As I write this post today, someone right up the road in Simpsonville, SC has won the MEGA MILLIONS lottery! According to WYFF News-4, “The $1.6 billion prize reflects the annuity option, paid over 29 years. However, nearly all winners take the cash option, which for Tuesday’s drawing was an estimated $913 million.” South Carolina is […]

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One of the challenges of any working relationship is when and how to properly resign. Whether you have worked with a company for decades, or are completing your 90-day introductory period, it can be awkward and even painful to exit gracefully. Let’s say you’ve made the decision to leave. Assuming there are no legal reasons […]

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My previous post, #ME TOO Goes Two Ways prompted great feedback on harassment in the workplace. HR departments are scrambling to reboot, rewrite, refine, and reactivate polices and practices to provide more distinctive boundaries for grown up behavior at work. All these years we have believed it is children who require boundaries for healthy growth.  Certainly […]

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As an HR professional, I feel compelled to weigh in on the current Sexual Harassment Revolution. It is a revolution. Things are just getting started. Hang with me here. Some of this may surprise you. My career spans four decades.  I have facilitated sexual harassment training for businesses, non-profits and small companies, conducted several harassment […]

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As few years back, my husband and I accompanied college friends to the NC State vs. Tennessee football game in Atlanta. Our alma mater, The Wolfpack, was annihilated. After the game, while commiserating over drinks the word SCHADENFREUDE came up. Never heard of the word. According to Encarta it means ‘gloating at somebody else’s bad […]

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Happy Thanksgiving. It’s a blessing to give thanks as we transition from a season of growth and renewal to a more dormant time to appreciate abundance. As individuals, we go through these transitions just as businesses go through life cycles. If you’re not growing, you’re dying. Sometimes, events transpire so quickly that either can happen […]

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It’s a tradition that I write an annual DOG DAYS column. It began when I was editor of the employee newsletter at the Independent-Mail.  Decades later, I’m still at it. My husband and I are moving during these hottest, most miserable weeks of the year. Don’t misunderstand. We are MIGHTY thankful. It’s just poetic justice! As […]

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Who ISN’T experiencing life with Millennials these days?  Millennials are those born @ 1981 – 1997, a/k/a Generation Y (Why? Why? Why?) a/k/a the ME, ME, ME generation. They are also called the Echo Boomers as most of them are children of Baby Boomers who created their birth rate surge. My two sons are Millennials (technically). Neither […]

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By request, the next few posts will explore the hottest NOT new topic in workplaces: MILLENNIALS.  Everybody’s talkin’ ’bout ‘um! Today is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. “On the fourth Thursday of each April, more than 37 million workplaces participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. This year marks the 21st anniversary,” […]

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Last weekend I headed to town for some quick shopping. I do a lot of people watching and like to spot folks, (especially employees) doing great things. They rarely receive praise – but sometimes, to know that someone noticed, well, it’s Christmas. Stop #1: The deli counter at a local grocery. Employees were having a grand time, making […]

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