HR Office Politics

The one area where I’ve consistently failed during my entire career is office politics. I’m so bad at it. When I first started working, I could barely navigate the landscape of my HR department. I walked into a minefield of hormones, broken promises, and horizontal envy. I thought the way to make a name for…

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Marathon Monday: No Excuses

I spent the first thirty years of my life making a lot of excuses about my job, my wellness, my mental health, and the overall state of my life. Some of those excuses were true. Many were lies I told myself. Those days aren’t entirely over. I’m full of shit and lazy on countless occasions.…

Top 5 Issues for HR in 2016

Here are my top 5 issues for HR professionals that will impact your job for the rest of 2016. The election. I’ve been telling you for years that HR sits at the intersection of work, power, politics and money. This election is an HR election. Watch accordingly. HDHPs. High-deductible health plans are all the rage.…

I’m HR Positive

There’s a movement in my industry called “HR Positive.” You guys are sharp. I don’t need to draw you a map. It’s about saying positive things about HR and being helpful instead of critical. Being positive is a good way to live your life. Why be a jerk if you don’t have to be a…

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HR is Trying to Kill Me

I’m headed off to India in less than a month for TechHR16. I’m super excited to attend. It’s wonderful to meet HR leaders and recruiters from around the world. And, based on my networking schedule alone, I will be jetlagged and hoarse when I’m done with the event. Kind of cool. Then I’m off to…

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My Social Media Diet Failed

My social media diet failed. More specifically, I failed at giving up social media and watching the news for thirty days. June was a heartbreaker of a month. Avoiding the press coverage of Orlando was tough. The Supreme Court made historic rulings that were important to me. Also, Istanbul. So much. Too much. Ugh. When it was…

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Career Coaching

When someone is depressed and asks me for career coaching, I send ’em to colleagues who are patient and know how to give guidance with the right touch. That’s not me. Here are the attributes of impressive career advisors in my network: 1. They are certified. Anybody can be a career coach. Some of the…

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Marathon Monday: You Need a Shoe Dryer

I know I’m running because I’m spending money. My newest purchase? This PEET dryer for my shoes. Oh my god, my friend Sara told me about it and she’s right: it’s a game changer. My shoes smell better and less moldy already. (Yes, moldy. It’s hot down here in the summer.) I also single-white-femaled Sara…