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The Workflex Pitch & Small Businesses


By Kenneth Matos, Senior Director of Research, Families and Work Institute

Workflex is a slam dunk when it comes to creating an effective workplace. Most managers realize this; but, for the folks who run smaller organizations or small divisions within larger companies, implementing flexible work programs can feel like more work than benefit. For others, changing strategies they believe have been successful for a long while can appear counterproductive.

Small business owners, in particular, have enough on their plates running operations, so putting in the work needed to create a flexible workplace may not be a top priority. Even...


HR’s Voice Working Overtime to Shape Overtime Regulations!


We’re less than 2 months into 2016, but the pace at which President Obama is advancing his workplace public policy priorities through the regulatory process can easily be referred to as an onslaught.  Nowhere is this more evident than in the proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime rules.  And, as  SHRM’s Director of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, I’ve heard so many of your voices load and clear.  

So many of you- across all industries- have expressed concern over how the he proposed overtime rule would more...


Future Friday: Will employees be setting wages in the future?

The changing world of work is challenging traditional ways of doing things. In the past most companies had wage and salary ranges for positions, at least large companies did, and when they were ready to make an offer it was one that fit within that range. Even companies that didn’t have official salary grades still had a range in mind when they made an offer. Bolder candidates might negotiate but many did not, especially for hourly positions. What if this was reversed? What if the applicant set what they wanted the company to pay?...


Stop! Thief!



It finally happened…to me.

I’ve heard about this before. I’ve seen it on TV shows. There’ve even been many different news accounts of this sort of thing. It happens almost everywhere people work. It’s annoying. It’s loathsome, abhorrent, despicable, and just plain wrong.

“Who took my lunch?”  “Who ate my cake?” “Somebody drank my juice!”  I’ve witnessed it happen to others, but it never happened to me…until TODAY!!

To all of you who have been the victim of workplace refrigerator...


The Art of Follow-Up



I was reminded again how important follow-up is to our success as professionals.  Taking a moment to finish the job and let folks know the outcome.  A former colleague’s favored the line was “DONE – NEXT” and this simplicity always made me smile.   It is a small practice, but one that will get you noticed.  It has been said that the fortune in in the follow-up.

Sometimes the follow-up is favorable, and this is the easiest news to deliver. Who does not love to start a conversation with Congratulations?  ...


#Nextchat RECAP: #SHRM16 Bloggers and Breakthroughs

On February 10 @shrmnextchat chatted with the #SHRM16 Bloggers about "Bloggers and Breakthroughs at #SHRM16."

In case you missed this phenomenal chat filled with great tips and advice for SHRM Annual Conference attendees, you can read all the great tweets here:




#Nextchat: #SHRM16 Bloggers and Breakthroughs



The 2016 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition is fast approaching and whether you’re a first-timer or an expert attendee, there will be something for everyone at this year’s event. This year’s theme is Breakthrough Moments and there’s no better place than #SHRM16 to learn, to share, to network and to find that transforming moment that will supercharge your career.
As thousands of SHRM members, media outlets and exposition vendors make plans to travel to Washington, D.C., from June 19-22, SHRM...

HR Intel: How the Zika Virus Impacts HR

A round up of workplace developments and legal trends to help keep HR ahead of the curve

Now that the Zika virus has made its way up from South and Central America, HR professionals and business owners in the United States need to start paying attention. While the virus is not as severe as Ebola in terms of its immediate risk of death, Zika’s impact will be felt throughout American businesses, particularly those operating in mosquito-friendly climates and whose employees must travel into Zika-affected areas.

Florida has already...


“SHRM as My Constant” – A Professional Society with a Personal Connection


Dallas…a tough place for any Philadelphia native to visit.  Yet given the mission - and company- I had nothing but excitement as I landed at Dallas Fort Worth last Thursday afternoon.  I love any opportunity to meet, listen to, and share solutions with SHRM’s volunteer army- even if it’s in the heart of Cowboys’ country.  

SHRM’s Regional Council Business Meeting (RCBM) is a yearly gathering of SHRM’s most senior volunteers – serving in each of the state councils- rolling up their sleeves- networking, sharing best practices, and preparing for the year to come.  So many of these member-volunteers have...


Not Your Standard Valentine’s Day Blog

Every year, I write a blog on Valentine’s Day on the risk of infusing Valentine’s Day into the workplace. This is not the same blog, and it is not what you may expect.
We all know that the initial purpose of Valentine’s Day was for individuals to express their love to those whom they love in a non-platonic way. I was tempted to say romantic, but I once had a manager deny there was any romantic relationship because “it was only sex.”
Over time,...