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…

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…

According to a 2016 CareerBuilder Candidate Behavior Study, 76% of full-time, employed workers are either actively seeking a new job or they are open to new opportunities. Conversely, 48% of employers report that they cannot seem to find the workers they need to fill their job vacancies. Clearly, there is still a disconnect between intention…

There are a few different profiles when it comes to organizational risk as it pertains to Employee Relations. You have the organizations that slap-happy risky. These are the companies that do whatever they want without regard for consequences. They expect employee claims and suits to come against them, but that doesn’t move them much. Often…

It’s the presidential political season here in the U.S. This is the time where politicians on both sides of the aisle start talking about how they can reform various aspects of government. True reform on any political issue is rarely the result, but sometimes we take a few small steps in the right direction. This…

Over three years ago, I was asked to join Performance I Create. It was both an honor and something that scared the mess out of me, because I was joining the ranks of some of the best and brightest in HR. If I had let my very unreasonable fear of being great stop me from…

I am still reeling from the amazing experience that was TED at IBM. For those of you unfamiliar, it is a co-branded and promoted event by TED and IBM designed to showcase some of the brightest minds in the world. One of the speakers that resonated with me was Nir Eyal. His talk was about…

For the most part, people will agree they do their jobs and sail into performance review time with no worries. They go through the performance process and everything they are hearing aligns with their efforts and accomplishments for the year. Great! However, what happens when you receive a review that you aren’t totally in agreement…

Excuse me for my title. I’m sure it will offend at least one person, but I am not concerned because those of us who have worked in unionized environments know the deal. There is an aura, a way and even a stench that permeates from union environments. Although collective bargaining agreements vary from union to…

  There is this sentiment in the world of business and HR that people who are intrinsically-driven and high-performing are the only people we need to power our companies. In fact, I have observed on several occasions the disdain of a hiring manager and business partner who were less than enthused to consider an internal…

If someone had told me when I graduated that I would own my own business in 10 years, have a successful blog (they didn’t even exist then), become a professional speaker and be a sought-after authority on all things having to do with the world of work – I would have probably smiled and thought…

How often do you see TGIF pictures or updates posted on your social media accounts by friends and colleagues? Before a new week can get off to a great start, people are already wishing away the remaining four days of the work week in anticipation of the weekend. I know because I used to be…

Between employees who cannot cite any value in the performance evaluation process to practitioners who treat it as one more administrative task; performance management has taken a beating over the years. I always say the employee-employer dynamic is very much like a relationship- you should never go to bed mad and communication is key. In…

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…

For those of you that follow me, you know that this year and quite possibly most of last year I have been pushing myself into new terrains. In doing so, it has occurred to me that most people resist the urge of pushing themselves to try new things because it is down-right uncomfortable. I spent…