Safe HR Topics for Troubled Times

Laurie Ruettimann Change, Communication, Culture, Good HR, Influence, Laurie Ruettimann, wellness

Unless you’re living in a cave, you are up-to-speed on all the latest problems in the world. From the bombings in Baghdad to gun violence in America, there doesn’t seem to be much good news to celebrate. What’s happening on TV or the internet is largely depressing. When we’re not being sold a product, we’re being sold an ideology. Or …

Laurie Ruettimann talks Career Coaching

Laurie Ruettimann Laurie Ruettimann, Worldwide FOT

When someone is depressed and asks me for career coaching, I send ’em to colleagues who are patient and know how to give guidance with the right touch. That’s not me. Here are the attributes of impressive career advisors in my network: 1. They are certified. Anybody can be a career coach. Some of the most unpleasant people I’ve met …

Develop Your HR Philosophy

Laurie Ruettimann Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, FOT Reads, Good HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Laurie Ruettimann

I’m a natural cynic, which means that I don’t buy the hype around anything from pony rides to human resources conferences. If people are having fun, I’m skeptical. There’s a term for how I view the world. I’m a defensive pessimist. I try to figure out what can go wrong so I can prevent sorrow and chaos. Believe it or …

Laurie Ruettimann says HR Should Deliver Value and Build Trust

Laurie Ruettimann Worldwide FOT

Lots of HR professionals want to know how to deliver value and build trust in organizations. (Like there’s a ten-step plan for being a better human being, too. Whatever.) People are always looking to experts when the answers reside within themselves. Drives me crazy. In as much as a blog post or a conference can inspire you to live better, …

Have You Heard of Unit Testing in HR?

Laurie Ruettimann Driving Productivity, Good HR, HR, HR Tech, HR Technology, Innovation, Laurie Ruettimann

I have a friend named Shane Gray. He’s awesome. I’m not a technical person, but he introduced me to the concept of unit testing. Do you know anything about it? Building software is like cooking a beef stew. Let’s take Instagram, for example. It looks like a simple app, but it has subtle and not-so-subtle ingredients from other pantries called …

Laurie Ruettimann talks Sales and HR

Laurie Ruettimann Laurie Ruettimann, Worldwide FOT

Do you guys know the Gaping Void cartoon? It’s sort of like The Oatmeal and Savage Chickens except that it was early to the internet. The humor is reminiscent of Catbert and xkcd. Basically, Gaping Void is royalty. And because the Obama economy is great, the founder started a consulting firm. I know, right? America is awesome. So I was totally …

Good Design in HR Tech

Laurie Ruettimann HR Tech, Laurie Ruettimann, Uncategorized

HR technologists have recently jumped on the bandwagon of good design, which is awesome. It’s about time. What is good design? Dieter Rams offered ten principles for good design, and it applies to almost everything in life. Simply speaking, good design is something that works, is useful, and makes your experience as effortless as possible. If you are physically impaired, …