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Elaine Varelas, Managing Partner, Keystone Partners, 1 Boston Place, Suite 2010, Boston, MA 02108 | 617-720-7300 | evarelas@keystonepartners.com

Recent Columns

Walk this way: Think like a consultant to excel at your HR job
From being more objective to better communicating their worth, HR managers may want to take a cue from consultants to provide more value on the job. MORE >>

Let the students teach — A new approach to the mentor relationship
HR managers should take a cue from children this summer and create unconventional learning relationships at work. MORE >>

Workin' around the clock: Managing the 24-hour employee
With new technology, employees can work from basically anywhere — making a 24-hour workday possible. But just because they can, doesn't mean they should.MORE >>

Communication 101: Reviewing the golden rules of HR communication
By brushing up on the five golden rules of human resources communication, HR managers can make everyone's job a little bit easier.MORE >>

The many faces of HR: Managing expectations and producing results
Whether you're an avid fan of car racing, or don't know NASCAR from Madagascar, HR managers can learn something from the drivers and their teams.MORE >>

Defusing disasters
There are ticking time bombs at every organization that may be getting bigger and more dangerous by the day – if they are not defused.MORE >>

Turn-around time
Whatever the situation, dips are a reality. It is what an organization does in the aftermath that matters most. Does your organization wallow in Dipville, or high-tail it out of town?MORE >>

Say what?!
Some topics of conversation are just wrong, and can take employees or organizations down a slippery slope. Others are beyond inexcusable in an office setting.MORE >>

Naughty or nice?
While it is important to acknowledge employees' hard work during the holidays, it shouldn't be the only time of year your organization shows appreciation toward them.MORE >>

Dealing with difficult co-workers
The word intervention can conjure up some pretty icky images, but it doesn't have to be such a negative word. In fact, it often leads to great results, especially in the workplace.MORE >>

Who's your caddy? Leveraging HR's strategic partnerships
A large part of an HR manager's job description is tangled up in relationships with co-workers and outside contacts.MORE >>

Are you happy in your job?
Here is a quick quiz - the answers to these ten questions can help you craft your role in your organization and design a job that keeps you challenged and fulfilled. MORE >>

Overcoming career derailers
If you make a personal misstep, what can you do? Is your career over, or your job with the company? Here are some steps to follow to help get your career back on track. MORE >>

Can't we all just get along?
You think you're pretty special. You're a critical thinker, a hard worker, a team player. You bring a lot to your department and the organization, and they are lucky to have you. MORE >>

Think you can't offer cutting edge benefits? Think again.
HR managers sometimes get a bad rap as the people in organizations who always say "no." But imagine for a moment that the word "no" was removed from your vocabulary for a day. MORE >>

Heard it through the grapevine
Here at The Hire Authority, we know your employees' secrets. No, we're not mind readers, and we aren't tapping their phones or covertly reading their e-mails. MORE >>

The looming labor shortage: why aren't you worried?
Dire warnings of a labor shortage remind me of the uproar over global warming. Supposedly, it is imminent and we're all going to suffer, but if it's not hurting us now, should we worry? MORE >>

We are family: corporate relationships and the roles people play
Most of us have colleagues at work who have the traits of a married couple - the work spouses. He knows she takes her coffee black with two Splendas, and she finishes his sentences. MORE >>

Think like a quarterback to hone your HR skills
Football coaches and players are constantly analyzing their game-their strengths, weak spots, and opponents. Good teams (those not plagued by injuries) usually don't repeat the same mistakes two weeks in a row. MORE >>

Top ten reasons CEO Scrooge is gone
With apologies to David Letterman, I've compiled my own "Top Ten" list of Scrooge's most egregious blunders that eventually lead to his resignation-and what he could have done to better spread the holiday cheer. MORE >>

The use and misuse of 360-degree assessments
Don't you wish you could tell people what you really think? The 360-degree assessment was designed with that goal in mind-extracting an honest and insightful look at employees and how they work. MORE >>

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