• Work,  Writing

    Some questions answer themselves

    Last night I was complaining to my husband that my latest Women of HR post only had one comment while the post before it had 15. “. . .Of course,” I continued, “the post before it was about authenticity in social media — being read by a bunch of people who participate in social media –and my post is about systems theory, using a dental practice as an example.” He looked at me. “Uh-huh.” In case you’d like to read it anyway (and I hope you do), here’s the link: The Tale of Discount Dental At work we offer two dental plans. The first one is the plan you hear…

  • Work,  Writing

    Writing for my work self

    I am proud to be among the contributing writers for the Women of HR blog. It’s a wonderful site run by some smart, funny women I first met two or three years ago on Twitter. (There are a ton of fabulous HR professionals on Twitter.) They’ve run two of my pieces so far and I expect another one to go up in about three weeks. It’s been a change for me to write about Human Resources, because I usually write to escape Human Resources as a self-definition. I’ve heard that in Jane Austen’s time it was considered terribly rude to ask what one did for a living and that’s one…

  • Dreams,  Pregnancy,  Work

    Fever Dream

    I’m pregnant and right now I’m also sick, so I nap a lot. This afternoon I dreamt that I had to collect everyone’s retirement incentive responses via Facebook. The first problem with this is that I deleted my Facebook account several months ago, because I hate it. I have enough trouble keeping up with my real social obligations without feeling guilty for not tending other people’s virtual gardens or sending them enough clever bumper stickers. The second problem with this is . . . NOOOO, DON’T MAKE ME WORK THROUGH FACEBOOK!!! . . . . Ahem. Anyway, I woke up amused by the idea of creating a “Human Resources” Facebook…

  • Work

    The type of jokes HR folks tell

    Human Resources people and employment attorneys should be smart enough not to tell you a dirty joke, but we do get a chuckle out of stupid or crazy employment law cases. Yesterday at the NPELRA conference Legal Update session, the presenter referenced the National Law Journal's top 10 wackiest employment law cases. The article is worth reading, although I think the stories are funnier in the hands of a good storyteller like yesterday's speaker. My favorite in terms of irony is #10: a maternity clothing store that refused to hire pregnant women, but I also appreciate #2: a woman fired for doing nothing who kept an elaborate journal recording just…

  • Work

    In Search of Networking Angels

    I am tremendously bad at networking. This is ironic because I love to talk and usually have no trouble meeting people. As anyone who knows me in person or from Twitter knows, I can talk about my kids, my pets, books, what’s on TV, yap yappity yap yap all day long. Yet put a business card in my hand and I clam up. (I’m trusting you not to use this knowledge for evil, a.k.a. tell my husband.) I have a difficult time talking to people if I want something from them. I feel and act awkward: I don’t know how to go about it. I love Avon products and have…

  • Work

    Things I’ve done for a dollar

    I recently made a list of all the types of jobs I had before going into Human Resources. It’s fair to say that my early “career” fit Wayne Campbell’s description of his own: I had an extensive collection of nametags and hairnets. The list is mildly interesting, so I’ll post it at the end, but what I really want to talk about are the moments from old jobs that have sprung to mind in the past few days. Moments like this: Comparing driving experience with another 15-yr-old girl to see who was best qualified to drive the catering van across town after we had been abandoned by the adult on…