Best of the HR blogs August 2012: The HR bloggers’ choice!


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Something a little different for this month’s round-up of the best from the world of HR blogs.

I thought it’d be fun to invite some of the world’s leading HR bloggers to share their picks of what they consider the best HR blog posts to be published during August 2012.

I’m delighted to report that the following top HR bloggers have all taken part: Ellison Bloomfield; Steve Browne; Melissa Fairman; Chris Fields; Kate Griffiths-Lambeth; and Charlie Judy!

Each of the HR bloggers taking part was asked to provide a short list of their favourite HR blog posts of the past month.

I hope you’ll agree that the results make for very interesting reading!

But before we get to the HR bloggers’ pick of the best, here’s a brief news snippet from the world of HR blogs this month:

I’m always on the lookout for great HR blogs, so if you feel there are any posts or authors that I might’ve overlooked here, please do get in touch! You can leave a comment via the box below, or contact me directly via Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+.

Best of the HR blogs: The HR bloggers’ pick of the best HR blog posts of August 2012

But enough of my yakkin’… here are what some of the best HR bloggers in the world consider to have been some of the best HR blog posts in the world from the past month!

Ellison Bloomfield

Ellison_Bloomfield.jpegEllison Bloomfield is one of Australia’s best HR bloggers – I’d highly recommend that you spare a moment to check out her Humane Resource blog. She’s also been so kind as to contribute a number of great best blog posts to XpertHR (for example: Ellison Bloomfield: If I could change one thing about HR… and Socialising HR: Ellison Bloomfield’s manifesto for HR & social media). Follow Ellison on Twitter. Here are Ellison’s choices:

  • Jared Woods: The First Step Is A Mirror Even if you’re not interested in the topic, Jared’s blog is worth the read just for the evocative writing, ‘we use social media to airbrush our lives.’ In this post he speaks about how companies can determine whether they are ready to use social media and the importance that emotional connection plays in someone’s decision to want to work for a company.
  • Lynette Jensen: Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) & Why it Helps to Be Human This post has a nice reminder for all of us, ‘human beings require that writing is fluent, authentic, sounds and feels honest, flows well and rings true.’ Enough said.
  • Doug Shaw: Unplugged I loved this post from Doug and could relate to what he was saying about being ‘together and alone’ when he went away and forgot his phone. It’s a reminder that we all need to unplug from time to time so we can see what is in front of us.

Steve Browne

SteveBrowne.JPGSteve is the HR Director at LaRosa’s Restaurants in Cincinnati, Ohio, and – as I’ve said many times before – is quite possibly the most upbeat and positive presence in the global HR community on social media. Steve is the author of the Everyday People blog, and has also contributed a number of excellent guest posts to XpertHR’s Employment Intelligence blog (including Steve Browne: If I Could Change One Thing About HR… and HR Rocks). Follow Steve on Twitter. Steve has chosen the following posts:

Melissa Fairman

MelissaFairman2012.jpgMelissa’s Twitter bio includes the following: “HR professional by day, blogger, violinist and obsessive reader by night!” Melissa’s HR ReMix blog comes highly recommended (and her Weekly ReMix ever Friday is particularly useful in providing an overview of the week’s events in HR and social media). Follow Melissa on Twitter. Melissa says:

For the top posts of August 2012 I’ve included three posts that I think are relevant regardless of what country or company/organization an HR professional works in. It was tough to narrow it down to three!

Chris Fields

ChrisFields.jpgChris Fields is a gent, a scholar, an HR professional from Memphis, Tennessee, and the author of the CostofWork blog. You can find out more about Chris here, and please make sure that you follow Chris on Twitter

But before we get to Chris’ picks, I must also include a reminder here of a Twitter request Chris sent me at the start of the month, for one further post to be included. 

Chris asked for a mention of the following superb post from the HR ReMix blog to be included in this month’s round-up: Put Down The Cold Meds. You can see Chris’ Twitter request directly below.


Now here’s Chris with his choice of the best HR blog posts from August 2012:

I am forgetting something but…

And I gotta rep for myself:

Kate Griffiths-Lambeth

Kate Griffiths-Lambeth photo.jpgIt is a delight and a pleasure to welcome UK HR Director Kate Griffiths-Lambeth to the XpertHR Employment Intelligence blog. Please do check out Kate’s superb Leading Light blog, and make sure you follow Kate on Twitter. Here are Kate’s recommendations:

I suspect there is a slight degree of voyeurism to my blogreading – I like to know what people are doing and thinking to broaden my ownknowledge and understanding, hence this American blog written by RobinSchooling (on her aptly named site HR Schoolhouse) about “window shopping”struck a chord: Peering into the Neighbor’s Windows.

