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Why Aren’t We Talking More About Mental Health in the Workplace?

If you asked me I’d say it’s because people aren’t comfortable talking about something they don’t fully understand. THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE. It is essential -not just a good idea- for employers to reduce the stigma around mental health in the workplace. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience mental illness.So, if you employ 50 employees, that’s at least10 of your hardworking people who live with mental illness and may be experiencing uniquechallenges. This is a number we can’t ignore.Personally, Ibelieve the actual number is higher. Ignoring mental health not only has negative consequences on…


Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) in the Workplace. What Does It Mean and How Do We Get There?

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) in the Workplace.  What Does It Mean and How Do We Get There?  Last week I attended two workshops, two days in a row, on the topic of diversity and inclusion.  Instead of my typical weeknight evenings of binge-watching my favorite Netflix shows with my dog on my lap, I was nerding out on D&I!  I was seriously excited to attend, eager to learn and to have an open conversation with other business professionals around this topic that is finally gaining the importance it deserves. Both workshops took a different approach.  The first one had…


Radio Show – Maria Cordova Talks HR Essentials

President & Founder of HumanageHR, Maria Cordova, is interviewed by Napa’s KVON radio host, Chris Templeton, about various HR issues such as employment laws effecting California employers, how to engage and motivate employees, and turning a horrible boss into an amazing leader. Listen to the KVON Radio Interview below:


Breaking Bad – Is HR The Hero Or The Villain?

When I look back on the early stages of my career in human resources I think one of the hardest pills to swallow was the bad reputation I had been bestowed by way of the heavy HR crown I now so proudly wear. After all, it’s not easy being queen. Queen of what you ask? Queen of policy enforcement, humiliating disciplinary meetings, heartless layoffs, corporate restructurings, boring sexual harassment training, and endless documentation requirements.


Should HR Have Friends At Work?

If you ask an HR professional this question I bet you will get a smile and then a multi-faceted answer. We want (and need) to be a trusted resource for employees, so there needs to be a genuine, friendly element to our approach. But when does it go too far and become a liability?

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