Laurie Ruettimann

About the Author



Laurie Ruettimann (LFR) is a former Human Resources leader turned influential speaker, writer and strategist. She owns a human resources consultancy that offers a wide array of HR services to human resources leaders and executives. Check out her LinkedIn profile here. You may know Ruettimann as the creator of The Cynical Girl and Punk Rock HR (retired), which Forbes named as a top 100 website for women. You may have also read her book, I AM HR: 5 Strategic Ways to Break Stereotypes and Reclaim HR. (RepCap Press, 2014.) 

Getting Behind the Latest Workforce Trend: Finding a Little Joy at Work


Here’s a new movement you need to know about: Joy at work. That’s right. The latest trend is to nag you into finding some joy in your job. Not happiness. Not passion. Joy. And if you find joy, at least a little, things are going to be OK. It’s about adding up the…

Yes, We Really Could Use a Little More Radical Candor in HR

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One of the biggest trends in HR right now is radical candor. Have you heard of this? According to Kim Scott, radical candor is the moral obligation of managers to care for each team member personally and challenge ’em to grow. Managers must provide feedback that is humble, helpful, immediate, and in person….

Management 101: The 3 Cardinal Rules Of Reference Checks


Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. I get calls on a regular basis to provide formal and informal references on people in my industry. First things first: Reference checks are not background checks. Reference checks are subjective. Reference checks are unreliable and invalid ways of…

How to Work and Get Along With Really Stupid People


We all have them in our lives. Trump lovers, Bernie supporters, birthers, 9/11 truthers, and people who send you a voicemail/text/email and then stop by your desk two seconds later because they need a response. 14 tips for dealing with stupidity Here’s how to work with stupid people: Smile. Pause. Breathe. It diffuses…

The Things You Need To Do To Be Happy And Successful At HR

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. I spend a lot of time talking about what makes HR professionals fail, but I have strong opinions on the key attributes that make human resources leaders successful. Here are four (4): 1. Great HR leaders are…

Why Does It Take Forever to Fill a Job Requisition?

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One of the most important facts you need to embrace in 2016 is that it will take you forever to fill a requisition. There are a ton of reasons. No matter what anybody tells you, the economy is healthy. It is better for the rich than for the poor. It is better for whites…

Cuba May Be Opening, But There are Big Challenges Building a Business There


Cuba is awe-inspiring and timeless. I traveled to Havana over Thanksgiving with a team of HR and recruiting executives. Our goal was to learn more about the economic climate of a country that’s been closed to American citizens and businesses for over 50 years. First, a little history. When you step off the airplane…

Yes, It’s Performance Review Season. Here’s How to Handle That

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It’s performance review season. Many of you in Corporate America are about to receive an annual overview of your behaviors and outputs. Then you’ll hear about your raise. Some of you will be happy. More than a few of you will question the subjective nature of this process and ask questions about how…

Insights From Cuba: HR Isn’t Easy Anywhere

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Editor’s Note: TLNT contributor Laurie Ruettimann recently took part in an HR delegation that traveled to Cuba on a cultural exchange. This is her report. In Cuba, it is your right and your duty to work. There is a labor code that protects workers from social injustice and abuse; however, there are 11 million citizens…