Category: Talking Shop

Week 4

A thing I tweeted earlier today: “B/c it seems to be an #HR #remotework #FAQ on this hellscape: No, we don’t expect you to be logged in and available 8-5. No, we don’t expect you to be particularly productive. We expect you to do… Continue Reading “Week 4”

We’re Not Supposed to Call It a Lockdown

I refer to March 16 as Day 1.  It was the first day that I worked from home under my kind employer’s “strong encouragement” to all staff.  I had done the grocery shopping and gone to yoga over the weekend. We felt like we… Continue Reading “We’re Not Supposed to Call It a Lockdown”

Department Outing

I believe I have mentioned that my Awesome Employer sets aside budget money each year for every department to have a group outing. They always involve food and generally involve an activity of some kind. This year, Lisa suggested Cook Cork & Fork, a… Continue Reading “Department Outing”

Volunteer Gig: Feed My Starving Children

It’s called Feed My Starving Children, which is a bit of a turnoff for me (Note:  Not sure if it is the word “my” or the word “starving”.  Wouldn’t “Feed the Children” have been enough?). But my co-workers like it a lot so when… Continue Reading “Volunteer Gig: Feed My Starving Children”

First Contact

Not long ago one of my people came in to my office to talk about her recruiting project.  She was starting to schedule interviews, but two of the five people she contacted hadn’t emailed her back.   Someone in her department suggested sending a follow… Continue Reading “First Contact”


The national conference for the Society of Human Resource Management was last week.  Thirteen thousand HR types descended on Orlando for a few days of education, bonding and booze.  Because that’s what conferences are for.  That and the recertification credits. Not all HR people… Continue Reading “Conferences”


Compared to most women over on Twitter right now, I have exceptionally little to complain about.   I have never been raped.  I don’t walk around with any serious fear for my physical safety.  I had kind of chalked it up to the fact… Continue Reading “#YesAllWomen”

At the Bar

To begin at the beginning my boss, G,  and I were at a conference in Boston last Spring.  One night, we went to dinner with some colleagues from our member companies and someone that was not me thought it would be cool to have… Continue Reading “At the Bar”

Department Outing

It is not news that my employer freakin’ rocks.  That’s why I work there.  Small perk:  each year every department has a budget to do a group outing.  Most departments just do a long lunch somewhere, but my people – most of us, anyway… Continue Reading “Department Outing”

Peace Marathon – April 29 to May 31, 2013

Through Project Linus, I learned about a fabulous fundraiser to honor the victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon.  Chicago running coach Jenny Hadfield established a virtual marathon where each participant runs or walks 26.2 miles over the course of the next month.… Continue Reading “Peace Marathon – April 29 to May 31, 2013”