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Future Friday: The demise of the open work space and the rise of the personalized work space

A week or so ago I saw a post on my Facebook feed from John Sumser about open work spaces. It was called Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace. It resonated with people who read it, both good and bad. The general consensus was that there are issues with both the space and the people using the space. Soon after that I came across another article about the top five trends transforming the workplace. In this article the term workplace meant work space. We may be shifting away from the open work space to an office...


Can “Soft Skills” be Taught?


SHRM, in collaboration with Mercer and funded by the Joyce Foundation, recently released a study on entry-level applicant job skills. The research reveals that, according to HR professionals, the “soft skills” most important for new entrants to the workforce are dependability/reliability, integrity and respect. Looking ahead to the next three to five years, adaptability, initiative and critical thinking are expected to rise to the top. SHRM’s research on skills for the 21st century indicates that for entry-level positions employers are looking for candidates with basic skills upon which...

Getting Back To FMLA Basics: Don’t mess with the pay of an employee on leave

With all those notice requirements and certifications and such, it’s easy to get bogged down in the minutia associated with an employee’s request for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
But, a recent case is a good reminder not to overlook a basic FMLA tenet: an employee returning from leave should be restored to the same position (or an equivalent position with equivalent benefits, pay, and other terms and conditions of employment).
Did this employer ding an employee’s compensation for...

#Nextchat RECAP: Empathy in the Workplace

On October 19, @shrmnextchat chatted with special guest, SHRM Board Member and Executive Director of HR for LaRosa's Inc. Steve Browne, @sbrownehr about Empathy in the Workplace

In case you missed this incredible chat filled with advice and insights on creating a more empathetic workplace, you can see all the tweets here: 




Your Employee Retention Strategy Needs to Include Technology



Employee engagement and retention continue to be top challenges for business. In dealing with these issues, organizations need to recognize that the two issues are related. Organizations can’t engage employees who don’t stay and employees won’t stay if they’re not engaged. As HR professionals, we have to look for tools and solutions that will help us accomplish both.

Technology is one of those things.

Many organizations use technology to recruit. Even if all you’re doing is posting jobs on LinkedIn, you’re using technology. If employees find the job opening using...


Labor Market Has Tightened, but Opportunities Still Exist

New research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) suggests that the U.S. labor market has cooled off a bit in 2016, but economic conditions and hiring rates remain quite favorable for job seekers.

SHRM's Jobs Outlook Survey, which examines hiring trends across a 12-month spectrum, revealed that HR professionals' confidence in the labor market has declined compared with a year ago. However, 58 percent of respondents still had a favorable view of the job market and expected payrolls to expand in the latter half of 2016.



Sheryl Sandberg and the Need for More Male Allies

Last month, a study on gender and leadership conducted jointly by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co. was published.  Accordingly to the study, women account for only 19 percent of the C-suite executives (based on responses from 132 companies).
The numbers are even more distressing if one focuses narrowly on Fortune 500 companies.  The percentage of female CEOs dropped in 2016 to only four percent.  Yes, four percent.
Needless to say, women are grossly underrepresented at the top.  And, that hurts women more directly but men too,...

How Workplace Traditions can Positively Impact Engagement and Retention


If you've never met Rita Barreto Craig, then you're missing out on knowing a truly amazing HR leader and her excellent workplace content.

I met Rita Barreto Craig a year ago through an e-mail introduction. The e-mail included a link to her TEDx talk, "Lessons About Tradition from a Little Brown Bag," and I was so impressed that I asked her to write a series about Traditions in the Workplace for the SHRM blog. You can find all the posts here.

The series was popular with our audience—as I knew it would be—after hearing from so many HR professionals that engagement,...


Advice on Developing a Winning Mentality

Sports psychologist Stan Beecham has learned a few things from working with elite leaders and athletes. One is that top performers train themselves to control their thoughts—and eventually their habits. Beecham, a founding member of the Leadership Resource Center in Atlanta, has worked with collegiate, Olympic and professional athletes. He shares his insights into the minds of great competitors in Elite Minds: How Winners Think Differently to Create Competitive Edge and Maximize Success (McGraw-Hill, 2016).

Here, Beecham answers our questions about the book:

The book describes three primary components necessary...


#Nextchat: Empathy in the Workplace



We’ve all heard the expression “Never judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” It’s powerful. It’s thought-provoking. 

Unfortunately, there’s a bit of confusion in our workplaces today as to who needs to be wearing the shoes, or if there needs to be any “shoe trading” at all.

A report examining empathy in the workplace by Businessolver revealed that while “60% of CEOs view their organization as empathetic, only one in four employees does.”

Empathy is the ability to understand the thoughts, views and emotions of another...