Workplace Issues

Big Data Needn’t Be “Evil Data” in the Workplace

April 12, 2016

When I work with executives, I’m wary when they get that “gleam” in their eye when reviewing reams of data with me. If it’s nothing but, “50% margin blah blah” and “trending indicators yada yada,” warning bells go off in my head. There needs to be the counter-weight of people somewhere in that equation to inform their decision-making. Big data […]

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@Globoforce CEO on Creating a #WORKHUMAN Culture

April 11, 2016

“When most people think of the word ‘work’ they don’t tend to pair ‘human’ with it.” How sad is that? But it’s true, especially when you consider the modern office’s use of technology. Technology does everything from scheduling bathroom breaks in a call center to monitoring employee performance reviews. And when technology is used to […]

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Leaders Create Human Workplaces

March 3, 2016

I’ve worked with a lot of leaders. A few are card-carrying members of The Bad Boss Diaries  but most of them are decent people. In the workplace, I’ve found that even good people sometimes make really stupid leadership decisions. And this sucks the humanity out of the workplace. So when an ad appeared in my […]

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3 Ways for Women to Lighten Their Office Housekeeping Load at Work

February 8, 2016

I’ll never forget the first time a male colleague (a peer) asked me to pick up his stuff after a meeting. I was quick to set a boundary: “You brought this stuff into the meeting room, I’m sure you can bring it back to your office.” Needless to say, he didn’t ask twice. But not […]

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How Will the Continuing Evolution of Social Media Impact the Workplace?

December 14, 2015

I’m a sponsored blog partner with Spherion (a staffing and recruiting organization) and am participating in the release of findings from Spherion’s Emerging Workforce® Study.  All opinions are mine. Social media touches every element of the workplace. Whether it’s a customer service employee who tracks his company’s Facebook feed for disgruntled customers, or job seekers […]

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Want to Land that Job? Pay Attention to the “Big 4” of Hiring

November 30, 2015

I’m a sponsored blog partner with Spherion (a staffing and recruiting organization) and am participating in the release of findings from Spherion’s Emerging Workforce® Study (“EWS.”)  All opinions are mine. Want to find a new job? You probably figure that prospective employers place a heavy emphasis on your current job to decide if they want […]

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Social Recruiting – It’s Time to Get on Board

October 26, 2015

I’m a sponsored blog partner with Spherion (a staffing and recruiting organization) and am participating in the release of findings from Spherion’s Emerging Workforce® Study (“EWS.”)  All opinions are mine. What does the rise of social recruiting mean for the future of HR? The way that companies attract qualified job applicants continues to evolve at […]

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Tips for Small Business Owners Who Want a Positive Company Culture

October 15, 2015

Many small business owners probably think they can’t compete with big-business perks like nap rooms and fancy corporate cafeterias. Although it’s true that “Mom-and-Pop” shops can’t offer big financial benefits, they can still build a reputation for their company as a great place to work. Head on over to my latest Smartblog on Leadership post […]

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Can Companies Truly Offer the Work Flexibility that Employees Crave?

September 28, 2015

I’m a sponsored blog partner with Spherion (a staffing and recruiting organization) and am participating in the release of findings from Spherion’s Emerging Workforce® Study (EWS).  All opinions are mine. When I was a kid, the cartoon The Jetson’s featured flying cars. Decades later, we still aren’t flying around like George Jetson. All that time […]

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4 Key Skills Employees Need for the Workplace of the Future

July 27, 2015

I’m a sponsored blog partner with Spherion (a staffing and recruiting organization) and am participating in the release of findings from Spherion’s Emerging Workforce Study.  All opinions are mine. What are the top skills that the employee of the future needs? A recent study commissioned by Spherion and conducted by Harris Poll aimed to find […]

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