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The Litmus Test for CEO’s Who Say They Value Their People



I have a simple test to see if CEOs practice what they preach. Does their Head of HR report directly to them or to someone else? If they report to the COO -- or even worse-- their CFO, it is a red flag.

If you’re a candidate, it's a great 15-second test to see if the business you are contemplating joining really cares about “its most important resource”. If you work in HR, it's the pass/fail question before you join the firm you are interviewing with.

So, let's dig in...


Avoiding the Cone of Silence



I think we all recognize the “cone of silence” from Get Smart. Information is kept highly confidential among a select few. On the screen, hilarity ensues and somehow the good guys manage to save the day. In the workplace, however, this kind of tight-lipped operation often leads to very negative consequences.

I think there is a fundamental flaw in the way many companies communicate. It starts at the top with the C-Suite, who also have full access to information: strategic plan, financials, competitive vulnerabilities, the works. As we move down...


Top 5 Proactive Ways for Start-Ups to Avoid HR Nightmares



Unless you’ve been under a rock, the fact that many start-ups have recently found themselves on the wrong side of the litigation or threatened litigation “v.” should not surprise you. In fact, it is often the very things that make start-ups so appealing - their laid back culture, open floor plans, no dress code, lack of defined titles - that can create some of their worst HR nightmares.  With this in mind, here are my top five proactive tips for keeping your start-up out of trouble:

1.      Harassment and Discrimination...


#Nextchat: Skills Gaps and Employee Development



Is your organization finding the talent it needs to fill skills gaps?  Are you finding that it’s becoming increasingly necessary to develop the skills of your current workers?

The SHRM Online article These HR Leaders Are Going ‘All In’ to Bridge the Skills Gap says “Employers worldwide are facing the most acute talent shortage since the Great Recession, according to the results of ManpowerGroup’s 2016-2017 Talent Shortage Survey, released last fall. Of the 42,000 employers surveyed globally, 40 percent reported having a hard time finding qualified people...


Don’t Overlook These Basics in Your Job Search



Q:  I have been job hunting for about three months with little luck. I‘ve had a couple of interviews but afterwards,  I never heard anything back.  The most frustrating part is that I don’t know why.  I wish there was a way to find out what I’m doing wrong.


A: You might not be doing anything wrong.  Job hunting is –among other things- a head game, and you must make sure you remain optimistic and positive in spite of continued rejection.  After all, a job search is a series...


SHRM Connect: Socially Awkward -- and Invalid

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.

Some of the conversations are serious and others are downright amusing, and on Fridays, I’ll be highlighting a conversation or two in hopes that you’ll take some time to visit. You may want...


How to Power Up People Skills


There is a shocking "execution gap" between the goals organizations set and the ones they actually achieve, writes Trevor Throness, author of The Power of People Skills: How to Eliminate 90% of Your HR Problems and Dramatically Increase Team and Company Morale and Performance (Career Press, 2017).

To prove his point, Throness cites the results of a Harris Interactive survey of more than 23,000 full-time employees in a range of industries, including hospitality, automotive, banking. communications, retail and technology, that found that:

  • 37 percent of respondents
  • ...

Social Media -- a Two-Edged Sword for Job Seekers



Tools are amazing things.  Having the right tool for the job can make all of the difference, but using the wrong tool can be a huge headache.  Hammers are one example.  Using a hammer with a nail is great, but using a hammer to drive a screw is not so good.  Likewise, saws can be helpful, but in the hands of someone who is untrained or inexperienced, a saw can lead to damage or worse.

LinkedInTwitter and even Facebook can be great tools in your job search...


Why The Financial Health Crisis Is An Employee Wellness Issue




Every generation of worker is struggling with various financial stressors.  It’s the top cause of lost productivity.  As an HR leader, you want to help find ways to help alleviate the pressure.

Employers are starting to realize that providing their people with a fair and regular paycheck and 401(k) just isn’t good enough to ensure their financial health. And it is their problem.

We’re in the middle of a financial literacy crisis that’s affecting the financial health – and overall wellness – of every generation of worker. Too many just...