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

How to Write Job Descriptions That Emphasize Cultural Alignment

Every year companies spend many millions of dollars to recruit, vet, and hire job candidates. And every year companies waste millions of dollars and countless work hours parting ways with employees who ultimately don’t work out. Why does this happen? Because finding the right fit for a job means finding someone who also fits the… Read More

The Bathroom Barometer: Why Every Job Candidate Should Take a Sh*t at an Interview

Go to the bathroom. Seriously. As part of the interview process, every job candidate should find the time to go to the bathroom on premises either before the interview begins or immediately after it ends. During the interview? Well, probably not so much. But it doesn’t matter. Just get in there, and not just in… 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

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

Should Employers & Professionals Identify as Being Republicans or Democrats?

In an ideal world all companies would be politically impartial – places where employees could speak freely about their political leanings, or not at all. For much of recent history the prevailing wisdom of workplace etiquette regarding politics was for employees to be smart about when and how they disclosed their political beliefs. Self-awareness meant… 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

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