My Morning Coffee

One of the blogs I read every day is called the South Florida Daily Blog.  I enjoy their format – each week, they post a morning compilation of news from the local blogs called “The Cooler”.  And, every evening, they do the same thing called “Your Evening Sift”.  The random thoughts format is a fun read…so for my last post of the year, I thought I would pay tribute to a local fave with my own “morning coffee” post of thoughts.

First and foremost, I wanted to extend my thanks to you for your readership and support.  I can’t begin to tell you how much it means to me.  When I started writing HR Bartender, it never occurred to me what an impact it would have on my professional development and the relationships I would enjoy.  You’re amazing and it’s amazing to me.

I also want to thank Silkroad Technology and Etheon for their sponsorship support.  They are both super cool companies – I hope you will check out their offerings.  And I’m grateful for the partnership.

Several bloggers are using their wrap-up post of the year to showcase their “best of” posts.  So of course, it got me wondering.  What were the best posts here at HR Bartender?  Now, we all know “best” can be defined many different ways.  I decided to find out by analyzing what posts were visited the most.  Couple didn’t surprise me.  But a couple did.

Here’s the list (in case you were wondering):

7 Types of Power in the Workplace

My Favorite Interview Question

The Real Reason for Exit Interviews

Healthy Competition

It’s an interesting list.  And I’m delighted that so many people enjoyed the posts.  It also made me realize that maybe, as we head into the New Year, there are some topics we should resurrect.  I believe there are some important subjects we need to make sure don’t fall between the cracks.  So, I did a little searching around the blog and found my “wish list”.  Here are a few topics I hope we can spend more time talking about in 2011:

OP-ED: The Key is Job Creation

Help for Long-Term Unemployment

I also think e-learning, m-learning and social learning are emerging subjects to keep on the radar.  They have the ability to transform training and development.  Especially with the workforce becoming more mobile and virtual.

So there ya go.  The morning coffee convo at the Bartender’s.

Let me know what topics are important to you.  What subjects should we make sure stay “front and center” for companies?

Or at least, tell me what’s your morning beverage of choice?  Mr. B and I are drinking peppermint mochas.

Anyone who leaves a comment will be eligible in a drawing for a HR Bartender Happy New Year Mystery Package.  (I promise it will be good!)  Cheers!

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  1. says

    I’m really interested in SEO right now. Thanks for sharing “3 Blogs I’m Reading Right Now”. I am always interesting in finding new blogs by suggestion.

  2. says


    I have been following HR Bartender almost since you started. What an amazing journey you are on. Keep up the fantastic work. I look forward to 2011 and what you have to say.
    Happy New Year to you and Mr. B.

  3. says

    Hi Sharlyn – love your blog. It’s one of my favorites and I recommend it to everyone! Next year’s topics for me will be coaching and performance management and HR & Marketing (how HR should be thinking like marketers and getting more involved in marketing and branding). Would love to hear your thoughts on those subjects. And my favorite morning beverage is a Caramel Brulee Latte. Yum!
    Happy New Year, Sharlyn! Here’s to a great 2011!

  4. says


    You’ve definitely set a high bar on blogging standards. Keep up the great work in 2011. I’m also interested in what can be done about the high level of unemployment and economic conditions, perhaps crowdsourcing actionable solutions to these challenges.

    My morning beverage of choice is a steamer….tea and milk with a hint of cinnamon on top.

    Happy New Year,

    Omowale Casselle

  5. says

    Sharlyn first let me applaud you for a fab year of blogging – you are an inspiration and I learn so much from you.

    I think retention should be one of the topics that stay “front and center”. With all of the talk and stats around people quitting their jobs – many organizations are going to be extremely vulnerable.

    And last but not least – just plain ol’ Maxwell House breakfast blend coffee for me!

    Happy New Year to you and Mr. B!

  6. Ashley A. Reed, PHR says


    I began following your blog earlier this year, found it through connections on Twitter. I love it! It’s difficult to offer advice on 2011 core topics however, because I’ve enjoyed the vast array of different – yet applicable – topics (specifically being a one-person HR department and trying to keep up with the 50 directions I need to be headed at any given time). If I had to pick I’d say I’ve enjoyed the advice on recruiting the most, and agree with Omowale that the development of recruitment strategies as the economy changes and shifts, is definitely a topic of choice in my book.

    I try and stick with plain black coffee – it’s cheaper, and helps me keep the weight down. I love earl gray tea to change it up though!

    Thank you for your work on your blog and contributions to the rest of the HR world out here! Have a happy New Year!


  7. says

    Well hello!

    This is my first trip to your website which I stumbled upon while researching information on exit interviews. It looks like you’ve got an interesting thing going here! Love the name…
    Given that it’s near minus 40 today, my bevy of choice this morning is a cup of anything hot – generally coffee (with a splash of cream) followed up with water for the remainder of the day. (must keep hydrated in this cold weather)!!
    Thanks…I’ll be back! Happy New Year!

  8. says

    I found your site via the LinkedIn group VA SHRM State Council group. Enjoyed reading through some of your past posts and especially found this interesting from your post Introducing: M-Learning: “There are an estimated 4.2 billion people who have a toothbrush and 4.6 billion who have a mobile subscription. (I know – sad, but very true.) And you can find a mobile app for just about everything from your banking to recipes to, well . . . farting noises.” It made me laugh outloud and that is, in part, why I love finding and following new blogs. I’ve saved yours to my favorites and look forward to your next post, next year.

  9. says


    First of all, keep up the great work. You are an inspiration to me to try to blog a whole lot better. Subject wise, most anything you write of interest to me, being a generalist at heart anything works for me.

    Beverage of choice is just good ol’ coffee for me, nothing fancy.

  10. says

    @Kasey – Thanks for the comment. I always enjoy sharing what’s in my Google Reader.

    @Barbara – Happy New Year to you too. Thanks for the kind words!

    @Crystal – Thanks so much for the suggestions. I’m reading a lot in these areas and look forward to sharing.

    @Omowale – Never heard the term steamer before…I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for the comment and nice words!

    @Deb – I agree…retention needs to stay in the front lines. Thanks for the suggestion!

    @Ashley – Thanks for the input. I’ve been a one-person department before – lots of challenge, which can be a good thing.

    @Lora – 40 below! Yikes. I won’t tell you what the temperature is here. You can click on the link if you really curious…ha.ha.

    @Jill – That statistic on m-learning was a shocker, eh?

    @John – Looking forward to reading more on your blog. Thanks for the comment!

    Happy, happy New Year everyone!

  11. says

    Thanks again to everyone for the input and kind words. The winner of the contest is Ashley. Congrats – and if you send me your mailing address ( – I’ll drop a box of goodies in the mail.

    Here’s to a terrific 2011!