Harnessing the Potential of Workplace Friendships

Rashi Dubey has experienced the benefits of workplace friendships firsthand. As a global HR business partner at Hewlett-Packard in greater New York City, she finds that being friends with the people she works with enables her to be more effective in her role. These friendships help keep her "plugged into the grapevine" so she can find out what's … [Read more...]

Why Empathetic HR Leaders Are More Effective

Empathy is a critical HR leadership skill. It helps build and sustain positive workplace relationships, foster diversity and inclusion, encourage cooperation and collaboration, and facilitate conflict management. Steve Browne, SHRM-SCP, a member of the SHRM board of directors, discovered the power of empathy very early in his career. As a newly … [Read more...]

How To Become a More Fearless HR Leader

Step out into the unknown to find career challenge and fulfillment Steve Cadigan began his HR career as a recruiter for a small fashion startup. A transition into a generalist role with a commercial insurance company provided a larger playing field and an opportunity to excel in a corporate environment. As a destination company (where … [Read more...]

Designing and Implementing An Effective Onboarding Strategy

Onboarding is getting a much-needed makeover. Traditionally, onboarding has been treated as a single event rather than a process: New hires are passive participants in a one- or two-day orientation. They receive information about policies and procedures, sign lots of paperwork, and are perhaps given a tour. Current changes in the workplace … [Read more...]

4 Ways for HR to Overcome Aging Workforce Issues

The aging of the U.S. workforce has been called the "silver tsunami." Ten thousand Baby Boomers turn 65 every day—a trend that began in 2011 and will continue until 2030. Despite their reputation for being workaholics, their average retirement age is 61 to 65, which means that the workplace needs to prepare for a veritable tidal wave of turnover. … [Read more...]

How Women Can Master the Art of Executive Presence

Executive presence (EP) is the mysterious X-factor that often determines whether talented women rise to the top ranks of leadership. While female leaders can advance their careers by refining their EP, professional success is not always determined by who has the most prestigious title. It's determined by who can make a great first impression, … [Read more...]

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Good Onboarding

Onboarding is a prime opportunity for employers to win the hearts and minds of new employees. Don't waste it, experts say. "Onboarding is a magic moment when new employees decide to stay engaged or become disengaged," said Amy Hirsh Robinson, principal of the consulting firm The Interchange Group in Los Angeles. "It offers an imprinting window … [Read more...]

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...]