Education Assistance Can Help Create Better Workplaces and a Better World



“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it”—Marian Wright Edelman


We are faced with a significant talent drain in America. While we have a talented and capable workforce, there is a lack of education, training and support for many young workers as they pursue their education and start their careers. Recently Federal Reserve Chairman Powell noted during his testimony to Congress that the upward mobility of less-educated workers has declined and has been part of a long-term...


Correctly Classifying Seasonal Employees


There are several different classifications of employees and identifying an employee incorrectly can have major repercussions. Seasonal employees and temporary employees may seem as one in the same, but in fact, there are differences.

Seasonal employees are ones who work around the same time each year, based on an increase in business during that time. For the Affordable Care Act purposes, seasonal employees are ones who work six months or less while other suggested time frames bring that number down to four months.

The season is usually a pre-determined amount of...


Moxie Exchange Launches Inclusion App at the 2019 SHRM Inclusion Conference




First-of-its-kind app transforms training, putting inclusion at employees’ fingertips

Have you ever gotten the ‘nice enough but clueless’ look from someone on your team when you talk about diversity and inclusion? They have good intentions, but they don’t necessarily have the knowledge or the tools needed.

Here’s the deal. We want good intentions to be enough, but they’re not. At the end of the day, if someone on your team has done something to make someone feel excluded, wanting to be a good person doesn’t change the way...


Automation and Worker Displacement



We live in an amazing time of technological change. The pace of advancement is greater than at any time in human history. Yet there are things we can learn from the history of technology and human productivity that can serve us well. Brookings Institute just did a great piece on looking at the history of technology to inform the regulation of AI. There is far more than regulation – how do these technological advances impact our workforce?

In the 1930s John Maynard Keynes discussed “technological unemployment” – but even in...


SHRM Connect: Better Title or Higher Pay?



When employees have questions, they go to HR.

When HR professionals have questions, where can they turn?   

SHRM Connect is an online forum where SHRM members can post questions and get answers from peers within the SHRM community. It’s a great place to network with other HR professionals while sharing solutions and advice on a wide range of HR topics.  

Jump into a discussion or watch from the sidelines. There's something for everyone.

Check out a few of the latest conversations below:




#Create: Strength in Compassion


I was recently reminded of how compassion can be a powerful force in our world. While on a field trip with my six-year-old son’s class as a chaperone, I witnessed him immediately comfort a friend when he experienced an injury. My son placed his arm around his friend’s shoulder and expressed “everything will be OK.” It was in this moment that I was confronted with a powerful, yet simple, truth; compassion can change someone’s life and help them when it’s needed most. I saw compassion in action, and it came naturally to...


Controlling Candidate Experience



Coming out of the 2019 HR Technology Conference & Expo, there seem to be a thousand emerging technologies to improve the hiring process. Machines can organize databases, create a better user experience and track end-to-end processes. Once we've conquered those things it's up to the humans to refine the courting process.

It's that time of year when people are job hunting: Q4 numbers not where they should be, tenure has not created an opportunity for advancement and graduation is moving interns into professionals. All reasons to dip thy toe in new...


True Inclusion Gets Everyone in the Game



Last week, SHRM hosted its sold-out 2019 Inclusion Conference—formerly Diversity & Inclusion. We welcomed over 1,000 workforce professionals to New Orleans to explore the theme of “Shifting Workplace Culture.”

Changing the name from D&I to Inclusion was key. Notions about diversity in the workplace are transforming. It’s no longer enough to have a multicultural, multigenerational workforce. Every individual must also be consciously included as contributors and potential leaders. As SHRM’s President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. has said, “Diversity speaks to who is on the team, but inclusion focuses on who...


Avoiding Unlawful Immigration-Related Employment Discrimination #GMIS19


When a small business owner offers employment to a candidate, it can be one of the best feelings in the world for both sides. But what happens if somewhere along the process, mistakes are made that can eventually come back to harm the business?

Even worse, what happens if the same mistakes get repeated over time - resulting in catastrophic financial losses and disruption of the business?