Employee relations

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As HR professionals, I know you have a passion for helping people and addressing the challenges they face. 

Your employees who are American citizens living overseas have the right to vote in U.S. elections — from anywhere in the world.

Though voting absentee from outside the U.S. has gotten easier, many voters could still use some help overcoming potential obstacles, including:

June 1, 2016

I think it’s fascinating that we have so many amazing people in our lives, and that most of them are acquaintances. There’s nothing wrong with this because people have a certain capacity on how many people they’re both willing to know deeply, or can dedicate the time to do that.

May 27, 2016

Jeff Shanley, the co-founder of a Silicon Valley startup wanted to make a career change. So when the opportunity arose to take over Valley Builders, his family’s California-based construction company, Shanley jumped at the chance. With two of the company’s biggest projects in its history looming, his challenge was to build a culture of teamwork within the firm.

May 16, 2016

Employers, it is YOUR restroom. You may have whatever you want in your own restroom, but have a reason that makes sense, and have some class about it. This is your facility. You can do with it as you please. This is true at home and at work...for the most part.

In our bathrooms at home, we have all kinds of things: Notes, signs, towels, robes, shower caps, stockings, calendars, toothpaste, wallpaper, and so on. (Yes, toothpaste!)

April 8, 2016

Transgenderism can be a difficult, sensitive subject for employers. They don’t know how to deal with it. I like to simplify things, so I boiled down how to deal with this issue in less than 300 words.

First, an interaction I once had went like this…

[Smitty] – Rue, what am I supposed to do about a person getting a ‘sex change’? Is that a boy or a girl? And do I call him her or her him?

April 7, 2016



Don’t try this at work. Please. I’m begging you.

Ah, April Fools’ Day. A day when harmless, innocent pranks actually do harm people and are far, far from innocent. But hey, we all get some good laughs out of them, right?

April 1, 2016

A round up of workplace developments and legal trends to help keep HR ahead of the curve

If you’re in HR, March is probably one of your favorite times of year. There are no messy open enrollment or year-end issues to deal with, there’s a bit of an ebb in legislative volatility and winter is poised to end, meaning transportation and attendance issues are hopefully about to clear up a bit while seasonal affective disorder is on its way out.

March 23, 2016

Q:  I was taken by surprise when one of my top performing employees –who’d been with us over two years- resigned out of nowhere.  I later learned they went to one of our competitors, which makes the loss even more regrettable.  Is there anything that I can do to prevent employees from leaving? Especially to the competition?

March 23, 2016

We hear a lot about office culture lately because of its impact on a candidate’s job selection decision as well as the employees’ decision to remain with the company. Since the culture of workplaces are made up of a hodgepodge of personalities and each one adds a unique twist to the mix, it’s this uniqueness that keeps most of us coming back to the workplaces we love.

March 17, 2016

Last week I was doing anti-harassment training in an organization, and got the question I always hate – but hear every few years, “How do we talk to an employee with a body odor problem?” While it may seem odd on the surface, it comes up in organizations more than you might think. So common, in fact, that Inc.

March 8, 2016




Employee Relations!


Back in the Nineties, I was a new HR Manager at a company where Pam was a Project Director. Joe, her employee, was a Project Manager.

They both brought a lot of experience and money into the company.

They were both very nice, smart, hardworking, and no nonsense. Perfect match? Meh.

March 7, 2016


Ambassadors are responsible for embassies. 

You’re an ambassador. Your cubicle is your embassy.

Some ambassadors are HORRIBLE. Some are good.

What does it take to be a good Ambassador? To be a good ambassador, a person needs certain skills. Things like:

March 3, 2016

Every so often I am fortunate enough to travel for HR. I’ve been an active volunteer for SHRM for over 15 years now and it’s always cool to me to get to go to a place away from home and see my peers. I never take it for granted and I’ve been able to venture out to places I may have never gone to on my own.

March 1, 2016



Social Intelligence is often evidenced by the use of good manners. Many people presume they are socially (and otherwise) intelligent, but there’s always room for improvement, right?

So I’ve compiled a few (not exhaustive by any means) tips for checking my manners and my social intellect (in no particular order).

 Just sharing:

February 27, 2016
Guidance from a Jewish guy who wears a chai.

You are a beleaguered HR professional charged with making the holidays lively without inviting lawsuits. On the day of your company’s holiday party, you walk into the lobby of your building and see the elegant Christmas pine that you helped decorate. As you behold it in its twinkling glory, a co-worker says, “That tree is inappropriate in the workplace.”

December 1, 2015

Are LinkedIn Parties Legal?

News Updates
September 9, 2015

Why Litigate When You Can Mediate?

News Updates
September 8, 2015

Avoiding a Worker May Constitute Retaliation

News Updates
September 4, 2015

Supporting Transgender Employees

News Updates
September 1, 2015