Art is Currency

Years ago, I dated a boy whose mom had a part-time job working for an artist. She didn’t earn money. She received art. When I challenged this boy on his family’s wealth, he tried to tell me that his family wasn’t affluent. I rolled my eyes. When you earn art for a paycheck, you don’t…

Work-Life Balance Advice

I’ve spent the month of July curating posts at The Hiring Site about work-life balance. I’m proud of the team’s work over there. There are excellent pieces on unlimited PTO, giving up technology for a weekend, and paternity leave. You should go check it out. But reading about work-life balance never saved anybody’s sanity. The…

Fuck Salad

I’m a vegetarian and people always offer me a salad. You know what? Fuck salad. Lettuce is barely a green. Why don’t you offer me a saggy strip of wallpaper from your guest bathroom? That would be more delicious. Also, do you know the markup on lettuce? It’s picked and packaged by undocumented and underpaid…

HR Expert

I’ve been doing more media, lately, and I just thought it would be amusing to share some of those links. The Office Pet Is a Pig. No, Really – WSJ How to get that promotion you’ve been waiting for – Mashable How to Determine Your PTO Policy – Entrepreneur  11 Habits of Expert Salary Negotiators –…

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3 Rules of Reference Checks

I get calls on a regular basis to provide formal and informal references on people in my industry. First things first: reference checks are not background checks. Reference checks are subjective. Reference checks are unreliable and invalid ways of measuring someone’s knowledge, skills and abilities. Reference checks are what you do when you want to…

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Have Fun at #SHRM15

I let my SHRM membership lapse in 2015 because my employer will no longer pay for it. My employer is me, and honestly, she wants me to spend $190 on spa treatments in Turks & Caicos because she believes in employee engagement. So I won’t be going to the 2015 SHRM Conference & Exhibition in…

Safety First on Vacation

You guys know that I’m just back from a trip to Spain. I had so much fun. (Side note: I am horrible with directions, and I burned a chunk of data using my iPhone to navigate the streets of Barcelona. Apple Maps should be free on all carriers/all countries, and subsidized by the legacy of…