Meetings Can Be a Waste of Time and Money, but Skipping them Isn’t Free

When I managed a team, we had a team meeting every other week. At the beginning of the year, I booked the conference room for the entire year’s worth of meetings.  It won’t surprise you that not all of those meetings happened. What surprised me is new research out of Norway that says that 30 percent […]
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What’s Next in Human Resources Data Privacy and Compliance

Data privacy is something we pretend to worry about while discussing it on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, where we share every detail of our personal lives and take pictures of all our food. Of course, there’s a difference between the entire world knowing that you had spaghetti last night and knowing the details of your […]
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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love is in the air! So, as a reminder about proper boundaries in the world of work, here are some mushy posts. And some not so mushy posts. 10 Ways to Show Your Employees You Love Them Happy Valentine’s Day: Tales of Harassment Horror at Work Welcome to LinkedIn, the Awkward Dating Site Version Sorry, […]
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Employment-at-Will Does Not Mean What You Think It Means

“I live in an at-will state, so there’s nothing I can do, but…” I see this phrase, or one similar, all the time. But at-will doesn’t mean it’s a free-for-all when companies want to fire someone. Here’s what you need to know (as an employee or an employer).  What is at-will employment? The simple version […]
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How to Pick up Women on LinkedIn

One thing I love about being a woman on LinkedIn is the fabulous messages I get from Army Generals and entrepreneurs who find me so incredibly attractive that they have to reach out. Like this message I received today from “Greg.”  I put “Greg” in quotation marks because, while he says that’s his name, I have my […]
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When This HR Leader and His Team Got Laid Off, He Responded in a Perfect Way

Outsourcing happens. Sometimes it’s an excellent decision for the company, and sometimes it is not, but regardless when it happens people lose their jobs. That is precisely what happened to Chief Human Resources Leader and General Counsel Marc Alifanz. (Full disclosure–Marc is a friend of mine, and he taught me how to use LinkedIn more effectively.) […]
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Corporate Jargon that We Love to Hear

There are plenty of things your coworkers say that drive you up the wall. There are plenty of things that you say that drive your coworkers up the wall. But, it turns out there are some corporate phrases–jargon that people like to hear. Who knew?  I mean, we all knew we liked to say it, but we […]
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Human Resources Is Not A Customer Service Department

Everybody hates HR. Employees hate HR because they always seem to take the management side. Management hates HR because HR is always saying no, or requiring documentation, or making demands on their already busy schedule. Usually, when we understand why someone behaves the way they do, we accept their requests and their decisions more readily. And one […]
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Coronavirus May Already Be Affecting Your Business

You don’t work in China. Your customers aren’t in China. So, the Coronavirus isn’t affecting your business. Or, so we’d like to think. But, Coronavirus seems to be making everything it touches sick–including small businesses. As of this morning, Coronavirus has killed 362 people, including one in the Philippines, and sickened 17,000. It sounds terrifying, which it […]
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How Important Is Your Business Location?

Which is more important: the ideal office layout or the perfect location? Of course, you want both — but, as with so many things, relocating your small business may force you to compromise. So, how do you make sure your new business location checks all the most important boxes on your list? Here’s where to […]
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Workplace Passive-Aggressive Phrases that Everyone Should Use

If you’ve worked in an office environment, you’ve received an email in a thread that says, “per my last email.” You’ve probably written it as well. It’s a helpful phrase that says very politely, “I’ve already answered this.” But it also clearly conveys the true meaning: “Can you read the stupid emails before you ask for […]
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Revamping Your Office Emergency Management Protocol

Where is your office emergency manual? If you can’t answer that question within a few seconds, it’s not much help to you in case of an emergency. What about your office emergency management team? Do they have a plan? No one wants to encounter an emergency at work, but everyone should be prepared for emergencies. Having […]
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Chipotle Fined for More than 13,000 Alleged Labor Violations

Chipotle Restaurants in Massachusetts got struck by fines that after all the penalties are assessed are closer to $2 million than the official $1.3 million. Why? Child labor law violations. These fines are from the state, not the federal government, because each has different rules regarding minor employment. What’s perfectly legal in one state may […]
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A Reporter’s Suspension After Tweeting About Kobe Bryant’s Dismissed 2004 Rape Case, Offers a Teachable Moment in Workplace Ethics

Would you suspend an employee for a tweet? What if that tweet was about rape allegations against Kobe Bryant, who just died? What if the rest of the internet was focused on all his victories and the good he did, and your employee wanted to remind people that he wasn’t a saint? That’s what happened […]
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What Your Job Postings Need (and what they can do without)

The internet was buzzing about a job posting for a nanny/household manager/best friend last week because it was so over the top. It was also 1475 words. That’s longer than many Atlantic articles. Most of what you read online is less than 1000 words. In other words, this wasn’t a job posting; it was a fantasy […]
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It’s Perfectly Legal For Your Boss to Tell You to Drive a Nicer Car

An email telling an employee that he needs to drive a nicer car is circulating rapidly around the internet, and it’s as horrifying as you’d imagine. It’s also legal. As a general rule, unless something is specifically prohibited by law, it’s allowable. But, legal doesn’t always equal a good idea.  There are some professions where […]
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Megxit Is a Cautionary Tale for Every Family Owned Business

The Divine Right of Kings, or in the case of the United Kingdom, Queens, is the belief that God appoints the monarch and, as such, we cannot rebel against the king (or queen). As a general rule, the western world rejected this philosophy. (And the American Colonies rejected it in a big way in 1776.) […]
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Do Your Employees Trust Your Company’s Workplace Investigation Process?

Your employees are happy, right? Turnover is low. The parking lot is full by 8:30 a.m. You’ve gotten almost everyone’s RSVP for the upcoming holiday party! So, whew! A great employee experience all around. We all hope this is true, and it should be in some companies, but it’s more likely that you’re somewhere in […]
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What Is it Like to Be an HR Freelancer?

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a freelancer in HR? HR Lancers asked me to describe my experience as an independent HR pro, and I said sure! I love sharing information. So here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly about life as a freelancer in the HR sphere.  The Good Freedom, […]
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What Is Wrong in the Nightmare Nanny Craigslist Post (and How You’re Making the Same Mistakes in Your Business)

A mom in Edina, Minnesota, posted an ad on Craigslist advertising for a nanny. It’s since been taken down, and the writer has taken all her social media private after the internet went wild. Fortunately, the internet is forever, and you can read the entire job posting at Archive.today. Plenty of managers want this type of […]
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