Overcoming Workplace Bias


In these days of high emotion and polarization, it's hard to know how or even whether to address the feelings of anger, despair or frustration that may be percolating among employees at the workplace. But it would be a mistake for company leaders and managers to stay silent, said Eric Ellis, a longtime consultant on diversity and inclusion.

Today's crises have frayed nerves and opened wounds.

"None of us is unaffected by this," said Ellis, president and chief executive officer of Integrity Development Corporation in Cincinnati. He advised companies to have...


10 Things You Don’t Need on Your Resume



A job search can be an arduous task with many steps. Typically, the first step is to create a resume that convinces the recruiter to consider you for an open position.

Think of your resume as a spokesperson or a promotional tool—it is important to create a resume that makes a great first impression to a potential employer. If a recruiter or hiring manager requests to meet you, it means that your resume has done its job of marketing you as a suitable candidate.



Enjoy July 4 and Protect Your "WFH Assistants," Too


If you want to avoid a painful and unproductive July 6, read this:

For many of us, pets are part of the family. In the era of COVID-19, the centrality of pets to many of lives has become even greater.

Our pets have helped many of us through a hard day. This weekend we need to protect them.

Of course, I am talking about fireworks. Simply put, they terrorize many animals.

Every year, pets (particularly, but not only, dogs) left outside run away. If this happens, you may not see your friend. Worse...


Why Does Belonging Matter at Work?

At some point in our lives, we’ve all been in a situation where we felt we didn’t belong. Perhaps it was that birthday party of a friend of a friend where you just couldn’t find anything in common. Maybe you were underdressed (or overdressed) for a professional conference. When faced with these types of situations and the uncomfortable feelings they bring up, we typically try to leave.

However, what if the place you felt you don’t belong is the place you have to be for eight or nine hours a day; Monday...


From the Shadows of COVID-19 Comes the Opportunity for Learning and Growth



The disruptions of COVID-19 have brought new challenges to our communities, our workplaces, and our profession. HR professionals have been the first responders of the workplace in the midst of the global pandemic as we grapple with new data and directives about the novel coronavirus that can change by the day.

Our HR professionals are telling us that they’re working long hours to stay on top of the latest information from public health officials and new policies and laws mandated by governments, all while helping their employers navigate through unprecedented...


Crossing the Moat - HR and Intentional Human Contact



I love reading books and watching shows and movies that were set back in the times of castles, kingdoms and mystical creatures. I’m a huge Lord of the Rings fan as well as the tales of King Arthur. It may also explain why my favorite movie is Monty Python and the Holy Grail !! In many of these tales, you find a gargantuan castle surrounded by a moat.

The moat is a deep trench filled with water that separates those within the castle from the various things and people trying to breach it to...


Two Ways to Navigate a Career Transition



We all experience transitions in our careers. Some are sudden and pull us out of our comfort zones like COVID-19, and a welcomed sense of career ownership accompanies others. Effective career guidance can help you get through career transitions. The term transition is essentially a life event causing role change or crisis.

Transitions can be: 

  • Predictable or unpredictable
  • Positive or negative
  • Voluntary or involuntary
  • Sudden or gradual 

What do transitions have in common?

  • Often involve stress
  • Require new behaviors and thinking
  • Benefit from new skills

The most common career transitions...


COVID-19: What’s Your Organization Missing? What About Those Emergency Warnings Signs?



Most employers are engaging in some sort of screening for COVID-19 before an employee can enter the workplace.

In some jurisdictions, the screening is required by law.  Even where not required by law, most employers have some screening program to mitigate the risk of infection (and liability).

By way of further background, most jurisdictions that mandate screening allow employees to self-screen.  In a few jurisdictions, the employer is required to conduct the screen.

In virtually all cases, employers screen for, among other...


HR Storytellers At-Home Edition: Alexander C. Pullen


Alexander C. Pullen, HR manager at GWU and a member of SHRM's Young Professional Advisory Council, reflects on the coping mechanisms he has discovered amid recent racial tensions, including practicing self-care and finding ways to impact society for good.



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10 Ways to Develop Top Tech Talent



Despite the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on employment, several talent segments are still highly desired and needed for hiring. One segment that is consistently in demand and critical for companies to get right is tech-related workers. With tech workers in tremendous demand and their skills and tools continuing to change, it’s imperative HR leaders learn how to attract, manage and retain this critical talent pool. 

Findings from research from SHRM’s Executive Network, HR People + Strategy, Effectively Managing Tech Workers: A New Imperative in the Digital Age, developed in partnership...