Let’s play some DE&I trivia!  As many of you know, the landmark case in employment discrimination is Griggs v. Duke Power.  But, what was the aspect of Duke Power’s hiring that got them into court? If you said their use of pre-employment tests, you’d only be partially right.  The decision was also based on the […]

The National Football League (NFL) is holding its annual talent draft tonight (as I write this).  So, yes, you’re getting two sports related blog posts this week.  What’s fascinating about this is how the 32 teams evaluate a large pool of potential players and how wrong they are in the most critical evaluations.  If you’re […]

As I settle in to watch the Los Angeles Lakers play tonight in the National Basketball Association (NBA), my biggest concern will be about LeBron James’ health.  I won’t give a second thought to who is officiating the game and as to whether one of the officials is a woman.  OK, for the sake of […]

As working age people have been getting their COVID vaccinations in the US, companies are moving from the theoretical regarding the “new” work life into putting new policies into place.  There are a few I want to point out because they may be indicators of companies moving towards policies that are messier, but more employee […]

Regular readers have seen my posts on how automation has impacted the skills required for jobs among hourly workers.  Since the beginning of the industrial age, technology has been used to reduce physical labor and repetitive tasks.  Whether it is in fast food or warehouses, technology has changes how humans fit into the labor equation. […]

When training others or delegating a task, one of the hardest things to do is presenting the information in a way the person understands.  Sometimes we think of this as “explain it as you would to a 5 year old.”  It really boils down to putting ourselves in the position of a beginner when we […]

I frequently hear clients talk about how they need to hire people who are resilient.  When I press them on what that means to them, they come up with words and phrases like: Bends, but doesn’t break. Learns from adversity Performs well under stress Doesn’t take work setbacks personally These things are all true and […]

As COVID cases are dropping and the vaccines are available, companies are looking to see when (if?) they are going to bring people back to offices.  There are likely to be all kinds of flavors of this, ranging from: We want everybody back, Monday through Friday. We need some people back full time, others can […]

One of the most intuitively appealing HR concepts is that of the exit interview.  If we only knew what was going through the mind of those who chose to leave our company, we could fix our turnover problems.  The thing is that there is more than enough research data to show that exit interviews are […]

This week is the first anniversary of the horrible helicopter accident that took the lives of 9 people, including Kobe Bryant. I’ve been struck by how many stories have been told by all kids of people about how Kobe impacted their lives. With that in mind, I’m re-posting what I wrote about him last year. […]

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