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An Interview with Halogen Chief People Officer Dominique Jones


Dominique Jones is the Chief People Officer at Halogen Software and has over 20 years experience in the talent management industry both in Europe and North America. Her career spans across the retail, manufacturing, financial services, consulting and professional services sectors and is focused on providing practical insights that help HR positively impact business performance.  

With all of this amazing HR experience, I asked Dominique if she would share her insights into the areas of talent management, organizational change, performance and global HR.  




#Nextchat RECAP: How to Create a Culture of Civility in the Workplace


On April 12, @shrmnextchat chatted with Christine Porath, an associate professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and author of Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace about How to Create a Culture of Civility in the Workplace.  

If you missed this excellent chat filled with great advice for HR, you can read all the tweets here:




How Do You Get 20 years of Military Experience Down to Two Pages?


How do you get 20 years of military experience down to two pages?

If there is one question that comes up more than any other from my military friends and networks, it is “How exactly do you condense 20 years of military experience into a resume that doesn’t resemble an encyclopedia?”

Veterans have a lot of training, experience & qualifications that need to be condensed into a short two-page resume that is typical of today’s standards. 

Something that most of us in the military experience that is not as common in...


Managing Anxious Worker and other Mental Health Issues


Q:  I have a small business and due to our unpredictable  workflow, I often have to ask my staff to work overtime to complete a project. Most are happy to work the extra hours, but we recently hired someone that says they suffer from anxiety and can’t work overtime.  I’m not sure if this is an excuse and didn’t want to press or ask if there was a diagnosis.  But, because this isn’t the first time an employee has mentioned mental health issues I was wondering what my obligations...


#Nextchat: How to Create a Culture of Civility in the Workplace


Rude comments, discourteous behaviors and heightened tensions. As if HR professionals didn’t already have enough on their plates, they must now contend with the growing prevalence of incivility in their organizations.

While bad behavior has always existed in the workplace, it now seems to be growing at an exponential rate and it’s causing a lot of chaos—and performance problems. Incivility left unchecked will result in lower levels of morale, engagement and productivity. And good luck with retention, because that will suffer, too.

The HR Magazine article “How to Create a...

How to Control Your Professional Destiny

Times have changed in our working lives, and loyalty, hard work and sacrifice are no longer sure pathways to success. Yet traditional wisdom has not changed with the times and is crippling the professional advancement of many—even those in the HR community. The traditional advice that blind loyalty, hard work and sacrifice will earn you job security and a comfortable retirement is an outdated myth. Because corporations focus solely on profitability (as they must) and have little interest in your continued well-being, holding onto such a belief is nothing short of suicidal....


The Cadillac Tax is Counterproductive with Negative Implications for Employers & Employees



In my work as an employment attorney working with small to midsize companies in Connecticut, I regularly speak with HR and insurance professionals about strategies to implement affordable, effective health insurance programs. Almost universally, employers have stretched their resources to maintain these programs, at times committing more management contribution than fiscally prudent to avoid pushing onto employees an unmanageable cost burden that might cause employees to drop coverage for themselves and family.

Disrupting the current tax favored treatment afforded to employer-sponsored group health arrangements would be a destructive step...


The Thought of Taxing My Health Care Gave Me Hives

I know what you’re thinking: the irony of a health care lobbyist getting sick!  I've always prided myself for being a healthy, young, vibrant person. Well, recently I was hit with a dose of reality (or maybe its old age?) and I had a hives outbreak. 
As a health care lobbyist, I felt my worlds collide. Sitting in my physician’s office I was grateful to have health insurance and to be worry free about whether I could afford treatment. 
This experience gave me a whole new perspective on...

#Nextchat RECAP: Top Recruiting Trends for 2017 and Beyond

On April 5, @shrmnextchat chatted with Tony Lee (@TonyLeeHR) and panelists Sharlyn Lauby (@sharlyn_lauby) and Carol McDaniel (@carolmacd) on Top Recruiting Trends for 2017 and Beyond.

In case you missed this informative chat, you can read the tweets here:




Your Bereavement Policy Needs Work

I was going through some old posts from a Tumblr account I used to have. When I shut the account down a few years back, I saved some of the things I had written. I came across one post that brought back a wave of emotion and sadness as I read it. The post was about the death of our Golden Retriever, Dixie, a little over 3 years ago. I remember the grief and pain I felt in the weeks after she died. I...