Dog Days of HR

Today’s post is submitted by Joyce Maroney, Executive Director of the Workforce Institute at Kronos. Here she reflects on the dog days of summer.

It turns out that the “dog days of summer” have nothing to do with hot muggy weather that makes you flop like my friend Jack in the picture below. Rather, according to the National Geographic, this expression refers to the time of year when Sirius, the dog star, appears to rise before the sun – which isn’t always in summer.

I’m sticking with the conventional definition here because it’s been hot and humid the last few weeks and Jack and I are more suited to chilly than sultry weather. Everybody moves more slowly and a lot of my colleagues are on vacation. Good for them, they’re all hard workers and will benefit from taking a break. It does mean, however, that I am not as rich in guest contributions for this blog as I usually am.

What I can share with you are a few quick bites of knowledge from me and my colleagues on the Forbes Human Resources Council. Forbes poses a new set of questions each month that address common HR issues. We can respond if we feel qualified to do so, then Forbes curates those they feel are best fit into an article.

Following are some of the ones I’ve found most interesting this year:

What are some of the best human resources tips you’ve shared or learned in your career?

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