Generation Z is highly practical. Five tips for recruiting our first digitally native generation.

The labor shortage in the US will be long-lasting because of low birth rates, retiring baby boomers, immigration that is not up to the demand for skilled and unskilled labor, and the difficulties of automating professional services. To overcome these…

Five New Priorities for 2022 HR budgets

One of the most difficult budgets to prepare for any company is the human resources budget. HR leaders and their executive teams need to anticipate the needs for next year for both the HR department and for leading the workforces.…

Employee stress skyrockets due to return-to-the-office plans. Time for a reliable playbook

As companies announce plans for remote workers to return to the office, a new study finds that employee anxiety is surging. Companies call me concerned that many of their employees, including key technical and leadership staff, are resigning rather than…

Ready, Set, GO: Get ready to win the race for HR digital transformation!

The year of the pandemic is just about over. An HR digital transformation is at hand. The coronavirus pandemic, the switch to digital business models, and the hybrid work environment -- triggered by working from home -- have accelerated HR’s…

Is your employer brand ready for a labor shortage in 2021?

A recruiter told me last week that job ghosting has started up again, even after her company moved its pay levels to market competitive levels. The prediction I made to her is that by August, the US will have more…

The new paradigm of hybrid work and improved employee experiences

The pandemic, remote work, and digital technology have changed the paradigm of how to think about work, where we work, and the employee experience. Accelerated vaccination rates have employers making plans to reopen their offices, but the role of the…

Open office bays were a disaster. Steps to transition to the hybrid work environment.

When implementing a remote work and hybrid work environment in 2012, one of our major discussion points was how to redesign the office. The executive team at Medtronic in Santa Rosa, CA, determined that 40 percent of our US workforce…

COVID-19 crushed women’s progress in the workforce. Five steps to turn it around.

What an irony. International Women’s Day, yesterday (March 8th), coincided with the anniversary of the onset of COVID19, a health disaster that brought the international economy to its knees and resulted in a tempestuous year for women in the workforce.…

Tips from a Hollywood comic: Address stress in the workforce

When one of your children grows up to be a Hollywood comic, you get used to your parenting style and idiosyncrasies being the fodder of jokes in comedy clubs across the country and post-pandemic online. My daughter is a Millennial…

How to succeed with succession planning

One of the most high-risk decision organizations make with talent is selecting new leaders, from the first line to the CEO. It is a discussion many executives have had with me. Just as often, they make the same mistake beginning…