The Expert with a Beginner’s Mind


On March 19th, I had the privilege of presenting to the Rural Transit Assistance Center (RTAC) Conference in Springfield, IL. I was asked to present on the topic of HR challenges that rural transit operators face and how to overcome them.

As I was being introduced, the MC called me an “HR expert.” I was a little surprised by that description! I never really thought of myself as an “HR expert” before. It was a great compliment! Being considered by my peers to be an expert on something is an honor...


From Expanding My World to Creating Better Workplaces


A lot can change in a year. Last year around this time, I was putting the finishing touches on booking my trip for #SHRM18. I was ready to expand my world at my first ever annual SHRM conference. A year later, I’m writing my first SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition (2019) blog post as a #SHRM19Blogger! This year it’s all about creating better workplaces.

As luck would have it, I had a moment to chat with an amazing friend, Mr. Steve Browne. I won’t share the details of our...


Social Media Strategies for Recruitment


A Jobvite’s recruiting survey found that 83 percent of respondents used or planned to use social networking this year as a recruitment tool.  Over 600 human resources professionals completed Jobvite’s online survey, and not to much surprise, the big sites referenced were LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

Regarding the quality of candidates, human resources professionals rated job boards the worst, referrals the best, and social networks somewhere in between.  Use of and investment in social media recruiting continues to increase, and use of traditional online outlets, such as job boards, continues to...


Prep Steps – #SHRM19


The only and only Jeff Palkowski, a.k.a. @Jeff Pally, has started the official countdown to SHRM19. Jeff is also one of the official bloggers for this event.  

Conferences present a unique opportunity to gather like-minded people.  Your SHRM Team has created a star-studded line up for you. Here are some tested suggestions to make your Conference one of the best and most memorable in Vegas.

  1. Be Here Now. Be Present. Devote your time, attention and energy to the Rock Stars that you will have the chance to meet in
  2. ...

New Multinational Members Expand SHRM’s Global Impact


In a global economy where goods and services flow freely across borders, multinational enterprises must also be able to move their employees to the locations where their talent is most needed.  These companies need HR professionals who understand the nuances of global talent acquisition and mobility.

So, it was an easy decision when the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) approached SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, with an offer: integrate the NFTC’s International Human Resources (IHR) program and its members fully into the SHRM family.

As a thought leader on...


Professionalism. What Is It?



A recent tweet by Sarah Noll Wilson got me thinking of my earliest experience with “professionalism” in the workplace

Merriam-Webster defines professionalism as "the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person;" and a profession as "a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation." 

Nowhere does it mention coming to work every day in a suit. And yet, if you asked a child, even today, to draw a “professional” - they will likely draw a person in a suit, probably...


HRDO - Building Your Team #SHRM19



There is much to be said about an HR Department of One. As the lone resource for compliance, employee relations, administration and the occasional retirement party, no one day is ever the same. It would be delightful to roll back your chair and delegate a project, get some clarity on a problem or even just blow off some steam. These are the times that you wish that there was more than one of you. If only you had a team. The solution is not so hard to find. If you...


Working with Leadership to Understand the Performance Management Cycle


Mention performance review season and the entire organization groans. HR tends to spend an entire month pestering managers to finish forms, have meetings and get documents signed. Sometimes managers don’t see the value in performance reviews, and that is because they are left out of the performance management cycle the rest of the year.

Understanding that performance management can’t happen in a vacuum and that leadership needs to be a part of the ongoing process will go a long way toward making performance reviews a vital tool.



Shaping the Culture You Want and Need #HRPS




John Reid-DoDick is Senior Vice President, Culture at The We Company.


John Reid-DoDick helped the WeWork culture thrive as it scaled five-fold into new markets across the globe. Now he works to help enterprises and entrepreneurs build and evolve great cultures. Here is a sneak peek at his innovation lab on...