Mastering the Art of Negative Feedback

By Arlene S. Hirsch, MA, LCPC Apr 9, 2018 As director of people operations at Gem, a Los Angeles-based blockchain technology company, Madeline Mann regularly schedules walk-and-talks along the Venice Beach boardwalk with each of the firm's 20 local employees. During these informal chats she found that employees often left company meetings … [Read more...]

How to Grow Your Career by Embracing Risk

It's time to leap into the unknown to find new challenges and fulfillment in your career. By Arlene S. Hirsch Mar 21, 2018 Originally published in HR Magazine Society for Human Resource Management Steve Cadigan wasn’t actively job-hunting when a friend convinced him to interview for an HR role with a Silicon Valley company focused on … [Read more...]

Building A Business Case For Diversity and Inclusion

Global and Cultural Effectiveness Viewpoint: Building a Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion By Rashi Dubey, Global HR Business Partner, and Arlene S. Hirsch, MA, LCPC Mar 19, 2018 LI Lesley Slaton Brown comes from a diverse family background, which not only helps her develop a deep understanding of different cultures, practices and … [Read more...]

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...]