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It’s Never Too Late

I am the queen of saying “In my next life, I’m going to do…”. Recently, I’ve found myself saying it more often. Whether it refers to some small choice I’ve made related to the type of vehicle I drive, or, city living vs. suburbia. However, mostly when I say this, I’m referring to my career choices. I love what I do, but I often wish there was a different way for me to apply my experience. That’s part of the reason why I started this blog. I wanted to mesh my knowledge and passion about Human Resources (yes, I have a passion for HR) to my love of giving advice and helping people solve their personal problems.

Recently, I’ve received several signs from the universe that I simply can no longer ignore. I stumbled across an old Business Insider article which detailed several famous individuals; artists, authors, actors and many other known successful people who achieved success or switched careers later in life. Warning: later in life often refers to life after 30 (yikes).  Then, I ran across this quote: It is never too late to be what you might have been – George Eliot.

It finally occurred to me that while I had been saying it jokingly, the reality is that there isn’t another life (as far as I know). I only have one. I am not super-young, but, hopefully, have plenty of years ahead of me. Moreover, while I did not necessarily start the process when I wanted, there’s no reason why my goals must disappear, simply because I’m starting 15 years later.

It was not my intention to share this personal epiphany with the blogosphere. However, there are so many of us who stop short of our dreams because we got married, got divorced, had children, didn’t finish school, ran out of money, the task seemed too daunting, and countless other reasons why our goals may have been deferred. Contrary to what Drake told us, if you’re reading this it’s NOT too late. There are a million other mantras and clichés that say some form of the same thing. The point is, we only have one life. I’ve decided that instead of talking about what I could have done, I’m just going to do it – or die trying. I recommend you do the same.

— Andrea

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New Overtime Regulations: What’s it to you?

Overnight, you may have seen in the news that President Obama will be signing into law new Overtime Regulations under the Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA) today. The FLSA, in addition to many other things, outlines overtime regulations.

What does this mean for you? If you are currently exempt from earning overtime payments – which is typically 1.5 times your hourly rate for any hours worked over 40 hours per week, you may now be eligible – if your current salary is less than $47,476.

But before you head out to buy those new Louboutins with your extra overtime dollars, please note that this law is not effective until December 1, 2016. This time gives your employer the opportunity to assess their current compensation strategy. Maybe they don’t need you to work those extra hours you’ve been putting in over 40 per week, and they’ll implement a no overtime rule, or perhaps they’ll bump your salary up to the $47,476 threshold, or pay the overtime. This change may have an enormous impact on your employer, and they will have to make adjustments.

This brief post details only a portion of the FLSA and the key provisions of the final rule.  If you are interested in learning more about the new FLSA Overtime Regulations, pop over to the DOL website for more information. overtime-rule-explanation

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Number of workers impacted per state. 

Overtime updates will extend protections to 4.2 million workers across the country. *Infographic courtesy of http://www.dol.gov/featured/overtime.

Now that the kids are back-to-school, what about you?

I’m not suggesting that you go back to school – unless you want to – but, I know many of you have school fatigue after completing bachelors, masters and terminal degrees. However, unless you know it all, and some of you do ;-), what are you doing about your own personal, professional development? For many of us who hold professional licenses and certifications, we often roll our eyes at the thought of attending one of these mandatory professional development courses just to receive our required CEU’s. However, professional development does not have to be mundane and can give you an opportunity to step away from the day-to-day, give yourself an opportunity to network with people in your field, and step out of your comfort zone.

Professional development doesn’t necessarily mean attending a training course. You can make it whatever you want. It’s YOUR development. It can range from a shadowing exercise to reading a book. Personally, I like to read books in my field by new thought leaders. It’s easy to get into the habit of doing things the way you’ve always done them, however, hearing some of the new theories, techniques, and thoughts related to your profession can be quite refreshing – even if you don’t agree with them. I also find it interesting to read and hear speakers from other industries. Listening to how the tech innovators approach particular issues helps me think about things from a more systematic perspective.  This does not come natural for me. It is far from my comfort zone, but allows me to approach HR matters from a new angle.

For me, September always feels like a fresh start. It’s the end of summer and for many years it was the beginning of a new school term. The beginning of the school year is so exciting because it means you can put away last year and look forward to the full potential of the days ahead. There’s no blueprint to your career. This time of year is perfect for people to plan out their professional development activities. You can make it whatever you choose, and by taking advantage of professional development opportunities, you have a chance to create a career path that’s unique to you. In the words of my favorite poet, “Remind yourself, nobody is built like you. You design yourself.” – Jay-Z

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This Blog is for you!

Welcome to the HR Trendster Blog.

What’s a Trendster?

There doesn’t seem to be a good definition for the word. However, I can tell you – it’s me! I follow (and comment) on what’s current and hip in the world of Human Resource Management. I offer knowledge, opinions, and advice on the subject. I’m a trendster!

Who’s the audience?

You. This blog is for anyone in the Human Resource profession, those who have Human Resource-related questions, managers with a desire to do what’s right, or anyone who has ever known or seen a Human Resource professional (that covers nearly everyone). Mostly, this blog is for those of you who have questions, and are looking for a little advice. I don’t have all of the answers, but I’m a certified Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR), (the HR folks really like the certification thing), with more than 10 years of Human Resource experience in a variety of industries and positions. Currently, I am the Director of Human Capital Management for a non-profit.

In other words, try me out!

Pop in to read a post, ask a question, or stalk my page.  Everyone’s welcome.

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