Handling the Clash of Parenting and Work in a Pandemic


Last week I had a chance to bring together an amazing panel to talk about how to support parents in a challenging work environment. This conversation featured:

  • Donielle Buie, HR leader in charge of employee wellbeing at the Broad Institute
  • Shana Sweeney, CHRO of SugarCRM
  • Jonathan Corke, marketing leader at Bright Horizons

In the video below, you can hear each of these leaders talking about how they are tackling the challenge of supporting parents, regardless of whether work is remote or not. 




Reskilling and Upskilling Your Workforce for the Post-Covid-19 Era


As employees return to the new normal, employers face tough choices regarding shortcomings in skills and knowledge that were laid bare by the forced telecommuting following the pandemic shutdown.

A 2018 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development study found that 50 percent of jobs ran the risk of greatly changing or becoming obsolete. After COVID-19, that's even more possible. Thanks to all of the workplace adaptations due to the pandemic, the question for many becomes how to re-educate the available workforce to fill the vast void in new digital technologies.

Reskilling vs. Upskilling

Reskilling and upskilling are both important...


Vacations are Important - Even Amid Pandemic



Q: I oversee a couple of departments, and I’m noticing a trend.  With more people working from home, I’m finding they are less likely to take vacation than other years.  Maybe because travel is difficult, or maybe it’s just awkward.

Much research says that to keep up productivity and morale -and to avoid burnout,  people need to take some time off to recharge. But with employees reluctant to take time off, how can we as managers normalize the use of annual leave during these weird time of Covid-19?

A: When we...


HR: “Leading Up” for Organizational Success




We are finally pulling out of an epic situation where many workers were furloughed or told to work from home due to COVID-19. Thankfully, the worst is in the past in many places and people are returning to work. Many questions persist: What will the workplace be like? Will the office environment have changed? Will my job have changed?

One thing is certain, the returning employees’ value to the organization has increased. Everyone who is back at work is necessary and important. However, it...


2 Things You Should Never Do Right Before A Job Interview



Job interviews mark the ending period of your search, and after that comes negotiation and accepting an offer. I typically advise that clients keep going with their career search until they have a formal offer. Why count your chickens before they've fully hatched? Having more than one offer can also increase your bargaining power, something I spoke about here. 

Not getting the job you want can be disheartening, and that's why I wanted to share two things you should never do before an interview. 

1. Unnecessarily raise your stress levels...


10 Virtual Onboarding Tips For Remote Employees



When it comes to new hires, onboarding isn’t just job training, it’s your first real experience with your newest team members. Now, with most jobs being remote, it’s even more important that you take the right steps to integrate your employees into your company within their first weeks.

By making a well-executed onboarding process, you can be sure that you’re setting your new team members up to be successful. That being said, building a program that drives that positive...


The Four Aspects of Transformational Leadership



The basis of leadership can be charted in a model that illustrates the two competing sides. On one side is leadership that creates change by being process-oriented and the other side is a relationship-oriented approach. While transactional leadership involves determining the tasks, rewarding goal achievement and punishing failure in attaining goals, transformational leadership focuses on the critical human assets such as commitment and thus helps followers to effectively implement organizational changes with both efficiency and effectiveness. Just as leaders need to be both autocratic and democratic at times, they also...


How Will HR Technology Change Human Resources?



As more organizations expand their remote work policies, the need to talk about technology capabilities increases. Not just what a technology is capable of doing and the value it can generate for the organization. We as individuals need to be familiar and conversant about technology.

Organizations and employees are going to demand that everyone in the organization have an understanding of technology, even the technologies that offer human-like features such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Using technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning doesn’t mean that HR departments...


Am I Naïve to Still Believe in Civility?



There has been a lot of discussion about “civility” or more appropriately, the “lack of civility” in so many areas of society. You would think that it would be a “no brainer” that civility is a good thing, right? You know, by being polite, being respectful, actively listening, etc. However, some have argued from another position by stating that civility “is just a sham” and is only invoked by individuals and groups that want to silence the opposition with their warped interest of “civility.” Maybe I am just living in...