“I Hate People”

People suck. I hate people. People ruin everything. My job would be great if it weren’t for the people. This place would be awesome if it weren’t for all the people.   I have said all of those things in my life. Sometimes I mean it. Sometimes I don’t. But the outpouring of love and support after…

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Feedback is Not Always a Gift

A few years ago, I retired my blog because I wanted to write under my name. More importantly, I wanted to see if I could branch out beyond human resources and write about something fresh. In January, a friend of mine reached out and said that he “ceased reading my work” because it lacked passion…

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Takers and Makers: Your Benefits Package

One of my cat blogging acquaintances strongly believes that total rewards plans—which include health insurance, retirement, paid time off, life insurance and other benefits—are written for people with kids. And she thinks it is criminal. My friend wants a different approach: you should get a flexible mix of cash and other benefits that are more…

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What is the SHRM-SCP?

What Is the SHRM-SCP? HR professionals are not required to have formal certifications the same way that doctors, lawyers, accountants or teachers are. However, many employers do prefer to hire certified human resource officers. In the past, that just meant earning your PHR or SPHR, but that’s no longer the case. Those certifications, offered by…

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This is Why People Hate HR

I live in a world where aggressive, arrogant men swoop down from big consulting firms and hate the women who work in human resources. It’s creepy. They are “here to help us” while simultaneously undermining us. And some of those arrogant, aggressive men are women. (Et tu, Betty?) I spend an inordinate amount of time…

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Marathon Monday: House of Cards

Delighted to announce that my Sunday morning runs with my husband are back. When I say run, I mean run-walk. And when I say back, I mean that we’ve done them about a dozen times in our lifetime. We always say, “Yeah, man. That was fabulous. We should do it again next Sunday.” Our track…

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Mister Scrubby

There is no easy way to write this. We euthanized Scrubby on Monday evening. There is no good time to intervene and say goodbye, but the actual euthanasia was peaceful. I held him in my arms. My husband rubbed his ears. Once he was gone, we cried and spent some time with his body. It…

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Depeche Mode & Mammograms

I kissed a boy so hard it melted my face off on April 30th, 1990. We were in the front seat of his parked in his car at a grocery store in Palatine, IL. It was a warm, muggy afternoon. The new Depeche Mode album was playing in the background. We kissed so hard and…

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