Are You Ready to Step Up?

I’ve facilitated an HR roundtable in Cincinnati for 20-plus years. I first learned about the group when a flier—yes, an actual paper flier—arrived in the mail at my company. Back then, I was an HR department of one and was only aware of a small number of resources. So I decided to see what the group was all about.

The roundtable was a welcome forum where I could talk with other HR professionals about the challenges of working in human resources. I attended for a few months before the facilitator asked if I would like to step in and take...


Tackle the generational mental health divide in your workplace!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the research is clear: workers across generations and all walks of life need (and increasingly expect) supportive mental health resources in their workplaces to thrive. Unfortunately, many workers—particularly younger workers belonging to the generations entering and growing within our workforce right now--report that they aren’t getting the support they need, and that it’s negatively impacting both their work and home lives.

A third of all workers say their job has negatively impacted their mental health in the last six...


Fixing Performance Reviews, for Good

We’re hearing a lot lately about the disappointment and frustration of performance reviews. At Confirm, we run performance cycles for our customers every day.

We’ve learned that:
1. How we work isn't how we're measured
2. Employee performance follows a power law, not a bell curve
3. Calibrations make bad manager ratings worse

How we work isn’t how we’re measured

After World War I, industrial psychologist Walter Scott introduced a consistent rating scale for the U.S. military to evaluate recruits. In the 1920s, this model was brought into the workplace, and the manager review was born.

Back then, work...


Beyond Skills: How Behavior-based Hiring Can Transform Your Workforce

Today, organizations are experiencing a hiring and retention problem. Over 11 million positions in the U.S. need to be filled, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Though many statistics point to issues like The Great Resignation and a low supply of skilled workers causing massive job vacancies, those factors are only part of the challenge. Organizations need a sustainable and effective hiring process, and the first step to achieving it is understanding what caused the hiring problem we are experiencing today.

The Old Way: Hiring Based on Skills and Experience
Organizational hiring strategies have become time-consuming guesswork that...


Movo: All-In-One Solution for the Frontline Worker Problem

Introducing Movo: The Next-Gen AI Platform Revolutionizing HR for the Frontline

In today's fast-paced business world, managing human resources for high volume frontline workforces presents unique challenges. Traditional HR solutions are often not mobile-friendly, overly complex, and fail to address the specific needs of these employees. But there's a new player in town that's changing the game: Movo, the next-generation AI platform for high volume HR.

Movo is pioneering the future of HR technology by offering an intuitive, secure, and all-in-one solution that fills the gaps left by cloud and ERP systems. Built by a team with a...


SHRM Talent Preview with Natalie Massey

The relationship between HR and administrative staff is vital to the success of an organization. While HR is responsible for managing and developing a company's workforce, administrative staff members play a critical role in supporting HR processes and functions. They are the backbone of the organization - for example, handling day-to-day tasks such as managing employee records, scheduling interviews, and maintaining compliance with labor laws and regulations.

The best HR leaders are focused on leveraging the skills and expertise of administrative staff members to improve people processes and HR functions. Why? Because by working closely with admin staff, HR leaders...


Women in the Workplace: Tips for Personal & Professional Growth

I am outnumbered in my house by independent and strong women (my two red-headed daughters, my oddly always-right wife, and our mini golden doodle Clover). I’ve also been fortunate enough to have been mentored by a barrier-breaking female in my early career 25-plus years ago. Looking back, this has truly been my life’s greatest professional blessing and the source of a lesson that has served me well throughout my career. Never be afraid to shut up and listen. And this post is one of those times.

March is Women’s History Month, a time to commemorate and celebrate the vital role...


New Chicago Employer Regulations for Sexual Harassment Training

The Chicago City Council has implemented new employer regulations requiring training to employees and supervisors on sexual harassment prevention and how bystanders should respond to sexual harassment.

The new ordinance also moves sections of the Human Rights Ordinance from Chapter 2-160 ("Human Rights") of the Municipal Code to Article 6 ("Worker Protections") and substantially revised former section 2-160-040 ("Sexual Harassment"), which is now part of section 6-10-040.

These amendments were officially effective beginning July 1, 2022, which means all Chicago employers must comply with by July 1, 2023.

Details and terms
The ordinance maintains the definition of "employer" in the...


How to Handle Compensation During a Recession, from New Hires to Pay Raises

With talk of a recession in the near future and layoffs at major companies driving headlines, it is easy for workers to feel nervous about their job stability and start asking questions. It’s imperative for HR leaders to keep abreast of labor market changes and appease those concerns by clearly communicating about salaries, raises and job stability.

An HR leader has a lot to navigate during these uncertain economic times including historically high merit increases, staffing levels, motivating performance and ensuring retention of key employees. Fears of a looming recession could have a positive or negative impact on compensation, so...


5 Ways HR Can Be More Strategic to the Business

One often overlooked aspect of the senior HR role is the question of how to elevate the position to be on par with leadership and equivalently tasked with transforming the business? 

Putting all other HR tasks aside for a moment, let’s look at why are we here. We exist to accelerate our client’s business goals. We're responsible for making sure we're partnering with leadership to help solve business challenges. We're helping to lead employees, change the organizational culture, get workers engaged and appropriately trained.