Posts Tagged Morale



Last year I read about a super bloom in California.

This super bloom came after years of drought, and if not for the fact that this very topic came up in conversation several times in the context of work, it would have just been one of those unique stories that got buried in a year full of them.

February 14, 2018



Today's workers are disengaged. They lack motivation. They're bored. They're stressed. They're burned out.

Researchers at Gallup, Randstad and Mercer conducting survey after survey have come to these conclusions. In fact, these surveys seem to paint an increasingly bleak picture of life at work.

January 2, 2018

On November 22, @shrmnextchat chatted with special guest Diane Fennig @FansofFennig about An Attitude of Gratitude in the Workplace.

If you missed this informative chat, you can see the tweets here:


November 22, 2017


When was the last time you thanked your employees? 

If it has been a while, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to engage employees with an attitude of gratitude. 

Incorporating appreciation into an organization’s culture is probably one of the most effective ways to positively impact performance and retention. And the best part? It’s free.

November 20, 2017



I spoke at the Wisconsin SHRM conference, last week. My topic was “What Oprah Taught Me About Great HR,” and we discussed areas of trust, onboarding, and engagement. This is the second time I’ve presented this content and there still needs to me some work, but I learned some more things to improve the presentation. 

October 17, 2017


The word hacker, for most, conjures up images of a dark figure in a hoodie hunched over a keyboard. 

However, as Joe Gerstandt and Jason Lauritsen shared in their 20th Annual HR Technology & Exposition Conference session The HR Hacklab: What New HR Tech Solutions Are Needed Now?, hacking in the workplace has an entirely different meaning.

October 11, 2017
A simple word that is infinite in how it can be defined, measured and approached. There are countless articles, training courses, books and opinions on what change is/isn’t and how to approach it when it occurs. That seems ironic to me because if change is hard to define, how can a model be derived to effectively address the various components (that ultimately lead to more change.)
October 4, 2017
Have you ever had one of those days when you’re never not busy? Everyone has a need or want that must be met asap? The day is getting shorter, but your to-do list is getting longer? Ha, who am I kidding, we’re HR Pros, that’s every day.
I’ve had one of those days this entire week.
August 4, 2017


The other day, I was scrolling through Facebook, and I get a notification that my friend and college roommate tagged me.  He shares very openly some pretty major challenges in his life (depression, losing his house and belongings in a fire.  You know, THAT kind of major).  Then he says “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the following:”, listing a number of people, including me.

Two things hit me instantly:

July 19, 2017

On May 10, @shrmnextchat chatted with special guest Robin Schooling about HR, Be Human. Be Awesome.

If you missed this informative chat, you can read all the tweets here:


May 10, 2017



Does the workplace have a love/hate relationship with HR?

It’s a profession with the best intentions and the worst stereotypes. It’s often misunderstood. HR is responsible for every aspect of an organization’s most valuable asset—its workforce—and the pressure is always on. In their efforts to be credible, competent and compliant, human resource professionals can sometimes come across as being very inhuman

May 5, 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.

April 4, 2017

During my time at Ohio University, I fell hard for a new band (at the time) called U2. After I heard their music, I couldn’t get enough of them. We had two record (yes, record) stores in Athens at the time, and I made sure to make regular trips to both of them to pick up anything U2 had put out.

February 14, 2017


Stressed out at work? 

According to the SHRM Online article, Work Related Stress on Employees' Health, 40 percent of workers report their jobs as very or extremely stressful. 

January 6, 2017

On October 12, @shrmnextchat chatted with SHRM Editor Kathy Gurchiek @shrmwriter about Bad Bosses.

In case you missed this eye-opening chat you can read all the tweets here:


October 12, 2016



A bad boss can not only ruin your job experience, really bad ones can destroy trust, ruin a company’s culture and negatively affect engagement, productivity and retention.

Poor leadership is like a cancer: left unchecked, due to a lack of awareness or complacency, it will slowly destroy an organization from the inside out.

October 11, 2016


Do you get the Sunday night blues because the reality of Monday morning is approaching?

Do you find yourself pushing the snooze button a third time because you don’t want to go to work?

Do you have to fight the urge every morning to call in sick?

Are you in survival mode by 8:30am and by 5pm feel drained dry?

August 9, 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