Given that the Olympics took place in August, it would bestrange not to include at least one Olympic-themed piece; I particularlyenjoyed Flip Chart Rick’s Can we stop trying to define Britishness now?, which celebrates the fact the Britain “just went out and did its stuff” anddraws comparisons to organizations wishing to define or influence their cultureas well as shuddering at the thought of politicians trying to do the same forthe country. Flipchart Fairy Tales are consistently a good read with afinger on the pulse of UK employment trends, another excellent one of his postsdraws attention to changing patterns in self-employment and draws some thought-provoking conclusions: Why the rise in self-employment is a bad thing.

Whilst on the subject of the Olympics (indeed it was written on the night ofthe Olympics’ closing ceremony), this post by Dave Goddin (on his old blogsite), celebrates the contribution of various guest bloggers commenting on Positive Practices to Coaching and Mentoring. This post is worth perusal, not just because of the good links to earliercomments but also because it provides the link to his new site. Dave is often thought provoking and excellent at making the best of socialnetworking opportunities as is witnessed by his reaction to and summary of therecent Positive Psychology event devised and run by Sukhvinder Pabial.

Another stalwart of the UK HR blogging community is RobJones. I made his acquaintance last year and have followed his posts andsuccessful career move to a new employer with genuine interest. His post The one with a target on my back,drawing comparisons between being a sales target when employed andsalespeople’s treatment of unemployed individuals, emphasises the importance ofdeveloping genuine relationships with potential and existing contactsregardless of employment status; it should be read by all third-party supplierswishing to secure business from HR.

I shall finish my recommendations with a post by SukhvinderPabial, which seems to tie many of the themes of the aforementioned blogstogether: The human touch.

We in HR need to be mindful of the fact that policies andprocedures do not create success, it is the people and how they behave thatmake things happen…

Charlie Judy

CharlieJudy2012.jpegCharlie is one of the best and most forthright HR bloggers out there, and is a key member of the global HR community, as well as a leading proponent of the Trench HR movement. He is also the author of a great post in XpertHR’s 2010/2011 “If I could change one thing about HR…” series.

Do please check out Charlie’s HR Fishbowl blog, and follow Charlie on Twitter.

  • Neil Morrison: Act Your Age I’ve been reading Neil Morrison’s stuff long before he even knew I existed. He’s not idol material, so I wasn’t stalking him so much as keeping an eye on him. We are kindred spirits: He’s got a mouth (he uses it more judiciously than I). He dislikes much about the world of work and isn’t afraid to call it out. And he’s one hell of good looking guy. In this post, he highlights that the first step to development is a willingness to do something about it – that adults typically receive development needs not as opportunities, but as a personal failure…that they often run from.
  • Joe Gerstandt: How to Hack Your Culture This is actually part of a series from Joe Gerstandt, one of the few people out there who I actually listen to when he talks about Diversity and Inclusion. I think the concept of applying “hacking principles” to the workplace is really very powerful. In order to change, we must first seek to understand. And the best way to do that is to break it down into manageable parts. Joe applies this theory to D&I…and culture. And you too could do so very easily.
  • Steve Browne: Release Your Inner Pop Artist As an HR professional (really) living in the trenches every day, everything Steve Browne shares carries a bit more weight with me. Hate me if you must. In a much kinder fashion than I would ever take, he reminds us that we pretty much suck at creativity in HR. And that we shouldn’t be afraid to let loose. Amen, my brother.
  • Trish McFarlane: HR And Recruiting Need To Get More Visual Yes. And Yes. And then one more time Yes. I love this idea. The Talent Management realm has an image (pardon the pun) problem. Trish McFarlane makes a simple suggestion on how we might start to fix it. This is doable. Before you know it, Accounting will be running to catch up.
  • Jason Lauritsen: Getting Credit is Overrated You love it because it’s true…I know you do. But it’s really really hard to come to terms with. Jason Lauritsen reminds us why it’s important to do so, though: “Your brilliant idea is more likely to become a brilliant reality when a group of people all feel like it’s their idea.  So, if you really want to get things done, be generous about giving away your ideas.”
  • William Tincup: The Long Con of Engagement William Tincup is a pimp. I admire that. He also speaks the truth. We run around chasing shiny objects in HR and “Employee Engagement” should be quickly losing its luster for most of you. Tincup tells us why. There’s a reason it’s called ‘work’, yo.
  • Jason Seiden: Shouldn’t Being Yourself be Easy? Jason Seiden is one of those guys who is too smart by half. I have to take a translator along with me when I talk to him. And when I read his stuff, I need to let it ferment a while before I can get the most of it. This post is like three sentences long (that in and of itself earns a place on this month’s list). He tackles ‘authenticity’ from another angle: “…It’s not enough to be yourself. Being yourself is easy and leads to failure. (Spectacular failure, actually)…Deep down, you don’t want to be yourself, you want to be your best self… and that takes work.” That’s some powerful stuff; I just can’t explain it.

