Category: Faces of HR

Faces of HR profiles one of your peers, asking them about their experiences, successes, challenges, current practices, aspirations, and opinions on topics impacting HR and the workforce.

Handling the Pandemic Was Challenging Enough Even with a Crisis Plan

It’s not hard to imagine how challenging things were for those that didn’t have a plan in place. Either way, HR had a lot of evolving and problem-solving to do. I recently spoke to one HR individual whose organization actually had a specific pandemic crisis plan in place.

An HR Perspective on Going Back to Work

What does it mean to go back to work? Can we even do so safely? These are the questions we’ve been tackling over the past few weeks as states open up, as well as organizations’ doors. I recently spoke with an HR expert about what it would take to get people back in the office […]

Companies Went Remote—Can They Go Back?

Almost everyone went home when the coronavirus swept the nation. Now that organizations are starting to re-open their doors, they want their employees back on site. The problem is, very few people feel comfortable doing so. I recently discussed this and related situations with an HR expert.

No-Nonsense HR for a No-Nonsense World

If a 3-year-old child can spot when someone’s being fake, why risk being fake to your workers? They’re just as likely to know when you’re not being genuine, and this fakeness has lasting repercussions on your organization. I recently spoke with one expert who shares her “secret sauce recipe” for clearing the corporate clutter in […]

Maintaining Culture and Engagement No Matter Where You Are

Employee engagement was a major conversation before the coronavirus, and it’s still important. I recently spoke with an HR professional who has done everything she can to help maintain a healthy workplace culture and keep employee engagement high while we all work from home.

Avoiding Massive Employee Burnout

There are so many ways the coronavirus has impacted the workforce in the United States, whether it’s pay reductions, the challenges of working from home with a child, an increase in mental health issues, difficulty getting certain foods or medicines, or one of a thousand other things. If organizations do not handle this crisis as […]

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Being Warm and Demanding Makes a Good Leader and a Good Culture

Often, what makes leaders and workplace cultures great is that they are warm and demanding. The best organizations function when their leaders, HR team, internal brand, and culture all match their external brand. Getting that balance right, however, can be challenging. I recently discussed the issue with an expert with many years in the field […]

Keeping Positivity Alive in Challenging Times

With so many organizations falling between closing down and downsizing, and reports of massive casualties from the coronavirus, it can be very hard to stay positive. Yet, remaining positive during this time is critical for employers, employees, our families, and our leaders to get through this poised to recover. I recently spoke with a seriously […]

How HR in Germany Engages Parental Leave

Today’s “Faces of HR” is a little different because we have with us an HR manager who works in Berlin, Germany. She found herself doing the job of her supervisor, who is out on maternity leave. The situation has given her a unique perspective on parental leave.

The Vital Importance of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EI) is one of those things that becomes very important when someone on a team, or a leader, does not possess it. The success of a team and an organization requires that leaders and employees possess the EI to support and empathize with one another in a healthy way. I recently spoke with […]