Category: Strategic HR

Employee feedback, compliance, government forms, leave policies, recruiting: the list of tasks that an HR professional have to perform is nearly endless. Just as important as any one task is how professionals put them all together into a united front. Welcome to the Strategic HR topic.

Severance

So, You Think You Have a Strong Severance Agreement?

It’s no secret that a severance agreement can be an effective risk-management tool.  When done right, the separation agreement will forever bar legal claims by the employee who signs it. The question is: do you do yours right? 

Why I Love the Troublemaker

Over the past few years, I’ve poured my heart into diversity and inclusion initiatives at Square Root. We’ve added generous parental leave, supported a local STEM education non-profit that benefits young girls called Girlstart, created sensitivity training, and fostered internal communities. With our efforts came a diverse team. We span generations, education levels, genders, sexual […]

Can Allowing Remote Work Improve Productivity?

When employers consider allowing remote work or hiring freelance contractors, they often have the fear that productivity may drop as a result. They fear that allowing someone to work from home will result in more distractions. After all, the TV is there, the laundry needs to be done, the dog needs a walk, etc. They […]

Human Resources: Finishing the Second Half of 2018 on a Strong Note

Yes, 2018 is more than half over. Many changes have already occur ed in the last six months, never mind over the last decade. Quite a few of those changes have influenced the world of HR. Nevertheless, here are some changes you’ll want to stay ahead of as we run out the clock on 2018.

The “Soft” Side of Effective Mergers

Mergers are an integral part of business life. They represent an important tool for corporate success by, among other things, helping companies diversify, add complementary offerings, and remain competitive through effective scaling. But having advised senior executives in transition for 20 years, I also regularly hear stories about how difficult it is to successfully merge […]

The Transformation of Workforce Communications

The workplace has changed a lot over the years, but one thing remains the same: the need for effective communications. Since the beginning of time, the success of every business has relied on this one crucial business strategy.

3 Effective Approaches to Employee Retention

Employee retention is a top priority for HR leaders. It’s often difficult enough to find the talent that businesses need in the first place, so it’s crucial that once new hires start in the business they become productive and settled quickly. Yet research regularly shows that up to 1 in 4 of new hires leave […]

communication

Too Much Emoji? The Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid in the Workplace

Whichever language you speak, emoji is now one of them.  Whether you’re a full-blown text aficionado and have embraced the new hieroglyphics from the onset or have been a reluctant participant – emojis have arrived and are used in many social media and internet exchanges and have a growing presence in the workplace.

meeting

How HR Can Foster Resiliency to Create Stronger Teams

As a mom to my two-and-a-half year old daughter, Henley, and the Director of People and Culture at Square Root, a fast-growing tech startup, I often find myself facing similar challenges.