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What The Girl In HR is Reading: Monday Nov 7

I’m coming up for air to share what I’ve been reading that is not baby, toddler, eating, breastfeeding, motherhood related 🙂

I also decided to mostly steer clear of anything 2016 election related (for now) … but that doesn’t mean that there still isn’t a TON of stuff going on that might peak your HR interest!

Here are a few things that got me thinking over the last week!

  • As an HR girl who is currently focusing in on the “compliance” space –this one was one worth sharing– I for sure feel it in my space and know that others are as well. If you’re having a hard time getting your fellow HR peeps or even your managers on board, this is a good read to help understand the “why” and maybe even get you (and your organization) thinking about what might be next… and maybe even what you can do to be more proactive –>

    As compliance pressure mounts, businesses turn to regulatory technology

    https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/18/as-compliance-pressure-mounts-businesses-turn-to-regulatory-technology/?ncid=rss#comments

  • Let’s all shed a tear as we say GOODBYE to Twitterfeed which shut down as of Oct 31. Bummer– I LOVED Twitterfeed — if you were a Twitterfeed lover — what, if anything, will you be using now?

Twitterfeed To Shut Its Doors

http://www.aristocratworld.com/2016/10/twitterfeed-to-shut-its-door.html

  • Competition much? … er, its in my top 5 😉  — what do you think? Agree?

The good and the bad of keeping score at work

http://www.humanresourcesonline.net/good-bad-keeping-score-work/

  • Okay … so ONE thing related to the elections — things that you might need to look at depending on which candidate wins on Nov 8.  That’s not picking or advocating a side, that’s just gathering information — 🙂

Possible Clinton & Trump Results for Human Resources

http://www.cutimes.com/2016/11/02/possible-clinton-trump-results-for-human-resource?ref=hp-top-stories

8 Presidential Election Issues That Impact Your Workplace

http://www.blogging4jobs.com/hr/8-presidential-election-issues-workplace/

What caught your HR eye recently?

Yours,

An Alternative to the Standing Desk – Meet Cubii #Kickstarter

I am IN LOVE with Kickstarter — its not just the the scientist (aka the geek in HR) in me who loves all the creative inventions — the innovation really fuels and inspires me — and then there are the times I come across something that I’ve just gotta have.

This is my next gotta have — the Cubii! The Cubii comes to us from the folks at fitnesscubed.com. I almost missed it — but thanks to TechCrunch, I came across this cool product!

I went to a standing desk earlier this year — well a “makeshift” desk. I’ve been documenting my experiences (trying different options and waiting to blog about it) over the last few months and as much as I love it, I still kinda hate it. It does take a while to get use to the standing and the days that I wear my high heels I either hate myself or I’m walking around barefoot — fortunately, I work at a place where no one even questions that or gives a second look.

What I like about the idea of the Cubii gives you another alternative to the standing desk. I’m really tempted to buy it to try it out and use it in addition to one of my set ups. Finding ways to combat “the sitting disease” is on my list of things to combat (its at the forefront of my mind and writings)– and I know its on many others’ lists as well by the number of publications and studies on it — plus my sessions at #IHRIM14 and #SHRM14 really continue to shine the light on employee wellness, particularly for those who are working sitting at desks all day.

What do you think (of this alternative and the whole standing desk things in general? Would something like this work in your office place or at your desk?

If I give in to my kickstarter temptation and try it out, I’ll let ya know!

 

Making the HR Connection, yours

Infographic: How Employees Are Wasting Time

I came across this infographic on time wasters of employees and wanted to share– and be sure to take a look at the graphic — its about inefficiencies — not about employees goofing off. I’m not crazy about the title of the graphic, but I have to admit, it is what grabbed my attention. Do you have these in your office?

Rypple, the creator of the infographic, proposes “cloud based unified communication” systems as the answer — what do you think — does that solve all the problems or are there other possible solutions? Does it depend on the size of the organization? Geography? Industry?

