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Not Your Standard Valentine’s Day Blog

 
           
Every year, I write a blog on Valentine’s Day on the risk of infusing Valentine’s Day into the workplace. This is not the same blog, and it is not what you may expect.
 
We all know that the initial purpose of Valentine’s Day was for individuals to express their love to those whom they love in a non-platonic way. I was tempted to say romantic, but I once had a manager deny there was any romantic relationship because “it was only sex.”
 
Over time,...
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Learning How to Say No

               

Life is full of opportunities and when you have a wide variety of interests almost every opportunity looks like something fun and engaging.  Many of the efforts I involve myself in are volunteer opportunities where I have the chance to help others.  In some of these cases my yes should have been a no.

At first glance you might say that I am choosing to not give back when I say no.  I can see why you might say that, but here's another view to...

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#Nextchat: #SHRM16 Bloggers and Breakthroughs

 
                    

 

The 2016 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition is fast approaching and whether you’re a first-timer or an expert attendee, there will be something for everyone at this year’s event. This year’s theme is Breakthrough Moments and there’s no better place than #SHRM16 to learn, to share, to network and to find that transforming moment that will supercharge your career.
 
As thousands of SHRM members, media outlets and exposition vendors make plans to travel to Washington, D.C., from June 19-22, SHRM...
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Break Through With the #SHRM16 Bloggers

                  
 

SHRM is known for producing some of the most informative and engaging conferences in the world, and the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition is on every HR professional’s bucket list. 

As thousands of excited attendees prepare to travel to Washington, D.C., for the conference, June 19-22, SHRM is working hard to deliver another unforgettable experience on every front! And—as always—the SHRM Blog Squad is sure to be a huge part of the experience. 

We are honored to officially announce the #SHRM16  bloggers,...

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Preparing for an Emerging Workforce

By Todd Corley

Millennials first filled my world in November 2004, when I accepted the job of chief diversity officer at Abercrombie & Fitch—a position mandated by the settlement of discrimination lawsuits against the company totaling nearly $50 million. Millennials, by then, were not only the retailer’s workforce but also its market.

As a member of Generation X, I was fascinated by the drastic differences in culture between my own peers and this younger group. I quickly came to admire their openness, their generosity, their friendships, their priorities and...

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Life Beyond Work – Are You Alive After Five?

 

This month’s Pulse probe revolves around what do you do to re-charge and re-fresh beyond your day-job?  I enjoy reading how others find a life outside work to gain a sense of balance.

As members and leaders within the HR Community, we need you to be rested and ready to go each day.  You are role models in balance.  As the flight attendants remind us in travel, we must first take care of ourselves before we can care for others.

My hobby and...

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Office Romance! Uh-Oh

                

Caution!

Alert!

Don’t do it!

There are 24 hours in a day. More than ten are spent sleeping, eating, and commuting. Another 10 are spent at work. That leaves less than 4 hours for the rest of our lives.

Our coworkers generally get more of our time than our families and loved ones. They tend to become our “families” and…wait for it…our ”loved ones.”

Oh don’t frown up! It’s common. I see and hear it all the time.

Workplace romances, rendezvous, and stairwell and closet “interactions” abound...

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RECAP DAY 1: SHRM’s Regional Council Business Meeting in Dallas, TX #SHRMLEAD

 

Great highlights shared on Twitter from day one of SHRM’s Regional Council Business Meeting (RCBM) in Dallas, TX.   Senior SHRM volunteer leaders gather together to discuss best practices and network for 2016.

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Future Friday: Can you tell the difference between Fads, Micro Trends, Macro Trends and Megatrends?

I came across an article in the Australian newspaper Herald Sun titled Reading Trends a must have skill.  In the article scientist Stefan Hajkowicz said that the ability to read major global trends will make or break businesses in a highly competitive environment. He went on to give some examples of things that will have an effect on Australia. This reminded me of a post I did last year so I thought it would be a good time to repost it. Dr. Hajkowicz is correct that this is a skill that is necessary and it is one that is important...

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Leader, Follower, or Nuisance

      

Which are you?

  • Leader
  • Follower
  • Nuisance

Leaders don’t manage! Leaders Inspire, influence, and innovate. Let that sink in.

If you don’t inspire people to discover and use their time, talents, and treasures, you’re probably not a leader. If you influence people by word or deed, you might be a leader. If you are innovative, you have potential to lead. Leadership has nothing to do with monitoring time and attendance and the way people accomplish tasks. Leaders can’t be small-minded; their vision is too broad!

Followers jump on proverbial bandwagons. They...

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