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Human Resource Professional Day 2019 | Spotlight: Tracie Sponenberg

September 26 is #HumanResourceProfessionalDay. 

Every day, HR professionals positively impact the lives of employees in workplaces around the world and contribute to the business strategy that allows their organizations to compete, grow and thrive. 

We asked our bloggers to share their HR stories.


My HR Career - Why I Started, Why I Stayed
 

While most HR professionals I know seemed to have fallen into HR, I dove headfirst into my career…… in high school. Thanks to an early mentor, my Aunt Janice, who worked in “Personnel,” I understood from a young age that I could combine...

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On HR Professional Day, Looking Back and Moving Ahead

 

Today, September 26, is recognized as HR Professional Day—established in 2013 to recognize and celebrate the people who play a role like no other in the workplace.

We are business strategists, problem-solvers, talent developers, culture curators and so much more. I doubt there is any other role in an organization that wears so many hats, or shoulders so many diverse responsibilities. It’s hard to imagine how an organization...

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Human Resource Professional Day 2019 | Spotlight: Paul LaLonde

September 26 is #HumanResourceProfessionalDay. 

Every day, HR professionals positively impact the lives of employees in workplaces around the world and contribute to the business strategy that allows their organizations to compete, grow and thrive. 

We asked our bloggers to share their HR stories.

 


Why did you choose a career in HR?

I chose HR because of the unique opportunity to influence all areas of an agency. When done right, an HR professional can add so much value to an organization...

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#Nextchat RECAP: Taming a Toxic Workplace Culture

On September 25, @shrmnextchat chatted with HR professionals and others from around the world about Taming a Toxic Workplace Culture.

If you missed this important chat filled with tips and advice about how to identify and remove the toxic elements from your culture to build healthier, happier and more-productive organizations, you can read all the tweets here or below: 

 

 

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4 Ways to Nurture a High-Trust Culture

 


 

High-trust organizations generally perform better over time than their low-trust counterparts. They’re innovative. These organizations tend to have more pleasant workplaces than low-trust organizations. In fact, low-trust organizations tend to damage the lives and health of those condemned to labor in what often becomes politically dense zones of recrimination, second-guessing and vague, sometimes passive-aggressive, communications. 

The good news is that there are ways leaders can nurture a high-trust culture. One of the most important is simply by sharing information clearly, persuasively, and thoroughly. This means telling the truth during good...

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Better Managers Can Remedy the Workplace Culture Crisis

 

 

 

One in four Americans say they dread going to work each morning, and almost half of American workers have thought about leaving their current jobs. Those statistics point to a grim reality for today’s employers: We have a culture crisis at work. And it’s costly.

SHRM’s new report, The High Cost of a Toxic Workplace Culture, released today, reveals what many employers are seeing every day: the strong correlation between workplace culture, satisfied and engaged employees, and business productivity. When it’s toxic, everyone loses.

Nearly 1 in 5...

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#Nextchat: Taming a Toxic Workplace Culture  

 

 

We live in an era in which civility is on the decline. Examples of bad behavior can be found just about everywhere—in our government, in our schools, at sporting events and during the rush-hour commute. It’s pervasive on social media.

Perhaps the most debilitating incivility is found in our workplaces. To spend an entire workday immersed in a dysfunctional, stressful environment destroys employees’ physical and mental well-being and kills productivity. 

In July 2019, SHRM commissioned a survey of the U.S. workforce...

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Conversations with the Boss

 

 

Growing up, we always had the radio playing in the background—an old wireless in the kitchen that was stuck on one station. My favorites were the dramas that would play just before bedtime. I loved listening to the stories that would go on for weeks until the series would come to an end.

Radio made me love listening to people talk. It also helped me develop my listening skills and possibly also helped me with some areas of the English language. So, I have this thing for listening with my...

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It Doesn’t Take A Law Degree to Know That an Employer May Have Really Screwed Something Up

 

 

 

I can often draw upon my years of experience as an employment lawyer to predict from reading the first paragraph of a federal court opinion how the court is going to decide the discrimination claim before it.

Let’s see what you think. 

Here’s the first paragraph from a recent opinion from a Michigan federal court in which the plaintiff alleged race discrimination.

[The plaintiff]—formerly a nurse at [the defendant’s] Dearborn hospital—reported to her supervisor…that she overheard her patient tell someone on the phone, “I do not want

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