I have the pleasure of owning my own business. While this comes with a heckuva lot of headaches and anxiety, it does come with some inherent bonuses: I own what I do! I am committed! I am all in! I gave a presentation a few weeks ago in which I talked about my belief that employees need…

Editorial Note: Today we have a guest contributor, Stephanie Hammerwold or the HR Hammer website. She is passionate about helping people get a 2nd chance in life. This is so important in human resources right, we need more of this.  You can read Stephanie’s bio at the end of the article. With further ado…  …

You’re in a management position because you know your stuff. You’re good, profitable, efficient, respected. But are you benefiting from having employees that are self-driven or can you actually take a little of the credit for their success? Do you have their trust? Would they run through a brick wall for you…or would they just…

I have a 10 year old son, and this affords me the opportunity to practice my leadership skills. A recent situation with my little guy served as an excellent example of managing what I like to call the “Three Buts of Performance Problems.” I have a rule in my house that clean clothes are to be…

  I was inspired by a TLNT wrap-up written by John Hollon discussing the demographics of people participating in flex work and questioning why there is a lack of women teleworking. For more on what he said- read here. As someone who considers herself fortunate to work flexibly, I can tell you that merely referring to the…

Hatefulness Unprofessionalism Those are hardly inspirational words, but they inspired this post. Recently, I concluded a workplace investigation that despite all the discriminatory allegations, counter claims, and retaliation complaints thrown around, what it boiled down to was there was a lot of hatefulness (feelings) and oodles of unprofessionalism (behavior). Hatefulness and unprofessionalism. They have no…

Tis the season for holiday parties and festivities. You and your team have worked hard this year and in return you think a party with you and their peers will be a welcomed token of appreciation. Your enthusiasm could be misguided. SHRM surveyed HR professionals in 2015 about their intentions as it pertains to holiday…

I used to attend conferences and leave refreshed and energetic. There was fellowship, sharing of ideas and strategies, and optimism. I’d return to my workplace (and reality) with presentation slides, pamphlets and business cards ready to change the world, only to sit at my desk and think to myself, “That stuff will never work here.”…

6 Office Party Themes Whelp it’s October and that means it’s time to break out the pumpkin spice stuff, and when I say “stuff” I mean stuff, from coffee and creamer to beer and soda, donuts and cookies, to ice cream and candy. And let’s not forget the Rum…speaking of rum, October also ushers in…

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…

One of my favorite things is meeting and talking with interesting people. People who like to play with ideas far outside status-quo-industry-standard-best-practices. Those who like to create and innovate and debate how to make things better. That’s why I love attending tiny conferences. These are the conferences where the non-conformists and the people who are looking…