Someone Needs to Hear This: Put More White Space on Your Calendar



We, as a society, have morphed into a celebration of busyness. Don’t believe me? Take a look at your calendar, and tell me how much white space there is…Now tell me how much peace vs. pressure you feel not to occupy the white space?

A few things happen when we pack our calendars and to-do lists to the point of capacity: We leave no margin for the ability to spend extra time as wanted or needed, we leave no room for the last minute “must do now” project or conversation,...


Monday Funday



For years I've questioned research that reflects three of four people dislike their job. From the trenches in Silicon Valley, I'd say the majority of the people with whom I work enjoy what they do. Sure, we'd all prefer to be on the beach but sand between your toes gets annoying too. Most people when asked aren't going to jump for joy at the prospect of explaining "what they do (for a living)." Still, we all get up, get out and make it work.

I'd say disengagement doesn't necessarily spell complete...


Jumping Back Into the Workforce, at Mid-Life



Q: I’m a 50-something looking to re-enter the workforce after a decade-long absence during which I was a “trailing spouse”. My husband’s career had us relocating every couple of years; during that time I also received my Ph.D. I’m concerned about explaining the “gap” in my work history given that most online applications are first reviewed by computer algorithms. I’m also concerned about listing my Ph.D. – afraid it will scare people away.  My last professional job was as an Executive Assistant to a CEO. Any advice is appreciated....


Focus on Skills to Hire and Retain Top Talent





Business is booming and it’s time to add a new member to the team. You want someone who has the right experience and wants to grow within your organization. But, traditional ways to source candidates may not be working so well, given today’s tapped-out talent pool and stiff market competition.

The good news is there’s a better way. Changing just one word can shift your entire recruitment strategy, helping you beat the...


#Nextchat RECAP: Hacking HR – Little Things that Make All the Difference


On August 21, @shrmnextchat chatted with Ben Watts, CEO of wattsnext Australia, and Sue-Ellen “Sel” Watts, founder of wattsnext Australia and founder and CEO of wattsnextPX about Hacking HR - Little Things that Make All the Difference

If you missed this #Nextchat filled with excellent tips for implementing the "little things" that make all the difference, you can read all the tweets here or below




Arise !!



As an HR professional, you’re in one of the most emotionally demanding professions around. That’s the case because you are bombarded by the various emotions of every person you encounter throughout your day. This isn’t bad. It’s just a fact. The result of this is that HR pros are flat worn out. This is the type of tired that goes to your bones. And, it can become a daily reality.

Add on top of this the reality that in today’s workplace the majority of employees also are exhausted and drawn...


Just Do Some HR Today!



If you’re highly active in HR and Talent Acquisition in the social space (read: blogs, sites, pod/videocasts, webinars, conferences, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), you might be caught up in this mindset that what you’re doing is not what you should be doing.

You’re being told what you should be focusing on by idiots like me, and thousands of others, most of whom don’t even work in HR...


#Nextchat: Hacking HR – Little Things that Make All the Difference




HR can be a complicated profession. Hiring, onboarding, training, performance, benefits, employee relations, compliance, strategy, frameworks, workplace planning, culture ... and the list goes on. Even with all the latest technology—designed to save time and provide a better experience—there are still strategies and systems that can be updated, changed or completely rebuilt so HR can work smarter and not harder.

The ability to find innovative ways to uncomplicate working with people is key to creating a happier and more productive workforce—both inside and outside the HR department.  

According to...


#Nextchat RECAP: Boosting Candidate Attraction

On August 14, @shrmnextchat chatted with Rob Shepard (@rob_shepard), industrial/organizational psychologist at SHL, and Christy Smith (@ChristyGMSmith), a talent strategy consultant at SHL about Boosting Candidate Attraction

If you missed this excellent chat you can read all the tweets here or below: