It’s not often our parents suggest we are anything less than authentic but from time to time back in my teenage years, my mom would tell me, “Heather, you may be the devil’s spawn but for God’s sake, quit acting like it!” She was, of course, suggesting that I present a kinder, more gentler me. Perhaps…

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….

Seven or so years ago, I was asked to teach a course for a client regarding discrimination and harassment prevention. They had offices outside of  Alaska so I researched EEO issues in those states in order to update my workbook materials. My research quickly revealed an addition to my list of protected classes: Political Ideology When I saw…

Being in business keeps getting more and more challenging every year. It seems to me that it is getting to the point when some exceptionally bright, forward thinking entrepreneur has an idea to build a better mouse trap they are going to research what a business model might look like, and it just scares the…

“It is not unsafe work conditions that we should worry about, it is unsafe behavior.” Safety It is often the red-headed stepchild of Human Resource programs, and for those organizations who aren’t knee deep in OSHA, CFRs and Safety Manuals, safety is typically something to be whispered about, like cancer or adultery. (Be honest, you just…

Recently my wife had surgery.  This gave me occasion to hang around a hospital for days at a time. While my intent was to be there to attend to any of my wife’s needs. I could not help but be an ardent observer of all of what I saw going on there. I was intrigued…

I wonder at times if companies understand or care about the risk employee issues pose to the organization. I have worked in organizations where nothing got settled at the company level and they were happy to pay people off. I have also worked for organizations that had a heart attack when the most benign concerns…

Over the past year, year and a half, data breaches have surged substantially. Target, Michael’s, and Neiman Marcus have all been impacted by customer data breaches, and now Home Depot customers are experiencing the same thing. The funny thing I have witnessed as these events continue to occur is our level of acceptance has increased….

This month at PICHR we have been focusing on the compliance aspect of Human Resources. To be more specific, I understand this to mean GOVERNMENT compliance. In many organizations the job of ensuring that the organization does not run afoul of ANY body of law, regulation or governing agency, is handed off to HR. This…