Sharlyn Lauby, SPHR, CPLP is an HR pro turned consultant with more than 20 years of professional human resources experience. Lauby is president of Internal Talent Management (ITM Group, Inc.), a human resources consulting firm located in South Florida. She has designed and implemented highly successful programs for employee retention, internal and external customer satisfaction, and leadership development. She is the creator of the blog HRBartender, a friendly place to discuss workplace issues. So pull up a stool and order your favorite drink … the bar is always open.

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Latest Articles by Sharlyn Lauby

  • Bypassing HR for an Interview

    Bypassing HR for an Interview

    I'm working on an project where I spend a fair amount of time talking with people who are looking for work. It's interesting to talk with them because they invariably ask me, "How do I bypass the human resources department in the interview process?" Ouch! Is this the perception of HR? I flashed back to my days in the corporate world. ... More


  • Proper Processes Yield Good Outcomes

    Proper Processes Yield Good Outcomes

    If you have an effective process in place, follow it. Processes exist for a reason. Many times it's to demonstrate that proper care and attention is being taken in reaching an end result. So when an organization creates a process, it's important to respect it and allow the process to happen. Otherwise, why have the process at all? Of course, if ... More


  • Is Leadership an Occupation?

    Is Leadership an Occupation?

    Recently, I met someone who’s looking for a new opportunity (read: they’re unemployed). When I asked them what kind of work they were looking for, they said they wanted to be a leader. It took me a few moments to process the reply. I hadn’t really spent a lot of time considering it. Is being a leader an occupation? I mean, ... More


  • The Transparency Test

    The Transparency Test

    A little while back, I talked about how transparency seems to have faded from our conversations both on and off social media. One of the reasons for this could be that we don't really know what to look for in terms of transparency. It got me thinking. How do we know if an organization is operating in a transparent manner? So ... More


  • 7 Secrets for Good Meetings

    7 Secrets for Good Meetings

    One of the biggest changes I experienced when I became a consultant involved meetings. Working in corporate, I attended a lot of meetings – many of them were routine like staff meetings or safety meetings, etc. As a consultant, the number of meetings I attend has diminished significantly. And maybe it's just me but, the meetings I do go to for ... More


  • Whatever Happened to Transparency?

    Whatever Happened to Transparency?

    You remember transparency, don't you? Sure you do! Everyone was talking about it several months ago. It came right along with being on social media and operating openly in our communications. The idea was, to be successful, particularly on social media, you needed to be transparent – or, open, honest, and respectful in your interactions with others. Funny thing, though . ... More


  • The Business Case for Managing Ourselves

    The Business Case for Managing Ourselves

    The Harvard Business Review published a post by Vineet Nayar on Who is the New CEO? The article is a well-thought out vision that, in the future, successful CEOs will focus on building decentralized organizations and enabled employees. This makes total sense to me. I'm sure businesses right now don't want to build extra layers and structure. That can be very ... More


  • Cliques and Teams

    Cliques and Teams

    Franny Oxford over at Do the Work blog wrote a post a while back about SHRM (aka the Society for Human Resource Management). While her post was about something completely different, she made reference to SHRM affiliated chapters being cliquish. The comment really struck me because, during my involvement with SHRM, I've heard the same remark…many times. And I always walk ... More


  • Do You Work in the Gray Zone?

    Do You Work in the Gray Zone?

    One of the absolutely fabulous readers here at HR Bartender sent me this question. It was a question asked of her during a job interview and she wanted to know how I would have answered it. Jan and John are working together on a project. HR is planning to suspend Jan. Do you tell John that Jan is going to be ... More




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