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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…


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!…


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:


For a More Flexible Workforce, Hire Self-Aware People

Being self-aware is not only important in your personal life, but also for choosing the right career path.  For employers, it means steering away from the traditional hiring practices to attract and retain exceptional people who are hired into roles where they can achieve great things, in an environment that allows them to really thrive. A blog from the Harvard Business Review discusses this topic further and is well worth the read.

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