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, …

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. …

Laurie Ruettimann talks Girl Develop It

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Earlier this year, a friend of mine told me that he teaches a Girl Develop It class in Cincinnati. What’s Girl Develop It? Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization that exists to provide affordable and judgment-free opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development. Through in-person classes and community support, Girl Develop It helps women of diverse …

Laurie Ruettimann explains Compassion Fatigue in HR

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I have friends who work deep in the trenches of animal rescue groups. They rescue pit bulls from fighting rings. They rehome unwanted cats and move them to barns in the countryside. They save bunnies and chinchillas from the most disgusting and repugnant breeding facilities. Several of them suffer from compassion fatigue, but many do not. What’s the secret? Well, …