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The New Talent Landscape: HR Professionals Report a More Challenging Market for Finding Skilled Talent

According to a new SHRM Survey report released at last month’s SHRM 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., HR professionals are reporting the most challenging market for talent in years.   A low number of applicants, candidates without the needed work experience, competition from other employers, candidates’ lack of technical skills and local markets that are not producing enough qualified candidates are the top reasons HR professionals say they are having difficulty in filling open jobs, according to the HR professionals surveyed.

The industries reporting...


How will the new overtime rules affect workplace flexibility? Not well.



The slow death of the 9-5 workday, together with the arrival of the new FLSA overtime rules, which do into effect on December 1, could create one of the bigger wage-and-hour pitfalls for employers in 2017 and beyond.

Less flexibility to complete work outside of normal work hours.

A few months ago, both The Washington Post (here) and SHRM (here) ran stories about how the new overtime rules could limit job flexibility. Citing a SHRM survey, The Washington Post story noted that 67% of HR pros thought the new regulation would decrease...


How to be the Change-Maker in Your Organization…



Checking in from sunny Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) – and what a day! After catching a beautiful sunset over the beautiful Philadelphia skyline, former president Bill Clinton concluded day number two with a fantastic speech to tens of thousands of DNC attendees. The former president talked about the person Hillary Clinton was, is, and will be – as the potential first female president in U.S. history. According to the former president, she would be a change-maker.

Earlier in the day, SHRM’s President and...


Thoughts from the DNC: Five Ways to Close the Skills Gap


Today, I joined business leaders, members of Congress and experts from well-respected think tanks for a panel discussion on one of the most pressing workplace policy issues of our time: the skills gap. The panel, sponsored by centrist think tank Third Way, was convened during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to unpack the challenge of—and highlight solutions to—developing a workforce that is ready to meet the demands of the new economy.

The first question pitched to me was basic but relevant in light of some current debate:...


HR Intel: Your Handling of Political Discourse at Work is an Important Indicator of Success


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

Your company’s stance on politically-charged discourse at work says a lot about company culture, but it’s also an important indicator of success in the 21st century.

You may have noticed that we’re in the midst of a fairly contentious time in American history. In fact, it’s likely the country hasn’t been this divided since the Vietnam War – which claimed the lives of almost 60,000 Americans and wounded more...


2016 HR Technology Conference — What’s New and What’s Next?



The 2016 HR Technology Conference & Exposition will be held in Chicago from October 4-7 and I’m excited to return as a member of the 2016 HR Tech Insiders blogger team.

There are so many new developments in the world of HR technology—and the pace of change is so dizzying—that it’s important for HR professionals to be as knowledgeable as possible and to understand the options that are available because this will affect their organization’s ability to stay competitive in a world where finding and...


Converting a Salary to an Hourly Wage

Before I get into the arithmetic – WHICH IS EASY – I must establish first that there is no law on this. This is just something that your payroll/accounting/HR folks will quibble over from time to time, so you need an expert to make it canon. That’s what this is all about: How to convert a salary into an hourly wage.

The simplest and most common methods to make the conversion are as follows:

Simply use the annual salary and divide into it the scheduled hours per year.



How On-the-Job Training can Solve Your Pipeline Problems


On-the-job training was popular a generation ago but has been steadily declining in the U.S. for decades. Companies expect candidates who are armed with a degree or certification and relevant work experience, which is discounting a large pool of the American workforce.

This model worked for companies when there were more qualified people than jobs available, but today’s labor market paints a different picture. Now we are seeing a lot more demand for specialized talent than there are qualified candidates.  And though we have seen strong hiring, wage growth has been...


First Night of DNC Puts Families in the Spotlight


The Democratic National Convention is officially underway, and SHRM is on the ground in Philly.

Last night, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the DNC with a rousing speech that was rooted in her passion for children, asking America: who will you entrust with the power to shape our children for the next four to eight years of their lives? While she made it clear that there is only one person she trusts in this election, Hillary Clinton, the First Lady also widened the conversation to include the needs of families during...