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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...


Driving Business Success: Limiting How Much We Look Back


Since I’ve been working from my home office the last few years, it strikes me that I don’t drive much anymore.  Well, I drive to the airport a fair bit, but day-to-day driving is a thing of my past.  I was thinking about it because I have young teens who are already anxiously focused on learning how to drive.  When we are in the car, they ask tons of questions about how the car works, what the driving laws are, how...


Before You Terminate the Chief Officer

You undoubtedly already have a set of procedures you follow at terminations. That’s good.  You should.

But I’ve noticed over the years in many companies that at the point when the board or the CEO gets fed up with an executive and wants them terminated, even regular termination procedures are often abandoned. That’s not good. You shouldn’t!

Executives are not like the rest of us! They have to be treated differently, even – maybe especially – at termination.

Here are a few things to remember.

  1. The Executive Agreement
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