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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


I Want my Dad Back: One Father’s Struggle and Journey with Depression and Anxiety

Andrew trying to keep pace with his son Luke

While I was stationed in Iraq in 2006 and 2007, my then 3-year-old son, Luke, would end each video that he, his baby sister and his mom sent me with the same five words: “I want my dad back.” He missed his dad, and there was no way to measure how much I missed all of them. Given the technology of the times and my remote location, there was no immediate way to respond and let him know that I would have done...


Super Charge Your Talent Acquisition Plan by Hiring Those with Criminal Backgrounds


There is no doubt that the success of a company is determined by those it employs; thereby making acquisition of the appropriate and necessary talent a key priority for any business. However, with the job market tightening, employers are experiencing more difficulty in recruiting and hiring qualified employees; requiring companies to become creative with their hiring practices.

My suggestion – hire former offenders! 

On a national scale, one in three American adults has some type of criminal record. More than 2 million Americans are in state and federal prisons. More than...


Hiring People with Records: The Economic Imperative


“Would you rather pay someone $30,000 to do a job, or pay $30,000 to keep someone in jail?” That was the question posed to me by Dan Meyer, CEO of Nehemiah Manufacturing. The Cincinnati-based manufacturer of consumer products has pursued the former option, hiring dozens of employees with past criminal records. The national dialog on the U.S. justice system largely focuses on sentencing reforms, but proposed changes will be fruitless if those with criminal records have no job opportunities and no recourse but to return to illegal activities. Nehemiah and others...


Second Chance Hiring - How Employment Can Change Someone's Life


Imagine for a moment that you spend months or years apart from your loved ones – locked in a prison or jail cell that may be hundreds of miles away from your family, your partner and children, your friends and community. Imagine that you are completely separated and secluded from the world that you once called your home. When you are released from incarceration, you immediately begin to reconnect with your loved ones and try to regain a sense of normalcy.

Like most people who leave incarceration, your primary and most...