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....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


#Nextchat: One Recruitment Platform to Rule Them All



In just the past few years, goliaths like Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn and Facebook have entered the world of recruitment in a big way. Traditional vendors like Indeed, Monster and CareerBuilder are struggling to catch up, keep up and stay relevant in an increasingly competitive field.

At the 2019 SHRM Talent Conference & Exposition, Chad Sowash and Joel Cheesman, from the award-winning “The Chad & Cheese Podcast,” will discuss the current landscape of players, both big and small at their session One Recruitment Platform to...


#SHRM19: Better Workplaces Start With YOU


Change happens one person at a time; building better workplaces starts with YOU.

This summer I will be returning to the blogger team for the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition (#SHRM19) in Las Vegas. I’m excited about the opportunity to work with friends, colleagues, and peers in telling the story of the world’s largest HR conference, comprised of nearly 200 concurrent sessions, covering the most important topics in the field of Human Resources:

  • Workplace Strategy
  • Technology
  • Business Acumen & Metrics
  • Compliance
  • Global HR
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Talent
  • Compensation &
  • ...

Q&A with Giovanni Everduin, SHRM-SCP #SHRM19


Digital workplace and employee experience (EX) represent the future of work. Much like marketers use analytics to measure customer experience, HR professionals are turning to the practice of “people analytics” to learn more about how their employees work, what drives them to perform, in order to make better decisions about all aspects of HR strategy with the goal of improving business. Number by Mckinsey and Company for example show that insights driven from people analytics lead to 80% increase in recruiting efficiency, 25% rise in...