchildren. Over the next two weeks, the employee and his wife called his employer to report that he would miss work. Neither mention the Family and Medical Leave Act of F-M-L-A, nor do they provide any medical paperwork. The only documentation that the employer has concerning the absences is the word “rib.” Eventually, the employee stopped calling and...


International Women's Day #IWD2020

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year to applaud the extraordinary achievements and accomplishments of women in every sphere of life. Although much progress has been made since IWD was first celebrated in 1911, there is still work to do—and HR professionals play a vital role. 

According to the International Women’s Day website, this day was founded as a way to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women while serving as a call to action to improve women’s lives everywhere. In the 21st century,...


Policy, Not Politics: Let’s Talk about It in Real Time


In a busy election year, it’s not as easy to be heard when we advocate for policies that will improve people’s lives and make our workforce stronger. There’s too much noise.

But we can’t let that slow us down. As HR leaders, we must find every possible way to put our best ideas forward in a time when platforms are being drafted and candidates are stumping. We can call and write to policymakers in Washington and connect with them when they visit their home districts. We can educate...


Want More Women and Minorities In Tech Jobs? Do This First.


We are constantly talking about how to get more women and minorities (but not those Asian or Indian minorities) into STEM careers. If we only catch them sooner, that will be the key. If we only give them more math, that will be the key. If we only pay teachers more, that will be the key. It’s all false.

A new study (Buchanan, Joy, Willingness to be Paid: Who Trains for Tech Jobs? (February 6, 2020) has shown that the number one determining factor at getting anyone interested in going into a high tech...