Buzz Rooney

BuzzRooney.BMPBuzz Rooney is a US HR professional and author of a great blog entitled The Buzz on HR.

Follow Buzz on Twitter. Buzz says:

There is a lot of good content out there. It is really difficult to narrow the field. Here’s what I finally decided:

  • HR Introvert: Is Your Talent Garden Self-Pruning? Self awareness is such a critical skill and seemingly very rare. This post resonates so deeply because of its underlying message about cultivating self awareness, development and acceptance in our employees and our own careers.
  • Krista Ogburn Francis: What Did She Say? (Reducing Office Gossip) HR gets sucked in and bogged down by interpersonal office conflict all the time. The one question provided in this post is such a simple, brilliant way to turn these issues around and create cultures where helpfulness, accountability and resolving conflict at the lowest level are valued.
  • Janine Truitt: Thinking You Are Qualified Does Not Mean You Are Qualified Long-shot job applicants really annoy me. There are really practical tips any seeker can use to decide if they really are qualified to apply for the job. It is great for those in the talent space to share and help guide applicants.

Michael Carty

MJCarty2.jpgAnd if it’s not too cheeky for me to take part in this month’s round-up, here are my three favourites from the past month (in alphabetical order by author surname):

  • Darren Newman: An Open Letter to Dominic Raab MP, Dominic Raab’s Reply and Dominic Raab – A final exchange In this outstanding series of blog posts from the A Range of Reasonable Responses blog, UK employment law expert and XpertHR author Darren Newman’s enters into an illuminating dialogue with Conservative MP Dominic Raab on the very timely topic of employment law reform. Raab is one of the authors of a forthcoming book entitled Britannia Unchained: Global Growth and Prosperity, which will be published in the run-up to this year’s Conservative Party Conference. The Evening Standard reports that the book sees “rising star Tory MPs” call on David Cameron “to tackle ‘lazy’ Britain – and bring in tough new work reforms. [...] ‘Too many people in Britain, we argue, prefer a lie-in to hard work,’ they said.” I would urge everyone reading this to take the time to read every word of what Darren’s written here (if you’ve not had the pleasure already, that is!). Follow Darren on Twitter.
  • Michael Scutt: But It’s Only Banter…  Brilliant musings on the ‘but it’s only banter…’ defence used -as UK employment law blogger Michael Scutt puts it – “whenever dodgy or discriminatory words are used in the workplace and the whole sorry episode comes to be repeated (or replayed) in a disciplinary hearing, or (worse still) an ET.” Follow Michael Scutt on Twitter.

  • Aliah D Wright: Still Stumped by Twitter? Don’t Be This post provides an excellent and encouraging introduction to Twitter for HR. If you’re not yet on Twitter, please do read this post, and if it convinces you to give Twitter a go, make sure you follow Aliah on Twitter!

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2 Responses to Best of the HR blogs August 2012: The HR bloggers’ choice!

  1. Charlie Judy 31 August 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    thanks for reaching out to us for our suggestions. – collectively, this is an amazing list! it’s fun (and a bit telling) to see what our peers read. thanks for all that you do to support our profession!!!

  2. Steve Browne 31 August 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Michael – Appreciate the opportunity to contribute and absolutely love the choices from the panel !!

    First time I’ve seen someone truly pull the global #HR community together to see what their pulse is.

    You continue to be a great connector and bridge to help our profession pull together. Great reads one and all !!

    Cheers !! – Steve

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