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Inclusion: What are you building on? #SHRMDIV


Somewhere in their delightful book, Switch, Dan and Chip Heath write “What looks like resistance is often a lack of clarity.” I believe this to be true and especially true when it comes to D&I work. I would say that the lack of clear, concise, common language and logic is Mistake #1 that organizations make…and almost all of them make it.

In the past 10 years, inclusion has become an incredibly popular word, it is today one of the most popular words in the workplace, right up there with innovation and engagement. It is...


3 Ways To Improve Parental Leave To Attract Top Talent


Parental leave, always a concern among workers planning to have kids, has made headlines this year as companies and policymakers have weighed in on this important employee benefit.

As of this April, New York state and San Francisco passed new paid leave laws. Meanwhile, research and news articles have pointed out the U.S.'s position as an outlier when it comes to paid parental leave. The recent interest, along with the fact that many Millennials are having, or are thinking about having kids, means top...


Military Spouse Unemployment Reaches Epic Levels; Operation Hire Just One Is Prepared to Help

Contributed by America's Career Force 

Military spouse unemployment is triple the national average but according to non-profit, America’s Career Force, Inc., military spouse unemployment can be eliminated with remote careers. 

Researchers have studied the military spouse unemployment problem for years and numerous programs like Hiring Our Heroes and Joining Forces, have been developed to help military spouses find jobs and provide training.  These programs have provided military spouses with a national platform and have started the conversation about military spouse unemployment with companies across America.

Although great strides have been made...


#Nextchat: Effective Practices to Stamp Out Workplace Harassment




In January 2015, the Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Jenny Yang, announced the creation of the Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. Her message: We have made a lot of progress, but the problem persists. She named EEOC Commissioners Chai Feldblum and Victoria Lipnic as co-chairs of the task force

After more than a year of study, including numerous public hearings, in June 2016, on the 30th anniversary...


How to Hire Grateful People



Suppose that Helen is the HR manager of a large clothing company, and Adriana and Mirabel are two women applying for a position in Helen’s department.   Both women moved to the area recently. Here is an excerpt from their interviews.


Helen: I see that you were president of your SHRM chapter a few years ago. What made you want to do that?

Adriana: When I was starting out in HR, I joined the chapter, and the president at the time made me feel welcome. I started volunteering...


HR’s Role in Developing a Positive Corporate Culture


For any employee, their job involves much more than just completing their responsibilities and getting paid for it; the culture of their workplace is also an integral factor in job satisfaction and engagement. And, as more employees and employers alike focus on culture, it has become a significant differentiator in attracting and retaining talent. But, it is important to note that culture is more than just offering free lunch on Fridays or having an annual holiday party; culture affects how work gets done, how colleagues interact across all levels and, ultimately,...


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: