bobblehead body language

Watch Your Body Language in an Interview & Save the Head Bobbing for Bonnaroo.

Dawn Burke Communication, Dawn Burke, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing 0 Comments

I’ve noticed a recent, frightening phenomenon. And I think I may be a perpetrator (heaven help me). In an attempt to stage a preemptive intervention, I thought there could be no better time than the present to address this odd and interesting tick–one that HR professionals, interviewers, and interviewees abuse unabashedly. The head nod. Or as some others call it, …

To Support Mental Health, Let Employees Walk out the Door.

Dawn Burke Culture, Dawn Burke, HR, Managing People, Mental Health, wellness, Work Life Balance 1 Comment

Do you know what really makes my heart hurt?  The fact so many employees are still miserable at work. It’s not the fault of any one “thing,” but rather a systemic issue. In the US, both depression and loneliness epidemics are in full swing, which is exacerbated by many working environments. Somewhere in the intersection of technology, the demanding speed …

A Smart Start to Your New Work Year? Determining What To End.

Dawn Burke Books, Business Development, Career Advice, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Dawn Burke, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Good HR, Uncategorized

Does this sound familiar? It’s the first month of the work year. You’re a little happy to be back (you love your kids but…). Although your inbox is overwhelming, you’re ready to start fresh in the new year. You’re working on your yearly kickoff meeting, excited about your new strategy, and have resolved to manage your time better. You’re starting to feel, dare …

Instill “Best-Practices” – You’ll Go Nowhere Fast

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR

I heard a great quote from Chuck Harris, long-time CEO of the South Hampton YMCA.  He’s been in the game a long time, about to retire actually.  Here is what he said: “Best practices is the new box of mediocrity.”  Oh I really love this. See there really aren’t best practices anymore.  Or if you do get to a point where you …

5 Signs It’s Time For Your HR Vacation

Dawn Burke Benefits, Career Advice, Communication, Culture, Dawn Burke, Driving Productivity, Email, Good HR, HR, Vacation

OK gang—you have just a handful of days left to take off for your “holiday” vacation. If I know you, the overachiever you are, I bet you didn’t take enough vacation time throughout 2018 and you are now faced with “use-or-lose” time. To make sure you actually take time off in 2019, here are some telltale signs it is time …

3 Ways to Ensure Your Work Communications Show Kindness

Dawn Burke Change, Communication, Culture, Dawn Burke, Email, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications

Work communications are always a barrel of laughs. Usually, when I have gotten in trouble either at work or with a pal, it involved me snapping off in an email. I don’t do it often, but when I do, I spend the next days downing an entire, full-fat version of humble pie, second-guessing my instincts, and generally feeling pretty s**ty. …

changing mind

The Unbelievable Freedom In Changing Your Mind

Dawn Burke Business Development, Dawn Burke, Employee Development, HR, Leadership, Onboarding

“I traded fame for love without a second thought It all became a silly a game some things cannot be bought; I got exactly what I asked for, wanted it so badly Running, rushing back for more, I suffered fools so gladly; And now I find … I’ve changed my mind” -Madonna   I was watching a video that shared a top-10-type …

Boys Behaving Badly, Girls Gone Wild? How To Let Go of Toxic People at Work.

Dawn Burke Bad HR, Career Advice, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, Dawn Burke, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Leadership, Managing People, wellness, Women, Women in the Workplace

What a week.Kavanaugh. Facebook rants from friends. Republicans. Democrats. Men. Women. It’s all been holistically pretty toxic. I’ve felt the need to shower about 14 times.   I think it is safe to say the nation (world?) witnessed an incredible live, on-air, case study of what real life, toxic behaviors “look” like. Also, I believe we witnessed toxic behaviors demonstrated …