Tips to Help Employees Transition Back to The Physical Workplace


At some point in the hopefully not too distant future, employees will start returning to work in the physical workplace instead of working remotely from their homes. Just as the transition from the workplace to home represented a significant shift, returning to the workplace won’t be without its challenges.

Here’s how to set your employees up for successful re-entry.

Help employees mentally prepare to return to work.

Give employees some time to prepare to return to the workplace.  After all, the pandemic already showed that employees could be just as...


Bad Bosses: Developing the Manager to Become the Leader


If you’ve ever watched the popular television sitcom, The Office, you may be able to recall the hilarious, yet “over the top” manager, Michael Scott played by actor, Steve Carrell. While I adored Steve Carrell’s character, I didn’t always love how the character handled his role as a manager.

Has your performance ever suffered because of a bad boss? Have you ever left a job because of a bad boss? According to Gallup’s State of the American Manager report, 1 in 2 people have left a job because of a poor...


Internal Talent Mobility: Think Projects, Not Jobs!



As the curtain falls on the infamous year 2020, recruiters face an increasingly challenging climate. Close to 60% of companies have hiring freezes in place and many have downsized during the pandemic.

Meanwhile, global talent shortages are at an all-time high. More than one-half of the companies in the world are unable to find the skills they require. So, how does a recruiter help to fill skill gaps with fewer job openings?

A New Model: Optimizing Internal Talent

We need to rethink the way we work because the old ways...


Don’t Be Sisyphus !!



How’s your new year shaping up? Is your plate full? Chances are it’s overflowing. I know this may be stating the obvious for most people. I’m not just referring to work either. Yes, work may take up the majority of your daily time, effort and attention. We need to remember that each person we encounter has their version of “life” going on. You may be addressing personal/family situations and struggles with spouses, partners, kids, or parents. You may be in between jobs now or you’d like to change your role/company...


How to Create Virtual Leadership Routines



We are going through a blurry, timeless world where any processes, defined roles, and responsibilities can increase team cohesiveness and productivity. Equally, leaders can benefit more from leadership routines to improve performance.

Virtual leadership routines are essential for three reasons:

  1. They help connect better with team members and motivate them without losing track.
  2. They are the glue for consistent and intentional leadership fostering trust. An intentional leadership, “the process of deciding in advance how we want to be perceived by those we lead,” can contribute to aligning behaviors with the
  3. ...

Mother-Daughter Duo – Official SHRM Certified Professionals!


From the start of my human resources career, one of my biggest goals was to have SHRM-SCP behind my name.

I have always been one to plan and weigh the pros and cons so in mid-2020 when I was about six months shy of being eligible to sit for the SHRM-SCP, I started to seriously research prep courses, study material, and overall costs. Once I had an idea of the path I wanted to take I consulted with my mother, who is also an HR professional, to encourage her to go through...


The Power of Positive Appreciation



Whether it's in the form of a raise or a simple thank you, showing gratitude can make all the difference to your employees.

Businesses that proactively use appreciation can attest to its powerful value. As the saying goes, “Next to excellence comes the appreciation of it.” When it becomes part of corporate culture, appreciation can be the secret weapon that propels companies past their competition. When it’s absent, it can cripple performance, productivity and profitability.

Too often, workers are ignored, asked to perform tasks without proper guidance, given little...


Do You Want a Coach or a Mentor or Both?



Coaching and mentoring are terms that are often used interchangeably even though there are significant differences. It’s important to identify which role will fit the need at hand. There is no point in providing your employee with a coach when they need a mentor or vice versa. In the workplace, the term coach has a vastly different meaning than what we see in the world of sports where most of us first heard the term coach at school.

Definition of a Coach: A coach offers a partnering relationship to the...


Updated OSHA and CDC Guidance on #COVID-19 Masks



We all know that the wearing of masks is an essential element in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As with many safety precautions, however, the specifics of what is required continues to evolve relative to masks, and employers need to keep up with the evolving legal requirements as well as public health and other guidance. 

Last month, OSHA updated its guidance on COVID-19. More specifically, the updated guidance provides: 

Face coverings are simple barriers to help...



Originally published April 4, 2017


I like to read and re-read blogs on leadership. They are helpful reminders on what I need to keep doing (or not doing) and where there are opportunities for personal growth. Although expressed from different perspectives, the articles often cover the same attributes or competencies that we rightfully expect from good leaders.

I am struck by how often we need to be reminded to listen. Sound too basic? If you are preparing your response when someone is talking, are you fully listening? The answer is NO, and I have to remind...