I’d venture to say “yes” — but I’m almost always in the camp of “there is no one right solution for everyone, but there is a right solution for you.” Its usually never as simple as the infographic makes it, IMHO. However, what I do agree with, it finding ways to help make employees as efficient as possible. There are certainly things in the HR space – both programmatic and tech that can help with this. Ultimately, HR should be what “HR people” do — and employees should not have to worry about it. They should be able to focus on the tasks at hand that help to contribute back to the bottom line and customer service. We should always be mindful of how to remove those barriers. Some of the points in the graphic are not generally things owned by HR — however, if it impacts the employee, a large piece of me is inclined to say that we should get involved to help move those barriers out of the way — we may not be able to directly solve it, but we can get things going, bring the right people together, and help make the case for change.

Making the HR connection, yours

Success, Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating

I came across this great TEDTalk this afternoon — Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love) reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple — though hard — way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.

I had never thought of success in this way before — or even connecting similarities to failure.

In general I’ always trying to push forward and do better tomorrow than what I did today — and in some ways, that produces just as must work and concentration to continue to improve and do better as it would be to overcome a failure.

Its a neat talk — check it out.

Making the HR connection, yours,

 

 

 

 

I know that recent credits go to Tim Duncan for saying this, but I remember hearing it as a kid and again from one of the contestants on the Road Rule Challenge — I forget which season, but I he dad was a coach and I think he was a wrestler — yall remember?

Two Monkeys Were Paid Unequally, See What Happens Next

For those of you who know me or read some of my other articles, you know that I have an academic background in science — and I love science! I actually loved doing experiments and research — so imagine my surprise when I saw this excerpt related to two things that I dig — science and HR-related matters.

So first, some of the things that make this cool — just the primal drive for all things that are “fair” and “equal” — the monkey on the left knows immediately what is going on and his actions cry out “hey, that’s not fair” … actually it was more, “hey, that’s not fair and I don’t want your stupid cucumber — I know the grape is better.” Honestly — I’m not all that surprised by the result — are you? You may have been around children, or even remember times yourself as a child when you said, “that’s not fair!” But its neat to see the physical response of the monkey on the left.   (sidenote: I might add, I am not sure that “equal” and “fair” are the same thing.)

I’m not sure that I want to venture too far into a “fair” and “equal” discussion (hey, its an early Saturday morning and I’m a bit off my game) — also if you’ve seen some of my photos — I have multiple cultures and backgrounds (as do many of us) — so I bring to this discussion a my own perspectives of what I see and have observed — even when talking just about gender inequalities and leaving anything racial out of it. I’m not interested in having “THAT” discussion either — but what I will say, is that I think that while this an easy display of a reaction to what is perceived as in-equal — I think that it may only be part of the picture.  Pay equality, at least in the US, is not this simple.  Plus, I don’t know much about the social constructs of this type of monkey. However, while many people might focus on the monkey on the left – -what about the monkey on the right — seems to be okay that they are doing the same thing and he gets grapes and the other monkey gets cucumber — what, if anything, does that say? Also, by rejecting the cucumber, is there some parallel between understanding what one is worth in terms of compensation?

This is only an excerpt from de Waal’s study and the clip below is only an piece of what he presented at the TED Talk — so I’d be curious to know more about the conditions and scope of the entire study — and what was the overall goal (hypothesis to be tested). What would happen if the monkey on the right was paid in grapes, and THEN cucumber? What would happen if the monkey on the right had to give two rocks to get a grape and the monkey on the left still only had to give one?I don’t know — I guess that there are tons of permutations. I’ve also been saying “he” in reference to the monkeys — I have no idea their sex — but wouldn’t it be curious to know what the genders where and if different combinations gave different results?

I’m not sure that I have any ground breaking to conclude — but I just wanted to share, especially in light of some of the recent discussions on the  Fair Pay Act.  But if YOU have any thoughts or conclusions that you want to share —  love to hear ’em!

What was your reaction to the clip? Are there any parallels or similarities to what we are seeing with people?

Making the HR connection, yours,

 

 

 

Still Don’t Know What Heartbleed is all About? Here is a Resource for You.

