In a previous life, I worked in for a home care agency.  When I arrived, I was the low woman on the totem pole designated as the Personnel Coordinator/Recruiter. I remember being excited to leave the previous hellhole I was in and moving on to a much more sane environment – or so I thought….

The fact is I never thought of women’s issues in the workplace because I have never faced overt discrimination at work. No one has ever made terrible comments to me, sexually harassed me or any of the other actions you think of as discrimination. Do I know that it happens? Have I heard stories? Absolutely….

Some things just go together; Mulder & Scully, peanut butter & jelly, Hall & Oates… These mainstays seem to have always existed and we can’t imagine our lives without them. We don’t believe in that far away land from a time long ago in which Scully was a doctoral student who had no idea what an X-File was and…

Early in my career, I worked for a company that thought focus groups were the end-all-be-all of employee engagement. If we could get 8 or so of our 200 employees to dialogue and offer up their opinions for improvement, we thought we were really doing something special. What we often found was that when we took those suggestions…

How long will you ruminate about the “war for talent”? Don’t panic, I will make it all easier by being your therapist and explaining why the problem is “you”, the leader. This “war for talent” has been described as being the complete undoing of companies who don’t anticipate their workforce needs and engage with the…

Do you have employees of certain ethnicities that only seem to commune with one another at work? Maybe it’s not out of comfort, but out of necessity and fear. Ever wonder why only certain demographics don’t respond to surveys or speak up in meetings? Maybe it’s not that they have no opinions, but that they feel…

“I’m bringing you in to change things in this department.” “There are no sacred cows here. Evaluate and recommend changes to me.”   It’s a great feeling of accomplishment and optimism when you are asked  to head up a project that will positively change things for the organization or your customers. Maybe you’ve been living…

Most of us feel the need to create. We are artists. Not in the conventional sense of painting, music, theatre, writing or other traditional arts. We are artists in creating solutions to problems. We bring our workplace knowledge and experience to bear on improving situations for our businesses. Starting my career in engineering, and working…

Pictured above (L to R Lori Goldsmith, Heather Kinzie and Dave Ryan late one night at #HRFL12) We have added several new authors here at PICHR recently and we are generating some kick-ass content. We also have some great regional diversity by having contributors from New York, to Florida, to Texas, Minnesota and onto Alaska…