Your Data System: Make Sure Your Data Bubble Doesn’t Burst

February 2000., an online pet supplies company, made its Initial Public Offering on the US stock market. Shares began trading at $11 but reached a high of $14. were on a roll. In the New Year they won numerous advertising awards for their website, and were ranked number one by USA Today’s AD Meter for their first national commercial. Just 9 months later was liquidated with a share price of $0.19.

The story of was part of a wider period popularly termed the dot com bubble, when the phrase “get large or get lost” was a...


Does the Future of Human Resources Include Marketing?

There are some similarities between human resources and marketing. When we think about the 4 P’s of marketing – price, place, promotion, and product – it’s very aligned with the HR functions of compensation/benefits, work environment, talent development, and corporate culture.

So it’s not farfetched to consider a role where human resources and marketing are combined. In fact, I known several HR pros who have had a combination marketing/human resources role in their organization. Wondering what that might look like? One of my friends was incredibly gracious to give me a copy of...


Top 10 Social Media Mistakes Made by Supervisors

We often hear that our supervisors are our eyes and ears in helping to ensure legal compliance and minimize risk.  This is true when it comes to social media, but only if supervisors receive training on what to do and what not to do.  The do’s and don’ts of social media are not always intuitive. Here are ten of the more common mistakes that supervisors make in the absence of adequate training:

  1. Posting a job opportunity without including the appropriate EEO and/or AA tag line. A posting is an advertisement for legal purposes.
  2. Failing to retain a posting about job
  3. ...

Got an eye for “talent?” Better check that bias blind spot.

Some of the folks that I get the most resistance from when talking about bias are recruiters and hiring managers. They love to say things like “bigotry is stupid and bad business,” and “I just want to hire the best person for the job,” and “I don’t care about race.”

The word “bias,” is probably part of the problem, as it is one of those words that brings a bunch of baggage, but the truth is that we are naturally judgmental as human beings. We make assumptions. We categorize. We jump to conclusions. We interpret what we see, hear and small...


#Nextchat: Is It Time to Split HR?

Is it time to shake up and break up the HR profession?  The global changes that are affecting organizations have major talent implications for strategy and operations. Today’s turbulent economic environment requires HR professionals who understand business issues and who have the ability to create high-impact solutions.

In a recent Harvard Business Review blog post, Ram Charan claims that while HR performs useful tasks, “the department per se must go.” Why? He argues that while human resource professionals are great at handling engagement, empowerment and cultural issues, they don’t know how to relate HR to real-world business needs....


#Nextchat: What HR Students Need to Know

Entry level HR is a topic that is near and dear to my heart.

This past March, I sat down at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and spoke with students about what they need to know as they prepare to leave school and enter the real world.

I talked about some of the career aspects: negotiating salary, establishing credibility, networking, etc.  I also talked about some of the things I learned very quickly after I left school -- namely, that the degree isn’t as helpful as most schools would lead you to assume.

I can vividly...


SHRM Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®): July 2014

In July, hiring rates will reach four-year highs for the month in the manufacturing and service sectors, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for July 2014.

■ Manufacturers, services ramp up hiring in July. Roughly half of manufacturers (53.2 percent) and service-sector companies (49.2 percent) will add jobs in July. 

■ Recruiting difficulty continued in June. Difficulty in recruiting candidates for key jobs rose in June in both sectors compared with a year ago.

■ Pay rates for...


Characters Abound at SHRM National 2014

In 1976 we had a big bicentennial celebration at my elementary school complete with costume contest.  The idea was to dress up as an historical character from revolutionary America.  My mother, being the frugal, creative soul that she is, crafted a Ben Franklin costume form a blue bathrobe, and a few other items she found around the house, combined with a .50 cent plastic, half bald with glasses mask - with one of those elastic death strings strapping across the back.

I must have been in 2nd or 3rd grade and was pretty much game for anything.  So I boldly...