Category Archives: Human Resources

What have you done that makes you happy lately?

How Are You by Kyle Jones

I received an email yesterday from someone who I’ve never met. She’s someone who lives approximately 3,500 miles away. We’ve only communicated via Skype, email, and social media. HR serves as the common link that ties together two people who, for all practical purposes, would/should/could never meet 40-50 years ago.

What have you done that makes you happy lately?

I could easily discuss, and may do so at some point, how social media tears down distance barriers between us all. Instead, for this post, I’ll focus on a random act of kindness.   Read more

Why Do we Make Resolutions?

December marks the final month of the year. For many of us, this signals a brief period of reflection before embarking on a journey into the new year. What do we do during this reflection? We look back at our accomplishments, our failures, and so much more. We try understand our failures in hopes of preventing repeats. We reach conclusions on where we are (professionally and/or personally) as opposed to where we would like to be. Then, we resolve to do differently (for what didn’t work) and continue on (for what did). Question: Why do we make resolutions? Read more

Enthusiasm and The Performance Impact

We all motivate others at some point in our careers. There is a connection linking enthusiasm and the performance impact. What is the performance impact? It is our methodology that gives us the power to spark creativity or, just as easily, hinder the individual and/or groups performance. Our goal should be to nurture the embers of dedication in an effort to spark the flame of creativity. Then, as that flame burns brightly, we should support it in the hope of creating an inferno of productivity.  Read more

Finding the ROI of Your Time

Sometimes I think #HR is one of the busiest professions.

(Yes, I am sure that can be said by anyone in any profession – and it will be true.)

For HR, we constantly navigate rules, regulations, candidates, disputes, laws, coworkers, onboarding,

offboarding, policy change, etc. etc. etc. That is before family, friends, social, religious, or any other outside group.

Then, add in a bit of professional organizations.  Wait…did you say blogging/podcasting/speaking?

This caused me to wonder….are you getting the maximum ROI on your time?

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Social Media and the Friendship Paradox

How many friends do you have on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.? Do you ever compare your numbers with those of your friends – only to find that they have many more AND seem to be having a lot more fun that you? What’s wrong with your (or me) that makes us less than our friends? How do they get to have so much fun?  OR…maybe, it’s all just a big ‘ol paradox. Read more

A Vote for Steve Browne is a Vote to Find the Extraordinary

My friend and fellow #PICHR contributor, Dave Ryan, mentioned Steve Browne’s upcoming consideration in the annual election of the SHRM Board of Directors when recording our first episode of the upcoming Performance I Create Podcast. I, along with Sarah Williams, Heather Kenzie, and Tiffany Kuehl, all agreed…Steve Browne ROCKS! A quick search led me to another friend, Matthew Stollack, who had also mentioned Steve.  Read more

Thank You, Dorothy Knapp

I first met Dorothy Knapp back in 2008 or 2009 at a meeting of the Mississippi SHRM State Council. Dorothy was assigned as Mississippi’s Regional Field Service Director by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and, as part of her job, she attended our meeting. I can only speculate what type of impact she might have had on other chapters, councils, etc. within her domain. (After all, the Bahamas are also part of her assigned area!) However, from my own observations, I feel confident in saying that her impact was felt and will continued to be made on those areas going forward. Read more

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