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What’s in Your Retirement Toolbox?  


The 401K (aka retirement) Plan. Employers and benefit managers spend so much time discussing fees and compliance that we sometimes forget how critical this benefit is to our employees and their families. Research shows that employees with access to employer-sponsored workplace retirement savings accounts are more likely to save for retirement. Most employees spend much of their time at work and they count on us to help them meet their retirement needs. That’s why at my organization we work hard to provide a financially strong, structurally diverse 401K plan. Our job...


An Interview with #SHRM18 Speaker and Thought Leader Cy Wakeman

#SHRM18 Speaker Cy Wakeman is a significant thought leader and expert blogger with groundbreaking ideas featured in the Wall Street Journal,,,, and Her book, Reality-Based Leadership published by Jossey-Bass is now available and is receiving rave reviews throughout the nation. #SHRM18 conference attendees will have the opportunity on Sunday, June 17th at 12:30pm to attend Cy Wakeman’s Mega Session: How HR Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Drama, End Entitlement and Drive Big Results

To say I was thrilled that I...


Tapping Talent Without Bias


People are the competitive edge in organizations. Winning companies are capturing the best talent, while others are falling behind because they can’t let go of their preconceived notions about hiring. By clinging to long-standing biases, leaders risk losing out on valuable employees who don’t fit the mold.

It’s time to think differently about talent—how we view it and how we value it. For example, it surprises me to see how many employers are still hyperfocused on those magical letters “B.A.” and “B.S.” We know that, for a...


Unleash Your Recruiting Team with this Strategic HR Hire: The Inbound Sourcer


Want to start a passionate conversation with a recruiter?  Ask them, “How much of your time is spent screening applicants?”.  From running global recruiting teams to speaking to hundreds of recruiting professionals over the past decade, they’ve shared that as much as an astounding 25% of their time went to reviewing applicants to job postings.      

That’s insane when you consider many of those applicants aren’t a fit, but your recruiters still must trudge through dozens of, “No’s” to unearth one, “maybe”.  That’s flat out an inefficient way to utilize one...


#Nextchat RECAP: Advice for New HR Professionals

On April 11 @shrmnextchat chatted with special guests, HR professional Jazmine Wilkes (@HRJazzy) and SHRM President and Chief Executive Officer Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP (@JohnnyCTaylorJr) about Advice for New HR Professionals. 

If you missed this amazing chat with lots of great advice for new HR professinals you can read all the tweets here: 


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Recruiting Sources: How to Evaluate Their Effectiveness



When it comes to recruiting sources, it’s not only important to find and try new ones, but to evaluate their effectiveness.

Last year, I attended a  panel discussion led by Tim Sackett, president at HRU Technical Resources and author of the book “The Talent Fix”.  During the session, Sackett asked panelists how long they gave a new source to prove itself. Most panelist were comfortable saying a year. It’s possible that in today’s challenging recruiting market, some recruiters might not have the luxury of waiting that long to...


Retirement Benefits: Knowledge is Gold and Availability is Priceless!



As a non-profit institution of higher education, the retirement benefits I manage are slightly different than those of for-profit businesses. Most notably, our institution contributes to a 403b as opposed to the more well-known 401k plan. The plans are similar: both are governed by ERISA, are defined contribution accounts (DCA), and have an employer match among other terms. However a 403b is only available to non-profits, schools, governments, and other similarly situated institutions.

In addition to our DCA, we along with many of our peer schools sponsor a retiree health...


How Can We Build the Next Generation of Extraordinary Organizations?



We live in an age where technology is shaping the way people live and work. From automation and artificial intelligence to team collaboration, leadership and social media, digitalization is creating unique expectations from employees and unprecedented challenges for HR.

Leaders must evolve at the speed of technology and be able to understand the endless transformation of employee and customer needs as well as the important roles digitalization and socialization play in redefining expectations.

To thrive, HR leaders must lead collaboration among the strategic areas driving organizational success to develop holistic...


Plan for Retirement! Your Future Self Will Thank You



The majority of employers across the United States offer retirement plans to help employees save and plan for their financial future.  My employer, the YMCA of Greater Rochester is no exception. As a matter of fact, the Y realized early on the importance of offering retirement benefits to its’ employees. 

The YMCA Retirement Fund (“Fund”) was incorporated in New York in 1921 and is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, organized and operated for the purpose of providing retirement and other benefits for employees of participating Ys throughout the United States. The...