The Hedonic Treadmill of HR Tech and Life

A couple of years ago, I sat in a marketing meeting with a client that had just gone through a major pivot. They were moving from an established product to a fresh way of doing business. Everything was different: new logo, new message, new leadership, a new vision for the enterprise. But what was the…

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Women Manipulate Maternity Leave with HR’s Help

Did you read the reporting that the US Supreme Court Nominee, Neil Gorsuch, allegedly said that women manipulate companies to extract maternity benefits? Yeah, those sneaky broads start an interview with the intention of pulling a fast one on business owners by having kids! He also allegedly believes it’s okay for employers to ask women…

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Rituals

Every Friday night is the same around here: I’m hungry, the internet has me down, and I demand an early dinner. For years, the husband and I earmarked Friday as date night. We grabbed a geriatric meal at the local Mexican place before seeing a movie. And, because my life unfolds online, I would bring…

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Feedback at Work

As a rookie HR girl, I thought it was my responsibility to change the world and make everybody feel good about work. No tragedy was too big and no task was too troublesome to save me from my passion for getting involved in other people’s lives. Unfortunately, other people’s lives are messy. While working at…

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Good With God, Work, and Yourself

Every weekend, millions of people around wake up early, dress their kids in cute clothes, and drive to a local house of worship to get good with God. Then they get to work on Monday and act like assholes. Churches, mosques, and synagogues are filled with loving and thoughtful people who hate their jobs. About…

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The Journey of a Blogger

My blog has been baptized by fire and water. It began with a passion for understanding myself and has since become a passion for helping people better understand themselves and the role of work in their lives. It’s a fire that often overwhelms me, but I don’t run from the flames. I sit down at…

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On Being an Adult Student

There are two types of people in this world: 1. People who like to learn new things. 2. People who don’t. I fall into the second category. It’s hard for me to learn new things. I’m not a good student, and I don’t have the attention span or the desire to sit through a lesson…

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Not Everybody Wants a Relationship

Surprise birthday was a success. #auntsofinstagram #americangirl #chicago A post shared by Laurie Ruettimann (@lruettimann) on Oct 8, 2016 at 1:27pm PDT I got a flat tire while driving my niece around, a few months ago. It was only my third flat tire in my adult life. We were on a highway. Because I lack…

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There is Good Stuff Online

I took a break from the internet, last month. I was having a love-hate relationship with my phone, which is totally offensive to the poor kids who work as slaves to make my device. Seemed like the right time to get my head out of my butt (and my eyes off my screen). The results…

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