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Civility in the Workplace -- Do Nice People Finish Last or Best?


Do you lift people up or hold them down?

Based on research, Christine Porath shares the costs of incivility and how civility pays. She explains how incivility is a bug—it’s contagious and we become carriers of it just by being around it. Christine reveals the true power of civility and how our little actions matter.



You can see Christine Porath present at #SHRM18!  Her session Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace is on Tuesday June 18 at 2:15...

Why I’m Attending #SHRM18 and So Should You



I’m excited and honored to have been selected to be part of the 2018 SHRM Blogging Squad, and the opportunity to attend the Annual SHRM Conference & Expo in June which happens to be here in my sweet home town of Chicago! 

While I did attend last year’s SHRM Talent Conference, this will be my first time attending the Annual conference.

With over 200 sessions and an incredible line up of speakers along with a great Expo, this is going to be one great conference!  It’s always challenging as...


How to Comply With California’s Expanded Anti-Harassment Training Requirements



n late 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 396, which expanded existing supervisor training requirements for employers. Under the bill, beginning in January 2018, content on harassment based on gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation must be included in the training.

California law and regulations require employers in the Golden State with 50 or more employees to provide sexual harassment prevention training to all supervisors located in California. New supervisors must receive the training within six months of appointment to the position with supervisory authority. At a...


Hard Work Pays Off #SHRM18



It is with great pleasure and excitement to announce that I will be attending #SHRM18 as a #SHRM18Blogger.  I am fortunate enough to have been invited by SHRM to attend my first annual conference that will be held in Chicago.  Last year, I did not attend the annual conference, but was able to follow #SHRM17 and #NotatSHRM17 on social media. I never imagined that I would be invited to the SHRM annual conference as a blogger.  The adage, “Hard work pays off”, is certainly true.  

I have been a member...


Behind the Scenes at #SHRM18 With Lisa Block


I caught up with Lisa Block, Vice President, Meetings and Conferences for the Society for Human Resource Management. Lisa and her team are responsible for producing the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition each year. A daunting task to say the least.

As Lisa explains: “Our goal is to create an experience for our members and exhibitors that supports the strategic direction of the organization, affiliation with SHRM, pride in the profession and addresses expressed and unexpressed needs of both HR Professionals and our exhibitors and sponsors.  We...


A #SHRM18 Q&A with Jennifer McClure!


I’m so excited to meet Jennifer McClure at the annual SHRM conference this year – June 17th through 20th in Chicago. I chose to interview Jennifer because she is an inspiration to me at this point in my career. I am a member of the DisruptHR Buffalo planning committee, in a new role as an external recruiter, and a first time attendee of the annual SHRM conference, so her insights below were so wonderful! The amazing speakers are one of the awesome reasons you should attend #SHRM18 this year. I hope to see you there!




The Future of Learning



The HR profession has changed significantly over the past decades as the profession has evolved from basic personnel management to a strategic business function that leads a wide range of practices and competencies. Today’s HR powers not only a service economy, but a knowledge economy, and as this knowledge economy grows, it is critical that organizations also evolve their approach to talent.

Talent management isn’t just about finding people and onboarding them – it is about making sure an organization is looking for the right kind of talent, attracting that...


Rise of New Consumer-Like Technologies Shakes Up Corporate Learning Market



Corporate learning technologies have been buffeted by change. Employees, frustrated with internal learning options, were looking outside their organizations for new learning resources, forcing employers to reconsider whether legacy technology platforms were meeting workforce needs. This profound shift in learning preferences and need for content better tailored to rapidly changing business environments has fueled the rise of a bevy of new vendor systems that are more consumer-like, user-friendly and personalized to employee needs.

E-learning courses and classroom training now seem dated or cumbersome given the vast amount of content now...


From Woes to WOWs! Wage & Hour Updates


Got Interns ? Since 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has used a six-factor test to determine whether an unpaid intern, working for a private sector, for profit employer can be properly classified as an unpaid intern. Not surprisingly, perhaps federal courts have failed to follow that test, finding it too rigid and inflexible.

On January 5th, the DOL issued a Field Assistance Bulletin announcing that it was rescinding Fact Sheet #71 published in April 2010. DOL will now follow a 7-factor test that focuses on who is the primary beneficiary...


Don’t Miss Your Chance to Meet & Learn From the Extraordinary Steve Browne #SHRM18


Many people are already reviewing the program for  The 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition — #SHRM18 and deciding which sessions to attend. Choices may be made by picking presentations within one specific stream, selecting a session with an enticing topic, or attending based upon who will be speaking. There are so many incredible possibilities and it is advisable to carefully review the program and map out a schedule before arriving in Chicago: SHRMProgram

Among the superb array of options are...