Breaking Taboos and Putting Race on the Table #TogetherForwardAtWork

There is no denying 2020 has delivered an abundance of challenges for all of us, both personally and professionally. Just when it looked like we could start planning for life after COVID-19, and begin to navigate a shaky economy, the explosive pain of racial injustice contorted our society.

Unlike the novel coronavirus, this challenge was not new. These issues have long existed, hidden under the table, in darkness and denial.

This time, we can’t deny it. Racism persists in our society and is felt in our workplaces. Black...


9 Ways To Encourage Employees To Take Vacation Days & Use PTO




Taking time off is something many people will avoid when job security is at the forefront of someone’s mind. As a leader or HR professional, navigating how to go about asking employees to use their paid-time-off during these times can be a challenging task. 

How can you encourage employees to take vacation days? We asked nine thought leaders to share their best advice on how to encourage employees to take some well-deserved time off.

Change the Way PTO is Discussed...


A Conversation with SHRM Exchange Visitor and HR Professional Marion Anderson


In July, we had the opportunity to interview Marion Anderson about her experience as a J-1 exchange visitor training in the field of Human Resources. The J-1 visa program, officially known as the Exchange Visitor Program, is a U.S. Department of State initiative that brings over 300,000 foreign citizens to the United States each year through 15 different programs to study, teach, research, share specialized skills and receive on-the-job training. While SHRM (in affiliation with CFGI prior to 2018) has been a sponsor of J-1 visa programs for more than seven years, it’s rare that we work with HR...


5 Ways to Uncover Your Strengths—and Why They’re Worth Knowing



When figuring out your ideal career path and searching for a job, you need all the advantages you can get, starting with the strengths you already possess. I call these your “strengths and superpowers,” and they’re the key to finding a job where you’ll thrive.

After all, if you’re good with people but bad with numbers, you’ll likely be miserable working a job in accounting. But know your strengths, and you can find a career to match.

Knowing yourself sounds simple enough, but often external input is helpful. So, where...


How Do You Recognize Leadership Ability?


When looking to promote internal candidates for management positions, how do you recognize and determine leadership ability? For me, it is in the day to day movements of the candidate. How they navigate throughout their day and how they behave is the biggest factor.

First, I pay attention to their level of energy. How do they accept work assignments? Is it with gusto and an internal drive to succeed? Are they almost always willing to take on new and exciting (or not so exciting) projects? When given a new task, are...