International Women’s Day


It’s International Women’s Day and I’m definitely hearing about it. It’s all over Twitter, McDonald’s flipped their logo upside down, and the #MeToo #TimesUp movement continues to take over news feeds.

My first encounter with the Woman’s Movement began in Community College with Professor Cynthia Lee Katona (one of the best professors I ever had), who taught a Woman in Literature class. Although she failed me in her English 101 class in my first semester of college, I was fascinated by her stance on women empowerment. She traveled extensively and established the Women’s Studies program at my school.

She taught me originally that the first women’s movement actually began as women trying to fight for equal voting rights, a right to have a voice. However, she also criticized that the newer generations of self-declared feminists have gone too extreme and lost sight of what the original movement meant.

I’m not going to comment on what I believe, what I believe is a half-conceptualized idea that tells me that I don’t know enough to create an opinion yet. But, I do believe in women’s rights and celebrating how far we’ve come. I can hold a job, vote, and I am much further along than my ancestors were.

And slowly but surely there’s a continued renewal of dialogue about women’s rights, about women’s choices, and just about women in general. I think that’s an amazing accomplishment and that it should be celebrated!

So for all of the strong women out there, please celebrate your differences, support each other and continue speaking up. I believe that to have this dialogue and being open will make the world a better place for my daughters and granddaughters in the future.

Fun Fact: Did you know that women are born with all the eggs they will ever need? What this means ladies, is that when your mother was a fetus, one of the eggs that was developed, while your grandmother was pregnant, is you!

Take the challenge, make the world a better place and rise up from the failures of yesteryear. I think twenty years from now, there will be a better world for everyone.

But what do I know? I’m…

~Just the HR Girl

Bereavement Leave: HR and Loss

When the call comes, it’s an unexpected call. It’s the kind of call that you would dread getting in the middle of the night at 3 a.m. because you already know when you pick up the phone it is going to be bad news.

I was the unfortunate recipient of one of these calls last month and it really opened my eyes to the issues surrounding bereavement and how frightening these situations can be. How a supervisor or HR contact handles this situation could be critical to how the relationship between employee/employer progresses years into the future or create a sour note that envelopes the entire relationship.

To give some background, my family resides in a completely different country. I got a call saying my grandmother was very ill but they didn’t think I would make it in time. After receiving this upsetting news, I immediately looked for flights, called my supervisor to explain the situation, and took the 14-hour flight the next day. I was gone over a week and a half.

How should an HR professional handle something like this?

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Day Without Immigrants: Dealing with Protests

Protests impact businesses. There’s no arguing that.

Everyone today will be affected by the immigrant protests in some way, whether it’s noticing that there is a strange pattern in traffic, finding an empty desk at work, not being able to go to your favorite restaurant, or hearing about it on the news.

Originally the protest started with having undocumented immigrants protest by staying home from work, not attending school, not going shopping, not eating out, not going to restaurants etc… However, many people who are related to immigrants are choosing to protest as well.

With all of the protests, employers are beginning feel the stress of people who are protesting affect their businesses and bottom line. After all, business must still go on.

So, how should HR professionals deal with the protests?

Here are some tips and tricks to keep yourself out of trouble:

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5 Things We Take for Granted at Work

Two and a half weeks ago, I went to watch Hidden Figures it was a great movie. However, from an HR perspective, the movie is phenomenal. Hidden Figures is movie based on three African American women who worked for NASA and their contributions to NASA.

The setting is in 1961.

If you work in the United States, you’ll notice the date is a full three years BEFORE the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Title VII.

In the new age of company lunches, nap pods, and other enticing benefits, we never think about things that we take for granted so here are some of the moments in the movie that really rang true.

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