Who’s POV Matters in HR?

Years ago, I worked for a Worldwide VP of Human Resources who made the fatal mistake of standing before a group of HR women and misidentifying one of the eligibility rules for a program called FMLA. “Who doesn’t know basic HR stuff like that?” “With a big title like that, you’d think he’d know FMLA.”…

Marathon Monday: Don’t Hit Me

I run through the UNC campus on Saturday mornings. There are two benefits. 1. Empty streets. 2. Whenever someone is out, you are guaranteed good people-watching opportunities! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve assumed that the campus was empty, run across the street, and nearly been knocked over by someone who is turning…

Practicing Gratitude

A couple of months ago, a local friend was on a rant. “You know what you can’t find down here?” she asked. “Good bread.” I’ve been down this road with my local friends and neighbors, which is why I almost lost it on the spot. First of all, Durham is sick with delicious bakeries. Cary has…

Slip and Fall

Years ago, I sat on a safety committee at work. I didn’t work with any factory employees, and I thought it was a dumb and boring assignment until a consultant came to a meeting and told us about all the ways people die on the job. I don’t remember the statistics, but I do remember…

You Are Not a Comedian

I would like to apologize for live-tweeting major award ceremonies like the Oscars and the Grammys. (What a waste of time. I’m sorry.) I would like to apologize for commenting on what people are wearing while wearing yoga pants and my retainers. (I’m an ass.) I would like to apologize for contributing to a social…