HR Seems to Operate at the Speed of Slow

Laurie Ruettimann HR, Laurie Ruettimann, Uncategorized, Workplace Flexibilty

I have several friends with gifted and talented kids who are also spaced out, distracted and slow. In some cases, there are clinical reasons why these children can’t grasp the concept of time and respond to normal social cues. In other situations, kids are just kids. (Of course, it takes ten minutes to brush your teeth. You’re eight years old, …

Daylight Saving Time and HR Drama

Laurie Ruettimann Audacious Ideas, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Laurie Ruettimann, Leadership

If you are an American, you are probably tired. Today is the first Monday of daylight saving time (DST), which allows most of our country to gain an extra hour of sunlight. Who doesn’t like sunlight? We just have to move the clock an hour forward. It’s so easy! I don’t think it’s a problem, but apparently I’m a fool. …

Improve Your HR Communication Skills

Laurie Ruettimann Communication, Employee Communications, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Laurie Ruettimann, Learning

I’m a full-time writer, and I’ve been helping HR leaders and HR technology vendors communicate more effectively for many years. It’s the favorite part of my job. I love rethinking the way we interact with one another, and I want to share my advice with you. First of all, most of us mistakenly feel we have good communication skills. If …

I’m Trying To Talk My Brother Into Working In HR

Laurie Ruettimann Candidate Pool, Good HR, HR, Laurie Ruettimann, Leadership, Recruiting, Talent Strategy

I’m trying to talk my little brother into working in HR. I know, I know. It’s a horrible idea for a million reasons. Wait, it’s not a terrible idea. He just had a baby, and HR offers good work-life balance if you do it correctly and don’t take yourself too seriously, which he doesn’t. There are other reasons why this …

Laurie Ruettimann talks Performance Review Season

Laurie Ruettimann Laurie Ruettimann, Worldwide FOT

It’s performance review season. Many of you in Corporate America are about to receive an annual overview of your behaviors and outputs. Then you’ll hear about your raise. Some of you will be happy. More than a few of you will question the subjective nature of this process and ask questions about how the rating was calculated, how it correlates …

It’s SHRM Membership Renewal Time!

Laurie Ruettimann Laurie Ruettimann, SHRM

Hey, everybody. It’s SHRM membership renewal time! I just renewed my SHRM membership solely because I like Steve Browne, a newly coronated elected board member. My membership lapsed back in 2013 because my employer, LFR LLC, doesn’t reimburse employees for dues. My CEO doesn’t feel like the membership adds a lot of value to our organization, either. But I never …