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 love Human Resources. I love almost everything about it. Many HR headaches are overwhelmingly difficult, but that gives me a mental high. Many HR solutions are common sense, and while they come with a fairly large eye roll, they also allow me take a mental holiday and still seem amazingly brilliant! Many HR issues are…

To be honest, I’ve been feeling a little militant these days. There’s unrest all around us. There’s hatred. There’s a blatant disregard for certain groups of people, their struggles and quite frankly their rights. It’s partially my fault though, as I watch the news before I leave for work in the morning so I drive…

Ah, fall is in the air in the Northern Hemisphere. In the U.S. that creates many opportunities (or excuses) for people to celebrate. Your favorite MLB team may have just made the playoffs (Go Tribe!), or your NFL team or college team have just started the quest for domination. Then there are the traditional fall…

My commute to work is less than three miles, and that’s the primary use for one of our vehicles. I end up at the gas station about once a month, and oil changes are almost 9 months apart. Both of these actions generally are a time for checking the status of the car’s systems beyond…

My neighbor is a busy dude. Nurse by day and DIY-er (Do it yourself) by night. And when I say DIY, I mean this dude will try to tear down and rebuild anything! Being a non-DIYer, I just listen to his stories, sometimes envious because the results sound cool, other times skeptical and thankful because…

O.P.P., how can I explain it I’ll take you frame by frame it To have you all jumpin’ shall we singin’ it O is for Other, P is for People scratch ya temple The last P…well…that’s not that simple It’s sorta like another way to call something an issue Employees come in start talking need…

My father would kill me if he knew I told you this, but he’s been battling with a couple of serious illnesses for the last two years. A few weeks ago he had a hematoma in his head, which required a little brain surgery, so for the last few weeks I’ve been back and forth on…

I don’t watch a lot of TV, but when I do, I binge watch. I admit it. I’m far too busy with life, work and family to watch things when they happen live. But oh, when I am desperate for a bit of mindless programming, entertainment and personal sanity, I make the time…and I’m talking…

After graduating college, my first real professional experience was in a nationwide retail-clothing store. Having worked there part-time during school, I was afforded the opportunity upon graduation to become a manager in the home store of our District Manager (DM). As an hourly associate I had heard the horror stories about the DM but I…

You know why parties don’t pop off at libraries? Because they don’t want them to. Libraries are the epitome of non-fun, and it’s by design. When patrons go, it’s to be productive, learn and to leave. Nothing notable happens. There is no retention strategy. There are no incentives. It is what it is and those…

Mondays can suck. After 2 days of not having to respond to emails, answer off-the-wall questions and field complaints, the last thing employees want to do on their first day back to work is listen to their fearless leader blowing smoke up their tails with rhetoric, self-fulfilling agenda items and excuses for their lack of…

Our latest episode (IV) of the PIC podcast. In this episode Sarah William and Keirsten Greggs hosts Janine Truitt, Chris Fields and PIC Creator, Chris Ponder returns for one more fantastic ride. We discussed Cursing People out at Work, President Obama’s Ban the Box initiative, and Black Friday (is it worth it from a business…