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#Nextchat: HR’s 2018 Performance Review



In January, HR professionals prepared for the new year and revealed some of their plans in the SHRM online news article HR Shares Its Own Performance Goals for 2018. There were even predictions for what would be in and what would be out in 2018.       

Improving workplace culture, skills development and the continued evolution of HR tech, including the incorporation of artificial intelligence, were some of the most talked-about developments in 2018. Transforming performance reviews and transitioning to continuous, real-time feedback in lieu...


Tips for Avoiding Email Misunderstandings



Q: One of my coworkers has a knack for writing emails that instantly irritate me. We normally get along well over the phone and face-to-face interaction, so I don’t think it’s intentional. But there’s something about the way she writes and asks questions that’s really annoying. Do you have constructive tips I can pass along?

A: Because so much information comes to us from non-verbal cues, we are really at a disadvantage when we communicate via email since we are missing things like tone of voice, and demeanor. It’s no...





It was a honor to attend this year’s SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference in Atlanta as a SHRM Blogger and represent the Garden State Council - SHRM (GSC-SHRM).  Last year, I attended the SHRM D&I Conference in San Francisco and it was excellent. Attending professional conferences, such as SHRM, enable you to connect with a diverse group of people and continue to learn the best practices.  One of my key takeaways from this conference was the power of storytelling and how it completes and electrifies a speaker’s presentation. ...


#AskAmanda - How to Manage Your Priorities



I think as a young professional, we try our best to make sure we do everything that is asked of us in a timely manner. We want our manager(s) to see that we’re able to do anything they throw at us, so we sometimes accept unrealistic timelines and work crazy amount of hours to get it all done. It causes us to burn out easily and I think it’s why we jump from...


8 Tips on Making a Lasting Impression

Want to make the kind of impression that draws people's attention and gets your talents recognized? In Convinced!: How to Prove Your Competence and Win People Over (Berrett-Koehler, 2018), Stanford faculty member Jack Nasher applies his expertise in psychology and negotiation (and also his experience as a mentalist at Hollywood's famous Magic Castle!) to show how anyone can master the techniques of "impression management."

Nasher, an Oxford graduate who has spoken at TEDx, worked with the United Nations and founded the NASHER Negotiation Institute, is a leading expert on reading and influencing people. He...


Putting the Humanity in HR Compliance: Defending Claims

Many years ago, I mediated an egregious sexual-harassment case. 

A young woman―bright, personable and talented―left the modeling world to pursue her goal of becoming a successful business executive. 

A series of nightmarish encounters with older male executives quashed her dreams. 

In despair, she turned to the legal system. She retained a zealous team of  attorneys. Soon afterward, the defendant corporation retained its zealous team of attorneys. I was the mediator. 

When we began the mediation, the parties were $5.45 million apart. The plaintiff sought $5.5 million in damages, while...


24/7/365 Military Appreciation – Focus on Transition



During the month of November our active duty military, veterans and their families are celebrated and honored for their commitment and contributions to our nation.  While I value Military Appreciation Month, I also value individuals and organizations taking responsible actions to support both veterans and active duty service members preparing for their transition from active duty to civilian careers. 

I believe Military Appreciation is a 24/7/365 commitment.    

As a Navy reservist, it is quite typical for me to spend my...


How Gamification Won




I remember hearing Rajat Paharia on a panel discussion some years ago denouncing the term gamification. He was at the time dubbed the Father of the strategic technical discipline. Logically, the commodification of the behavioral practice wore him out.

We've been talking about gamification in the human capital management space for ten years, mostly in attempt to simplify the concept to form an opinion for or against it.

A decade later, gamification is less a buzzword, but unavoidable as a business strategy.

Expelling the G Word

Take away the badges,...


The Veterans at Work Certificate Program is Now Accepting Registrations


Best practices for attracting, hiring and retaining veterans is the focus of the SHRM Foundation’s new educational program developed for HR professionals, hiring managers and front-line supervisors. The multifaceted Veterans at Work Certificate program, which is now officially open and always free to all HR professionals, is part of the SHRM Foundation’s commitment to building more inclusive workplaces. SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential-holders can earn ten professional development credits (PDCs)...