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If HR is so Powerless, Why Do We Get Blamed for Everything?

Take a couple of minutes and conduct a brief experiment.
Go out on the internet and scan some of the headlines of articles talking about HR. Notice a theme? Chances are, you’ll see a number of headlines lamenting the inability of HR to have an impact, sit with the adults at Thanksgiving, to work “with the business.” There is talk of blowing up HR, or getting rid of HRIS, or questioning which department recruiting really belongs in. Because really, HR is a non-starter at this point – a holdover...

Recruiters Need Closure, Too



If you have read any of my past articles and posts, I tend to write quite a bit about the issues associated with the recruiting industry. Some of the main issues with the recruiting industry center on one of the following:

  • Lack of Communication
  • Lack of Transparency
  • Lack of Feedback

We are all familiar with how the above three issues impact the overall candidate experience. Well, what about when the tables are turned and the recruiter experiences these very issues?

Some may say, "Well, recruiters do it to candidates all the time so...


Caregiving Benefits Can Sharpen Your Competitive Edge


Whether caring for an aging parent, welcoming a newborn child or handling family medical situations, life events can create some of the most stressful and demanding challenges in our personal and work lives. For those without employer-provided paid leave, the burden is even heavier. People often need extended periods of time off to cover responsibilities at home, but many are forced to rely on the federal floor of unpaid leave guaranteed by the Family and Medical Leave Act.

High costs are cited as the biggest barrier to...


3 Tunnels of HR Connection


As The 2017 SHRM Annual Conference grows closer, the SHRM Social Media team is continuing to analyze the SHRM Competency Model's profound effect of leadership development.

Today we review the second competency: Relationship Management

Last month the standard was set: Wouldn't it be better if HR could pull up to work in an Ice Cream Truck as opposed to a cop car? Today, we will help you determine what to learn at #SHRM17 that will allow you to switch vehicles when you get back to your workplace.

Let's connect with 3 Relationship Management concepts:


#Nextchat RECAP: Workforce Fluidity

On March 8, @shrmnextchat chatted with Vice President of HCM Innovation for Ultimate Software Cecile Alper-Leroux (@cecilehcm) and Social HR Specialist for Ultimate Software Micole Kaye (@socialmicole) about Workforce Fluidity.

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




Mindful Meditation with Dr. Woody and "Urban Monk" Pandit Dasa

Stressed out at work?
"Too much work. Too little pay. Too many technological advancements." According to the SHRM Online article Workplace Burnout at 'Epidemic Proportions' by Dana Wilkie, there are many reasons employee burnout is higher than ever.
Employers can help alleviate some of the stress by investing in programs that promote wellness. Meditation training and programs are a great way to help workers learn how to ease their anxieties. 
In "Episode One" of a series on Mindful Meditation, organizational psychologist Dr. Woody Woodward and former monk Pandit Dasa talk about the basics of mediation and...

EEOC sues employer over not letting trucker use his service animal for work




But, will the EEOC’s bark be louder than its bite?

I’ll discuss service animals and Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations after the jump…

Let’s cue up the music, while you read from the EEOC’s press release about this new Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit:

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Leon Laferriere applied for a truck driver position with CRST in Fort Myers and signed up for the drivers’ certification course with CRST’s partner training company. After being admitted to the truck driver training program, but prior to leaving...


Employers In The United States: Four Surprising Trends


Workplace flexibility has been in the news a great deal over the past few years. The 2016 National Study of Employers provides an opportunity to check these media stories against the realities of organizations across the U.S. It also revealed four surprising trends.

Trend #1: 12 weeks of leave is becoming the norm, especially for maternity leave, though less so for spouse/partner (paternity) leave; while at same time, longer leaves are less available.

One of the most widely reported flexibility stories in the media over the past two years has featured corporations upping the ante and providing generous paid...


Grit: The One Ingredient in Any Recipe for Success



If there’s one thing I learned in my time in the Navy and during my last 10 plus years in the Human Resources field, is that the one ingredient you can never go wrong with in a recipe for success is: Grit.

The dictionary definition of grit is: firmness of mind or spirit: unyielding course in the face of hardship or danger. Angela Duckworth, author of the book Grit – which I just finished reading - defines it as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals”.

What resonates the most is...


Be the Change


Mahatma Ghandi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  As our worlds and the people in it adjust, organizations must, too. HR professionals are in a great position to be a catalyst for change in our workplaces.

Right now, our world is becoming increasingly fluid, as Cecile Alper-Leroux mentions in her blog post Going with the Flow. HR is in the driver’s seat as workforces experience both an increase in worker confidence and more fluid people. A noticeable increase in employee quit rates may be due...