5 Predictions for HR and Employment in 2018

Human Resources is an extension of our humanity. Finding, losing, and pursuing a job or career is inextricably tethered to larger shifts in political leadership, economic trends, and cultural events. Few will dispute that 2017 was a uniquely compelling and perplexing year in the world of human resources. From combative national politics and groundbreaking sexual… Read More

Is Digital Addiction & Horrible Meeting Etiquette an HR Issue?

Take a Look Around At your next business meeting, take a look around. Forget the impersonal conference room, the digital TV on the wall that no one can sync to their laptops, and the starfish conference phone in the middle of the table that people talk at like it’s an aging grandparent. You don’t even… Read More

The Best 8 Movies about Jobs, Employment, & HR

#1: Office Space Released in 1999, perhaps no other movie about work has survived the test of time – well, 18 years – better than Office Space, starring Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, a hated printer, an itinerant red Swingline stapler, and a ridiculously talented supporting cast. The enduring legacy of this movie resides in its… Read More

Probation for New Hires: A Bad, Horrible, Terrible Idea

For job seekers, navigating the processes and protocols of securing employment can be nerve-racking, dehumanizing, and emotionally exhausting. By the time a job seeker has survived having their resume and cover letter vetted, portfolio dissected, and personality, work history, references, and professional skills and talents analyzed via a battery of phone interview and in-person interviews,… Read More

Why Politeness Is Killing Your Salary

You are a good person. You hold the door open for others. You floss. You never talk about politics or religion at parties. And you never discuss your salary with others, especially your coworkers. After all, disclosing how much you earn would make those who make less money than you feel uncomfortable and even inferior.… Read More

US Employers’ War on the Poor Loses Major Battle

Entire generations of Americans, and their children, are about to benefit from a new law recently passed in New York City. (Actually, when it comes to protecting Gotham workers, NYC is killing it.) This new law makes it illegal for prospective employers, recruiters, companies, and businesses to ask NYC job seekers about their current or… Read More

The One Thing Employers Value More Than Experience & Education

Attitude. Yep. That’s it. It’s that simple. Attitude is the single human condition that an employee can completely control which can profoundly impact their career – even more than 25 years of industry experience or an Ivy League education. Employers want employees who will constantly strive to reach their potential and be a positive force… Read More

Stop the Shakedowns: Why Employees Should Never Bring Cash to Work

Enough already. HR tried. They really did. Nevertheless, employees just didn’t listen. And they’re really not to blame, either. Sometimes corporate culture just isn’t able to remove the humanity from the human beings that work for them. Employees, after all, don’t stop being mothers, fathers, friends, and confidants just because they are sitting in a… Read More

This Is How You Screw Up a Phone Interview

In a world where a phone app can get you a face-to-face date, and perhaps even sex, on the way home from the gym, it is difficult for many professionals to take job interviews over the phone seriously. “Sure,” we say. “I’ll do the phone interview. But don’t think I’m going out of my way… Read More