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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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no excuses

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.…

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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.…

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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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