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Take Steps to Protect your Company from Employee Opioid Abuse




The opioid epidemic is now called the deadliest drug crisis in American history as each year more people overdose on these prescription painkillers – more than heroin and cocaine combined. In fact, opioid deaths now exceed car crashes as the leading cause of unintentional death.

The addiction crosses all social, economic, and racial boundaries and – inevitably – seeps into the workplace. 23% of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. While some begin opioid abuse to ease the pain...


When Work Works for America’s Veterans: Workflex Practices Support Former Military and their Families in a Civilian Workplace



Each year Veterans’ Day affords Americans the opportunity to pay our respects to all who have served our country honorably during war and peacetime. What better way to honor veterans and their families than by helping them transition into the 21st Century civilian workforce and find jobs that are meaningful, provide security, and allow them to contribute their unique skills and experiences.

Many work-family concerns of military communities are similar to those confronting all employees. However, veterans and their families face unique issues like frequent deployments, physical or emotional trauma due to...


Candidates as Customers:  Emphasizing the Candidate Experience in Talent Acquisition



Talent acquisition has been continually evolving for the past several years.  One of the biggest changes has been an increasing emphasis on the candidate experience.  This growing focus is fueled by a number of factors, including

  • Candidates have more choices of where to work,
  • Candidate access to information and opportunities is ever-increasing,
  • Technological advancements have raised expectations surrounding efficiency and personalization, and
  • Work flexibility is expanding the talent pool to include candidates who previously would not be possibilities.

Given the changing talent landscape, there are a few key...


Serving Veterans Who Want to Serve Our Organizations


Today, as we recognize and thank the military servicemen and servicewomen who have given so much to our country, let’s not forget the other important ways veterans serve our nation—by providing needed skills and expertise in our workplaces.

One of the most tangible ways our HR profession—and we as individuals—can honor their service is to support them as they transition from their time in uniform to their next purpose-driven mission. But, as we know, the path from military to civilian life—for both veterans and their families—is not always smooth,...


SHRM Connect: Employee Taking Client Information from Computer System. Need Help Asap


SHRM Connect is an online community where SHRM members can ask questions and get answers on a variety of HR topics. It’s a great place to network with other HR professionals and share solutions. The conversation topics range from “HR Department of One” to Employment Law, are always insightful, and deal with some of the most pressing issues that HR professionals face in the workplace today.
On Fridays, I’ll be highlighting a conversation or two in hopes that you’ll take some time to visit. You may want to "lurk"… perhaps respond, but you’ll always learn something.  It’s a...


Fresh Insights from a Leadership Classic


Kevin Cashman's book on why personal development is essential to exemplary leadership was first published in 1998. Since then, the self-help manual has become a business classic. For this 20th anniversary edition, Cashman, a senior partner at Korn Ferry specializing in CEO and executive development, conducted extensive new research, asking corporate CEOs and company presidents to review his models of leadership and to critique his leadership propositions.

The third edition of Leadership from the Inside Out: Becoming a Leader for Life  (Berrett-Koehler, 2017) features updated content and...


Veterans Day- Plural but Never Possessive



For years I’ve called this weekend’s annual holiday: Veteran’s Day. And I’ve been wrong.  Given that I was in the Army for twenty-one years, shame on me! Webster’s states that the grammatical rationale for no apostrophe is that Veterans Day does not belong to veterans, rather it is a day for honoring all veterans.  So, who does the day belong to?  All of us – those who have served, families, friends, and those who serve veterans, which includes HR professionals across our nation!

Research tells us what I already know – there are inherent challenges...


The Ever-Evolving Employee Experience



I've been in the Human Capital Management industry for 10 years. We started with logoed lamps for milestone achievements. The concept of Employee Recognition made the process of rewarding behavior change more immediate and systematic. Employee Engagement introduced employee learning, performance management, live events and leadership development into a broadened view of employee development.

It's 2017 and the aforementioned tactics are giving way to Employee Experience. At the center of Employee Experience is your Employee Value Proposition (EVP). An EVP is the agreement of an employer to recognize moments that...


#Nextchat RECAP: Diversity and Talent Acquisition

On November 8, @shrmnextchat chatted with Anthony Paradiso, Tamara Rasberry and Anne Tomkinson about Diversity and Talent Acquisition.  

If you missed this informative chat filled with tips for incorporating more diversity into your talent acquisition strategy, you can see all the tweets here.