The First 90 Days Will Make or Break Your New Hire


"Onboarding begins the minute an offer letter is signed."

-Amy Hirsh Robinson

An advance conversation with Amy Hirsh Robinson has me even more intrigued about her upcoming presentation and challenge for the 2019 SHRM Conference and Exposition in June. Her topic:The First 90 Days Will Make or Break Your New Hire. Last year, Amy filled both the session room and the over-flow room with a similar session devoted to onboarding. Amy is armed and ready to share some new stories and updates on her learnings post this...


Super Charge Your Talent Acquisition Plan by Hiring Those with Criminal Backgrounds


There is no doubt that the success of a company is determined by those it employs; thereby making acquisition of the appropriate and necessary talent a key priority for any business. However, with the job market tightening, employers are experiencing more difficulty in recruiting and hiring qualified employees; requiring companies to become creative with their hiring practices.

My suggestion – hire former offenders! 

On a national scale, one in three American adults has some type of criminal record. More than 2 million Americans are in state and federal prisons. More than...


Alexa and Siri are Ready to Work: An Interview with #SHRM19 Speaker Jim Link


As you begin to map your sessions within the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition, do not miss Jim Link. By day, Jim serves as the CHRO for Randstad North America. In addition, Jim is passionate about sharing his thought leadership around the future of work within his profession of Human Resources. Jim is masterful at the art of presenting and delivered a fabulous key note session at his home chapter of SHRM Atlanta in March. I was graced to witness Jim first hand and also had the chance...


#Nextchat: My Employees Can Miss How Much Work?! Managing the Challenges of Leave Under the FMLA and ADA #SHRM19



Ask any HR professional about the workplace issues that create some of the biggest job-related headaches, and managing leaves of absence will most likely be at the top of the list.

Because the interplay of three major employment laws—the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and workers' compensation—is so complicated and fraught with problems, these three laws are often referred to as the Bermuda Triangle of employment law. Given that the majority of absences are related to the injury or illness of...


Power Packed Q & A Session with Lindsay Bailey, Founder & CEO of Fitpros


Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” - John F. Kennedy

There are these moments in life when you feel completely inspired, you are full of some kind of positive force and you feel happy, content and energetic. That is what I felt after the Q & A session with Lindsay Bailey, Founder & CEO, FitPros. Raised by a single mom, she went through all the struggles and insecurities like a normal person....


Hiring People with Records: The Economic Imperative


“Would you rather pay someone $30,000 to do a job, or pay $30,000 to keep someone in jail?” That was the question posed to me by Dan Meyer, CEO of Nehemiah Manufacturing. The Cincinnati-based manufacturer of consumer products has pursued the former option, hiring dozens of employees with past criminal records. The national dialog on the U.S. justice system largely focuses on sentencing reforms, but proposed changes will be fruitless if those with criminal records have no job opportunities and no recourse but to return to illegal activities. Nehemiah and others...


People Analytics for Beginners: A #SHRM19 Blogger Interview with Giovanni Everduin


“In God we trust; all others must bring data.” – William Edwards Deming

Note: This blog post is a contribution to the #SHRM19Blogger website. If interested in discovering other amazing HR bloggers, please click the link to read other posts!

I took a stats class in grad school. I was initially excited about the class until I began swirling down the rabbit hole that was the complexity of SPSS, which was the computer program we used to plug in numbers and analyze data that I had no idea how to...


Second Chance Hiring - How Employment Can Change Someone's Life


Imagine for a moment that you spend months or years apart from your loved ones – locked in a prison or jail cell that may be hundreds of miles away from your family, your partner and children, your friends and community. Imagine that you are completely separated and secluded from the world that you once called your home. When you are released from incarceration, you immediately begin to reconnect with your loved ones and try to regain a sense of normalcy.

Like most people who leave incarceration, your primary and most...


How One Background Screening Company Supports Second Chances


Applying for jobs can be strenuous and nerve-wracking. The applications are tedious, and the waiting period in-between interviews and feedback can be trying. The question about criminal history is one that many applicants don’t think twice about. They can check no and move on. However, there’s a large pool of applicants who won’t even apply for the job knowing they have to answer that one question.

Between 70 to 100 million Americans have some type of criminal record, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. That’s almost one-third of individuals that...


Solving the Skills Gap Through Prison to Workforce Pipeline


What if I told you that right now business has the ability to solve today’s skills gap? Would you believe me? The fact is, we do. And it all starts with changing the way we think about, view and support people with criminal backgrounds. As the Chief Social Responsibility Officer for a company that trains and hires incarcerated women, I know this: if we broaden the lens we use to identify talent and future potential, we will enable our companies to flourish, build stronger communities and boost the economy. How amazing...