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Creating Better Workplaces - Meet the #SHRM19 Bloggers

                             

 

 

Creating better workplaces starts with a commitment to excellence. And there's no better place to begin or continue this commitment than the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition – #SHRM19.

HR's role sits uniquely at the intersection of people and business – and this positioning presents unique challenges and opportunities. Hot-button issues facing society have permeated our workplaces as technology and innovation continue to change how work gets done....

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SHRM is Called to Shape National Workforce Strategy

 

When it comes to the future of talent, America’s prospects are in serious, if not critical, condition. There are currently more than 7.3 million unfilled jobs in the United States, in large part because we don’t have enough American workers with the skills or training to fill them. Our nation’s most valuable resource—our workforce—is ill-served by our current system of education and training for the in-demand jobs of the future. 

The skills gap is a worldwide problem, and here in the U.S. it deeply impacts the economy and our prospects...

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SHRM Making a Stand for Hiring Candidates with a Criminal Record!

 

 

When it comes to hiring bias in America, some of the groups often targeted include older workers, obese people, and people with a criminal record.  

SHRM decided to try and make an impact and help those with criminal records get hired with their new initiative called: Getting Talent Back to Work. 

GTBW is an initiative launched by SHRM to get employers to join in and take a pledge that their organizations will work to put people with criminal records back into their hiring pools. Koch Industries, a multi-billion dollar corporations with...

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They’ve Paid Their Debt: Now Let’s Help People with Criminal Records Get Back to Work


 

Today, I’m calling on business leaders across the nation to commit to give greater employment opportunities to qualified individuals who for far too long have been excluded from the workforce because of their criminal records.
 
Every year, 650,000 people in the U.S. leave prison to re-enter society. They often find themselves shut out of opportunities to make an honest living. Consequently, they have difficulty reintegrating and too many end up back behind bars – a cycle that leaves families broken...

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Helping Ex-Offenders Re-Enter The Workforce

 

 

I admit it. I have been one of those HR people reluctant to hire ex-offenders under the assumption that once trouble – always trouble.

But my husband helped me realize the error of this stereotyping. He worked in the court system for 20 years, dealing with felons and their legal financial obligations. Having heard his stories, I’ve realized that our society often sets up those released from prison for failure through a myriad of barriers to re-entry.

These barriers include employers that are unwilling to take risks on those with...

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Personalizing Criminal Records

 

 

Do you know someone with a criminal record?

I recently learned a startling statistic from the Brennan Center For Justice. The number of Americans with a college degree is nearly the same as the number of Americans with a criminal record. Let that sink in for a moment. While that sinks in, a couple more statistics to provide further context and perspective. More Americans have a criminal record than married couples. More Americans have a criminal record than households with a dog. Back to the question initially posed. Do you...

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#Nextchat: HR -- Always Be Marketing (and Communicating!) 

 

HR professionals wear many hats these days, not only within the traditional boundaries of their profession but across the organization. 

Lately, they’ve been doing a lot of marketing. 

In the new world of work, the HR professional is a storyteller. He or she must now be competent in the creation of communication strategies that will not only enlighten employees but enable them to carry their organization’s story to potential candidates -- and all external audiences.

Katharine Mobley, global chief marketing officer for First Advantage, thinks that HR should think like marketers...

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Five Secrets Tips for Recruitment Marketers

 

As the market for talent has heated up, it’s given rise to a new segment of recruitment which is recruitment marketing. I’ve talked a lot about how recruiters can take a playbook directly from corporate marketers to develop a solid recruitment marketing strategy, and content marketing is at the heart of it.

In the simplest terms, content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action. For recruiters, this means...

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Why I Advocate! If Not Me Then Who? #SHRMLeg

 

 

Advocacy has become a passion of mine and I believe it to be an important part of the human resources profession. My advocacy journey truly started prior to me joining the HR profession, in fact it was one of the reasons I went into the profession knowing that someone had to advocate for those that couldn’t. In my opinion, if you are in the human resources profession, you are most likely already advocating in some manner. Whether advocating for employees, yourself, your company, or profession, it requires the skill and passion for providing...

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