Simple Ways to Say Thank You #HRGoodness


So this isn’t some big strategic or deep post — its more of a reminder. Sometimes we get so caught up in the “big” things, the “little” things get neglected. Its the holiday season and that is always a time for me to reflect and think about all that I’m thankful for. A big part of the season, not only as an HR pro, but just for me personally, is taking time to sincerely thank all of those people who are special to me — especially after the year that I’ve had this year. 🙂 It may be a “thank you” for something very specific, or it could be a way to expressing how much I appreciate having someone in my life.  One of my love languages is “receiving gifts” and one of my top five StrengthsFinder strengths is “Individualization” — so I love to give gifts as much as I get them :). However, sometimes my gift giving list gets pretty long — when I think about people I work with and other professional colleagues… and at some point, if you’re like me, you list gets to be pretty big and you’re giving people trinkets just to give them something and stay within budget – but it kinda misses the mark  it’s not just about giving gifts — it’s about what’s behind it. Often times, simple is better.

You can’t always throw a big party, have a large lunch, or give the day off — but here are a few free or low-cost ideas that you can use to say thank you or show appreciation to your team or teams that you support.

Say THANK YOU, its simple and to the point .. and I find that people don’t do it nearly enough. A meaningful “thank you” goes a long way with a long of people – and its totally free.

Write a handwritten heart-felt note … or for some of your peeps, they may prefer it via socmedia.

Print (and/or frame) a photo with a fun memory or event from the year – maybe from a team outing, conference, event.

Make a home-made treat — or maybe pick up a special treat. Personally I take note of what people’s favorite treats are (or have new employees fill it out on a “get to know you form”) and I try to personalize it (that’s my individualization again). But sometimes just providing a simple treat whether they are cookies or a fruit salad – the thought can convey appreciation. I know we’re all busy, but try NOT to just leave it on someone’s desk or chair — if possible give to them in person and spark a conversation.

Set up some quality time — whether it’s a pot luck, volunteering together, going for a walk in the park, bowling — spending quality time with folks says “I care” and “I appreciate you”.. and want to spend some time with you.

What are some of the ways that you show appreciation to your employees, teams, or colleagues and spread #hrgoodness?




The Girl in HR’s #SHRM15 Tip No. 14

Its hard to model wellness — especially away from home… and in Vegas — but do your best to make conscience decisions and if you’re going to indulge, do it wisely.  As HR ppl, we ARE leaders in this area for our teams and leaders.

The healthy stuff might be harder to find, but your body will appreciate it — when you get back home (and adjusting to this desert heat).  What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas — I’m gonna try to leave behind some of those empty calories! (note: as I write this the caterer JUST walked past me with a tray of chewy chocolaty brownies, on of my favs). Its not easy.. not an understatement.

Hope you’re having a great conference!

Making the HR Connection, yours

Here’s Where You Should Live Based On Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type

New York City?!?!!? Yup, that’s right, yours truly is ENTJ. Not sure that NYC is totally my speed these days — I like wide open spaces 🙂

Thought Catalog

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ISFJ – Zurich, Switzerland

If there’s anything an ISFJ likes it’s a clean, well-ordered environment where everyone gets along nicely and everything works the way it should. In the pristine city of Zurich, ISFJs will find themselves perfectly at home. Reserved but polite, the citizens of Switzerland don’t like to raise much of a fuss unless they have to. They go about their days, get business done as they should and then retire to their well-maintained homes with their close-knit families. Ever-neutral Switzerland is the ideal spot for the peace-seeking ISFJ. No fuss, no muss, no hefty disagreements.

ENTP – Hong Kong

Hong Kong offers a diverse fusion of the Eastern and Western worlds, with enough food, entertainment, languages, religions, diversity and opportunity to keep the ENTP intellectually stimulated until the end of time. This type loves exploring new avenues of thought and new methods of experiencing life…

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Its Not News, Its a Distraction – All New “Dear Kitten”

Its been a while — it. has. been. A. while.
But I found a wonderful little “distraction” for you — “Dear Kitten” — this is the latest one and in case you need some additional distraction — here are some of the originals.

I’m totally a dog person — but have taken in the lost kitten here and there over the years — but got a few giggles (partially “dog jail” HILARIOUS). So take a look when you need a lil break in your routine.

Enjoy! Yours,



I’m Still Here! What the Girl in HR has been up to!

WOW — its been a while!

I’d like to say that its because I’ve been taking a break – but its actually been almost anything but. I’m burning the candle at both ends and my blog here has suffered a bit.

I just wanted to give a quick update on where else has been taking me away these last few months 🙂 –and where else you might be able to find me, in case you need to get your Girl in HR fix 😉

  • I’ve put a ton of energy into my HR mentoring program and trying to take it to a “whole. ‘nother. leevl.” 🙂 Its been fun and a lot of great learnings — and has been a great playground to try new things and experiment (that will likely make its way on to this blog!). Working with new HR pros has been so fun for me and exciting for me and while I’ve been pouring a whole lot in — I feel like I’m getting a ton out!
    • See what I’ve been writing and talking about on the blog here — there are a number of ways to engage with the group including Facebook and Twitter. While the mentoring program is geared towards students thru new HR pro many of the topics that we discuss span across all HR pros regardless of how many years of experience that they may have– what changes is what you bring to the topic depending on your experience. I introduced a series (well do two posts really count as a series… uh, yeah, I just decided it does) called “Imagine Your the HR Person” — inspired largely by what I do here on taking current events and “making the HR connection”
  • I’m working on my third stint as a committee lead for the South Texas HR Symposium. ITS AWESOME –and its gonna ROCK!  The event will be Jan 15-16 and is one of the best deals in HR conferences. Its a great event (and I’m not just saying that as a member of the team who plans it) — we have lots of great speakers and things planned (networking, happy hour, silent auction. Yes, Yes and YES!!) I can’t wait to tell you more about it — and introduce you to the conference if you’ve never heard of it before — we’d love to have you out event in Jan, but if that doesn’t work with your schedule then want to get it on your can radar for 2016 (yes we’re already talking about the 2016 event!) Find out more at the symposium website and follow the thread on Twitter #STXHRS and #HRRocks

These are some fellow committee members Raquel, Melanie and Carey #HRRocks


  • Also happening in January, I officially officially become a board member of the San Antonio HR Management Association (SAHRMA)— I was elected as the college relations board member. I’m honored and stoked to serve with these amazing HR pros!

The 2015 SAHRMA Board


The holidays are coming up — so that some extra cray cray that coming to my world (seriously, is Thanksgiving really next week?!?!) but I love this time of year! … and honestly, wouldn’t have it any other way! I do miss my blog tho – but find me on Facebook, Twitter, and in a few other my other side projects :).

What about you — whats been going on with you? Are things getting crazy in your world with the holidays around the corner?

Making the HR connection, yours,