Positive for Pot – No Defense Under the ADA


An employee (firefighter) is put on a last chance agreement for off-duty conduct. The agreement specified that the employee would be subject to mandatory random drug testing and could be subject to termination if he tested positive for “a controlled substance.” Nearly two years later, he tells some coworkers that he is thinking about applying to obtain a state certificate for authorized use of medical marijuana to help him with his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Despite some coworkers telling him that was not a good idea and unbeknownst to them,...


Respond Instead


If I asked you how your day was going, how would you answer? I’m 99.9 percent sure you’d easily say “Good” or “Fine” because it’s polite and expected. The person being asked is hoping with all that’s in them that these one-word retorts will placate the inquisitor enough that they’ll move on. We say these responses because it is the norm of a shallow acknowledgment as humans. We may care how the other person is when we greet them, but chances are we care “ish.”

You see, far more daunting and important...


5 Challenges Facing CHROs At Midsize Companies Today


Breakthrough innovators (intuitively or consciously) apply the ALIEN framework, which stands for: attention,  levitation, imagination, experimentation and navigation. 

ALIEN thinking provides a blueprint to escape conformity and to devise truly breakthrough solutions to important problems. There are five strategies that must be considered in turn: 

  • Attention is the act of focusing hard on a particular context or population to understand its dynamics and latent needs. 
  • Levitation is the act of stepping back or “decentering” in order to expand and enrich your understanding. Having gathered insights into the realities of a situation, need or challenge, you need space to  make sense of
  • ...

Accommodating Religious Beliefs and De Minimis Cost



Justices Alito, Gorusch, and (Thurgood) Marshall share the same views on … religious accommodations?!?

I know, right? Shocking!

But it’s true, and I’ll explain why.

More than a de minimis cost.

On Monday, the Supreme Court decided not to review a case in which an employee claimed that his former employer failed to accommodate his religious beliefs by allowing him to attend church on Good Friday. The employee (turned plaintiff) alleged that the conduct of the defendant-employer conduct violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act...


HR Career Tips: 10 Best Pieces of Career Advice From HR Professionals


What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?

To help you with your career path, we asked business leaders and HR experts this question for their best advice. From active listening to working on relationships, there are several tips that may help you be successful in your future career endeavors. 

Here are ten great pieces of career advice::

  • Always Have  A Beginner’s Mindset
  • Simplify
  • Be Part Of The Solution
  • Know What You Want, And Why You Want It
  • Reverse Engineer Your Career
  • Know Your X-Factor
  • Communication Is Key
  • Working On Relationships
  • ...

Culture Check: Is it Safe to Make a Mistake?


When mistakes happen, what is the go-to behavior in your organization? Do you have people who will vehemently defend their actions, try to solve problems in a vacuum, attack others, or deflect/misdirect the attention? Do you have people who will attempt to hide or cover up mistakes? Do you have people who will reach out to their teams and leadership to get guidance, support, and help? Do they own their mistakes, acknowledge their part, and look for ways to improve?

If your organization is more aligned with the “own your...


6 Steps to Fix A Broken Leader-Follower Relationship



Looking at a wide range of leadership models (some going back 100 years), you will find that they usually refer to getting tasks done and dealing with people. The people side is a challenging aspect for most as relationships can be a maze. Even between leaders and followers, as with ALL relationships, both people are equally responsible for the quality of the relationship. Please do not make the mistake of confusing roles with relationship quality. 

Relationship is not a new concept, but very few researchers have focused solely on the leader-follower relationship...


A Post-Pandemic Opportunity for Partnership


As we emerge from work-from-home solitude and head back into the office, the role of human resources has never been more critical. In a time when policy foreshadows strategy, all eyes are on HR. The workforce is crammed into the starting gate waiting for a bell to sound. Here are the big questions to ponder:


Prison Fellowship Advocacy #SecondChanceMonth Twitter Chat


On April 7, 2021, SHRM participated in a #SecondChanceMonth Twitter chat hosted by Prison Fellowship.

If you missed this inspiring chat filled with tips, tools, and resources for second chance employment and hiring, and featuring SHRM's Getting Talent Back to Work initiative, you can read all the tweets here or below: 




Manage Like You Live Next Door


As a manager, your job is pretty straightforward: make sure the people on your team do their work as well and as efficiently as possible.

Good managers accomplish this by putting their team members first, keeping their focus on the business (not on their own ego), communicating honestly and frequently, rewarding success, and publicly promoting their teams. They seek qualified candidates who can add to the company culture and bring new perspectives to the business.

Bad managers attempt to lead with indifference and intimidation. They often focus their energies...