I came to an HR career after about 12 years in Engineering and Operations. I had been on the periphery, trying to learn how to make operations better through better people-related decisions. As anyone who has spent a significant time in HR will tell you, there comes a time where nothing about people will surprise…

I used to “journal.” Doesn’t that sound distinguished and all grown up? Just writing it should make me feel a bit better about my maturity and intelligence but alas, there is that darned “used to” in front of it. It was past tense, way back when. Obviously, I don’t do it anymore, but maybe I should. This morning, I…

Chris Fields As a kid growing up Southern Baptist, all I knew about St. Patrick’s Day is that you wore green or you got pinched and you drew a lot of 4 leaf-clovers, oh and people got drunk. But just like most holiday’s St. Patty’s Day has  history and culture. It wasn’t until I attended St. Ambrose University…

When I was asked to consider influential women in my career and/or life, I sat down and wrote a long list. Reflecting upon my list and what I gained from these fine women was a fun exercise and I am so very glad I did it. It was hard, however, to choose just one to write about…

“Quit singing and get back to work!” “Settle down! Don’t you have work to do?” “This work is serious so take it seriously!”  “I don’t appreciate that you and your team are always laughing and carrying on with everyone else.” Four statements.   Four assumptions.    Four reasons to make my blood boil. The first statement was…

The older I get the more liberal my thinking seems to become. At this juncture in my life there are some things that I can see more clearly. These days I am very clearly seeing the shift to more liberal (employee benefits) on two levels. Those benefits that employers choose to offer because they feel…

How many of us wish there were more hours in a day? Maybe just an extra hour for completion of a non-work project? Or, maybe you would go to the gym if only you had one extra hour? It’s important to make wise choices on how we choose to spend our time – regardless of your profession…HR or other. I encourage you to take a look within and evaluate how you spend your time.

PICHR, The One Thing We Often Forget

Culture. What is culture…really? Does your place of employment have a company culture? (Yes, it does..whether it is recognized or not.) Culture is, in my opinion and based upon my own understanding, is a set of norms defined by a group. It creates boundaries, standards, and expectations for individuals who participate within. But, there is one thing we often forget.

A Self Doubt Reality Check

How often do you think about self-doubt? Daily? Weekly? Monthly? NEVER? (If never, perhaps, kudos to you!) Self-doubt is a powerful thing. It affects everything from our personal relationships to our work performance. It makes us believe that we are not good enough as Person X, Y, or Z. It imposes mental blocks that often go unnoticed. Maybe it’s time to overcome our own self-doubt!

We’ve had Facebook in our lives for over 10 years now. Remember Friendster or MySpace? I’m dating myself. Social media held a promise of connecting across time zones and continents – on which it has delivered.  Over the years we’ve learned that social media keeps us informed and connected but it is also a great way to…

Last week PIC hosted a great Point of View (POV) about Work-Life issues. Our writers Chris Fields, Janine Truitt and Lexie Foxman-Ortiz discussed the recent phenomena of wealthy women weighing in on work and family. In particular they discussed Randi Zuckeberg’s (Mark’s sister) appearance on the Today Show where she discussed her decision to quit…