Still not sure what Heartbleed is and what you need to do about it — check out this great infographic from Symantec for more information and resources: http://www.slideshare.net/rapidsslonline/symantec-heartbleed-interactive-version-2-rapidsslonline

There is a lot of information out there — my best piece of advice — change passwords (regularly) and carefully monitor your accounts and sites.

What about you — how has Heartbleed impacted you and/or your employees/workplace?

Making the HR Connections (and changing passwords — uugghh!),  yours,

 

 

 

 

Hey Girl in HR, Whatcha Reading April 7, 2014

 

What a week that I’ve had… and what a week for HR. I was keeping an eye on NLRB (college athletes who are now allowed to unionize), baseball players taking paternity leave, and more on STEM careers and the overall lack of skills. AND — I also found time to hang out with some new friends and some old friends … and do some training for the upcoming Junior League year (I’m going to be the league’s website manager — surprise surprise 😉 ).

So here are some other reads that caught my eye this past week:

  • Evernote’s Libin a Big Believer in Wearables from the Wall Street Journal — this space fascinates me. I honestly don’t totally get Google Glass — but think about some of the other wearables that are out there — have a fitbit or another similar device? Underamour and Nike are working on other types of wearable clothing — think its not related to HR? It screams wellness programs to me…  Its also one of the big trends for HR tech according to a conversation I had a few months ago with a board member from IHRIM.

  • March Was a Darn Good Jobs Report Any Way You Slice It from TheStreet.com — so technically I didn’t read it, I watched it — its a video 😉 but still a good watch …  plus, ” … unusual number he discovered was that female unemployment in March was worse than male unemployment” … unemployment is always an HR concern, and looking at numbers from a gender perspective always fascinating… not sure what it means… yet.

  • … and speaking of unemployment, check out this story: It’s more than a lack of jobs. Why Do Graduates Leave Their State by Payscale.com — in some states, that same student body leaves after graduation, essentially causing the public system of higher education to invest in the workforce for other states. I don’t know that I got a whole lot of real answers from the article, but there is an interesting graphic (although I wish it was laid out differently) and some real questions here as to what might be the underlying cause. Potentially a big impact on university relations, intern programs, work-study programs right??? … worth looking at another look to your relocation program (and maybe offering to new grads?),  what do you need to do from a recruiting standpoint to attract the talent if you are in one of the states where people are getting degrees and the fleeing?

Just a few — but there were many more. I also got some great recommendations from you — keep ’em coming! Its times like this I miss Google Reader — it was such a great way to get news — were any of you fans and now using another RSS reader that you just love love love?

What was on your list of reads this week — and if you are curious to know about all the articles and news that piqued my interest over the week check out the Facebook page or the Girl in HR board on Pinterest (or other boards).

‘cuz you’ve got to know what people are talking about in order to make the HR connections,

Yours,

We Should Applaud NY Mets’ Daniel Murphy for taking Paternity Leave

So many of you know, I’m not a “big” sports fan (Horns, tennis, boxing, and MMA is about all I follow .. and poorly at that), but we’ve got a big story with some HR implications coming out of sports news.

photo credit: Yahoo! Sports

Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy put fatherhood ahead of baseball, and now, some outraged New York Sports radio hosts are outraged.

Since 2011, Major League Baseball has allowed players up to three days paternity leave, but some outraged New York Sports radio hosts say that when you’re making millions, “one day off is plenty.”

“All right, one day, I understand,” said WFAN morning host Mike Francesa. “In the old days they didn’t do that. One day, go see the baby be born, and then come back. You’re a Major League Baseball player — you can hire a nurse!”

“You get your a** back to your team and you play baseball,” added WFAN’s Craig Carton. “That’s my take on it. There’s nothing you can do anyway. You’re not breastfeeding the kid.

