The pay equity debate has been on everyone’s mind recently. As women, we want to know that we are being paid the same as the man doing the same job at the next desk over. There are reports that say it is not an issue and reports that say it is an issue. The bottom line is . . . it’s complicated. There are multiple factors to consider, so it is not cut and dry. Choices. A lot of the pay equity debate is being attributed to choices. I agree that choices do have an impact. Let’s dig in on that. High percentages of women
When was the last time you took a look in the mirror and really saw who you were? Not the little wrinkles or the crooked smile, but who you are inside. Who is the woman in the mirror? What makes you, you? How are you different from everyone else? How are you the same? One of the most important tools for being a better human is self-awareness. A lot of people lack this tool and suffer because of it. Knowing how you are being perceived by others can help you win (or lose), both deals and your employees. Today self-awareness is even
Too much of anything is bad, right? I believe this to be true in most circumstances. Too much food, you get sick. Too much exercise, sore muscles and possible injuries. Too much booze, well…. that can lead to too much of other things! But what about feedback? Is there a circumstance where too much feedback is just, well, too much? Or the other extreme, when you are not getting any at all. That’s not great either, right? Or what if you don’t know how to give feedback? I was working for a large company a few years back and it
Imposter Syndrome It is that voice in the back of my head. At any moment I will get the call. My teacher, a boss, or even a family member is going to call me and tell me that I am a fraud. That I am not good enough for where I am in life. That I don’t deserve this level of happiness or success. One of my team members was on maternity leave a few months back. I asked her to come in for a quick check-in meeting before she came back, and so I could meet her beautiful baby girl.
I still consider myself fairly new to this blogging thingamajig. I have joined a pretty cool fraternity of writers who want to make companies and people better. I hope to live up to the standards they set. These HR experts are who you should follow if you want to get better at HR, by getting better at business. I believe this is key for any HR practitioner to succeed. Do you want to be better at Human Resources? Do as I do and learn from the HR Experts. #1- Robin Schooling (@robinschooling): Full transparency, Robin is my HR spiritual gangster/guide aka blogging mentor. She uses humor
I was at a social occasion last weekend and the question of, “What do you do for a living?” came up. I let my new friend know that I work in Human Resources and mostly function as an HR Business Partner. They then asked, “Well what does that actually mean? What does HR do?” Wow- great questions. I sit around eating bon-bons . . . just kidding. Oh, some days, I wish this were true. But unfortunately, they make me work for my paycheck. Sons of guns! So, what does an HR Business Partner do? I play chess. I sit down with leaders and think
A couple weekends ago, I was able to attend the Connex Group‘s HR and Employee Benefits Sector Meeting. A trip to New Orleans for a conference? Sure, you bet! And just for good measure- a stop at Cafe Du Monde? Of course! I enjoyed the format of this conference. They interviewed each of the attendees beforehand to determine which sessions made the most sense. It was also in the format of think tanks for most of the sessions. This helped to have a more intimate discussion with other HR execs, which was amazing. Instead of sharing an overview of each session, here are a few
. . . Thank you Aretha Franklin, for calling out the most important guideline of HR- Respect! Early in my career, I was working at a high school in Arizona. I had the role of administrative assistant to one of the Vice Principals. I loved my job! I learned so much while I was in this role. I was only 19 years old so I was barely older than some of the seniors. This made for some interesting interactions and a lot of lessons learned. One was during the aftermath of a fight involving a few kids. I overheard a conversation that has stuck with
Restoring Hope in HR Last week I had the opportunity to speak at the Talent Management Alliance (@TheTMAlliance) HRBP University Conference. I spoke at the end of day 1, right before happy hour, which was a bit tough. Don’t ever keep HR folks from their cocktails! I was in front of ~150 HR practitioners who were awesome. They gave me their undivided attention. They wanted to learn and it definitely felt like they were engaged in what I was saying. I spoke about culture and change. I shared information about merging cultures during acquisitions and when bringing in new executives. The entire conference, the speakers were amazing.
It’s my favorite time of year… Summer! Pool Time! Yeah, those are cool. But why do I love this time of year the most? Talent Reviews (TR). That special time of year when managers come together and calibrate their teams. Managers take time to think about where they would place their employees on the 9-box, relative to others at the same level and role. They then defend those placements to their peers. It’s magic. During annual performance reviews the managers focus on filling out forms (or many forms depending on the team size). It becomes a chore and they are sometimes working on getting