Reskilling Talent through the Centuries



Somewhere between the 2nd and 3rd century BCE, the Egyptians lost their leadership in the world of papyrus. Cai Lun (Ts’ai Lun) is credited as the inventor of paper – mixing hemp, tree bark, fishing nets and old rags. At the time, in 105 A.D., papyrus was widely used - in addition, bamboo and silk – even turtle shells - to record events. Bamboo was heavy and silk was expensive, and turtle shells were, well, cumbersome - so paper became a...


Scars to Your Beautiful



Back in the day, we used to have one-screen movie theaters. As a kid, I remember going with my Dad or Mom to the Colonial Theatre to watch whatever was playing. In 1983, my Aunt would drove me over the river into New Jersey to watch War Games. It’s a classic. It’s was the Next-Gen AI flick. Matthew Broderick (David) was the player for “Joshua” (the computer). If you’ve not seen it, I can’t ruin it. But as David plays the game, things start to feel too authentic. David asks...


Be a Trailblazer !!


I’ve been very fortunate to have worked at the same company for the past 13 years. I don’t take it for granted. What you may not know is that having this length of tenure is still considered “new” to many whom I work with. It’s true. I get to regularly celebrate anniversaries with our Team Members, and it’s not uncommon to have people reach their 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th and even 40+ year milestone.

Having a company where people can grow, thrive and contribute for what most would consider a “career” has its advantages and disadvantages. The advantages are...


The Map and Retaining Top Talent



Some of the earliest known maps are believed to be cave paintings in Lascaux as early as 14,500 BC, perhaps illustrating the sky, or a route to a good hunting spot. In 1963, a wall painting was discovered in Turkey, dating back to 6200 BC, which appears to be a map of the town. Maps continued to evolve through ancient Egypt, Babylonia, the Roman Empire, China, Polynesia, Ancient Greeks to Medieval Europe all the way to today’s mobile mapping technologies. The history of cartography is long, global, and expansive, with great contributions over several thousand years from many different regions of...


Can a Company Require New Employees Not to Bash it on Glassdoor?



Let’s find out.

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board’s Office of General Counsel released this Advice Memorandum. It involves a Missouri law firm that required all newly-hired support staff and attorneys to sign an employment agreement containing the following non-disparagement provision:

“[D]uring and after Employee’s employment or association with Law Firm ends, for any reason, Employee will not in any way criticize, ridicule, disparage, libel, or slander Law Firm, its owners, its partners, or any Law Firm employees, either orally or in writing. However, nothing in this Section 3.2 shall be deemed to


Should HR Plan the Holiday Party?



It is that time of year. The end-of-year holiday party. And the elephant in the room is who should be in charge. 

I have been an advocate of leaving HR out of the equation even though many believe this is part of HR’s role.

A few years back, I saw a presentation at a SHRM conference where the speaker made a compelling argument that it was strategic for HR to be involved in the planning and coordination of end of year celebrations. Her point of view has stuck with me...


Fostering a Disability-Inclusive Culture


Hiring is up in today’s tight labor market, including among people with disabilities and other often-overlooked groups. As more job seekers with disabilities are hired, employers are realizing the great potential in this large and diverse talent pool.

However, bias and lack of awareness remain challenges. Only 40 percent of working-age adults with disabilities are currently employed, making this an excellent time for companies to foster a disability-inclusive culture — both to nurture current employees and become a top destination for job seekers.

At Indeed, we have built disability awareness into our...


The Four Day Workweek: It’s Time to Assess Your Organization’s Time Management



You might’ve read about Microsoft Japan testing the four-day workweek in the summer of 2019 recently. The story swept across the internet, in part, because the results were so eye-opening: Microsoft Japan found that employee productivity jumped 40 percent. Efficiency was increased in many other areas, too, from lower electricity costs to less use of paper.

Microsoft’s experiment complemented the results of a study conducted in 2018 with the Workforce Institute at Kronos and Future Workplace, where it was found that nearly half of employees could do their job in...