The pandemic is starting to shake the stigma surrounding resume gaps due to millions of workers losing their jobs as a result of the economy downsizing. Photo by RODNAE Productions from Pexels

Despite popular opinion, having a resume gap isn’t always a bad thing. Yet, many employers assume that a gap in employment means an applicant is unemployable, unprofessional, or undereducated. While this may be the case in some instances, it’s unfair to generalize all applicants without asking them about their time away from work. Colleen DelVecchio, executive coach and keynote speaker, explained, as an employer, it’s important to take the time to get to know prospective employees and hear their stories. You might learn that their gaps might just be the most interesting thing about them.

Here are a few reasons…

The stereotypes against HR are unfair and take away from the value they bring to the overall organization. Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

Regardless of all the good they do, HR remains one of the most hated departments in the workplace today. The stereotype is that HR is only there to support the company and not its workers. Employees believe that since HR is the department that conducts terminations, they’re always seeking ways to get rid of people or get them into trouble. Likewise, they feel as if HR will always side with the employer when it comes to employee mistreatment. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Despite what many employees believe, HR isn’t constantly looking for offenders to punish. They’re…

Toxic managers can deprive the best employees of their confidence, destroy their mental health and compromise their sanity. Photo by Elisa Ventur on Unsplash

Despite the emphasis being placed on company culture and the employee experience, toxic managers still exist in the workplace today. In fact, a Monster poll revealed that 76% of workers currently have or had a toxic boss. Although many argue that toxic managers have good intentions, the truth is, their toxic behaviors can destroy an entire company causing the best workers to flee. Not only does their toxicity permeate the team but it spreads company-wide leaving employees feeling dejected, cautious, mentally drained, and as if they’re constantly walking on eggshells.

I once reported to a toxic CEO who was preoccupied…

Aside from the policies and processes in place, HR is there to make sense of the gray areas and advocate for the people. Photo by on Unsplash

For decades, Human Resources has fought hard to have a seat at the table where decision-making processes take place. Previously, they’ve been the minority of the organization, but as of recently, HR has rightfully gained a seat at the table, and now, they’re being looked at to lead the future of work. In fact, it’s estimated that more than 60 new HR jobs will be created over the next 10 years, according to the Harvard Business Review.

Despite the need and growth of People and Culture, when companies are desperate to save money, their first choice is to eliminate the…

Are you asking the right questions?

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It’s no surprise that job seekers still feel inferior during the interview process despite a candidate-driven market. Traditionally, employers dominated an interview using interrogative tactics. They knew they held the power because jobs were scarce and they were able to control the process.

However, times have drastically changed. The pandemic has created high levels of unemployment, which has since led to one of the most competitive candidate-favored markets in the last 20 years. In fact, candidates are now qualifying companies based on flexible working hours, remote work opportunities, company culture, professional growth, and benefits, to name a few.

Yet many…

The world of business is changing, and naturally, so are the requirements of good leadership. However, organizations must quickly decipher what these requirements are, and how to implement them. Photo by air focus on Unsplash

2020 has upended businesses and exposed poor leadership behavior around the globe. Prior to this pandemic, there were few good leaders in the workplace overshadowed by poor ones. The poor leaders were known for their false promises, bullying nature and abuse of power. The challenge with those in positions of power is many of them have never received formal leadership training. Therefore, they’re mimicking what they’ve seen from those who have managed them or doing what they know and feel to be right.

Here are six skills that the leader of tomorrow embodies to keep their team and organization functioning…

The business world has changed, so when it comes to leaders inspiring high performance, the status quo has changed. Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash

Healthy communication and compassionate leadership is the foundation of every successful business. There are a wealth of benefits that come from managers who look beyond employee performance and focus on the human element. In recent years, leadership development has become a priority for nearly 95% of businesses making it a $366 billion global industry. Interestingly, 77% of companies are experiencing a leadership gap and 63% of millennials feel their leadership skills aren’t being fully developed by their employer. …

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There’s a surge of candidates on the market due to recent layoffs and furloughs from the long-existing pandemic. The current challenge many companies are facing is sifting through the influx of talent on the market to find those that are the right fit for them. The landscape of recruiting has changed drastically over the years and it requires companies to adapt if they want to remain on top of quality talent. However, recruiting is just a piece of the puzzle.

Today’s talent wastes no time internet stalking companies to see what their culture is like. They do this by checking…

Culture can be a tricky area for organizations to navigate at the best of times, but during a crisis, this challenge is heightened. Photo by Mimi Thian on Unsplash

It’s no surprise companies look up to Zappos for inspiration. Zappos has disrupted the traditional way of running a business and succeeded. Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, knew in order to make customers happy, he had to first make his employees happy. Like most companies, Hsieh struggled with the culture in his first company. In fact, he hated it, so much so that he lost all motivation to show up. Through this experience, Hsieh learned culture is more of a priority than the profit of a company. With Zappos, he promised himself that he would be more intentional about the…

Creating a workplace free from burnout means prioritizing employee mental health and wellbeing. Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash

Workplace burnout has been on the rise since the start of the pandemic. More than ever, workers are feeling isolated from their teams, suffering from work-life imbalance and struggling with their mental health as well as a lack of support. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially recognized workplace burnout as a medical condition that could also be considered a mental health issue. However, there still remains a stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace. For this reason, employees are reluctant to confide in their manager about their own challenges with burnout and mental health. …

Heidi Lynne Kurter

Forbes senior journalist, workplace culture consultant, leadership coach, domestic violence advocate, workplace bully activist and Corgi mom!

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