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Viewpoint: It's Time to Take a New Approach to Sexual Harassment Prevention

I believe employers' efforts to eradicate sexual harassment may be misguided because they focus on compliance, claim prevention and defense instead of striving to create cultures grounded in mutual respect. 

But that's just one opinion. 

So, for this article, I asked senior HR professionals, employment attorneys and others the following question: 

What must we do to eradicate workplace sexual harassment? 

Charlotte Miller, attorney and human resources leader

I am and have been a chief human resources officer (CHRO). I've also been corporate general counsel, state bar president and...


Today’s Explanations “Got Some ’Splaining to Do”



Yes, that’s a reference to I Love Lucy, so let me explain—Damn! There I go again, explaining instead of simply saying what I mean. Do you increasingly find yourself in that scenario? I do, especially in workplace discussions that make me want to pull my hair out (and I’m bald!).

Over the last few years, I have become much more sensitive to the “explaining” phenomenon now almost ubiquitous in the modern workplace. Here, for instance, is someone trying to explain more than they need to—or should. Over there is someone...


The Last Taboo: Job Searching in the Digital Age



The internet has revolutionized the job search, but it hasn’t really changed job seekers’ attitudes about privacy. People share many details of their lives on social media, but looking for a job remains intensely personal. In an age of oversharing, job searching could be described as the last taboo of the digital age.

According to research by Indeed, two thirds of job seekers (65 percent) worry that their job search will become public. Indeed’s recent study, Privacy of Job Search, surveyed 10,000 job seekers in nine countries.

A quarter of...


Keeping Your Employer Brand Afloat During Turbulent Times



The nation’s unemployment rate is at a 17-year low of 4.1%, fueling the demand for talent and creating a highly competitive talent marketplace. At the same time, technology continues to disrupt business from almost every angle, and industries experiencing dramatic change and consolidation face redundancies and waves of layoffs.

Against this backdrop, maintaining a positive employer brand today is more important than ever.

Throughout my 30-year career, I have seen companies handle downsizing in various ways, all of which have had an important impact on employer brand. I’ve seen it...


How to Investigate Sexual Harassment Allegations

Make sure you have the knowledge and training you need before any complaints surface.


he general manager of a Massachusetts car dealership testified at trial that he “honestly didn’t believe” a finance manager when she told him that her supervisor often commented on her anatomy, tried to throw coins down her blouse and suggested they sleep together so he could see her breasts.

The finance manager, who was fired after making complaints, ultimately was awarded $200,000 in punitive damages because her employer failed to properly investigate her allegations. That’s on top of $40,000...


Workplace Investigations




“The phone rings and before you finish saying ‘hello,’ the chief compliance officer of a Fortune 20 client is quickly relaying to you that an accounting manager has just filed an internal complaint of sexual harassment against the chief financial officer (CFO). In addition to the harassment charge (which includes transcripts of voicemails of the CFO making lewd and suggestive comments), the manager also accuses the CFO of filing false expense reports. As if that isn’t enough, the manager also alleges that in-house counsel, the CFO and one board member instructed...


Why Resumes Need to Retire



I spoke at a conference five years ago in which I declared, “resumes suck.”  The context was about over-inflated resumes filled with key words, and on the other side, employers who dismiss great talent based on a piece (or ten) of paper. In short, resumes needed to be retired and replaced with a more dynamic way of matching talent with needs.

Yet in 2018, we will still ask for traditional resumes and expect internal and external recruiters to work magic when it comes to attracting high-demand talent and needed skill sets.  WHY?!?

Let’s go...


Reshaping the Future of Work in 2018



Today’s we are facing significant new technology and cultural forces, from artificial intelligence, workforce fluidity, and hyperpersonalization, to the demand for equity and inclusion. These phenomena are reshaping the future of work, resulting in three megatrends for HR to prepare for in 2018: people-first AI, highly individualized leadership, and achieving breakthrough diversity and inclusion.

Of these three megatrends, cloud-based AI and related technologies such as machine learning, natural language processing, image recognition, and virtual reality, will likely have the biggest impact on HR in 2018, changing the dynamic among people,...