The Definition of HR

I saw a tweet from a #sxswi attendee. @garyvee HR used to be at the bottom. Now it’s at the top. #SXSW @garyvee — Fatima Lora (@FatimaDLora) March 14, 2015 If you can’t read the tweet, I will paraphrase it. Gary Vaynerchuk is quoted as saying that HR used to be at the bottom, and…

Polite HR #politeHR

I don’t land HR consulting gigs. The gigs land on me. Lately, I’ve been asked to help “polite HR departments” think about how to operate more effectively. What’s a polite HR organization? First of all, I lump it into one word: PoliteHR. Sometimes I call it #politeHR. PoliteHR it’s a departmental archetype of sorts, but…

Who’s POV Matters in HR?

Years ago, I worked for a Worldwide VP of Human Resources who made the fatal mistake of standing before a group of HR women and misidentifying one of the eligibility rules for a program called FMLA. “Who doesn’t know basic HR stuff like that?” “With a big title like that, you’d think he’d know FMLA.”…

Practicing Gratitude

A couple of months ago, a local friend was on a rant. “You know what you can’t find down here?” she asked. “Good bread.” I’ve been down this road with my local friends and neighbors, which is why I almost lost it on the spot. First of all, Durham is sick with delicious bakeries. Cary has…

Slip and Fall

Years ago, I sat on a safety committee at work. I didn’t work with any factory employees, and I thought it was a dumb and boring assignment until a consultant came to a meeting and told us about all the ways people die on the job. I don’t remember the statistics, but I do remember…