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Want to Advocate for HR? Better Find Something to Say

As a young HR manager striving to gain influence with my line clients I made the argument for a bigger title to get there. I complained to my boss that all of those directors and VP’s weren’t listening because my status in the organization was lower. I didn’t expect the response he gave me, but it was sage advice I’ve employed to this day. He said, “If you have something of value to say, people will listen to you.” It’s pretty simple. In order to be heard, you have to be able to demonstrate that you understand key business...


California: Two New Employment Discrimination Laws Go into Effect in 2013

Effective January 2013, two new California laws will broaden what constitutes discrimination based on an employee’s sex or religion. Practices that may have been lawful for 2012 could now create liability and litigation for 2013.

Breast-Feeding Discrimination

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 2386, which amends the statutory definition of sex under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). This bill is intended to prevent breast-feeding discrimination in the workplace. Although the California Labor Code already requires employers to provide accommodations for women who are breast-feeding, this new law goes a step...


#Nextchat: HR's 2012 Performance Review

We all know that a strategic human resources function is critical in today’s competitive global market, but many top-level executives still believe that HR is ineffective and consistently fails to provide value.  You can read all about HR’s continued woes in a new report from The Economist Intelligence Unit/KPMG. They obviously didn’t interview your CEO, who would have told them about all the amazing things you’re doing at your organization.

“I believe there is often a gap between the ambition and rhetoric of talent management and the practice on the ground.” - Tim Payne, KPMG

Maybe in...


Balanced Perspectives - Honesty in the Interview

This is the second most popular post from the first six months of this year and a topic that gets brought up a lot between job seekers and recruiters. Unfortunately, dishonesty can run rampant on both sides. I would love to hear your thoughts.

I may be winding down this series as I believe I’ve played out most of the typical scenarios that happen in a recruitment situation.  If you have one I haven’t done, please let me know and I’ll get it added before moving on to something...


Two tips to help your social media policy withstand NLRB scrutiny

Notwithstanding three social media advice memoranda, and another ruling from the National Labor Relations Board slamming Costco's social media policy, you'd think employers would have a better idea how to revise their social media policies so as not to risk violating the National Labor Relations Act.

Well, not so much.

Except, the Board has recently issued guidance which attempts to clarify certain policy issues for employers. Does it? Well, sort of. It's worth a read.

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Pair rules with examples of clearly illegal or unprotected conduct.

Where employer's generally screw...


#Nextchat RECAP: Change Management

"If you want to make enemies, try to change something."  - Woodrow Wilson

On November 28, SHRM We Know Next chatted with China Gorman (@ChinaGorman) about Change Management.

If you've ever managed change at your organization, then you know that the process can cause major headaches -- even with the best planning and execution. 

Per our nextchatters, change management is about buy-in, resources, communication, training and ROI.  In the end, did you meet the goals you set out to accomplish?

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat: 




My very first job in HR was based on what I knew. Every other job offer after that was because of who I knew.

The rules about getting ahead at work haven’t changed. According to a survey from Right Management, 44% of employees believe the key to their success lies in “who you know”. Not far behind was job performance (39%).

I did find it sad and disappointing that 13% said no one ever explained what it takes to be successful. Anyone out there who doesn’t know the company criteria for promotions, transfers, performance appraisals...


What technical talent thinks about your job descriptions

I wanted to point out a super piece last week on the Smashing Magazine blog, (a site about and for Web Designers), titled 'The Difference Between Good and Bad Job Requirements', that provides a great look into what technical, (and often hard to find) talent thinks about the typical job descriptions they encounter online.

Long story short - it is clear that the Web Designer that authored the post, and almost all of the 50+ commenters, don't have very many positive things to say about how most design job descriptions are presented.  Their chief complaints -...


A Holiday Tale by a Jewish Guy Who Wears a Chai

You walk into your building and you see that holiday decorations are everywhere. You pass by a beautiful pine Christmas tree eloquently decorated. A co-worker responds: "The tree is inappropriate to the workplace."

Segal: WRONG. It is beautiful and Christmas can and should be acknowledged (says the Jewish guy who wears his grandmother’s Chai). Don’t remove Christmas from the holiday season. But recognize other holidays, too. A Hanukkah menorah and a Kwanzaa harvest basket would be nice additions.

You head to the elevator and you hear employees complaining about the holiday party. What’s the carping? I don’t...


In Praise of Average Joes

It has been 18 years since I dwelled in the corner office of a corporation and slugged it out in the combat zone of profit and loss. Conventional wisdom might say I am out of touch. On the contrary, from up here in the clouds everything is much clearer. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that the leadership principles that worked for me as a CEO continue to apply to the current era of light speed communications and decision-making. The times have changed, but the tools that determine success or failure have not. Companies, large and small, cannot...