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Baby Steps: Making Progress Towards Better Workplaces and a Better World

 

 

As a talent acquisition professional, my focus and vision are to find and bring the best and brightest talent to the companies and clients I work for so everyone can reach their goals! In addition to building relationships and networking, sourcing, screening, facilitating introductions and interviews, and managing the recruiting technology, it’s also a focus of mine to consistently work with managers (and educate myself!) on how we look at and interview talent.

How can we get more creative and expand our outlook on the types of people that we...

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The Hybrid Workplace and the Trust Challenge

 

 

I’ve been thinking about the concept of trust.

Being the HR enthusiast that I am, I have pondered and focused on the idea of trust and mistrust when it comes to the workplace. What makes a trusting environment, and how can feelings of trust permeate through company cultures often wrought with staunch traditions and rigidity?

What can HR do to help? The concept of trust and exchange relationships at work in their many forms needs to be on our HR radar moving forward.

There’s something to be said for trusting...

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Leadership Boo Boos - Part 1: Always Right, Never Wrong


 

 

I say it's Part 1 in the title above, but I really don't know how many parts there will be to this "Boo Boo" series. Certainly more than one, although we'd like to think not too many more. I mean, gosh, how many boo-boos do we make as leaders? Well, truthfully, we've all made a few during our development as leaders and no doubt have observed many more. As leaders, we often like to ponder and share ideas on how to improve employee performance, but it's...

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When I Grow Up - My Wish for the Future of Work

 


 

I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight…

Bias, inequity, toxic workplaces…these are all experiences and behaviors we’ve lived and died with for thousands of years – ever since we became “civilized” and lived in larger communities with other humans and began fighting with other “tribes” for resources of one kind or another. These are global challenges and ever-present in all cultures. The truth: these and other dehumanizing, dysfunctional, unproductive ways of being human together are not going to disappear anytime soon in our...

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Baby Steps to Better Workplaces

 

Happy New Year to our esteemed SHRM members and to all who value the HR profession. I know you join me in wishing 2021 brings good health and business recovery—and I believe it will, thanks to HR leaders like you.

But it’s almost certain that in the coming year (like every year), businesses will lose millions of dollars in productivity and squander top talent because of toxic work environments. Discrimination, exclusion, harassment and ill-equipped People Managers will hold back essential COVID-19 business renewal efforts.

Today’s workplaces are strewn...

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WORK 3.0 - The Transition to More Meaningful Post-Pandemic Work 

 

 

WORK 3.0.

Not Work 2.0 – that was the scrambling and experimenting, adrenaline-fueled productivity, and Zoom fatigue of the pandemic.

I hope that Work 3.0 will be a well-planned, evidence-based transition to better, more human, more productive, more meaningful post-pandemic work. 

Yes, we are still struggling with another wave of the pandemic, but there is a promise of the vaccine – and workplace and organizational psychology experts are looking to the future of work and wondering how lessons learned in 2020 can help us create better work, better organizations.

Work...

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"When I Grow Up..."

 

"When I Grow Up..." is a statement that children of every generation have recited to parents and teachers as a declaration of their future ambitions. Whether rooted in reality or fantasy, these ideas are a rite of passage.

But there is a long, deep-rooted gap that exists between rhetoric and reality. The reality is, those dreams of accomplishment are far too often limited from birth based on bias, stigma and false perceptions. Stop for a moment and think: what are workers genuinely experiencing in your workplace?

A thriving economy and innovations for a brighter tomorrow hinge on your workforce’s ability...

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Not All Problems Are Problems – 5 Real Problems for Leaders

 

 
 

A problem to you is a solution to someone else.

Friction and conflict are advantages when they inspire learning, growth, or innovation.

You might believe bureaucracy is a problem. But in top-down organizations bureaucracy is a solution. Rules and procedures prevent deviation and congeal power.

5 real problems for leaders:

#1. Blaming.

Lack of responsibility always results in recurring issues and worsening problems.

When you hear blaming from team members ask, “What do YOU want to do about that?” Listen. Expect action.

#2. Patterns.

Problems give meaning to leadership. Recurring...

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SHRM Connect: Benefits Refunds, Dropping Marijuana from the Drug Screen and Requiring Applicants to Show Their Face

 

 

When employees have questions, they go to HR.

When HR professionals have questions, they often turn to each other for guidance and advice.

SHRM Connect is an online forum where SHRM members can post questions and get answers from their peers within the SHRM community. It’s a great place to network with other HR professionals while sharing solutions and advice on a wide range of HR topics.

Jump into a discussion or watch from the sidelines. There's something for everyone.

Check out some of the latest conversations below:


Benefits - Employee Wants...

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