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Student Debt: The Biggest Hurdle on Your Employees’ Path to Financial Wellness



Millennials. Albeit overused, it’s the word that keeps HR professionals up at night. How to hire them, how to engage them and how to retain them. As a fellow millennial as well as Vice President of People, I have found myself in a precarious position. On one hand, I’m acutely aware of what Millennials need and want to thrive in a work environment because, often, they are the same things I need and want. But I also understand how difficult it can be to build...


Don't Reinvent the Wheel: 3 HR Insights from the World’s Most Resilient Culture

Have you ever sensed that, when it comes to getting humans to work together effectively, many “innovative” HR solutions do nothing but imperfectly reinvent the wheel?
If so, you’re in good company. Garry Ridge is president and CEO of WD-40 Company. My passion is workplace culture building, and I interviewed Gary about how he transformed WD-40 into a global brand through getting back to basics about human behavior and culture.
For Garry, a native Australian, “getting back to basics” meant studying tribal cultures. Specifically, he researched the culture...

Being Unemployed: Is It As Bad As You Think?


They say that the hardest work in the world is being “OUT OF WORK.” Being unemployed is one of the worst nightmares one can think of. Specially, in such a competitive era where everyone is trying to excel and move ahead. You might feel like you’re useless and all the efforts that you put into your education and prior experience is going nowhere BUT, is being unemployed really a bad state? After my personal experience of going through this phase of life, my answer is NO!

Being unemployed is clearly not an ideal state one would ever want to...


13 Tips for #SHRM17 Conference Attendees

 For those of us in the human resources profession, the SHRM Annual Conference is approaching. This year’s event will be held June 17-21, 2017 in New Orleans. I’m really looking forward to the event. It’s an opportunity for me to see fellow bloggers that I interact with on Facebook and people that I worked with as a SHRM volunteer.



Why Favoritism is Hurting Your Small Business

As much as we all know we shouldn’t, we do in fact, play favorites. The most experienced among us do not let it interfere with our work in a major way. But the reality is, deep down, there are those on our team we like better than others and if given the chance we will give preferential treatment. Even if that preferential treatment only amounts to the biggest slice on pizza Friday.
For others though, favoritism is a bigger problem. I find favoritism is more rampant in smaller businesses,...

Retirement Savings: Leave It to the Experts…and Leave It Alone!

Making the decision to start contributing to a 401k plan isn’t easy, but it is a “yes” or “no” question. Once you decide to go with “yes” (which I hope everyone will do), then you have to decide:

  • How much to contribute?
  • How to invest that money?

In most cases, we know the factors that will impact how much we contribute – our salary, our bills, our spending, etc. Unless you’re very familiar with the stock market, though, deciding on how to invest your contributions (hopefully with an...


The Way Forward on Migration – March 1, 2017


“Nations around the world, like Canada, Australia and many others --- have a merit-based immigration system…Switching away from this current system of lower-skilled immigration, and instead adopting a merit-based system, will have many benefits: it will save countless dollars, raise workers' wages, and help struggling families --- including immigrant families --- enter the middle class.”    President Donald J. Trump Address to a Joint Session of Congress, February 28, 2017


There are so many issues to unpack around this call for a merit-based immigration system that it is...


The Millennial Savings Challenge


Some time ago, after I graduated with my undergraduate degree, I was lucky enough to get a job working for the governor of Nevada (see, internships can pay off!). I was also fortunate to have a great boss (the governor himself) who impressed upon me how important it is to start saving for retirement, even at the tender age of 22. I started saving early because I was able to make a small contribution with my modest salary. Had I been saddled with huge amounts of student loan debt, that wouldn’t have been possible.

So it’s no surprise to...


The Oscars Tragedy and You

I watched in anticipation Sunday night as the best movie of the year was about to be revealed. l was pulling for Fences or Lion so I knew they would not win.
And, then Bonnie and Clyde, also known as Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, announced the movie of the year.  Beatty looked confused, knowing something was wrong.  He showed the card to Dunaway, who blurted out La La Land.
The winning team went on stage and happily accepted the award. But there was background noise. And, soon,...