Skills Power Every Talent Practice: Building Your Skills Business Case



Like many parents in the last year, I’ve spent more time with my kids’ learning materials, re-familiarizing myself with the ins and outs of intermediate school math, social studies, and more. One of the concepts that sticks out to me in science is atomic particles because it has a very clear tie to how we make talent decisions at work.

Atoms are the smallest individual components of an element. They have the necessary characteristics to tell us what the element is and what its properties are, and you can’t break...


How Will You Lead Your Business Into the Future with Strategic HR Planning?


SHRM’s Ask an Advisor service is a member benefit through which SHRM's HR Knowledge Advisors share guidance, real-life personal and professional experiences, and resources to assist members with their HR-related inquiries. We receive questions from HR professionals on a wide range of topics, from COVID-19 to HR leadership.

During the unprecedented challenges brought on by the pandemic, HR became the workplace champion for businesses and employees. It was HR’s finest hour.

In the past, we heard employers say, “We can't have employees working from home. How will we know if...


5 Ways to Deal with a Toxic Boss



Even under the difficult conditions of the pandemic, there were excellent, empathetic leaders. Unfortunately, there are lots of bosses who weren’t great—quite the opposite. They were obstinate, insulting, micromanaging, or a combination of all three.

If your boss has you thinking about quitting, you’re not alone. A recent Gallup Poll shows that the No. 1 reason people leave a job is because of their boss. But before you decide that you’ve had too much, there are ways to manage and even improve the situation.

Get a fresh perspective.



How To Challenge Employees To Perform Outside Their Comfort Zones: 9 Managerial Tips



What is one way you challenge your employees to perform outside of their comfort zone in 2021?

To help managers get their employees to get outside of their comfort zone, we asked HR professionals and business leaders for their best insights. From dismantling limiting beliefs to allowing room for mistakes, there are several ideas that can help you expand your employees’ skills for growing your business. 

  • Here are nine strategies to get employees outside of their comfort
  • ...

Communication Is the No. 1 Managerial Skill to Build Trust in Hybrid Workspaces


The concept of trust perception combines three psychological factors: competence, benevolence, and honesty. Considering that one of the most critical skills of a Manager (especially in the virtual world) is communication, you can’t build trust without being intentional about connecting with EACH of your teammates. And not just with teammates you like or know better or meet in person. 

Suppose you don’t compensate for virtual distance with an intentional mindset to make it a point (this should be a virtual work value) to over-communicate with fairness with everyone on your team....


The Connection Between Business, Universities, and Student Workers… A Win/Win for All


The current state of business relative to graduating students in 2021 is not particularly positive. The facts are:

  • 91 percent of employers prefer their candidates to have work experience, and 65 percent of them prefer their candidates to have relevant work experience. [1]
  • Average Student Loan debt is $37,172 and average student loan payment is $393 per month. [2]

Most students wait until their senior year in college to apply for jobs. And they need jobs to pay back their student loans.

Given these facts, what more synergistic relationship could exist than the...


Employee Expectations, Experiences and the Post-Pandemic Discussions About Time


When it comes to human resources practices and procedures in the workplace, time has been and always will be important. In many cases, it’s everything in HR.

The notion of time runs rampant through HR and at work—but I’m not sure we talk about its true implications enough.

For me, there are days when it gets to be eight o’clock at night and I find myself thinking, “gosh, I wish there were more hours in this day for me to get things done.”  When I was young and wishing to be...


Important LinkedIn Profile Basics


Today I’ll share some of my favorite tips to nail your LinkedIn profile basics. 

Optimize your profile! You’ll want a profile that’s filled out and tells your story before you start to connect, post and engage intentionally. Once you do start increasing your activity and proactively showing up in your network’s newsfeeds, you’ll notice your profile views and number of connection requests will increase – so you’ll want to make sure your profile has the information you want others to see and represents you well!

All-Star Status



17 Years !!

I live in the great State of Ohio are we are in the midst of a generational event. Brood X has emerged from their slumber to take over every outdoor space imaginable. What’s Brood X? It’s a giant number of cicadas. You can’t really picture how many there are without experiencing it. What makes this a different situation than most years is that broods only come to life after 17 years in the ground !! 17 years !!

Once they start arriving and burrowing out of the ground, they typically crawl up...