Laurie Ruettimann: HR—You’re Doing It Wrong

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Laurie Ruettimann is a former HR leader turned speaker, writer, and social-media strategist. She is the creator of The Cynical Girl and Punk Rock HR, which Forbes named a top 100 website for women. She sits on the strategic advisory board at Vestrics, a leader and innovator in learning analytics and big data.

Back to Roots

I am not the kind of woman who makes fun of human resources— or the people who do that kind of work—because I’m not the kind of woman who kicks puppies, takes candy from children, or laughs at homeless people. I worked in HR for over a decade, so I know the job can be incredibly thankless. You spend all day worrying about employee compensation, the...

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Your Colleague Smells Bad. And?

Life is one big conflict and hassle. We are born, we attach ourselves to a set of values and beliefs, and then we suffer for the sake of our principles. Some of us are lucky to experience brief bursts of happiness and joy—falling in love, the beginning of a new friendship, finding a new job—but the majority of our time on this planet is spent sorting through complex emotions...

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Jones vs. Anastasijevic

I live with a dark secret: I took my husband’s difficult-to-pronounce surname—pronounced ROO-ta-man—because of my organization’s payroll system. When I got married a decade ago, I wanted to embrace my 1990s version of Lilith Fair feminism and hyphenate our names; however, at the time, the payroll-services firm that my company used allowed for only...

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The Culture Myth

The ancient Maya culture is known for its advancements in language, religion, and science. Deep in the heart of the Yucatán Peninsula, the Maya created a written alphabet, developed a mathematical system, and understood complex scientific principles such as astronomy. Did you send your kids down to Mexico on spring break? Chances are, in between beers...

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Criminal, Past

I have a confession to make: I have never been arrested.

Long before the days when it became trendy for suburban girls to pierce their faces and break their fathers’ hearts, I affected my own ridiculous persona and raged against the machine. I shaved my head, wore stupid clothes, and generally tried to cause...

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When Equality Doesn't Abolish Unfairness

I recently met a CEO of a consulting firm in Minnesota who is very proud of the fact that—despite rising medical costs and the inconsistent political, economic, and social landscape in America—his company offers health-insurance benefits to same-sex couples.
“I am doing something the government can’t do,” he told me. (Or, rather, won’t do.)...

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Looking for Leaders

THERE IS NOTHING HOTTER OR TRENDIER in human resources than leadership development. With baby boomers’ impending retirement and an ongoing war for talent, executives and HR-leadership teams are falling over themselves to find and develop the next generation of smart and innovative leaders who can fill technical roles, manage complex teams, and...

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When Job Ads Don't Work

Think about the work you do. Now think about how you'd go about describing it in a help-wanted ad. Then take a look at your company's actual online job postings. Would you describe your position with the type of language and tone your organization uses? If so, perhaps your HR department is already doing a great job at making jobs sound great...

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