Read more: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/04/mets-player-daniel-murphy-s-paternity-leave-causes-controversy-101816.html#ixzz2xv5D3JLk

You know me. I’m going to have to throw out my typical “girl in HR” catch-phrase, “seriously?!?” Three days is hardly extraneous… and I find the other comments just offensive. Just because a man doesn’t birth the baby doesn’t mean that he has any less right to have bonding time with the child. These radio hosts views are just off, imho. Do they think its ludicrous for the man to be in the delivery room, to go to parenting class — I border that their comments might lead someone who doesn’t know them better that they think that birth and raising children is “woman work.” We’ve moved SO far past that.

photo credit: bavia.com

So stepping off the soap-box and let’s make the HR connection. Paternity leave. In the US, women AND men can take up to 12 weeks off to care for a newborn if they qualify for FMLA leave. Some companies go beyond that and have added additional maternity and paternity benefits to help encourage employees to take that time off by helping to eliminate some of the financial burdens of staying home to care and bond for a child. I wish I could put my hands on some updated data, but the trend is that many men don’t take full advantage of benefits that may be available to them — now the reasons for that can be anything from financial to thoughts on their place on raising children — and every combination in between.  I think that one thing that we can do in HR is to help put programs in place that will help facilitate and encourage expecting parents, regardless of gender, to take the time off that they need… if they want to. We should also applaud and speak positively about examples, such as Daniel Murphy, of men who are taking the time off and using their benefits. Parental leave is not a “working woman’s issue” anymore… its an issue of work-life balance and that is bigger than either gender alone.  We don’t need to force the choice, but provide options for people to use and make their own decisions — and don’t talk crap or be negative when people take advantage of benefits afforded to them.

As an aside, on this story Daniel Murphy takes high road while Terry Collins fires back after Mike Francesa and Boomer Esiasion question Mets’ paternity leave from NY Daily News there is a poll for readers to partipate in that asks: Do you think Mike Francesa is over the line questioning Daniel Murphy’s paternity leave? When I took it the results showed 86% YES and 14% NO.

I’m interested to see where the story develops — from a work-life, parental leave, and HR perspective — I’m sure that the story will continue to be popular over the next few days or week — but let’s try to keep the underlying point of the story developing and out front.

Making the HR connection, yours,

 

 

 

Want to see more of the story — here’s a few more links and a videos:

 

Hey Girl in HR, Whatcha Reading March 31, 2014

I thought that I might try something new here and share with you some of the great articles that I read this week that I want to share with you.

  • Simplifying life has nothing to do with all your stuff from Penelope Trunk — what a fun site, she’s honest and straightforward and has a lot to say. “Simplifying” was one of my New Year “words” so I’m very interested in anything that I come across on the topic — plus, I the thought that I can simplify AND keep all my junk… I know, I know … not the point of the blog, but still a good read
  • College Players Granted Right to Form Union from the NY Times —  I can’t express how big this is — its actually pretty big news, not only from an HR perspective and labor unions, but business in general — even if you don’t know much about unions or care about college sports

  • 10 Life Lessons to Excel in your 30s from Mark Manson — I’m still in my 30s, so hoping I didn’t “screw up” too bad — but seriously, I LOVED this .. .wish I saw this when I was in my 20s — but its never to late to take in these life lessons.

  • Why millennials love apartments from CNN.money — This one really caught my eye — I think that this is meant for the “younger” millennial, but still find it fascinating. Its not just about apartments and convenient living… there is more to this …  — check out the video. Economy, employers, and business are driving some of this, but that’s not all.

What was on your list of reads this week — and if you are curious to know about all the articles and news that piqued my interest over the week check out the Facebook page or the Girl in HR board on Pinterest (or other boards).

‘cuz you’ve got to know what people are talking about in order to make the HR connections,

Yours,

Wanna Sell to HR people… Don’t be a Bug a Boo

I’ve been going through some “old school” pop in my Spotify (shout out to all my #HRMusicShare peeps) playlist and Destiny Child’s Bug A Boo has been on my mind— because I feel like I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic, its a catchy song. This time of year an HR person can get pretty popular 🙂 — your phone, LinkedIn, and email may start blowing up from people wanting to sell something to you.

It can make you want to hide a little bit… but don’t sweat it.  Let me walk though some realizations that I had several years ago and a list of some of my “suggestions.”

When it comes to sales, you probably totally get that one has to make sales and cold calls. You get that you attend conferences, webinars, meetings and that by filling out the forms or putting my business card in a large fish bowl, you’re likely going to get a sales call about services that you might be interested in. I bt you also get the concept of  warm leads and follow up. You get sales — you buy stuff (or sell things) all the time.

