It’s no secret that I love and admire Cy Wakeman. Ever since I met her last year at the Illinois SHRM Conference, heard her speak and got to spend time with her at a little restaurant in Chicago-Midway airport — she’s been like my BFF in my head. That little bit of time I spent with […]

What HR is to me? Well, from the very depths of my soul, my answer is: “A job that pays the bills.” But I have a feeling that won’t suffice for a whole blog post. So I guess I would have to say, HR to me is the ultimate balancing act of professions in all […]

HR exists because organizations are made up of people, but as entities they are quite terrible at grasping the needs and potential of the individual. This is not surprising- the fundamental purpose of an organization is to coordinate a number of people to do something too complex or vast to be done by an individual. […]

When I was first asked to contribute to this blog, I was really excited and flattered … And then when I was told that the theme was “What HR Means to Me”, I was kind of disappointed and apprehensive. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a great question.  I’m just not sure whether my answer […]

Once upon a time in Christmastown, there were two misfit employees who were encouraged to stifle their true talents in order to conform with company norms. Rudolph, with his nose so bright, was not always Santa’s favorite. While Rudolph’s flying abilities were far superior to those of his peers, he endured ruthless workplace harassment for […]

Sigh. The holiday season is upon us. I don’t want to seem Grinch-like, because it’s a wonderful time to reflect on things for which we are thankful, and shines a light on the acts of so many kind and generous people in our community. Amid the shopping and festivities, the holiday season helps everyone remember […]

With the month of December here, it is time for one of the rituals of Christmas – watching a Frank Capra movie.  No, I’m not talking about “It’s A Wonderful Life,” but the criminally underrated “Meet John Doe,”  one of my top 10 films of all time. With the recent troubles at Hostess, continued high […]

‘Tis the season!! There are two things that I look forward to during the holidays — hearing “Silent Night” by the Temptations and watching the 24-hour marathon of “A Christmas Story” on TBS. Oh, nothing says Christmas like watching Ralphie beat up Spike and beg his parents and Santa for a Red Rider BB Gun. […]

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