Listening for Sexual Harassment
Feb05

Listening for Sexual Harassment

“Oh my goodness! He’s so nasty, what a pervert, I was so creeped out,…” was just some of the water cooler commentary I would hear about one supervisor I worked with many years ago. I was mildly curious about what he had done or said to garner such consternation from our female employees but mostly I ignored the comments.  I thought poor soul, he had somehow made his way to the bad side of  my omnipotent, omniscient...

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Horrible vs. Extraordinary Bosses
Dec11

Horrible vs. Extraordinary Bosses

I entered my office on Friday to a box on my desk. I assumed it was some equipment from my IT team, but upon further examination I saw it was from a Prime online retailer. I opened it to find a personal gift to me from my Chief HR Officer; something not random, but useful; something that aligned with one of my hobbies. It was a great end to an exhausting week. Equally important was the thoughtfulness behind the gift. As I read the...

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Cultural Diversity: A Long-Term Investment Strategy
Sep22

Cultural Diversity: A Long-Term Investment Strategy

Mismanaging cultural diversity in the workplace causes unhealthy tensions and a loss of team productivity. Your company’s is exponentially stronger with you foster an atmosphere of acceptance. While recently reminiscing about my life with a previous employer I am reminded of a time where inside two weeks I had one employee tell another she looked like Aunt Jemima”. Another employee to engage colleagues in a debate that Black people...

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Engendering Transgenderism In The Modern Workplace
Jun07

Engendering Transgenderism In The Modern Workplace

Many years ago I worked with a guy called Terry. Terry was quiet, but friendly enough, a bit of a loner, but social enough. Terry was introverted, but just outgoing enough to be someone with whom to look forward to having a chat. We crossed paths often in the kitchen, the men’s room, the elevator, Starbucks, etc. We would chat about everything from food, life, family, and sports, to shoes. One day during a chat about our childhood I...

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Performance Management 101: How Does Your Organization Measure Up?
May22

Performance Management 101: How Does Your Organization Measure Up?

An employee’s annual salary review should not be the first time they are receiving feedback about their job performance. If an employee has been under-performing based on the expectation of the job without feedback or coaching to improve from their manager, who is ultimately responsible goals not being met? Whether or not performance is tied directly to salary increases and career advancement, employees should know how their...

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Recruiting, Compensation, Benefits, and Human Resources – A Critical Partnership
May01

Recruiting, Compensation, Benefits, and Human Resources – A Critical Partnership

HR Teams are a Critical Partnership As much as we all favor our respective Human Resource Management disciplines it’s time to give credit where credit is due. They are ALL critical to the success of an organization particularly in todays staffing environment where companies are clamoring to attract and retain the best and the brightest talent to meet their business objectives. No matter how technically efficient a company becomes...

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Diversity in the Workplace: Not Just Skin Deep
Apr21

Diversity in the Workplace: Not Just Skin Deep

Diversity in the Workplace What do a Vampire, Burlesque Performer, Professional Hugger, a Temporary Showgirl, and a Civil War Union Soldier that fights faithfully in the battle at Gettysburg every year all have in common? They could all have day jobs in your organization. The New Face of Diversity As a Benefits Manager, I have had the pleasure of working with each of these people in some capacity. Be it managing an accommodation for a...

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Homeless In The Workplace, It Happens.
Apr07

Homeless In The Workplace, It Happens.

Homeless In The Workplace, It Happens. I once worked with the poster child of an Administrative Assistant. He was always energetic, very prompt, a PowerPoint whiz and a master of streamlining processes. A college-educated young man who never seemed to have a bad day. Even though he was homeless. Several clues led to this revelation. His clothing was always a bit crumpled, but never inappropriate. His grooming was not polished but...

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