HR Pros: Could You Still Be Laid Off Due to COVID-19? Use this Cheat Sheet to Find Out.

A vaccine is coming, but is your job still at risk?

by Alan Collins

“You lied to me!”

Those were the first words a former colleague of mine — a Regional Employee Relations Director — yelled at her boss, after he informed her job was being eliminated due to the pandemic.

This happened ten weeks ago during their weekly one-on-one update meeting on Skype.

Two minutes into their meeting was when he broke the bad news to her.

He told her she wasn’t alone.

Their company, a Fortune 500 airline company, would be eliminating the jobs of 200 salaried staff employees due to pandemic.

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16 HR Jobs in 25 Years — 50 Golden Lessons, Both Painful & Inspiring.

by Alan Collins

I thought I’d take the opportunity here to share 50 GOLDEN LESSONS I’ve learned from 25 years in the HR trenches.  About two lessons per year.

These are truths I’ve gained from lots of personal screw-ups, some successes, three companies, 16 HR jobs and other HR professionals that I’ve worked with who inspire me.

Yes, some of these you may have seen already, because I share them often.

BUT hopefully, there are a few new items here you might find helpful in managing your own career in HR — without going through all the pain and agony. 

While they are in no particular order, I try never to ignore #50.

Enjoy!

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The #1 Secret For Being A Successful HR Consultant, Coach, Speaker or Writer

by Alan Collins

Everyone in HR at some point in their career thinks about becoming a speaker, writer, consultant or coach.

It’s an awesome and potentially lucrative way of capitalizing on your HR expertise — either part-time, full-time or in your spare time.

In fact, a few months ago I posted 30 Great Side Hustles For HR Professionals — many of which include becoming a speaker, writer, consultant or coach.

If this idea has ever crossed your mind too, you’ll find this article especially valuable.

Why?  Because if you ever decide to speak, write or consult, there is ONE secret you must embrace.

I stumbled upon this unexpected revelation years ago when I first launched this Success in HR blog and started coaching others.

When I got going, what I quickly discovered one stumbling block…

It was very difficult for me to talk or
write about anything personal.

So I avoided doing that.

I thought that HR folks were NOT interested in me as a person.

I believed all they wanted was my HR expertise.

And that WAS true. 

Yes, they did want my know-how.   

But that ALONE wasn’t enough.   

I wasn’t attracting a decent number of readers and clients because I wasn’t delivering EXACTLY what they wanted.

So I sought out the help of one of my HR mentors — a former CHRO of two large organizations and now a phenomenally successful HR consultant and coach.

He immediately saw what my problem was.

And he delivered his advice to me with the force of knockout punch right to my face.

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Are You Making Time For What You Love? Check Out This 2-Minute Video To Find Out.

by Alan Collins

2020 has been an unforgettable year.

During these long months of pandemic-induced, stay-home time, I find my thoughts floating to memories of things I love and I’ve missed this year.

Face to face meetings with clients in the same office, sharing the same space and breathing the same air.

Crowded HR conferences, seminars and workshops where every single seat is taken.

Shaking hands with new people and passionately hugging and embracing old friends.

Airline travel to new locations to eagerly visit places I’ve never been.

Simple, everyday lunches, dinners and coffees with former colleagues, bosses and friends.

These are things I’ve taken for granted, perhaps like you.

But that’s not all.

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7 HR Career Regrets You Must Bury Before This Year Ends….

By Alan Collins

Everyone has regrets.

Especially when it comes to our careers in HR.

We all make mistakes we wish we could take back.

We all have things we wish we could do over.

We all have things we wish we could we could have done differently.

However, as this year comes to a close — the year of the Great Pandemic of 2020 — it’s time to do a reset for next year.

And to do that, here are seven career regrets you absolutely need to bury and let go of right now — before the new year starts.

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Holiday Gift Ideas For Your HR Team, Colleagues, Clients, Friends & Loved Ones!

Don’t search high and low for the perfect gift for the important HR people in your life. 

Find them right here!

Nothing is better than a great book…especially one that will help the people you care about advance their careers in HR.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic,” wrote Stephen King, who ought to know about such things.

So, this holiday season, why not spread a little portable magic yourself?  Or surprise them with a gift they’ll value.

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5 Things I’ve Stolen This Year From HR People Smarter Than Me

Take them, adapt them and apply them to your life

By Alan Collins

The Great Pandemic of 2020, while horrible, has been a tremendous learning year for me.

During the course of this unforgettable year, I’ve never ceased to be amazed that practically every person I’ve talked to in HR is better than me at something.

If you’re like me, you’ve discovered that:

Someone is better than you at selecting terrific job candidates.

Someone is better than you at giving great HR presentations.

Someone is better informed than you on HR metrics and analytics.

Someone is better than you at dealing with tough personalities.

There are better leaders, listeners, relationship builders, conflict diffusers, influencers, mentors and employee grievance handlers.

What do you do when you encounter this?

It’s simple.

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