How to Develop an Attitude of Gratitude Towards Employees



Many companies plan to boost employee engagement in 2019. With benefits for both employees and employers, the strategy is easy to understand. What’s more, a strong employee recognition program can set your company apart in a tight job market.

At Indeed, we find that demonstrating pride in our employees leads them to take pride in our company. A human-centric approach creates a company culture that puts workers first. Employees are more likely to trust (and feel trusted by) companies that recognize their value.

Putting employees first can also pay big...


What Employers Need to Know About Successful Second Chance Hiring


Between the First Step Act  bill being passed and SHRM's efforts towards Getting talent back to work, There are a lot of discussions opening up around second chance hiring. Before, it was pretty standard to assume that if you checked that box of "have you been convicted of a felony," you weren't going to get the job. 

Today, our unemployment rate is the lowest it's ever been - forcing companies to explore untapped talent pools and unlikely candidates. As the Founder of a staffing agency...


The Risk of Mixing Up Integration and Onboarding



Over my last twenty years in HR, I have seen every variation of a typical onboarding program. Many companies don’t have a formal strategy, others have made substantial steps towards onboarding a new leader. But there’s one element that all the onboarding programs I’ve seen have in common – and it’s that traditional onboarding programs alone are putting your company at risk.

It’s a risk to assume a new leader will naturally assimilate into your company’s cultural, functional, organizational dimensions. A typical onboarding program is a tactical snapshot of what...


Seeing the Bigger Picture on Pay Determinations


When I listen to different views about gender pay discrimination, I often flash back to an informative experience in the early days of my career. A man was brought in to do the job I had just been promoted from – at three times my pay. “That’s not fair,” I thought at the time. My immediate reaction turned out to be wrong, and I learned a valuable lesson about seeing the bigger picture when it comes to pay gaps. It also taught me that addressing pay inequities is more of an...


#SHRM19 Speaker Spotlight: Q&A with Tracie Sponenberg


 How to Transform Your HR Department Through Technology, even if Your HR Department is Just You


HR community, meet Tracie Sponenberg! I’m excited to see Tracie speak at the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition this year in Las Vegas. I interviewed Tracie because she and I share an appreciation for helping small businesses meet their strategic HR goals. In my current role, I’ve implemented HR technology, something that was new to me in my career. When I saw Tracie’s topic for #SHRM19, I just knew that I...


Is Your Organization Ready for an Equal Pay Close-Up?


April 2nd marks Equal Pay Day in the United States. With the nation sharply focused on pay equity issues, this is a great time to assess whether your organization’s pay structure is in need of some spring cleaning.

Here are five steps you can take to ensure that your organization is prepared for an equal pay close-up:

  1. Conduct a self-audit. One of the very best ways to get a handle on pay equity in your organization is to look at the numbers. A self-audit can help identify whether you have an
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Every Day is the Right Day for Pay Transparency

Today, as advocates celebrate Equal Pay Day, we’ll be reminded that there is a pay gap between men and women. But calculating the differences is far more complex than applying a simple formula, and the causes remain hard to explain.

No employer deliberately wants to shortchange or exclude the talent they need to succeed. Pay equity is good for everyone. So, we at SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, are focused on pay equity solutions. We’re not waiting for a legislative fix. Every...


A Great Pleasure in Life




A Great Pleasure in Life Is Doing What People Say You Cannot Do.

Walter Bagehot was an early 19th century businessman, and in1861, he began the first of his 17 years as the editor of the London based weekly “The Economist.” While Bagehot wrote several books, Lombard Street, in 1873, was one of his most important – and a big influence on modern financial systems. The title of this blog post is a quote from him. He was arguably the most influential editor of The Economist, remembered today in...


Hopperx1 Seattle – Suggestions for Male Allies


Last weekend, 1,500 people gathered in Seattle for the Hopperx1 Seattle, a local Grace Hopper celebration of women in technology.

Seattle is home to many of the world’s largest tech companies. While the overall workforce is comprised of (roughly) 50 percent women, in technology, the ratios are very different – approximately 25 percent of the tech workforce is made up of women.

With 92 speakers, 31 sponsors, over 100 volunteers, and 1,500 attendees representing industry leaders, students, tech founders, and an incredible array of roles and expertise, Hopperx1 Seattle hopes to help build and reinforce a strong community of technical women...