#Nextchat: A Culture of Sports in the Workplace


With the Super Bowl just a few weeks away, now is the perfect time to talk about the many parallels between the workplace and world of sports. 

In his blog post I Love Sports References in the Workplace, HR professional John Hudson gives multiple examples of the sports jargon we use every day in the office. There are teams, coaches, managers, strategy, rules and role-players, just to name a few.

In one example, Hudson writes, “Have you ever been asked to find those ‘A players’?...


A Look at Restaurant Career Mobility


This post continues our overarching discussion of the importance of restaurant careers and the opportunities available within the industry. Today the focus will be on the mobility of those employed within the field. Here are a couple key statistics from the infographic below:

9 in 10 restaurant workers 35 or older have moved to higher-paying jobs in the industry after their first job.

Even newbies enjoy the restaurant industry’s upward mobility: 71% of employees 18-24 land a more lucrative gig in the business after their first job.

The abundance of restaurants in nearly every community presents opportunities and experience...


Is Policy The Enemy of Trust?

For several years, Human Resources has battled perceptions of administrative qualities characterizing skill sets. With all the developments in Employee Engagement, Performance Management, Succession Planning, The Navigation of Generation Diversity and Cultural Enhancement; how can less-than-strategic characterizations exist? Unfortunately, a few people can validate a stigma which fuels the fire of the opinionated. People like to be proven right and they will ignore 90% of the information to validate stereotypes. This way, we can disregard change and blame Executive motives when we fail to evolve.

Performance reviews...


#Nextchat RECAP: The Impact of Workplace Absenteeism


On January 7, SHRM @weknownext chatted with special guest Joyce Maroney (@WF_Institute), director of the Workforce Institute at Kronos, and SHRM Researcher Karen Wessels (@SHRM_Research) about the Impact of Workplace Absenteeism

In case you missed it, here are all the informative tweets from the chat:




Pick a Fight!

We tend to segment our organizations: by generation, by department, by location, by tenure.

Our organizations have employees and managers and executives who are drawn together by the purpose of the companies we represent... We all want the same things: success and happiness. We are all far more similar than survey data tends to reveal.

We Can Do This.... because we can!

Stop: Fighting among yourselves!
We compete against the marketplace and our competitors, why do we feel it necessary to fight among ourselves? Friendly competition in the...


The HR Event Every CEO Should Attend


There is one HR event I would like every CEO to attend: SHRM’s Volunteer Leaders’ Summit, an annual meeting of our most active and engaged volunteers. Representing over 600 chapters and state councils across the country, these dedicated individuals provide local programming, networking and professional development. They are passionate about our profession, and they understand that HR must drive business outcomes.

Click here to learn why I believe this phenomenal event would help any CEO better understand our profession’s value proposition....


The FINALE: The Holiday Tale by the Jewish Guy Who Wears a Chai


For the past two years, I have told you the story about the "Jewish Guy Who Wears a Chai."  I am retelling the final version of the story this year, but with some additional information.  Here we go!

You walk into your building, and you see that holiday decorations are everywhere.  You pass by a beautiful pine Christmas tree elegantly decorated.  A co-worker responds:  “The tree is inappropriate to the workplace.”

Segal:  WRONG.  It is beautiful; Christmas can and should be acknowledged (says the Jewish guy who wears his grandmother’s Chai).  By the way,  Chai means “life” in Hebrew. ...


I Love Sports References in the Workplace


While everyone is talking about employee engagement and company culture, I would like to address the all-important use of sports references in the workplace. It’s what I know and what I love to do. Whether we like it or not, there are many parallels between the work place and sports. Both have teams, coaches, managers, strategy, rules, and role players, just to name a few. So if we want to get rid of the references, we got a lot of work to do. 

For example, have you ever been asked to find those “A players?” You have used every...