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Woman Descending the Staircase

My favorite painting in the entire world is Woman Descending the Staircase by Gerhard Richter. The woman in this painting DGAF about anything. Her shiny dress is like armor. Her face is a mask. She’s older, she’s ghostlike, and her posture tells you that she is absolutely confident about everything in life. I love it.…

hr heroes

There Are No HR Heroes

If there’s an overused marketing trope in my industry, it’s the notion of HR heroes. Have you noticed the campaigns and advertisements? Companies celebrate human resources professionals who swoop in and save the day when you need something at work. Here’s the thing about HR heroes: They’re not heroes. HR professionals don’t leap tall buildings…

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My Employee Smells Like Weed

I can see why people still need HR. On a regular basis, I have people writing and asking about drugs. Mostly marijuana. Questions like, “My employee smells like weed. What can I do?” Part of me sympathizes with business owners and managers. It hardly seems fair that you have to show up to work sober…

Iowa SHRM

2016 Iowa SHRM State Conference

I’m obsessed with the movie Cedar Rapids. Have you seen it? Tim Lippe has no idea what he’s in for when he’s sent to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to represent his company at an annual insurance convention, where he soon finds himself under the “guidance” of three convention veterans. This movie is an exact depiction of…

SHRM memories

SHRM Memories

I have attended SHRM’s annual conference since 2008, but I’m sitting this year out. The one thing I love about the event is that I make enduring “SHRM memories.” I thought I’d share some of them with you. Chicago 2008. I applied for a press pass and was accepted as one of the first bloggers to…

HR Magazine

I got a call from an HR technology vendor telling me that I’m in this month’s HR Magazine. Then he asked me to do a free webinar for him. Yeah, okay. I must look new. So let’s back up. What is HR Magazine? Well, it’s a monthly publication from SHRM, an HR association. And it’s terrible.…