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Inclusion and Being Your Authentic Self

 

I have a strong passion for diversity & inclusion. My passion for this important subject is personal. For a quarter of my life, I was never comfortable in my own skin and felt like I was not my true self. I was pretending to be someone I wasn’t. Over a decade later, I couldn’t be happier. Why? Simply, I am my authentic self. Since being true to myself, I couldn’t have a better life. Sure, life has its ups and downs but it truly is so much easier when YOU ARE...

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Bad Relationship with Your Boss? How to Fix it

 

A poor relationship with your manager can be detrimental: both in the work you produce and your quality of life. LaSalle Network COO, Maureen Hoersten, uncovers ways to get to the root of bad relationships at work, and tangible tips to repair them, including:

Signs you have a bad relationship with your manager:  

There are common signs your relationship may be less than healthy like disengagement and short communication. Ask yourself: has something changed? Are you getting less feedback or training as you did before, or is the opposite true and you’re suddenly being micromanaged?...

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Considering Retirement But Getting Cold Feet?

 

I’ve been with the same company for the last 15 years and I’m nearing early retirement age. I always assumed I would welcome this but - like a dog finally catching that car it’s been chasing for years- now that the time has come, I'm getting cold feet. I feel like I’m financially ready, but my gut is telling me “Don’t do it yet”. My employer is supportive either way, although I sense some colleagues would welcome the promotion opportunities that would open up when I leave. What factors should I...

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The Bottom Line on Community Engagement

 

Community engagement is one of those phrases we hear frequently. We share that we’re involved and that we give back, but what does this really mean for the bottom line of workforce management? After several years in the cyber security community I can tell you it means a lot, not only to your bottom line but also to your retention, recruitment, and training efforts.

When I talk about community engagement, I’m not talking about bake sales, but large-scale technical and information security organizations that are completely volunteer run and have existed...

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HR Adventures in Wonderland – Inspiring Creativity and Innovation in your Workplace

 

Charles Ludwig Dodgson was born in England in 1832. In his twenties Charles wrote poetry and short stories. On May 4, 1842, Alice Pleasance Hargreaves Liddell was born in Oxford. In 1856, the two would meet. On a rowboat, Charles weaved fantastic stories sharing with Alice and her sisters. He went on to become Lewis Carroll and in turn, she became Alice in Wonderland.  There is a lot we can learn from Charles Dodgson – a.k.a. Lewis Carroll – about how to support others in building a successful career and inspire...

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Stressed? So Are Your Employees

 

Stress is almost impossible to avoid these days. Of course, a little stress can be motivating, but too much or the wrong kind can have a major effect on employees and businesses. The World Health Organization estimates that stress costs American companies $300 billion a year in health care, sick days and lost productivity.

Despite this sizable sum, many companies aren’t addressing the underlying issue of stress. For example, only about half (54 percent) of US employees have access to some form of wellness program at work, according to the Global...

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My Name is Jenni…and I Have a Criminal Record

 

 


 

Yep, you read that right.  In fact, 1 of 3 adults (of 75 million Americans) have a criminal record.  Before you Google me and try to figure out the story, and in the spirit of keeping it “real” let me share.

One chilly evening in February of 2005, I went out for drinks with friends.  I pulled out of a local pub, turned into the middle lane, and neglected to signal before moving into the right lane.  That “improper lane...

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