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Future Friday: Will employees be setting wages in the future?

The changing world of work is challenging traditional ways of doing things. In the past most companies had wage and salary ranges for positions, at least large companies did, and when they were ready to make an offer it was one that fit within that range. Even companies that didn’t have official salary grades still had a range in mind when they made an offer. Bolder candidates might negotiate but many did not, especially for hourly positions. What if this was reversed? What if the applicant set what they wanted the company to pay?...


Stop! Thief!


It finally happened…to me.

I’ve heard about this before. I’ve seen it on TV shows. There’ve even been many different news accounts of this sort of thing. It happens almost everywhere people work. It’s annoying. It’s loathsome, abhorrent, despicable, and just plain wrong.

“Who took my lunch?”  “Who ate my cake?” “Somebody drank my juice!”  I’ve witnessed it happen to others, but it never happened to me…until TODAY!!

To all of you who have been the victim of workplace refrigerator theft,...


The Art of Follow-Up



I was reminded again how important follow-up is to our success as professionals.  Taking a moment to finish the job and let folks know the outcome.  A former colleague’s favored the line was “DONE – NEXT” and this simplicity always made me smile.   It is a small practice, but one that will get you noticed.  It has been said that the fortune in in the follow-up.

Sometimes the follow-up is favorable, and this is the easiest news to deliver. Who does not love to start a conversation with Congratulations?  ...


#Nextchat RECAP: #SHRM16 Bloggers and Breakthroughs

On February 10 @shrmnextchat chatted with the #SHRM16 Bloggers about "Bloggers and Breakthroughs at #SHRM16."

In case you missed this phenomenal chat filled with great tips and advice for SHRM Annual Conference attendees, you can read all the great tweets here:




#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...

HR Intel: How the Zika Virus Impacts HR

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

Now that the Zika virus has made its way up from South and Central America, HR professionals and business owners in the United States need to start paying attention. While the virus is not as severe as Ebola in terms of its immediate risk of death, Zika’s impact will be felt throughout American businesses, particularly those operating in mosquito-friendly climates and whose employees must travel into Zika-affected areas.

Florida has already...


“SHRM as My Constant” – A Professional Society with a Personal Connection


Dallas…a tough place for any Philadelphia native to visit.  Yet given the mission - and company- I had nothing but excitement as I landed at Dallas Fort Worth last Thursday afternoon.  I love any opportunity to meet, listen to, and share solutions with SHRM’s volunteer army- even if it’s in the heart of Cowboys’ country.  

SHRM’s Regional Council Business Meeting (RCBM) is a yearly gathering of SHRM’s most senior volunteers – serving in each of the state councils- rolling up their sleeves- networking, sharing best practices, and preparing for the year to come.  So many of these member-volunteers have...


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,...

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...


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,...