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CHART OF THE DAY: The Changing Age Pyramid

I know I have posted a few times previously on the how the population in general is getting older on average, and how of course as an after-effect of this general trend we will begin (if we have not already), to see our workforce getting older as well. But risking overkill on the subject, I wanted to share a really cool GIF (a first for the CHART OF THE DAY here), on what this graying of the population looks like over time, courtesy of a cool visualization from The Atlantic.

Take a look at the GIF below (try not to...



If we want the people we work with to exhibit good leadership skills, we have to demonstrate good leadership ourselves. We must be a good leadership role model.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of leadership role models is servant leadership. The idea is, to be an effective leader, we adapt ourselves to the situation we are facing. We adjust our style so others understand instead of forcing others to adjust to us. In that way, we serve others first. With all the talk about different generations in the workplace, it totally makes sense to...


Your Turn

The debate has raged on....

Is cultivating Employee Engagement the duty of Executives or Middle Managers?

What if the answer is: neither!

If we are being honest with ourselves, we can genuinely determine our own level of engagement.

Your success each day is driven by your perception and your attitude. You determine what you pay attention to and how that shapes your day. Each day you find yourself in your current job is the result of the choices you have made. You have the power to ignore the insignificant, to focus...


Quick Shots for #HR and #Business Pros – #SHRM14 Edition

This edition is dedicated to the Society for Human Resources Management’s annual conference. It is “the” event for human resources professionals. Last week, I spent a few days in Orlando listening to speakers, learning about the latest products and services in the expo hall and networking with colleagues.

I hope you like the image – it’s a collage of the photos I took during the conference.

Here are a few things from the event that I’ll be keeping on my radar:

  • President Obama has directed the Labor Department to “modernize”
  • ...

The importance of communication during FMLA leave

How many times has an employee provided you with an incomplete Family and Medical Leave Act certification? Oh, I don't know, maybe a missing return date...

If the FMLA leave is foreseeable, then the employee must provide the employer with the anticipated timing and duration of the leave. However, where the FMLA leave is unforeseeable-- think, car crash -- then that information can wait if the employee herself doesn't know her return date.

But that doesn't mean you -- yeah, you employer -- should let it go.

[Nope, not cueing any music here, m-kay...]

Do I have a...


My First National Conference

This year was my first opportunity to attend SHRM's Annual Conference and Exposition and I have to say I was overall very pleased with the experience.  There was no shortage of excellent speakers and sessions and the hardest part was choosing between them.  My favorite sessions were probably:

  • From the Files of the Bizarre: The Latest, Most Unusual Employment Law Cases with Joseph Beachboard;  
  • MEGA SESSION: Detecting Lies and Deception: Practical Skills for HR Professionals with Michael Wade Johnson;
  • Leadership Communication: Develop, Deliver, Connect with Jeff Lanza;
  • MEGA SESSION: Ego vs. EQ: How Top Business Leaders Beat 8 Ego
  • ...

#Nextchat: What HR Students Need to Know

Entry level HR is a topic that is near and dear to my heart.

This past March, I sat down at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and spoke with students about what they need to know as they prepare to leave school and enter the real world.

I talked about some of the career aspects: negotiating salary, establishing credibility, networking, etc.  I also talked about some of the things I learned very quickly after I left school -- namely, that the degree isn’t as helpful as most schools would lead you to assume.

I can vividly...


Executive Book Club: July 2014

When CEOs, senior managers, and HR professionals were asked by the authors of this new book, “What are the top three general business/organizational problems, issues, or concerns that keep you or your executives up at night?” their answers were strikingly similar and can be grouped into the following categories:

* Problems that result from an unclear or unrealistic organizational vision and from a lack of well-developed or well-implemented strategies. 
* Problems that stem from changes in domestic and international competition.
* Problems directly related to dealing with federal and...


The Competency Factor

Who’s the most successful HR professional you know—boss, mentor or other colleague? What qualities do they possess? What makes them stand out?

It’s likely the person you have in mind is business-savvy and well-respected across their organization. They have meaningful relationships with people at every rung of the corporate ladder. They’ve acquired the leadership mantle that so many in the HR profession are seeking. They’re seen as a trusted advisor to the CEO and his or her team of senior executives. In sum, your HR hero has the “it” factor. But what is “it”? And, most important, how do more...