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100% Giving with the SHRM Foundation!



Attention, SHRM chapters and state councils! Have you made your 2018 annual donation to the SHRM Foundation yet? If you have, then you’ve moved your state one step closer to becoming a member of the 100% Giving Club. If you haven’t, there’s still time to do so!

The 100% Giving Club annually recognizes the states with 100% giving from the SHRM state council and all chapters within the state. This club signifies the collective dedication your state has to...


Addressing Workplace Harassment #WeAreWork





SHRM is engaged in deep and critical conversations around issues impacting the workplace, including workplace harassment. In the second in our series of #WeAreWork conversations, SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., and Betty Thompson, Chief People Officer for Booze Allen Hamilton, discuss HR’s role in creating and sustaining a healthy culture that prevents workplace harassment and discrimination – and the need for proactive policy and training.

Now, more than ever, employers can’t react to workplace harassment with rules, education, and training alone. Culture...


#Nextchat RECAP: Boomers, HR and an Aging Workforce

On October 3, @shrmnextchat chatted with  Mark Fogel, CEO of HC3 and senior adjunct professor at Adelphi Graduate School of Business about Boomers, HR and an Aging Workforce.  

If you missed this excellent chat filled with advice for both older workers and employers, you can read all the tweets here:





M&A Needs a New Way



About 80 percent of mergers and acquisitions fail. Despite that poor record — and signs that the failure is often a part of poor talent integration — HR is still rarely involved in most transactions and their processes up front. The world needs a new way to make deals succeed, and increased contributions from HR could provide that leverage.

It’s in my DNA to explore ways to find success where there are too many options that lead to failure. If I’ve learned anything after 25 years of involvement with 300 M&A...


Employers Support a Healthy, Inclusive Workplace Culture with Workflex -- When Work Works Winners Demonstrate How It’s Done



Savvy HR professionals understand that creating a safe, positive organizational culture is vital for the long-term success of the 21st Century workforce.

A comfortable workplace that supports health, wellness, and individuality where employees can successfully meet work responsibilities is a win-win for all. Organizations, large and small, spanning a variety of industries and job types, report significant benefits from creating a more cohesive work environment, according to a SHRM Effective Practice Guidelines Series about creating more human workplaces.

Mounting evidence shows that employees thrive in caring workplaces with...


#AskAmanda: How to Gain Your Employees’ Trust as a YP in HR



Let’s be real for a minute. It can be tough to gain the trust of your employees when you are new to organization, but it can be even tougher when you are a young professional trying to break into your career at a new organization and everyone else has been with the company and/or in a professional role for ages. You don’t want to be the new human resources person coming into an organization that changes everything, making everyone hate you. But then again- you didn’t start that job to...


The Deceptive Complexity of Criminal Background Checks



In order to conduct a compliant criminal background check, employers ordinarily must comply not only with the federal Fair Credit Reporting (FCRA) Act, but also state and local laws.  This includes not only ban the box laws, but also laws that impose additional restrictions and requirements beyond when a criminal background check can occur.

Not to be forgotten is EEOC Guidance on criminal background checks. Do not dismiss it as mere guidance. Much of it incorporates what the courts already have said.

Here are some issues employers must consider. I have...


#Nextchat: Boomers, HR and an Aging Workforce




The workforce is getting older, leading to a “silver tsunami” in our workplaces as the number of workers ages 55 and older will rise from 32.4 million in 2012 to almost 44 million in 2022. This has huge implications for both workers and employers.

Older workers are extending their stay in the workforce due to longer life expectancy and insufficient retirement savings—while they continue to face challenges such as bias and stereotypes.

In his blog post “The Aging Workforce and What it Means for Employers,”...


Last 100 days of 2018



Fall is much more than Pumpkin Spice and Open Enrollment.

Carve out some important time for yourself to review 2018. Encourage your HR Teams to do the same. I will suggest framing this in a quiet time and place. This is the moment to make any adjustments, cancels or re-starts of projects before the calendar turns. Re-read your journal if you use a pen as your exercise to capture the moments along with your aspirations.  The SWOT questions are a perfect place to start:

  • What has been your strong suit this year?  
  • ...

The Aging Workforce and What it Means for Employers



Demographic changes in the workforce are having a profound impact on employers as the number of workers ages 55 and older continues to grow.

However, Pew research states that next year (2019), Millennials will, for the first time, outnumber Baby boomers in the USA  (73 million to 72 million). Baby boomers are born between the years 1946 to 1964 and Millennials are born between 1981 to 1996. The time of Boomers being the largest population in the workforce is ending.

For full disclosure, I am a Boomer. No, I...