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Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Benefits, Change, Change Management, Compensation/Cash Money, Corporate America, Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Onboarding, Performance 0 Comments

If you’ve been in the workforce for 20+ years, you probably grew up thinking working longer hours meant you were more productive, or helped you advance your career. I spent many years arriving at and leaving an office in darkness. Microsoft has put a bit of data behind the fact longer hours do not equate to higher productivity (or happiness). …

Confessions of a Class Migrant

Guest: Katie Augsburger Audacious Ideas, Change, Coaching, Diversity, You Want Me To Pay For What!? 1 Comment

Learning How To Navigate White-Collar Workplaces, When You Suddenly Can Afford A Compass Reading the Harvard Business Review’s article on Why Companies Should Add Class To Their Diversity Discussion gave me new words to something I have been feeling for years. Classism is the elephant in the room that we refuse to address when we talk about equity and inclusion. The …

Has Title VII Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Outlived Its Usefulness? Really?

William Wiggins Diversity, EEO, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Law, Engagement and Satisfaction 6 Comments

I was delivering EEOC training when the next slide was Protected Classes. I noticed some quizzical looks and furrowed brows in the audience so I gave a broad definition of Protected Class, and went on to define Title VII of the Civil Rights Act; only the most important federal statute banning discrimination in the workplace.  I went on to explain that …

Transgenderism In The Workplace: The New Not-So-New Normal

William Wiggins Change Management, Culture, Diversity, employee experience, Employee Relations, Uncategorized 0 Comments

Many years ago I met a co-worker, Terry. Terry was quiet, but friendly enough, a bit of a loner, but social enough. Terry was introverted, but just outgoing enough to be someone to look forward to chatting with. We crossed paths frequently in the kitchen, the men’s room, the elevator, Starbucks, etc. We would chat about everything from food, life, …

Artifacts of Culture or “What’s in the BOX!”

Paul Hebert Culture, Diversity, employee experience, Employment Branding and Culture, Uncategorized 1 Comment

Company culture.   The go-to excuse or ultimate reason for everything good or bad that happens at a company. It’s never the people – it’s the culture.   It enables idiots and sinners.  It encourages geniuses and visionaries.   It is what makes each company different and unique. It’s also what everyone shares, making us the same.   It is the ultimate paradox. It is both good and bad. It is common while still being individual. It allows you to mold it while …

Have You Retired From Trying to be Young?

Tim Sackett Career Advice, Career Paths, Change, Culture, Diversity, Employment Law, Uncategorized 1 Comment

I clearly remember a time in my career when I tried to act like I had way more experience than I really had. “Oh yeah, I’ve been doing HR for ten years!” Assuming you count four years of experience I had working part-time service jobs in college as “HR” experience. Then one day you wake up and someone is reading …

Have You Engaged Your Millennials Today?

William Wiggins Communication, Diversity, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, Uncategorized

I encountered an employee of the Millennial persuasion in the copy room in a state of panic. He was working feverishly to reduce and scan a near mural-size floor plan that had been requested by an executive who sat two floors above ASAP.  He was having trouble figuring out how to reduce and email the document expeditiously. With each passing …

Diversity of Thought, Not Look

Ed Baldwin Audacious Ideas, Change Management, Diversity, Driving Productivity, Ed Baldwin, Good HR, HR

Let me start by saying that I’m a big advocate for diversity.  And this post isn’t suggesting otherwise. In fact, quite the opposite. I’ve seen the power of diversity first-hand many times – assembling a diverse group of folks attacking a problem or issue from every possible angle and dimension, one goal in mind, collectively architecting a solution that broaches …

Let’s Be Honest; Most HR “Diversity Programs” Are for White People

Guest: Katie Augsburger Business Development, Career Paths, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Diversity, Employee Development, HR, Learning and Development, Women, Women in the Workplace

I can’t be the only person that has sat in a “diversity meeting” and thought to myself, “who is this for?” As a woman of color, I rarely, if ever felt like the content was for me. But I often felt like the content was about me, namely, how to deal with me. The focus of many diversity presentations that …

Get Ready for Gen Z – the Next Wave of Talent

Guest: Rachel Bitte Candidate Pool, Compensation/Cash Money, Digital Interviewing, Diversity, Generations, HR & Marketing, Recruitment Marketing, Social Recruiting, Talent Strategy, War for Talent, Workplace Flexibilty

Move over, millennials. There’s a new kid in town. Heralded as the most diverse, best-educated generation yet — it’s clear that the Generation Z population (those born after the mid-90s) is much more than simply the “little brother” as they start trickling into the workplace. By next year, Gen Z-ers are expected to make up one-fifth of the workforce. So, …