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The Importance of Timing

Daniel H. Pink, author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (Riverhead Books, 2018), says timing isn't an art, but rather a science. There's a huge body of research, from economics to anesthesiology and dozens of other disciplines, that shows people can make evidence-based timing decisions. Refining that skill can give HR leaders an edge, Pink says. HR tends to focus on what people are doing, how they are doing it, who will do it and why. They don't give the question of when enough consideration, Pink says. But they should. Doing so affects productivity...


A New Approach to Paid Leave: WorkFlex in the 21st Century Act



Do you ever sit in your office and wonder about everyone else? Ponder whether anyone is dealing with the same things that you are in that very moment? The simple fact is that everyone independent of age, gender, race or title, wants to be there to support their family. For myself, that means advocating for clients, while caring for my mother and doing all that I can for my wife and two boys. It is quite a balancing act on the best of days. To be fair, I know that...


Six Steps to Make #MeToo More than a Hashtag



Friday night I had the honor to deliver the University of Houston’s 2018 Elizabeth D. Rockwell Lecture on Ethics and Leadership. This biannual series, created in the wake of the Enron scandal, exists to remind us that legal solutions are never enough to stop ethical failures. Culture always trumps compliance.

This is the case with workplace sexual harassment. Although 94 percent of U.S. organizations have anti-harassment policies in place­­, what’s lacking too often is a healthy culture that inoculates organizations against toxic behaviors.

Now that we have entered the era...


SHRM CEO and President Johnny C. Taylor Visits HR Houston



SHRM CEO and President Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. traveled to Houston today for a speaking engagement Friday evening at the University of Houston. While in town it was a great opportunity to catch up with the remarkable leaders of SHRM’s Super Mega Chapter, HR Houston

Spending time listening to, and sharing, SHRM’s vision of “Together Forward” is a vital part of Johnny’s commitment to both our members and the profession. 

Here are some quotes from today’s discussion with HR Houston:


“The number one and most important thing we can...


AI and Ethics – What is the Role of the HR Professional?



As we move further into the 21st century, the use of big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation is more prevalent every day. These changes have broad implications for society, for organizations, recruiting and HR professionals. Things are moving quickly!

Here are a few ethical questions for consideration:

  • As part of a machine learning project, an engineer provides training set data with the inherent bias of the engineer. This is unlikely a deliberate or malicious effort - the engineer didn’t realize that their worldview is biased vs. someone
  • ...

The Workflex in the 21st Century Act: Compensable Leave Requirement

As promised in my blog post yesterday, here are the details about the compensable leave requirements under the Workflex in the 21st Century Act. Yesterday I wrote about the fact that companies that wish to be covered by this act must have a Qualified Flexible Workplace Arrangement  (QFWA) plan under ERISA. To be qualified this must include paid leave.

Compensable time

The amount of time companies must provide employees under a QFWA varies depending on company size and the length of service each employee has with that company. The chart...


Burn Safety in the Workplace


In medical education, many of our trainees are here to experience on the job training in a fast paced and high stress environment. Not only do we have to take on usual HR onboarding roles by providing initial safety training and annual refreshers to keep our team safe, but we also have to train our teams to treat the injuries that are common in the workplace. OSHA provides an overwhelming amount of information and posters for us to use around our workplaces to serve as constant reminders of steps we can...


Give Back to Others Today



I’ve been a lifelong member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM): it has more than 285,000 members, many of whom have become friends. One of the Society’s key themes is the notion of giving back to the profession: in this I’ve been inspired by many great HR practitioners. 

My friend Kathy McKee has been a member and volunteer leader for as long as I can remember. She recently organized a group in the Santa Barbara area that meets with HR managers from small companies; these practitioners often work alone...


#Nextchat RECAP: 2018 HR Advocacy and Public Policy Priorities


On February 7, @shrmnextchat chatted with members of the SHRM Government Affairs team and Council for Global Immigration on 2018 HR Advocacy and Public Policy Priorities

In case you missed this excellent chat in advance of the 2018 SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Confernce, you can read all the tweets here




The Workflex in the 21st Century Act: Some of the Details


On January 30, I wrote What is the Workflex in the 21st Century Act? as an introduction to a bill in the House of Representatives that the Society for Human Resources Management  (SHRM) is supporting. I think is certainly worthy of consideration by employers. If you have not read my overview of the bill click on the link above and see what you think. In this post, I am going to fill in some of the detail.

Amendment to ERISA

ERISA, or the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, “…protects the retirement assets of...