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What You Do Every Day Matters




If you are working in the Human Resources field, you are likely not in it for the recognition.  Even if you work on a strategic level, you are still working in a support function.  From HR Assistant to CHRO, we are the architects of employee engagement.  We make sure our team is supported, connected and engaged.  We are driving the business forward in a myriad of ways.  From answering a new hire's benefits questions, to coaching a...


#Nextchat:  Embracing Automation for the Future of Work



Will automation take away jobs? This is the question that many are asking as we hear more about the continuous advances in technology that are transforming the workplace.

There’s been a lot of recent media hype about robots and artificial intelligence replacing humans in the workplace. Instead of panicking, it’s time to prepare your organization so it can successfully adapt to the changing technology and employment landscape and come out on top.

On the Sept. 11 SHRM webcast The Future of Work, Mollie Lombardi of Aptitude Research Partners and...


Changing Workforce Trends Elevate Importance of HR Leaders



Human resources leaders have had a front-row seat to the rapidly changing world of work: from the evolving worker-employer relationship and the adoption of new technologies, to addressing the widening skills gap and the trend of flexible working arrangements. As their jobs become more complex, HR leaders are uniquely positioned to play a central role in revolutionizing their respective businesses.

Talent has become inseparable from business strategy, according to Randstad Sourceright’s 2018 Talent Trends Report, which identified the relationship as one of this year’s foremost talent trends. As workforce expectations and...


Why I Look for Longevity on Resumes



More and more hiring managers no longer view longevity on a résumé as a positive attribute. Some believe it indicates the employee lacks diverse work experience; others that the employee is complacent or is afraid of change. This could very well be the case, but to me (and I may be coming from an old school of thought), stability on a résumé is something that hiring managers should still value. It can demonstrate loyalty, dependability, expertise and commitment.

More specifically, here is how I evaluate longevity in a potential employee, in...


Vontae Davis’s Crazy NFL Retirement -- How Prepared is Your Business for a Sudden Departure?



There are planned retirements.

There are unexpected retirements.

And, then — hold my drink — there’s Vontae Davis’s retirement.

“Never heard of it. Never seen it.”

Vontae Davis played ten seasons in the National Football League, most recently for the Buffalo Bills.

His last professional game was this past Sunday. There was no ceremony, no festivities, no nothing. That’s because, at halftime of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Vontae Davis suddenly retired, cleaned out his locker, and left the stadium.

Here’s more from’s Mike Rodak:

Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae...


Live Blog Ask an Advisor Chat: Employing Independent Contractors

Live Blog Ask an Advisor Chat: Employing Independent Contractors

#NotionsbyNicole - Conferences are not a Spectator Sport


Last week was the #OHSHRM18 conference, and it exceeded all expectations for a number of reasons.  If you have never experienced Jon Petz, I encourage you to do so.  He was the closing keynote, and it was magical.  I could be a bit biased, but Ohio has one of the BEST State SHRM Conferences.  In fact, there was a conference attendee from North Carolina there who had heard the same thing and was encouraged by her manager to attend!

If you are unable to attend a conference...


Episode 33 - Jon & Wendy talk to Karlyn Borysenko


We're joined by Karlyn Borysenko, Principal and Founder of Zen Workplace in the greater Boston, MA area. We talk about her journey to Organizational Psychology, the main issues her clients are having in the workplace, and about her book, "Zen Your Work," which will be released September 25, 2018.




SHRM #WeAreWork Conversation Continues at CHCI Conference


                   Emily M. Dickens, SHRM’s Chief of Staff and Corporate Secretary, shared
her perspective on creating healthy workplace cultures at the Congressional

                   Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) 2018 Leadership Conference. 


Last week, SHRM launched a new 30-second commercial and...


Leading with Dignity


Dignity. Everyone wants it. But how can organizations create a sense of dignity in the workplace? Donna Hicks, an associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, offers some insights in her book Leading with Dignity: How to Create a Culture That Brings Out the Best in People (Yale University Press, 2018). Hicks draws on reserarch and case studies to show leaders how to create cultures that honor people's dignity and reduce conflict.

Hicks recently spoke to the HR Magazine Book Blog.

How do you define dignity? Is it the same as respect?...