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HR Intel: Uber-Anxiety over Employee Classification and Overtime

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

With the public release of the new Department of Labor rule regarding employee classification and overtime around the corner, there is a lot of uncertainty out there in the HR world. Some of the uncertainty focuses on the size of the impact – just how much will our payroll change if this goes into effect? But the primary source of uncertainty seems to be whether the DOL’s “final rule” will actually become final. We’ve heard...


Employee Engagement at 25: The Work Continues

What keeps the people at your organizations coming to work each day? Is it a paycheck? The opportunity to advance? A challenging assignment or worthy mission? All of the above or something else entirely? Find the answer to this critical question and you will have a key to unlocking your company’s full human capital potential.

This year, it turns out employees are placing the highest value on something that is at a more basic level: respect. According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2016 Employment Job...


#Nextchat RECAP: HR Departments of One—Controlling the Chaos

On May 4, @shrmnextchat chatted with special guest and SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition speaker Lori Kleiman @LoriKleiman about HR Department of One: Controlling the Chaos.  

In case you missed this amazing chat filled with great tips and advice, you can see all the tweets here:




The Silent Corporate Revolution


The sun was reflecting off the ocean nestled on Pebble Beach as if the hand of God was swiping landscapes on the I-pad that is the world. Professional Golfers sprinted past my son (understandably intent to finalize their score cards). Only one man stopped to say hello to the youngster. He gave him a golf ball, posed for a photo and ignored my extended hand to embrace me in a hug. He was not a professional golfer but a CEO.... better yet, a Chief Shoe Giver. For the rest of his...


Should You Celebrate When Employees Leave?

I was talking with some HR professionals last week, and the conversation of transparency came up. What happens if managers care so much about their employees that they help or prepare them to leave the company to pursue the next step in their careers? Is that a good thing, because you’ve successfully grown someone to the level that they are prepared for that? Or is it a problem, since you’re turning over otherwise solid workers that could be contributing to your bottom line? To frame the discussion, I shared the...


Why Holocaust Remembrance STILL Matters


The United States Congress created the Days of Remembrance as our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust.  This year, Holocaust Remembrance Days (Yom HaShoah) is today, Wednesday May 4, 2016.
During the Holocaust, more than 11 million human beings were systemically murdered.  That includes 6 million Jews, 2/3 of the European Jewish community at that time.  That percentage still boggles my mind.  In my family, the percentage was much higher. 
But the numbers would have been even worse were it not for the countless “righteous gentiles.”  The term “righteous gentiles” is used to refer to...

5 Reasons Why Year-End Employee Surveys Are a Thing of the Past


Getting and incorporating employee feedback into how your organization is run is, of course, a critical part of running a successful business. To run a company with low employee turnover and high employee satisfaction, it is necessary to take the time to hear what the employees have to say. Year-end surveys have been the primary way to get employee feedback for many companies, but are they working? Are there better ways for companies to keep a finger on the pulse of their employees? Indeed, there are and in this day and...


SHRM Helps Break Through Barriers

As part of SHRM’s 2016 Annual Conference and Exposition theme of “Breakthrough” we’ve asked SHRM Members and HR professionals to share their “Breakthrough Moments.”  SHRM member Terry J. Gottleib, a senior manager of Human Resources, shares her breakthrough moment and how it’s helped her gain confidence and confidence in her career.   


by Terry J. Gottleib

April 28, 2016


I was thrust into an HR position thirteen years ago by a boss who saw my potential and believed enough in me to take on this huge responsibility.  I had to quickly learn what the heck all the...


Focus on Mindsets, Not Stereotypes


Over the past couple of years, Millennials have become the largest generation in the workplace. A new analysis by SHRM titled “Millennials: Misunderstood in the Workplace?” reports that Millennials will represent over one-half of the workforce by 2020. Keep in mind, that’s just a couple years away.

In addition, the report points out that stereotypes about Millennials often lead to misunderstanding. SHRM researcher Christina Lee wrote, “Although Millennials may have slightly different mindsets, on the whole, they tend to place significance on several of the same aspects of job satisfaction that...


Breaking Through: Overflow Sessions, Feather Boas, #SHRM16 and You!

It was Las Vegas 2011, and my first time attending SHRM Annual Conference as a staff member. In the bowels of the convention center, I saw her—the same person who was yelling at our information booth the day before—tired, stressed out, angst surrounding her as thoroughly as the neon-blue feather boa she wore (a prize won from some exhibitor in the expo hall, no doubt). Being a psychologist, my initial clinical diagnosis was: RUN!

Nevertheless, I approached the subject and offered my assistance. As soon as she spotted...