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Glam and Glitter

July 13, 2011

The audience for HR blogs is wide and varied, and the beauty of the interwebz is that you can pretty much be assured that if you want to find some specific content, you can find it.  There are a lot of HR bloggers who focus on the “glam” side of HR – the glitter and sparkle.  The stuff that’s a little edgy, androgynous and dangerous.  You know – that which makes parents uncomfortable.  And I LOVE reading it.

But Glam Rock was begat by Art Rock which was begat by Sgt Peppers which was begat by rockabilly which was begat by blues, country music, jazz, gospel… etc.  (I’m certainly no music historian so this is a simple demonstration with some basic concepts outlined ***).  Tracing the evolution of a musical genre inevitably leads one back to the roots.  And tracing the evolution of HR leads one back to the roots –  the foundation – of Human Resources. Our foundation.

It’s not the sexy, edgy or necessarily exciting part of HR.  But it’s the stuff we need to get right before we can move on and make music that’s artsy or psychedelic… or glam.

So here, dear readers, are some of the blogs I read that keep me grounded in compliance, regulations and the basics of strong, effective HR management:

Alison Green – Ask A Manager

Michael Haberman – Omega HR Solutions

Eric B. Meyer – The Legal Intelligence Blog

Donna Ballman – Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home   (must read for perspective from an employment attorney who represents employees)

Mark Toth – Manpower Employment Blawg

Ann Bares (and a BUNCH of awesome contributors) – Compensation Café

Ann Bares (again!) – Compensation Force

Stephanie Thomas – The Proactive Employer


Evil Skippy/Jim – Evil Skippy at Work  (not strictly compliance – but a heck of a lot of fun from an employment lawyer)

So check ’em out for some great stuff from some great folks.  I know I’ve left some out, so if you have any more to add – please put them in the comments!

And go out and catch the New York Dolls – they’re on tour this summer.


*** Note:  this is, in many ways, also a tribute post to my HR friends who ARE, in fact, knowledgeable lovers of music – Paul Smith, Steve Browne, Mervyn Dinnen and John Jorgenson

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2011 8:18 am

    Hmm Didn’t know you were a Bowie/Glitter Fan – Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars? Good stuff!

  2. HRBR permalink
    July 13, 2011 9:11 am

    holy bible of rock music–felt like i was at rock church for a minute there! love it. thanks for sharing these blogs, too. i’ll definitely check them out–some i am already familiar with, but others will be new to my reading list.

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