Trauma-Informed Workplace: Kindness Works Better



Just when we think that there is a light at the end of the long, long tunnel of health, economic, political and social crises… more terrible news hit us, intensifying group-level and individual-level stress.

And prolonged, compounded stress can tax our ability to cope and lead to behaviors that only make the situation worse.

Uncertainty and fatigue can impact the way we treat each other at work - anger, blame, and other negative emotions can show up in irate e-mails, poor collaboration, information hoarding, and reduced quality of work.



4 Reasons Why HR Departments Should Work with Recruitment Specialists




Do it or delegate? It’s an age-old dilemma regarding recruitment. Should the Human Resource department handle the process? Sure, there are advantages and disadvantages – but do the pros outweigh the cons? From posting vacancies to screening resumes and conducting interviews, the hiring process could become convoluted rather quickly. It could result in taking up too much of HR’s time, energy, and budget. Which leads to another question: is it better for HR departments to team up with recruitment specialists? 

Here are four reasons why we think so.

  • Save Time

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5 Key Tips for Attracting and Retaining Talent During a Pandemic #COVID19



Your budget may have taken a hit, you may have had to change course, but you can—and should—still hire top talent. The business world is still finding its footing as the pandemic continues to impact everyone’s lives. If you’re a leader who has had to cut budgets, scale back, and shift course you know, first hand, how fast everything keeps changing. What hasn’t changed is that you still need to hire and retain top talent to make your business a success.

How can you recruit the best when you’re not...


Words Matter: 7 Ways to Get a Grip on Your Tongue


Doing the right thing doesn’t erase saying something stupid.

“Watch your thoughts. They become words. Watch your words. They become deeds…” Frank Outlaw, late president of Bi-Lo

Words are hinges between thought and action.

Accountable for:

Stupid words return with misery on a leash.

You learn to be accountable for your words when the things that come out of your mouth come back and bite you on the butt.

You have a problem with the words you say to yourself and others if you’re constantly battling misery.

Action matters. But foolish words...


Got Any Bright Ideas?


Do you feel pressure to come up with new ideas?

Things change so quickly these days, it seems we need new ideas and fresh thinking just to survive. We need to understand how our customers are changing. Will they still need us a year from now? What should we do to our products, distribution, or marketing to adapt to these new trends? Are they even trends?

Come on, people! We need ideas! Out with them!

It’s incredibly difficult to lock yourself in your office and...


Thriving at Work While Autistic, Introverted, Shy, and Otherwise Different: Part 1

Crafting the Calling: Job Matching and Job Crafting 

I was 14, and it was job craft or die.

The term job crafting – redefining and re-imagining your job as an employee, including job tasks as well as relationships and our mindsets – would not be invented for many years, and my “differences” would not be labeled for decades (though I was clearly introverted, shy, and otherwise different). But if I were to live to become a professor of organizational psychology, I had to invent job crafting for myself.

Labor education in...


Can Everyone be the Best Employer to Work For?


I have yet to see an organization come out with a brand that says,

“Hey, we’re Super Average, but come work here anyway!” 

For the most part, every organization spouts off about being the best place to work. Statistically, that just can’t be true. Everyone can’t be the best, right?

I think for the most part it’s just lazy recruitment marketing. You are either the best, or you’re something less and no one would ever go to their c-suite and say, “Yeah, so we’re going with “We are almost the best...


5 Top Skills Employers Are Looking For



I’ve noticed the skills that hiring managers want aren’t generally the same skills we learned in school.

The top 5 skills I see employers asking for (and the skills I WISH school had taught me):


It’s bizarre to never need Excel in school and then go into the corporate world and it is simply expected that you know it.

I spoke with a group of companies that were hiring students straight out of Master’s programs and they said the one skill they wish students had when coming into their roles was Excel. The...


Pregnancy Exemption For Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates?

There are many legal and cultural issues employers need to consider in deciding whether and how to mandate COVID-19 vaccines of some or all employees.  This blog addresses but one issue—potential exemptions.

If an employer mandates vaccines, employers are required by the ADA and Title VII to consider exemptions/reasonable accommodations for disabilities/medical reasons or because of a sincerely-held religious belief. Employers may wish to consider another potential exemption/accommodation: pregnancy. 

According to the CDC, while pregnant women are at higher risk for serious illness, the data are limited as to the safety...


How Do You Measure a Year?



How do you measure a year?

It’s a question asked in the Broadway play Rent, but it is also one I have been pondering myself.

Somewhere around five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes ago from writing this post, I was preparing to fly to Cleveland, Ohio to speak at the Northern Ohio SHRM Conference. The impact and implications of Covid-19 were just starting to hit the 24 hours news cycles. I remember being unsure if the conference would happen, as things were a bit up in the air in...