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…


Scrap Your Annual Performance Reviews!

What if I told you that traditional annual performance reviews stifle creativity, serve no concrete purpose, and are a waste of time and paperwork? Well, I have said it time and time again for many years, and the response has ranged from; “Yes, I agree and I hate annual reviews!” to “What do you mean? What are we supposed to do if we don’t have annual reviews?” The fact of the matter is we are already seeing a swing in the pendulum and many organizations, including large corporations like Deloitte and Adobe, have said bye-bye their traditional annual review process!…



One of the biggest changes for employers in 2015 is California’s new requirement to offer paid sick leave to employees. The “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014” requires all employers to provide at least three days of paid sick leave to all employees who work 30 or more days in California, including part-time and temporary employees. What should you do now? If you already have paid sick leave or PTO policies in place, you should determine if your current policies will meet the requirements of the new plan. If you do not currently offer paid sick leave you should…


Real Happiness At Work

Take a look at the job title on your business card.  Is that what you dreamed about doing when you were in high school?  Did you passionately pursue that career with a sense of true purpose?  I am willing to bet that what most of you dreamed of doing when you were younger is something other than what is printed on your business card.  Now that isn’t to say that you aren’t passionate about what you do.  If you didn’t end up in the career of your dreams, you still can find meaning and purpose in your work. However, many…


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:


How To Keep Your Cool In Heated Situations

Let’s face it, we all get into heated situations in the workplace, whether through observation or active involvement. When taking the high road is not always the easiest or most instantly gratifying solution we need to remind ourselves of the big picture.  I remember very early on in my career my boss screamed at me until his face turned red and veins protruded from his neck in front of everyone for a mistake he thought I made.  Once he finished spraying his detest, holding my tongue I calmly asked him if we could continue the conversation in his office rather…


Should Candidates Get a Job Mulligan?

You are probably familiar with the term “mulligan” in golf. It is when a golfer attempts to hit a ball, but misses, and other players offer that person a second chance to hit the ball. A Blog called Yes, Candidates Can Get a Job Mulligan by HR Bartender discusses the application of this term with candidates and employers. What happens when a candidate interviews for a job, and lands the job only to discover a month later that it is not the right job for her?

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