Culture Check: Is it Safe to Make a Mistake?


When mistakes happen, what is the go-to behavior in your organization? Do you have people who will vehemently defend their actions, try to solve problems in a vacuum, attack others, or deflect/misdirect the attention? Do you have people who will attempt to hide or cover up mistakes? Do you have people who will reach out to their teams and leadership to get guidance, support, and help? Do they own their mistakes, acknowledge their part, and look for ways to improve?

If your organization is more aligned with the “own your...


6 Steps to Fix A Broken Leader-Follower Relationship



Looking at a wide range of leadership models (some going back 100 years), you will find that they usually refer to getting tasks done and dealing with people. The people side is a challenging aspect for most as relationships can be a maze. Even between leaders and followers, as with ALL relationships, both people are equally responsible for the quality of the relationship. Please do not make the mistake of confusing roles with relationship quality. 

Relationship is not a new concept, but very few researchers have focused solely on the leader-follower relationship...


A Post-Pandemic Opportunity for Partnership


As we emerge from work-from-home solitude and head back into the office, the role of human resources has never been more critical. In a time when policy foreshadows strategy, all eyes are on HR. The workforce is crammed into the starting gate waiting for a bell to sound. Here are the big questions to ponder:


Prison Fellowship Advocacy #SecondChanceMonth Twitter Chat


On April 7, 2021, SHRM participated in a #SecondChanceMonth Twitter chat hosted by Prison Fellowship.

If you missed this inspiring chat filled with tips, tools, and resources for second chance employment and hiring, and featuring SHRM's Getting Talent Back to Work initiative, you can read all the tweets here or below: 




Manage Like You Live Next Door


As a manager, your job is pretty straightforward: make sure the people on your team do their work as well and as efficiently as possible.

Good managers accomplish this by putting their team members first, keeping their focus on the business (not on their own ego), communicating honestly and frequently, rewarding success, and publicly promoting their teams. They seek qualified candidates who can add to the company culture and bring new perspectives to the business.

Bad managers attempt to lead with indifference and intimidation. They often focus their energies...


Holocaust Remembrance Day and Inclusion



This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) is Thursday, April 8, 2021.  

With each year, my sense of urgency on this issue grows, and for good reason. According to a nationwide survey in 2020, 10 percent of those under the age of 40 reported that they did not recall hearing the word “Holocaust.” Other statistics, including the percentage of respondents blaming Jews for the Holocaust, are even more disturbing:

During the Holocaust, more than 11 million human beings were systemically murdered by the Nazis and their willing accomplices. Of course, every life matters...


Simple Ways Your Payroll Program Can Enhance Financial Literacy



As employers, we all have a vested interest in the success and wellbeing of our team members. Our employees create and maintain the fabric of our company’s culture and help power our business successes.

With Financial Literacy Month shining a spotlight on financial stress throughout April, this is an opportunity for employers to revamp their financial education programming for the year ahead, engage their staff in lively discussions on financial health, and begin thinking of new ways to integrate financial literacy throughout their organizations – including their payroll administration program.

A growing problem of financial stress

Employees distracted...


Why Autism Inclusion at Work Matters, and Why We Are Not There Yet



Imagine that you just had a surgical procedure, and your boss threatened to punch you where it hurts if you did not take on a project nobody wants.

Imagine that you had a peanut allergy, and your coworkers threatened to slip some peanut butter in your lunch if you did not pick up extra work.

That’s inhumane, right? We don’t hire people like that. We don’t threaten people at work with physical pain, extra work or no. Those stories must be made up.

Relax. They are.



Converting a Salary to an Hourly Wage


Before I get into the arithmetic – WHICH IS EASY – I must establish first that there is no law on this. This is just something that your payroll/accounting/HR folks will quibble over from time to time, so you need an expert to make it canon. That’s what this is all about: How to convert a salary into an hourly wage.

The simplest and most common methods to make the conversion are as follows:

Simply use the annual salary and divide into it the scheduled hours per year.

Example: John earns...


Too Many Meetings: How to Free Your Team to Build, Create, and Thrive


Too many meetings can frustrate productivity and morale. Reduce them to free your team.

When your calendar staggers under the weight of too many meetings, start with design thinking, involve your team, and improve your use of asynchronous tools.

It’s a refrain we’ve heard repeatedly through the year of pandemic work-from-home. We’ve heard it from executives and from front-line leaders: “We have too many meetings. I know we do, but I’m not sure how to fix it.”

Good business meetings are an essential part of getting work done and building the relationships...