How to Create Powerful, Positive Mentoring Relationships


In our study on Disruption and Reskilling, we found that one of the top ways employees want to learn new and different skill sets is through coaching and mentoring. However, mentoring is one of those concepts that is often oversimplified in the workplace. It’s more than a casual conversation or one-way relationship. As today’s guest on We’re Only Human puts it, there’s a level of “needed nervousness” to create positive tension and a supportive relationship. In other words, if you’re always comfortable, you are overlooking growth opportunities and you’re not developing at the rate you could be.



What Should We Do in Response to Harassment & Discrimination Issues in the Workplace?



As a Human Resources leader for a couple decades, turned neutral workplace investigator and educator around sexual harassment and discrimination issues in the workplace, I have experienced first-hand the many practical challenges we all have around what we should do when we become aware of potential harassment or discrimination issues. Certainly, in wake of the #MeToo movement, the social, political and work environments we live and operate in have evolved. Whether you have had to deal with these issues or potentially face them in the future,...


I've Read 1000+ Cover Letters, and THIS is What Will Get You the Interview



There is a nasty rumor going around that recruiters and hiring managers do not read cover letters. The truth is, many large companies use software to scan resumes for keywords and then forward those candidates deemed qualified to the HR team. In this case, your stunning cover letter would not help you get to the first round.

I get it, this is frustrating because job seekers spend a lot of time applying without much signal or feedback throughout the process. Which leads to LinkedIn posts like this that encourage job...


Interview Questions for Recruiters



When you’re interviewing for positions in your human resources department like Recruiter, it’s particularly important to be able to assess all candidates using the same data (or scoring). This is where structured interviews come in. In a structured interview, questions are determined in advance and consistent. In unstructured interviews, the questions are not set in advance or may come from a loose set of notes from a hiring manager.

Based on the qualifications you’re looking for, your Recruiter interview questions should...


Why Winning the 1:1 is The Secret to Your Team’s Success


With $160 Billion lost each year in North America due to employee attrition, retention has never been more vital to companies. I’ve touched on this in my blogs on recruiting in the age of the hyper-hopper and hiring for GRIT. Several SHRM readers reached out after reading all asking the same question: once you hire new employees, how do you retain them? 

As someone that’s spent over a decade hiring, developing and mentoring dynamic teams of future leaders I wanted to share three simple techniques that I have implemented around my...


Tips for Preventing High-Potential Poaching



Most of us have heard of the 80/20 Pareto Principle, which when applied to your workforce means that 80 percent of the responsibility and work are shouldered by only 20 percent of your employees. Those are today’s high performers.

And while statistics vary depending on the source, the pool of high-potential employees—traditionally identified as those who have the ability to perform at least two levels above their current role—is even smaller. 

In today’s incredibly tight labor market, keeping those high potentials in your organization is harder than ever. Many employers...


21 Days Into My Job Search, 5 Key Lessons Learned


#1 Nothing happens overnight.

The night I publicly announced the news of my resignation a small part of me was expecting a Hollywood ending. Stomach-churning, I went to bed knowing there would be no sleep and foolishly fantasized about the emails that would be waiting for me the next morning:

Dear Pubali: See attached offer letter. We have wanted you for years.

Dear Pubali: See attached offer letter. Please come work for us!  

Dear Pubali: See attached offer letter. We have been waiting for you.

Like a kid at Christmas,...