#BlackBlogsMatter – 2018 Edition

In 2017, Sarah Morgan, HR Leader and blogger extraordinaire (she’s hosting the Carnival this March BTW), started the #BlackBlogsMatter challenge which was focused on Black culture and experiences.

The challenge is BACK for 2018 – bigger, better and more important and pertinent than ever.  As Sarah explained, this year’s challenge has 2 aspects:

#BlackBlogsMatter weekly challenge. This 15-week challenge has a weekly blog theme surrounding both Black culture and experience as well as broader topics of diversity, inclusion, micro-aggression, intersectionality and equality.  In each week, bloggers can write 1 blog post or several within their thoughts on the theme.  (The graphic with the topics is at the top of this post).

#BlackBlogsMatter microblog challenge.  This 28-day challenges is designed for Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and features a different blogging genre each day.  People will post each day shoutout and highlight the work of a Black blogger who focuses on the genre listed. The hope is for everyone to meet new blog friends, add new content to their feeder, and amplify the voices of talented Black bloggers.

Numerous HR bloggers are participating in the challenge including Janine Truitt, Chris Fields, Tamara Rasberry, Jazmine Wilkes, and Keirsten Greggs and while the challenge is about much more than human resources, those who work in HR should listen, read, and learn.

Follow #BlackBlogsMatter on Twitter, instagram and other channels for ongoing content.

It’s A Wrap! The End-of-Year “Holiday” Edition #HRCarnival

The HR blogosphere has been busy and our December 2017 End-of-Year edition provides just the tiniest snippet of what human resources professionals have been discussing throughout the year. Interestingly enough we’ve had no submittals about Chatbots, AI, GDPR or Blockchain. No discussion of people analytics. Nary a whisper about sourcing, recruiting or the death, rise, or disruption of the ATS (Google Jobs anyone?). No employer branding. Nothing about diversity and inclusion.

But, the way the Carnival works, bloggers submit a post to be included; this is not a curated process wherein we go out and search what’s being talked about. So, with that being said, I do think our collection of submitted posts from 2017 does accurately reflect the sorts of topics that have been regularly discussed this year in HR Departments around the globe. These posts represent the topics that are, quite often, front and center for HR practitioners and organizational leaders day-in and day-out.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the various Carnivals throughout the year; I can’t wait to see what we un-wrap in 2018!


Learning, Development and Professional Passion 

Tim Gardner – Make 2017 Better By Learning From 2016 (Tim kicked us off in January of 2017 by telling us …“Don’t just be glad 2016 is over, because the year did not control the outcome – people did. Including you.)

Jazmine Wilkes – Resources – Continuing Your Growth

Scott MautzThese 9 Things Are Draining Your Passion at Work (Here’s How to Counter Them)

Mark Fogel – How Did They Pay You to Give Up on Your Dreams? 

Wally Bock – Please Don’t Become a Boss if…

Employee Experience, Engagement and Workplace Culture

John Baldino – Cold Hearted (“Policy is meant to enhance the employee experience.  In its primary role, it’s not punitive and it’s not authoritarian.”)

Ben Eubanks – 7 Lessons on Creating a Powerful Employee Experience

Mary Faulkner – Everyone Needs a Jerry

Jennifer Juo – Disruptive New HR Tech That Can Boost Employee Engagement

Helo Tamme – How to turn your employees into brand ambassadors?


Derek Zeller – It’s Different for Girls: LinkedIn’s Unprofessional Network (this post from 2016 remains so relevant TODAY that it deserves inclusion in this Carnival)

Jane Watson – What HR Needs to Do Now

Robin Schooling – If You Can’t Stand the HR Heat…Stay Out of the Kitchen

The Business of HR 

Julie Winkle Giulioni – If Not the Annual Performance Appraisal, Then What? (as Julie pointed out in an email, “this is an issue that many organizations are struggling with. And HR will have to be the ones to sort it out and make it work”) 

Prasad Kurian – The OD Quest: Part 5 – Face to face with the antithesis?!

Stuart Rudner – The Court of Appeal of Ontario revisits termination clauses

Donna Steffey – Do You Have a Global Mindset?

John Hunter – Why Do People Fail to Adopt Better Management Methods?

Trish McFarlane – The 3 Little Pigs: A Business Story

Judith Lindenberger – Aligning Employee Expectations with HR Realities

Mike Haberman – The explanation of the future is about prediction and not certainty

Mike McCarty – Devin Patrick Kelley: Failure of a Single Source Database

Katee Van Horn – Blind Interviews Aren’t So Blind 

HR Technology

Naomi Bloom – Death by Lousy HRM — The Whole Story In One Sitting! (this is a post with a twist – an actual novella/murder mystery featuring HRM. We also ran this earlier in 2017 during the 10 Year Anniversary of the Carnival!)

and a look ahead to 2018….

Naomi Bloom – Reprise: A Great Miracle Happened Here! Chanukah 2017, With My HR Tech Wishes For 2018