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Advice to Nice Guys



Q: What the heck is going on with this rash of sexual harassment stories and all these guys getting fired?  Now even a (formerly wholesome) household name like Matt Lauer from the Today show.  It makes a nice guy like me want to clam up around women at work in fear that some coworker may take something the wrong way.  What’s the best way to avoid being wrongly accused?

A:  I doubt that a nice guy like you would have engaged in the behavior most of these guys have been accused...


Congress: It’s Time to Scrap the Cadillac Tax!


While efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are currently suspended, legislation is being crafted to address many outstanding health care issues before year’s end including provisions to address health-related tax policy. SHRM has long-championed a repeal of the “Cadillac” tax on high-value employer-sponsored health benefits.  That’s why we are advocating for a year- end package to include a repeal or delay of the tax given the very real consequences the tax is already having on employers and employees.

Back in 2015, Congress delayed the implementation of the...


Hear Ye! Hear Ye! 45,000 Reasons Not to Publicize Details of an Employee’s EEOC Charge of Discrimination



For those of you who work in HR, what do you do when you learn that an employee has filed a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Raise your hand if the answer is not publicizing details of the charge, including the employee’s name, union affiliation, and information about the medical restrictions on his ability to work, in a letter to 146...


How to Build a Team Like the NBA


If you know me, you know I’m not a sports person. I don’t watch. I don’t follow.

It’s not that I have some strong dislike for sports. It’s just that when I stopped doing them in high school, I lost all interest. I can watch them, if I am at a live event or if I don’t have an alternative. But when I’m listing things I look forward to each week, that isn’t at the top of my list. If you’re like me, then this post is still going to be...


Q&A with Workday’s Cristina Goldt on the Skills Gap



We’ve been talking about the skills gap for a little while now, and it’s clear that the gap isn’t closing any time soon. Some of the industries hit the hardest by the skills gap include manufacturing, technology, engineering, and healthcare.

With approximately 7.2 million unemployed individuals in the U.S., you’ve probably heard people talking about how to solve the skills gap. They say things like, “Companies should just fill their open positions with some of the millions of job-seekers in need of employment.”
In theory, this sounds like a great solution, but the problem isn’t in...


#Nextchat RECAP: How to Win the Talent War on Your Own Turf

On December 6, @shrmnextchat chatted with special guest Senior Vice President of HR for Indeed Paul Wolfe @pwolfe67 about How to Win the Talent War on Your Own Turf.

If you missed this informative chat, you can see the tweets here:




Embracing Courageous HR Leadership


This week marks the start of my new role at SHRM. My professional journey has included time as an HR strategist and a CEO, so I feel incredibly privileged to have been appointed to lead SHRM as President and CEO, where I can be both.

Since my days on the SHRM Board of Directors, a decade ago, almost everything about our profession has changed. Our ideas have transformed regarding diversity, talent acquisition, analytics and the workplace itself. HR is much more dynamic than ever before. It requires strategy,...


Employee Engagement Issues? Get Managers Engaged


Most companies spend a great amount of time and money to make sure employees are fully committed each day to giving their all to help the organization succeed. But polls show that employee engagement has hardly budged in the past 15 years. Programs and annual engagement surveys aren't the answer. Giving managers the right tools to motivate the workforce is. My company has studied the specific actions managers can take to maximize engagement with their teams, and I share those insights in Raise Your Team's Employee Engagement Score: A Manager's Guide (Amacom, 2017)....


#Nextchat: How to Win the Talent War on Your Own Turf


One of the top reasons employees leave organizations is the lack of career development and advancement opportunities.

Although individuals are ultimately responsible for their own career development, organizations play an important role in helping employees along the way. By providing opportunities for workers to expand their experiences, knowledge and skills, as well as by giving them the right tools and resources and removing obstacles, managers can promote a healthy culture of commitment in their organizations.

Career progression in today’s world of increasingly flat organizational structures is not so much...