However, what many of us don’t get is some of the aggressive tactics that some organizations take.

In general, for me,  I like to know what is out in the industry and in the market — so I’m generally pretty happy to do a demo and see what one has to offer. After all, I may not be looking for something now, but maybe in the future — or I may know of a colleague who is looking (… hmmm, this concept is sounding a lot like good networking practices in general).

In all likelihood I may actually be interested in the product or service, but the timing is all wrong. It doesn’t mean “not interested ever” but “not right now.”

Things like calling several times a day, asking to connect only to follow up immediately with a sales lead, asking me lots of leading and probing questions — well it kinda puts me in an awkward position and… could make you want to run and hide.

You know, I sold Mary Kay for a while (long story), but I used to get slammed all the time from the people in my unit that I wasn’t aggressive enough with closing the sale or massing a huge stack of “leads”… but its not how I like to sell things and its not how I like to be sold to. My style is more it to establish a rapport and then throw in, oh by the way, I sell Mary Kay, and then continue on. Its a plant. I generally wouldn’t sell anything that day, but I’d get follow up at a later time and generally had great repeat customers.  It was stress-free — they knew I had product that they were interested in and when they followed up, I knew that they had a genuine interest in learning more (and for me, that was where some of the real work came in).  My way, was just trying to meet and talk to people, put a bug in your ear, and then see who might be really interested. Some people would (and did) say that I was lazy .. but I thought it to be strategic. But then again, what do I know about selling anything… pink Cadillac never I had. Maybe I was doing it wrong. I’m just a girl in HR.  😉

My point, people should be running towards you and not away from you and you should be working with them at THEIR pace. It should be sincere and genuine. Not pushy or forced. We all  get quotas…. and commissions…  but I think you’ve also got to get people and how to be effective so that you’re spending time in the right place.

Okay.. .so enough about what we get and don’t get… here are some of my suggestions:

  • Do send a quick follow up email after a meeting, webinar, event, etc and say a bit about yourself, HOW WE MET (important) and some of your services – strike while the iron is hot.
  • If sending a LinkedIn connection be transparent about WHY you want to connect, especially if we don’t know each other. If we met at an event for sure throw that in there — helps make a human connection. If we don’t know each other, the first message shouldn’t be about what you want to sell me. Don’t use “connections” for that, that is more appropriate for the inmails or offers feature of LinkedIn.
  • Call once, but that’s it (maybe twice). I may be in meetings, out of the office, in training, busy, or not interested. All valid reasons. I’ll find you if I want to know more.
  • Do follow up with other information that I may find helpful, but don’t spam me and sign me up for all your email lists so that I’m getting one a day (or multiple) — that’s just going to annoy me and send all your stuff to the junk folder.  Back to my example, I might send out a quarterly letter of helpful skin care tips (often not even calling out my products) — just a reminder that I’m helpful and “still there.”
  • D0 ask for a good time to follow up or when might this be a more relevant time to talk.
  • Don’t take it personally, sometimes the answer is “no” .. that’s okay.
  • Take a hint… if not getting a response, its likely not the right time or the right contact, or it could be your style/approach– consider backing off a bit or trying to re-engage if you’ve started on the wrong foot
  • Show sincere interest in me as a person- its not just about selling me something, its about starting a relationship.
  • Don’t be pushy, rude, aggressive — meet people at where they are in the process. There is no wrong place to be.
  • Don’t try to call my colleagues and ask them to send a message to me or get them to call you back — in the ballpark of being too pushy and aggressive.
  • Be memorable, but for the right reasons.

Remember, people talk and share — so even if the answer is “no” or “not now” from me, if I have a good experience, I’m likely to pass you on — and even more likely to tell colleagues to of a bad experience if you’ve been to pushy.

So these are some of my thoughts and suggestions.. what are yours?

Making the HR connection, yours,

Still don’t know what a “bug a boo” is… check it out for yourself, consider it a bit of “its not news, its a distraction” treat for you.  Be forewarned, its a *catchy* song (and great to work out to).