People love watermelon. Like many of you, I have eaten watermelon at work and enjoyed every single bit of it. The sweet fruit is often on decorative fruit trays at company functions, but you could be canned if you bring it as a gift for your coworkers. Robert Pattison, a 41-year-old, learned an invaluable lesson… Read More You Can Be Fired if You Bring a Watermelon to Work
Benefits are vital to my health and financial security, but I don’t rush to enroll. Before I started this HR journey, I used to wait until the last minute to read benefit enrollment information each year. Whenever the mail carrier delivered that hefty benefit envelop, I immediately open it, scanned it for anything that warranted attention,… Read More C’mon. Just Tell Me What I Need to Know
It is amazing the number of workers who use their company-issued smartphone, laptop, or computer for personal reasons. Seriously, it doesn’t matter whether you’re the boss, a manager, line supervisor, HR professional, or an elected official, mixing your personal and professional lives together via a company-issued laptop or device is risky business for both you and the… Read More Don’t Mix Your Personal and Professional Lives Together on Company-issued Devices
Sometimes I feel so bad When I think of all the things I used to do How mama used to clean somebody elses house Just to buy me a new pair of shoes I never understood how mama made it through the week When she never ever got a good night’s sleep Talking ’bout mama… Read More Happy Birthday, Fannie L. Taylor!
The National Committee on Pay Equity started Equal Pay Day in 1996 to bring awareness to demonstrate wage inequities between men and women. Each year on a Tuesday in April, Equal Pay Day brings awareness to pay discrepancies between women and men around the world for the same work. You probably have seen posts, tweets,… Read More #EqualPayDay
Phenomenal Woman Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms, The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my… Read More “I am a woman. Phenomenally.”
Today marks 49 years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.… Read More Remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As Women’s History Month comes to an end, I hope you continue celebrating women in your life or women who inspire you. With that regard, I want to take a moment to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Janice Bryant Howroyd, the first African-American-woman to own a billion-dollar company in the United States. Bryant Howroyd… Read More Women’s History Month “Firsts”
I love music: listening to it, writing songs, making beats, performing, you name it!
My twin sister (Linda) and I start singing in church many years ago. Then when rap hit the scenes, it was a Gwen and Lin the Rappin Twinz. We often joked backed then about how our beautiful singing voices were ruined from all the rapping.… Read More Birthday Musings
Breaking into the human resources is becoming increasingly onerous. Just ask any forthright HR professional and they will tell you. In this VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world, it is much harder than most people think it is to land a job in the HR as well as keep it. Unfortunately, many HR newbies found… Read More So You Wanna Work in HR?