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Why Should I Bother to Go to HR About Sexual Harassment?

Q:  After reading about all of the sexual harassment by celebrities in the news  and learning that their company’s management and HR departments were aware of the problem and did nothing, why should anyone bother to go to HR?
A:  I have to agree with you that HR is getting a black eye from these stories.  I’ve seen many comments bad-mouthing HR for not doing more.
So I feel I should offer some clarifying points as a defense of my HR peeps.
The kinds...

3 Facets to a Strong & Stable Veteran Diversity Group


Let’s take a trip down elementary geography lane for a second.  The triangle is considered the most stable shape which is why it’s so commonly used around us – from bridges, camera tri-pods and bicycles – triangles provide the stability and support in many things around us.

This same concept is frequently used in business and the workplace when designing new programs or initiatives.  I’m currently leading a team at my current employer - Ipsos, a global market research and consulting firm - where we are introducing and launching a Military and Veteran Employee Diversity Group (MVERG) using this...


SHRM Connect: Pet-Friendly Policies

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.
While some of the conversations take on a more serious tone, others will deliver a bit of comic relief, and on Fridays, I’ll be highlighting a conversation or two in

My Take on the SHRM D & I Conference #SHRMDIV



The 2017 SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Expo in San Francisco was without a doubt an amazing experience that I will never forget.  SHRM posted my first blog about the conference on October 24. This is my second blog about the conference. 

Tuesday morning, Tony Robbins, former director of global diversity and inclusion at Starbucks, spoke at the general session about the multiplier effect of inclusion.

Key points:

  • One may not always get it right but don’t stop.  Be courageous, challenge and curious. 
  • ...

Time to Increase Your Education Assistance Benefit?



It’s been nearly 40 years since employers first were able to offer tax-free education assistance for undergraduate, graduate or certificate level work to their employees. The benefit was semi-permanent, with Congress reauthorizing it (sometimes retroactively) numerous times until it was finally made a permanent part of the law in early 2013. 

The maximum amount employers can provide tax-free toward education assistance is $5,250 and has not been increased since 1978! Efforts to raise that amount in order to keep up with the current cost of education are now taking place...


BLOG: NOT A THOUGHT LEADER POSTED ONOCTOBER 26, 2017 #SHRMDIV Day 2: Inclusion Paves the Way for Innovation


I nearly filled an entire notepad on day two of the SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference, feverishly taking notes on everything from business cases to legal considerations to behavioral science.
The day kicked off with Dr. Tony Byers discussing The Multiplier Effect of Inclusion. Engaging us with wit, humor and authenticity, Dr. Byers started by sharing a story from his childhood of being excluded, the lasting impact that feeling left on him and how the experience informs his work. Similarly to...

Let's Get This Party Started #SHRMDIV

I’m sitting in the airport following the last session of the SHRM Diversity and Inclusion Conference on twitter, and mulling over my takeaways as I get ready to head home and do the D&I work. I learned so much, and each session is worthy of its own blog post, so I expect I’ll be processing this conference on this blog for a while. But there were some common themes that held the conference together for me.
The first theme is that, while we’ve been doing D&I work for a...

#Nextchat RECAP: Creating a Better Open Enrollment Experience



On October 25, @shrmnextchat chatted with special guest Jennifer Benz – (@JenBenz) about Creating a Better Open Enrollment Experience.

In case you missed this informative chat, you can read the tweets here:




Age of Inclusion: Consider Multiple Generations in Talent Attraction and Retention Initiatives



Age and experience are often viewed as measures of knowledge. However, it’s not always that simple or straightforward. The young tech leader in a hoodie is still a prevalent stereotype.
A recent study by Indeed finds that close to half of employees in the technology industry (46 percent) are Millennials.  Further, as firms battle to attract young talent with perks like happy hours, free food, and gym classes, they may unintentionally create an environment and culture that excludes or alienates older workers.
With the Bureau of Labor Statistics...

The Role of HR in Smashing Harassment



I have been thinking a lot about Harvey Weinstein and other high-profile cases of serial sexual harassment. These cases are extraordinarily disturbing, to say the very least.  

There are some who have suggested that the Weinstein nightmare is simply a Hollywood problem, dismissing it as nothing more than the age old “Hollywood casting couch.”  How patently wrong they are. 

Hollywood needs to clean up its act, but it is not just Hollywood. What happens in Hollywood is but a symptom of a much broader societal problem.

Predatory sexual behavior by...