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Invite a Colleague to Lunch

Isolation at the office. People trudge into the building, settle into a cubicle or work station, and never leave the confines of their department. Lunch is consumed at one’s desk and, unless one has meetings to attend or conference calls to join, the only conversations occur with those in close proximity. So here’s something awesome you

How To Build Your HR Empire

Recently, I was doing some reading about internal barriers in organizations created by fear. In Tom Rieger’s Breaking the Fear Barrier he points out these barriers take three forms: parochialism, territorialism, and empire building. As he states: “Parochial managers do not necessarily want to take control over other departments. Instead, they build walls against others' empire

Why We Love HR. Really. #CarnivalofHR

Oh human resources. A decade (!) on and we’re still battling to overcome the infamous “Why We Hate HR” article. This was such the thing back-in-the day that even SHRM commissioned a “Teaching Guide” to help us dislodge the arrows we found stuck in our collective back. But it’s (almost) Valentine’s Day and, in the spirit of

The Harsh Reality: Sometimes HR Has to Talk about Sex

This week brings the much-anticipated (well, in some quarters) release of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 4 years you’re likely aware that the Fifty Shades trilogy has sold over 100 million copies worldwide. According to Boxoffice.com, the movie is forecast to make $89

Why Does HR Always Bring the Cupcakes?

Work is communal. Without a doubt what I miss the most of “working for the man” in a corporate setting are the everyday interactions; chatting at the coffee pot or grabbing a co-worker to head out to lunch. I miss simple conversations in the lady's room, team birthday parties, and holiday potluck luncheons. Huh. Most