How HR Can Develop a New Generation of Blue-Collar Employees

How HR Can Develop a New Generation of Blue-Collar Employees By Arlene S. Hirsch, M.A., LCPC Sep 13, 2017 Introduction Addressing the Middle-Skills Gap Changing of the Generational Guard Eliminate 'Purple Squirrels' By the end of the recession, the U.S. labor market had shed 8.7 million jobs. In the nine years since, the economy has … [Read more...]

Becoming a More Engaged HR Professional

Leaders look to HR for solutions to employee engagement problems, but what happens when HR professionals are the ones who are disengaged? By Jack Groppel, Ph.D., and Arlene S. Hirsch, M.A., LCPCJul 13, 2017 Reprinted from Society for Human Resource Management, July 12, 2017 Early in her career, Jessica Jenkinson took several administrative … [Read more...]

How HR Can Help Curb Presenteeism

Hillary Clinton tried to power her way through a bout of pneumonia during her 2016 presidential campaign. It only became obvious that she was sick after she nearly collapsed while attending a Sept. 11 memorial service. Clinton's bout with illness shines a spotlight on presenteeism, a term for working while unwell. Bosses may want to commend … [Read more...]

How to ‘Soft Power’ Your Way to a Senior Leadership Role

How to 'Soft Power' Your Way to a Senior Leadership Role Shortly after Jule Kucera signed on as the director of learning and development at Equity Office Properties in Chicago, a colleague invited her to a strategy meeting led by a vice president. On her way into the meeting, the vice president stopped her at the door. "What are you doing … [Read more...]

Use Design Thinking To Better Your Career

The beauty of design thinking? You don’t have to know what you want. By Arlene S. Hirsch Mar 6, 2017 Society for Human Resource Management It took six years and four jobs for Mo Chanmugham to realize he was in the wrong career. So he quit his practice as an entertainment lawyer, took a legal recruiting job at Robert Half and volunteered as … [Read more...]

How To Manage Remote Teams Effectively

Remote work has its advantages—flexibility, low or no overhead costs, and a greater pipeline of applicants from which to hire. And it has its disadvantages—less interaction, managers worried about how to tell if their employees are staying on task and communication challenges. How can companies maximize the advantages and minimize the … [Read more...]

Cultivate a High-Energy Workforce

Cultivate a High-Energy Workforce 4 kinds of energy refuel and recharge employees for better performance By Arlene S. Hirsch, M.A., LCPC Jan 26, 2017 Society for Human Resource Management The U.S. workforce is rapidly being drained of energy. The 40-hour workweek is disappearing. Today, adults who work full time log an average of 47 hours a … [Read more...]

Where Do You Go From Here? Planning Your Career Next Steps As An HR Generalist

Love Anderson has some career advice for HR generalists: "Don't be afraid to take risks, to speak out, ask for help and even to fail." Her path to an HR leadership position has been unconventional—but it worked. Anderson is the director of human resources at the University of Chicago–Harris School of Public Policy. While positions at this level … [Read more...]

Taking A Fresh Look At EAP Counseling

Employee assistance programs can help clients through many of life’s problems—in person and virtually When Steve Albrecht was an officer with the San Diego Police Department, he frequently reached out to employee assistance program (EAP) counselors to help him cope with the stresses of his job. Speaking from both personal and professional … [Read more...]

Welcome Back to the Workforce, Mom and Dad

Returnship programs help midcareer professionals reenter the workforce after taking extended breaks Kathy Bayert is no stranger to the world of work. She has a master's degree in business from Northwestern University and experience working with PwC and IBM in Chicago as an organizational change strategy consultant. But at age 42, she faced a … [Read more...]