How to Hit the Ground Running in Your New HR Job




I recently started with a new company and when I paused to think about what I learned and what helped me be successful in the first month, here’s what I found:

  • Take the time to learn the business. It’s so tempting to just start doing what you know how to do best. I spent my first 2 weeks meeting with the CEO and every VP in the company and compiling all my notes and making sense of them. Not everyone will have this luxury but meet with as many
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Implement Global Policies, Not A Global Handbook



Most multinational companies should have global employment policies that are lawful and reflect company culture—not a global handbook that dictates exactly what must be done under any circumstances. Employers often would prefer a uniform approach, but uniformity has proven problematic when it comes to certain policies.

Employee handbooks, at least the way we think of them in the United States, are really a U.S. concept. Some countries, such as Japan, have "work rules," which the labor authority must approve and that cover certain aspects of employment, such as hours of...


Mentoring Blooms Over Time - Plant Some Bulbs !!



I have lived in Ohio for the majority of my life. I love the Midwest because I get to experience all four seasons in a year. My favorite season is happening even as I type. I love Fall because the temperature drops and it’s chilly and brisk most days. It’s also when trees shed the green they’ve been exhibiting through the Spring and Summer to show they’re true beautiful colors. Everywhere you look you see a mix of yellows, reds and oranges. It’s stunning !!

Another facet that happens during...


Avoiding the Dreaded Post-Vacation Deluge



Q: Last week you gave a reader advice on how to keep his office from calling him while on vacation. I have a slightly different vacation problem. I dread having to face the zillion emails that are waiting in my inbox on my first day back. I do send the standard “out of the office” message but it does little to alleviate the problem. Is there something else that can be done so my inbox isn’t bursting when I return?

A: You are not alone. This is an almost universal...


SHRM Connect: Accidentally Hit "Reply All"



When employees have questions, they go to HR.

When HR professionals have questions, where can they turn?   

SHRM Connect is an online forum where SHRM members can post questions and get answers from peers within the SHRM community. It’s a great place to network with other HR professionals while sharing solutions and advice on a wide range of HR topics.  

Jump into a discussion or watch from the sidelines. There's something for everyone.

Check out a few of the latest conversations below:

Accidentally Hit "Reply All"

I need some advice....


Fraudulent Recruiting?



One of the many conventional wisdoms in HR is that it is important to increase the diversity of the applicant pool by posting positions and recruiting externally. I could not agree more, except when I disagree.

Let’s look at the case of the vacant Marketing Director position of Company ABC. Renee is a Vice President of Marketing and wants to promote Alexa into the vacant position.

Following the conventional wisdom relative to increasing diversity, HR strongly encourages Renee to post internally and to recruit externally. Renee reluctantly agrees in response to HR’s persistent...


HR, Holidays and Inclusion in the Workplace


Walk into a retail store, and you’ve already seen the evidence.

Each year it seems to arrive faster, and the holiday season is upon us yet again. For employees, this has many implications both in and out of the workplace. For HR, we need to be strategic with our holiday workplace happenings.

Here are simple, yet important things for HR professionals to remember for a positive employee experience during the holiday season.

Inclusive Messaging

Human resources departments need to keep a pulse on diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout...


As People with Disabilities Gain Employment Opportunities, Companies gain the #DisabilityAdvantage



People with disabilities are 1 Billion people strong worldwide making us the world’s largest diverse segment that crosses lines of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. At Disability:IN, we aim to empower business to achieve disability inclusion and equality. We’re working together with business leaders like Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft and Disability:IN board chair to close the unemployment gap for talent with disabilities. Both Jenny and Jill Houghton, President & CEO of Disability:IN, are people with disabilities and believe disability is a strength....