Why HR Pros ♥ the SHRM Annual Conference

Here’s why HR pros ♥ the SHRM 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition, and why you should attend:

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#SHRM14 Will Transform You

By Hank Jackson, SHRM President & CEO

Transform. It’s a strong word indicating major change. And it is the theme for the 2014 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition because, for you and thousands of other HR professionals in Orlando from June 22 to 25, it will be transformational.

Our goal is to make this the best conference you’ve ever experienced. This year, you’ll find new opportunities to connect with your peers, learn from the best speakers in our profession and find solutions to the challenges you face.

That’s what happened to Greg, a VP of HR and SHRM member who attended the 2013 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago. He was so inspired by keynoter Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes, and his organization’s “one for one” model of corporate philanthropy (buy one pair of shoes, give one pair to a child in need) that he devised a plan to transform his own organization.

Read Greg’s story of transformation here, and join us in Orlando for an HR learning, networking and inspirational event without equal. I’ll see you there.

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Spring, A Wonderful Time to Join SHRM

Spring is a wonderful time to join SHRM!
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I ♥ HR

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Becoming Employers of Choice

By Hank Jackson, SHRM President & CEO

A recent headline hailed 2014 as the “Year of the Employee.” After five years of budget-cutting, layoffs and asking workers to do more (or at least the same amount of work) with less, Forbes contributor Josh Bersin predicts that the balance of power will shift from the organization to employees.

“High-performing employees will start to exert control,” Bersin writes. “Top people with key skills (engineering, math, life sciences, energy) will be in short supply. Thanks to the U.S. healthcare laws, people will feel more free to change jobs. And companies who can’t engage and attract Millennials will lose out.”

Moreover, employees will be looking for more than just a job; they will want meaningful work. They will want more opportunities to learn and grow. All the while, they will want balance between their professional and personal lives.

Employers must understand and adapt to the reality that, in 2014, employees will again have a simple but powerful tool: choice.

So, how does your organization strive to become an employer of choice? Read my latest column in HR Magazine and share your thoughts.


A Happiness Check-In

Well, HR Pros, we hope you’re happy—literally!  Enjoy this great infographic from the Networx blog highlighting some ways to check in on your own happiness and well-being—among them:  Get enough sleep, exercise daily, hang around happy friends and smile!
Happy Friday!

Read the full article here.

10 Signs of True Happiness - Networx


Recap: Yesterday’s Speech on the Skills Gap

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak to an auditorium of students, educators, business leaders and HR professionals at Bridgewater College about one of the issues I’m most passionate about: the skills gap.

Most important, I was able to hear from them about how the skills gap is impacting business. They confirmed my belief that, to solve the skills gap, there must be a partnership between business, educators and policymakers.

It was a good discussion in person – and online. Many of you joined in and followed the conversation on Twitter. In case you missed it, you can see highlights here.

I would like to thank Bridgewater College, Shenandoah Valley SHRM and the SHRM student chapters at Bridgewater College and James Madison University for hosting me. I believe our members were pleased to hear that others are now discussing an issue we’ve been tackling for years.

Let’s keep the conversation going about how HR can address the skills gap.


HR Chat w/ SHRM & HR Certification Institute: Feb 12 @ 2p ET

Join SHRM and the HR Certification Institute for a Q&A on how to prepare for the PHR/SPHR exams.  Attend our free HR chat Feb. 12, 2 p.m. ET.

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SHRM President to Speak about the Skills Gap

More than 10 million Americans are unemployed. But 4 million jobs languish with no one to fill them. Part of the reason is the skills gap – the divide between the skills job seekers have and the skills employers need.

The skills gap will be the focus of a speech by SHRM President and CEO Hank Jackson on Tuesday, February 11 at 12:00 p.m. ET. at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA. The speech, followed by a dynamic panel of business leaders, HR professionals, and the president of Bridgewater College, is being hosted by Shenandoah Valley SHRM and the SHRM student chapters at Bridgewater College and James Madison University.

According to Jackson, the skills gap is a “defining business challenge of our time” and HR professionals can – and must – play a leadership role in solving it.

Join in and follow the conversation on Twitter on hashtag #SHRMCEO.


A Fresh Look at the Long-Term Unemployed

Photo from Friday's White House Summit on the Long-Term Unemployed

If you watched, listened to or read last week’s State of the Union address, you know that the White House has identified long-term unemployment as one of the greatest challenges to our nation’s economic recovery. On Friday, I attended a White House Summit with other top CEOs from corporations like AT&T, Procter & Gamble and Xerox, to kick off a new White House initiative to address this issue.

HR professionals are neither the cause of nor the cure for long-term unemployment, but we can be part of the solution. To help, SHRM has released how-to” guides — one for HR professionals on inclusive hiring practices for the long-term unemployed and another for job seekers who are among the long-term unemployed. As HR professionals, we must learn to recognize the human capital potential in the ranks of the long-term unemployed and use effective practices for recruiting and hiring qualified long-term unemployed job seekers.

For more information on the long-term unemployment issue, read my latest column in HR Magazine. I am interested in hearing your thoughts as well.

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