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The Value of Internships in the Workplace

By: Mayra Ivonne Ramirez

SHRM / CHCI 2016 Summer Intern
 

“People are our most important resource,” is the guiding principle for the HR department here in Zodiac Water and Waste Systems. As a social worker and after participating in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) /Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) internship program, I have become more aware of the work that goes into making a difference for the people we care for. Whether we are working towards a change or a cause, the people we serve are the sole reason for the innovation and execution we seek...

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HR Technology Q & A with Paul Wolfe

The 2016 HR Technology Conference is October 4-7. Over the next month The SHRM Blog will feature a Q & A series with several HR technology experts who will offer their perspective on how technology is impacting the HR profession today -- and their predictions for the future.
 


The following is a Q & A with Paul Wolfe, senior vice president of HR at Indeed.  


 

Q. Which new type of HR technology is most revolutionizing the HR profession?

Engagement and...

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How to Move Your Agenda

Leadership is not just about ideas and vision. It's about getting things done. That's the message of The Agenda Mover: When Your Good Idea Is Not Enough (Cornell University Press, 2016) by Samuel B. Bacharach. The professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University says leaders must know where they want to go and whose support they will need to get there because when it comes to advancing your agenda, you can't do it alone. His book provides a practical four-step process that focuses on execution.

The key to...

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HR Technology Q & A with Matt Charney

 

The 2016 HR Technology Conference is October 4-7. Over the next month The SHRM Blog will feature a Q & A series with several HR technology experts who will offer their perspective on how technology is impacting the HR profession today -- and their predictions for the future.
 


The following is a Q & A with Matt Charney, Executive Editor at Recruiting Daily. 

 

Q.  What is the single most important piece of technology an...

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Employee Recognition: Picking Up the Pieces


 

As I enter my tenth year in the Human Capital Management space, I figured it would be beneficial to my readers to reflect on how our industry has (and has not) evolved over the last decade's time.

* The following scenarios are built on real life business engagements. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.

Case Study #1: A Story of Manipulation
Employee A (Let's call him Carl) had worked for Company X (let's call it Pied Piper) for a calendar year. After 3 failed endeavors at Bay Area start ups,...

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HR Technology Q & A with Kris Dunn

The 2016 HR Technology Conference is October 4-7. Over the next month The SHRM Blog will feature a Q & A series with several HR technology experts who will offer their perspective on how technology is impacting the HR profession today -- and their predictions for the future.
 


The following is a Q & A with Kris Dunn, CHRO at Kinetix

Q.  What do you want HR professionals to understand about the process of selecting HR software?  What are the key considerations?

Key...

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#Nextchat: 5 Big Themes in HR Tech

 
 

In my capacity as program co-chair for the annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition, I get a unique opportunity to talk with dozens of executives from HR technology solution providers, organizational HR leaders, industry analysts and thought leaders as I review and prepare the conference agenda.

Through these many conversations, solution demonstrations and my participation in industry events, I try to get an overall idea on which trends, themes and important ideas are driving the practice of HR and are reflected in the HR technology landscape.

I'd like to share...

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SHRM Foundation Innovation Award – HRACC Story

 

In 2015, the HRACC (Human Resources Association of Central Connecticut) received the SHRM Foundation Innovation Award. Why? Because we have some pretty innovative board members at HRACC!

In 2015, our idea for the SHRM Foundation was to place a large pink piggy bank at the registration desk and encouraged attendees to drop their spare change in.  That was a little slow to get started, but we did find after a few months, a couple of members would bring us a small jar of change to donate.  While symbolic, the piggy bank...

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Long Live HR Experimentation!

 

When invited to a newly revised onboarding session, that I entitled “Onboarding Experiment,” one of our new hires told me how she loved that I used the word experiment. My immediate reaction? Crap. She’s onto me. I find myself using that word quite a lot in reference to initiatives I’m working on. There’s just something about calling a new effort an experiment that makes it sound more exciting while also easing the stress for those of us who are phobic about commitment. It’s not just that though.

Describing something as an...

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Future Friday: The Vision of Retirement is Already Changing

 

The vision of retirement is undergoing a major change. Many people envision that retirement is sitting at the local Starbucks chatting with friends or sitting on the front porch rocking away enjoying “the good life.” However, for many people that is not the good life and as a result the vision of what retirement will look like is undergoing a major change.

Mortality

Many people are eschewing the thought of the good life retirement scenario for a number of reasons. First is the mortality reason. Studies have shown that people who retire early, in their 50’s (which used to...

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