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Doggone it! When an Employee is Allergic to a Coworker’s Service Animal



Who knew?

I received a lot of feedback on last week’s post. That was the one about an EEOC lawsuit alleging that a company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it allegedly failed to accommodate a disabled employee’s request to use a service dog.

Among the reader feedback was a question about what happens when permitting an employee to use a service dog would cause another employee’s pet allergies to flare up.

Back to basics under the ADA

The purpose of the ADA is to enable a qualified employee or...


How Easy Is It for Your Employees to Be Employees?

I once worked for organization where most employees exiting said their reason for leaving was because it was just too difficult to be an employee there. Wow! Too difficult to be an employee? As HR professionals, we hear concerns about managers, pay, or even leadership as reasons people leave. Those are big challenges most organizations face at one time or another, and they are not easy to solve. But when an employee says it’s too hard to be an employee, that should get your attention quickly.
An HR leader...

How to Hire Patient People

I once saw a photograph of a dandelion plant. On its own, that image wouldn’t be anything special: dandelions are everywhere. But these dandelions were nestled atop a small mound of asphalt. Somehow they had managed to push through this seemingly impermeable barrier and reach their goal: bathing in sunlight and fresh air. If there is a better illustration of patience than this photograph, I’ve yet to see it.

Patient employees are like these dandelions: they keep pushing on with their mission until they prevail. They don’t allow themselves to be diverted...



During this critical time when global employers are facing uncertainty over U.S. employment-based immigration, you cannot afford to miss the Council for Global Immigration 2017 Symposium on June 11-14, in Arlington, VA. As immigration remains a fast-changing space (especially considering the drastic proposals for reform and hasty executive actions we’ve seen during the first month of the new administration), the 2017 Symposium aims to address the most significant topics and recent regulatory changes that impact the employment-based visa programs. Visit our Symposium website to view the 2017 Symposium Program. We invite you to take advantage of our on-time...


Mindful Meditation with Dr. Woody and "Urban Monk" Pandit Dasa

Too much work? Too many deadlines? Feeling stressed-out at both ends of the day? 
Employers can help workers alleviate anxiety by investing in programs that promote mental and physical wellness.  Meditation training can help ease the angst.

In "Episode Two" of the series Mindful Meditation, Pandit Dasa, "The Urban Monk", shares tips with organizational psychologist Dr. Woody for helping beginners get their meditation routine started. All you need is five minutes and a bit of discipline.

Check out Quick Start Meditation for Beginners - All You Need is Five Minutes!


Q & A with SHRM Store Manager Andi Cale #SHRM17



With the 2017 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition rapidly approaching, articles will be written on keynotes, concurrent speakers, networking and even what to wear or not wear.  One area that is been overlooked is one of my (and many others) high points to any Annual Conference and that is the SHRM Store.

Every conference, SHRM staffers and hundreds of volunteers set up the world’s largest HR oriented bookstore (10,000 + square feet) in two days and tear it down in less than one.  Many people wander through killing time,...


My #SHRM17 To-Do List

Two months from now thousands of HR Professionals (and a enough amateurs to make it interesting) will descend on New Orleans for the 2017 Society of Human Resource Management annual conference. There will be parties. There will be regrets. There will be 100s of trade show booths. There will be a few (many?) who will make the parties but not the booths (slackers!) There will be swag – some great – some squeeze balls and pens. And most importantly, there will be bloggers documenting, commenting, satirizing, and complaining about the conference. I’m...


#WorkBetterChat RECAP: The Importance of Employee Well-Being Initiatives in the Workplace

On March 15, SHRM participated in Media Planet's #WorkBetterChat Twitter Chat that focused on conveying the importance of employee well-being initiatives in the workplace as a driving force for businesses. The chat invited HR professionals,C-suite executives, benefit and wellness managers as well as overall key business decision makers to encourage an open dialogue about the benefits of investing in employee wellness programs.

Many thanks to Kate Kennedy of the SHRM Media Affairs team (@SHRMPress) for managing and moderating this chat for @SHRM.

You can read all the tweets here and below:...


What it Takes to Make Good Decisions in the New World of Work


Many companies are starting to take education and employee training into their own hands to ensure their employees are equipped for a rapidly evolving future.

We live in a world where phenomena such as the internet, globalization, social media, and mobility are accelerating change faster than ever before. Today’s digital age fed by big data is manifested in new businesses disrupting existing business models, which are remnants of the industrial era. These new models, typified by the Ubers, Amazons, Teslas, Airbnb’s and Facebooks of the world, are fossilizing the older...