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SLAYING Harassment at Holiday Parties





For the past few years, I have told the changing holiday tale of the Jewish Guy Who Wears A Chai. Together, we have taken a journey on how we can maximize the joy and minimize the myriad risks of the holiday season.

This year, the tale is on hold. Instead, the Jewish Guy Who Wears A Chai focuses, solely, on but one very serious issue: sexual harassment.

As we approach our holiday celebrations, we must double down on our efforts...


New to HR? A Short Guide to Surviving the Holiday Season



Rule #1 – Don’t Get Drunk at the Holiday Party

Rule #2 – Don’t Get Drunk at the Holiday Party

Just continue replaying the rules over and over again and you’re halfway there.

For HR, the holiday season can bring a huge variety of reports, emotions, tasks, and more. As the HRNewbie in the office, it is your job to figure out what that role means for your career, but it’s more important that your employees understand what this role means to them, as their support.

Support Struggling Employees



SHRM Connect: She Won't Come to the Christmas Party Now

 SHRM Connect is an online community where SHRM members can ask questions and get answers on a variety of HR topics. It’s a great place to network with other HR professionals and share solutions. The conversation topics range from “HR Department of One” to Employment Law, are always insightful, and deal with some of the most pressing issues that HR professionals face in the workplace today.
On Fridays, I’ll be highlighting a conversation or two in hopes that you’ll take some time to visit. You may want to "lurk"… perhaps respond, but you’ll always learn something.  It’s a great...


#Nextchat RECAP: An Attitude of Gratitude in the Workplace

On November 22, @shrmnextchat chatted with special guest Diane Fennig @FansofFennig about An Attitude of Gratitude in the Workplace.

If you missed this informative chat, you can see the tweets here:




#Nextchat RECAP: An Attitude of Gratitude in the Workplace


On November 22, @shrmnextchat chatted with Diane M. Fennig about An Attitude of Gratitude in the Workplace.

In case you missed this amazing chat filled with great ideas for showing your employees and co-workers gratitude during the holidays and throughout the year, you can read all the great tweets here




Thanksgiving Day and the Workplace



It’s Thanksgiving eve in the United States. A day filled with haste, anxiety, and last-minute shopping. Bags are being packed, homes are being cleaned and prepped, and even a little early holiday shopping game-planning is happening. It’s a time to be thankful and grateful for all we have and a time to reflect on the year and acknowledge those who have provided the love, care, and attention to make our lives better. And many will be working on Thanksgiving to make our lives a little more comfortable.

In 2013, I...


Putting the “Fit” in Benefits: Consider Workforce Demographics



This year’s open enrollment period has just ended for many companies. For HR professionals, that is the best time to begin thinking about next year’s benefits offerings.  As you plan, it is helpful to look at your company’s workforce holistically from a demographic perspective.

Consider the main age group of employees you seek to attract and retain. Does your benefits package provide the key benefits that people in this age group want and need? At the same time, it’s important to make sure your benefits package doesn’t discourage workers in...


Grateful HR Professionals


As the year begins to wind to a close and the holiday season grows near, the SHRM Foundation asked attendees at last week’s SHRM Volunteer Leaders Summit to share what they are thankful for this year. Many attendees shared their thankfulness for family, friends, and their health. Many attendees gave a shout-out to fellow SHRM state council and volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talents to support local HR professionals in their communities.

During this gratefulness activity, I was reminded how SHRM, the SHRM Foundation and the HR profession makes a big impact. Thankful attendees shared:

  • HR gave
  • ...

SHRM Advocacy on Capitol Hill at #SHRMVLS



What is advocacy? The word means standing up for what you believe in, educating others, and persuading them to consider your point of view. That is exactly what hundreds of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) volunteer leaders did today on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., as part of SHRM Advocacy Day. This was my second Advocacy Day (I’ve also participated at the state level in Colorado SHRM’s Day at the Capitol event in Denver), and HR leaders were able to spend quality time with our Senators and Representatives, talking...