Posts Tagged Relationships



I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it means to be a strategic HR partner, leader and influencer. I’m a department of one, and I strongly believe that the key to success is investing in relationships. The combination of being trustworthy and invested, along with really knowing your stuff, makes you both a subject matter expert and also a partner that folks in your organization will want in their corner.

June 29, 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


It’s amazing how much can change over the course of five years. Back in 2012, I had my first taste of recruiting while working for one of the largest third-party logistics company - NFI. My first recruiting boss? Glenn Manko.

April 28, 2017


Professional development is an essential part of any successful talent management strategy—and no one understands that better than human resources professionals. While developing employees within the organization is a must to ensure a competitive edge, HR professionals must also take care to nurture their own career growth and advancement.

May 9, 2016


Having a passion for one's work is the secret ingredient to employee engagement. If you've ever worked with someone with a clear passion like that, you most likely felt envy, rooted in a desire to hold the same kind of passion for your work. Even if you enjoyed what you did, it wasn't to the same degree. Only passion can push you far enough to make a difference.

But when passion for one's work goes too far, it's not so positive. Too much engagement can lead to over-commitment.

April 12, 2016


Human resources professionals have a new role in their workplaces—they are now the social architects of their organizations. 

April 11, 2016

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

March 9, 2016

Recruiting, especially if you are growing at a fast pace, is a huge focus of your HR organization. We have the traditional tools of inbound, outbound and university recruiting, but let’s not forget about the fundamental basis of all recruiting - relationship building.

Recruiting tends to be very task-oriented- you have a job and you need to fill it with the best person you can find. But remember those people that you have met in the past, and you think, wow, that person I met last year would be perfect for this role. I wonder where they are or what they are up to?

February 25, 2016




Don’t do it!

There are 24 hours in a day. More than ten are spent sleeping, eating, and commuting. Another 10 are spent at work. That leaves less than 4 hours for the rest of our lives.

Our coworkers generally get more of our time than our families and loved ones. They tend to become our “families” and…wait for it…our ”loved ones.”

February 7, 2016


If you ever wondered about the impact of clothes, read this.

I wear hoodies (a sweatshirt with a hood) because they are comfortable, and have they a built-in hat.

I wear sweater vests, because they soften my image…I think.

January 31, 2016

By Erica Keswin. Compiled by Desda Moss. 

Here are five books that changed the way I think about working relationships:

1. Are You Fully Charged? The 3 Keys to Energizing Are You Fully Charged? by Tom Rath (Silicon Guild, 2015).

December 14, 2015

This past week I was fortunate to attend one of my favorite events – the SHRM Volunteer Leader Summit. It’s a great event for many reasons, but the main draw for me is being with other HR volunteers. We have a common bond. It doesn’t matter if you are attending for the first time or have been attending for several years. There is an instant recognition and affinity because we share some commonality in our experiences.

November 25, 2015

On November 4, @shrmnextchat chatted with Sharlyn Lauby (@Sharlyn_Lauby) and Jonathan Segal (@jonathan_hr_law) about Building Corporate Communities.

In case you missed this excellent chat with valuable information, you can read all the tweets here:


November 4, 2015

When employees are connected with each other and with the company as a cohesive unit, great things happen. Connections foster relationships, relationships create results and results culminate in increased productivity and profitability. One of the best ways to create connections is to allow them to happen naturally—to facilitate them—rather than forcing them, and company traditions create fertile ground in which the seeds of relationship can grow and develop into something productive.

November 4, 2015

There’s been a lot of buzz the past few years about the topic of corporate culture. And in the echo chamber of HR social media, you can find hundreds of blogs about how great cultures attract and retain the best talent. 

November 2, 2015


Creating a winning team spirit

A company’s traditions are an investment that pays in human dividends. Banking on people more than products or technology to ultimately make a difference in the world is something that separates the mediocre from the extraordinary. A bold statement, to be sure, but what does it REALLY mean?

September 3, 2015


We all know about Reading, Writing and Arithmetic from our childhoods – the 3 Rs.

In the HR and talent management world, there are another 3 Rs that are critical to the success of an HR organization – Recruitment, Retention and Relationships. As much focus that is placed on the first 2, it seems the relationship piece of the puzzle is often missing. And that’s a shame, because it is vital to the success of the organization, including the recruitment and retention pieces.

It's the people!

March 26, 2015


As I navigate the treacherous waters of the professional career world, I’ve collected a few nuggets of knowledge along the way.  Many of them have been from strangers I’ve met along the journey.  There have been three that I’ve always been reminded by, that influence my career and ultimately make me excited for those strangers I will meet in the future.

February 16, 2015