“Well, You’re Kind of Getting Up There in Years..."




If I’m taking the plaintiff’s deposition, and I hear these words escape his lips when describing the termination meeting with this supervisor, well, I’m not sure how I would go about maintaining my poker face.

It’s a case about a 60-year-old man who his employer fired after working for the company for more than four decades. The plaintiff-employee started with the defendant-employer at age 18. Over the course of his 41-year career, the defendant promoted him several times, all the way up to Area Manager, a position that he...


My Lifelong Learning Journey An Unquenchable Thirst | Part 3 of a 3-Part Series


This is a 3-part series, read The Lighting of the Fire and Why It's Not a One-Size "Fits Most" for the full story.

As I reflect on my own career story, I feel fortunate.

Fortunate for the mentors I’ve had.

Fortunate for the pushes and pulls I’ve had.

Fortunate for the opportunities it provided to shape the way I view the world today.

As previously mentioned, I did not pursue a college degree. In fact, I didn’t even apply. I got straight...


I Know Helicopter Parents...But Helicopter Managers?



You may have heard of the term helicopter parents but have you heard of helicopter managers? Until recently, I have not and now that I have, I am wondering if there is something we can learn.

During a recent conversation with a colleague, the topic “helicopter parent” came up and as we were discussing its effectiveness, the lack of, the conversation shifted to how some managers may be using helicopters to drive...


#Nextchat RECAP: COVID-19 and Compliance in the Workplace

On October 14, @SHRM chatted with SHRM HR Knowledge Center Director Amber Clayton (@SHRMAClayton) and Janell M. Stanton, Esq., from Wagner, Falconer & Judd Ltd. (@JanellStanton16) about how employers can avoid legal and compliance problems in the workplace—especially those issues associated with COVID-19. If you missed this excellent chat filled with helpful information for HR, you can read all the tweets below.

Learn more about SHRM's new Navigating HR Compliance through the Employee Lifecycle course that focuses on the importance of using compliance to build and sustain a strong company culture, too!


Is Covid-19 Showing Us the Future Of Work?


Work from home protocols in place. Travel restrictions. Large conferences canceled. Sales pitches via video conference instead of flights across the country for face-to-face meetings. The future of work? Perhaps.

The nature of work is changing. We are moving from a “one manager, one office, 9-5” world to a “fluid, team-based, work-from-anywhere, always-on” world. While we are in the early stages of this shift (although many have already moved), some believe COVID-19 may be accelerating the transition.

In The End of Jobs, I argue that full-time employment will come to more closely...


How COVID19 Jump Started Digital Transformation


The onset (and after-effects) of COVID19 sent shock waves through the workforce. Individuals (and the companies for whom they work) were literally forced to adopt technical transformation overnight. Most organizations with remote job functions (sales, consulting, training) had an existing inventory of technology (web conferencing, CRM, LMS & performance-based technology) installed. The question became how to utilize said technology more-effectively and how to reskill the formally reluctant in the workforce to embrace the new normal.

So as of March 2020, organizations have had to embrace two new realities

  • What technology do
  • ...

Tips for Fun, Successful Remote Training & Workshops



When delivering workshops, switching to online doesn’t have to mean learning an entirely new skill. The same rules apply for great remote training sessions as in-person ones.

Even so, there a few considerations unique to this medium. Zoom fatigue is real and at this point in the game, we need to go the extra mile for teams to keep attendees engaged and interested. Here are a few tips to help you get your remote training strategy off on the right foot.

1. Choose the right format for your training material....


AGEISM: Best Practices to Confront Age Bias & Leverage Generational Diversity - Q & A with Sonia Aranza #Inclusion2020

SHRM's Inclusion 2020 Conference is October 19-21 and will feature several amazing presenters including Sonia Aranza who will present AGEISM: Best Practices to Confront Age Bias & Leverage Generational Diversity.

The U.S. Department of Labor describes Sonia Aranza’s work as “Outstanding!” She is an accomplished 25-year veteran in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion serving Top Fortune 500 companies and organizations including Boeing, CIA, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, NASA, Oshkosh Corporation, Sandals Resorts, U.S. Air Force, Walmart and more. She was selected to execute congressionally mandated Diversity &...


3 Ways Organizations Can Build a More Diverse Workforce



Many organizations are asking themselves right now, “How can we recruit a more diverse workforce?” It’s a good question and one that deserves our attention.

To help us answer the question, I reached out to Jackye Clayton, diversity, equity and inclusion strategist at SeekOut, a diversity recruiting software firm. She’s been named one of the “50 Unstoppable Women in HR Tech”.  

Jackye, before we talk about organizations, let’s get a little personal. What does diversity and inclusion (D&I)...


9 Tips For Terminating An Employee with Dignity and Compassion



The economic repercussions from COVID-19 has left many businesses struggling financially, forcing them to take a look at their budgets and make personnel cuts to stay afloat.

While terminating an employee might be entirely necessary, it can be extremely difficult to do so. Every situation is different, and no matter what your corporate lawyers may tell you, there’s no standard script for letting someone go that makes the process any easier.

While each situation should be taken case by case, we received nine insights from HR professionals on their best...