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Upping Our Game

This summer SHRM celebrated a record-breaking 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago. It was my first as CEO, and I was blown away by the huge attendance, the more than 700 exhibitors, the hundreds of packed concurrent sessions and our fantastic keynoters. 

What impressed me most, however, was watching 22,000-plus members and friends of the HR profession come together to show the world the true impact and value of our work.

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#Nextchat RECAP: Preparing for Open Enrollment Success

On October 17, @shrmnextchat chatted with Michelle Kohlhof (@MKohlHR), director of human resources with ExecuTech Strategic Consulting about Preparing for Open Enrollment Success.  

If you missed this excellent chat filled with great tips and advice for an efficient and successful open enrollment, you can read all the tweets here:

 

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#SHRMDiv Speaker Spotlight: Q & A with Shirley Davis, Ph.D., CSP

 

I have come to the end of my interviews with some of the amazing presenters for the SHRM Diversity and Inclusion Conference (#SHRMDiv). To provide some context, I got the opportunity to interview some #SHRMDiv speakers in the course of deciding on which sessions to attend. As a first-time attendee, I really wanted to gain an insight into the conference and learn more about the speakers. The first post can be found here and the second, here.

The final edition of...

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Should Employees be Paid for Commuting Time?

 

 

An interesting piece of research on publicly available WiFi access in England led to a question that made me pause. Should employees be paid for commuting time?

As someone that travels a fair bit for work, I know the value of being able to connect and work from any number of strange locations–restaurants, hotel lobbies, airports, etc. But what about the commutes that make up a significant part of the day for so many workers? From the piece:

Interviews with customers revealed why internet access was as important for commuters as business travellers.

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National Work and Family Month Highlights the Importance of Effective Work-Life Fit

 

 

Flexibility to meet the dual demands of work and family life is a necessary component of the 21st Century workplace. October was designated as National Work and Family Month by the U.S. Senate in 2003, highlighting the increasing demands on employees as they try to achieve the effective work-life fit.

This month is a good time for HR professionals to get creative with flexible programs, or workflex, that, not only help reconcile work-life issues, but also support a positive workplace culture where employees can successfully meet their goals. HR experts,...

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Choose Positive

 

A new workweek is upon us. I’m sure it’s going to be filled with both challenges and opportunities. If you’re like most people, you probably feel that the challenges far outweigh the opportunities. That may not be the case, but it gives you the illusion that you’re going to be better at your job because you feel that solving problems is why you exist.

I think taking this position is difficult personally. If our days our chock full of a majority of challenges, then how can we see any glimmer of hope? I don’t mean to make light of...

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#Nextchat: Planning for Open Enrollment Success

 


 

Open enrollment is one of the most important times of the year for organizations; however, complex and ongoing changes to health care and retirement plans can create confusion that leads to poor choices. With proper planning, employers can develop communication strategies to help employees make the best selections for their wellness and future financial security.

Communication

Communication is key to a successful open enrollment. And when it comes to developing a benefits communications strategy that will engage your employees, creating messages that resonate with your audience is critical to that...

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Why Being Nice to your Co-Workers is Good for Business

 

Looking to get ahead in your career? Start by being nice to your coworkers, says leadership researcher Christine Porath. In this science-backed talk, she shares surprising insights about the costs of rudeness and shows how little acts of respect can boost your professional success -- and your company's bottom line.

 

JOIN Christine Porath and @shrmnextchat on Twitter for #Nextchat on December 12, 2018!

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxUniversityofNevada, an independent event. TED's editors chose to feature it for...

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#ChellesHRCollection: The Culture Code Book Review, Part One

 

 

It’s been four months since #SHRM18, and among the new friends that I made while in Chicago, I still reflect on the sessions that I attended. Culture was a focus area that left me wanting to learn more! So, I started reading The Culture Code, by Daniel Coyle. With so many books about culture, this one walks you through what it takes for an organization to build an incredible culture (with real examples). As Coyle...

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“Cooperative Dialogues” in New York City In Effect Now!

 

 

Important reminder that, effective today, October 15, 2018, under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), employers must engage in a “cooperative dialogue” with applicants or employees in New York City with regard to reasonable accommodations in four (4) circumstances. More specifically, an employer must engage in the “cooperative dialogue” with:  

  1. Victims of domestic violence, sex offenses or stalking;
  2. Individuals with pregnancy and related conditions;
  3. Individuals with religious needs; and
  4. Individuals with disabilities.

It is important to remember that, under the NYCHRL, the following are defined very broadly:

  1. The
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