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The Oscars Tragedy and You

I watched in anticipation Sunday night as the of the best movie of the year was about to be revealed. l was pulling for Fences or Lion so I knew they would not win.
And, then Bonnie and Clyde, also known as Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, announced the movie of the year.  Beatty looked confused, knowing something was wrong.  He showed the card to Dunaway, who blurted out La La Land.
The winning team went on stage and happily accepted the award. But there was background noise....

PTO is Not Always a Week at the Beach

It’s late February and many employees have just had their last corporate paid holiday, President’s Day, until Memorial Day. That’s almost four months away until we get to enjoy another three-day weekend. Pack in some cold and cloudy days for a many parts of the world and you can see the stress levels rise. For HR professionals, this time of the year can really tempt the blood pressure. Many are rolling off a tough open enrollment period, most are in the thick of annual performance management and compensation

#Nextchat: Employer Branding from the Inside Out


Who are the absolute best recruiters now?

Your employees.

And there is probably no one in the recruiting world who agrees with this more than Craig Fisher

Fisher has been writing and speaking about employer branding for years and has been studying this trend as it has evolved over the past decade.

In the blog post Sharing Your Culture – How to Activate Your Employee Advocates, Fisher writes about the success he has seen at his employer, CA Technologies. 

“An employer’s brand should be built from the...


Retirement Savings: How Small Changes Can Make Big Differences



Many of us are fortunate to work for an employer that offers health care and retirement benefits that help us to live healthy, financially productive lives. In fact, according to the SHRM 2016 Benefits Survey, 98 percent of employers offered health care coverage and 94 percent offered some type of retirement plan.

If you have access to an employer-provided plan, what are a few easy steps you can take to increase your nest egg? As we kick...


Why ‘One Size Fits All’ Is No Longer A Relevant Benefits Strategy

If you’re like most employers these days, your workforce is comprised of four distinct generations whose ages are separated by as many as 50 years. 
On the plus side, that diversity provides a wealth of expertise and talent to enrich the organization. But it also poses management challenges, high among them the need to ensure a benefits strategy that reflects each group’s particular financial goals and concerns.
Given that demographic spread, the “one size fits all” approach to plan design has become an anachronism. 
A tailored...

Workplaces That Enhance Performance and the Human Experience


In an age in which ideas and knowledge drive the economy, people are the chief currency of every business. With up to 80% of a company's expenses coming from human resources, it is vital that the workforce be engaged and empowered to enable productivity. Yet according to the latest edition of Gallup's annual engagement survey,[1] only 32% of the U.S. workforce is engaged, with 50.8% not engaged and 17.2% actively disengaged.  

Though many factors contribute to these statistics, research by Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA) and the Centre for Evidence Based Management...


How The New Retirement Age Could Affect Your Employees


Nearly every worker’s dream is to have a secure retirement to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Social Security is here to help your employees secure today and tomorrow. Part of that commitment is to ensure that your employees have the most up-to-date information so they can make the most advantageous retirement decisions.

You may have heard that 2017 is bringing changes to Social Security retirement beneficiaries. These changes affect full retirement age, also called “normal retirement age.” Full retirement age is the age at which a person may first become...


#Nextchat RECAP: Recruiting Smarter with Artificial Intelligence

On February 22, @shrmnextchat chatted with SHRM Online HR technology editor Aliah Wright (@1SHRMScribe) and talent acquisition editor Roy Maurer (@SHRMRoy) about Recruiting Smarter with Artificial Intelligence.

In case you missed this informative chat, you can read all the tweets here:




#SHRM17 – Interview with Jason Lauritsen


It’s 7:00 a.m. in Orlando and the conference is nearly shaking from a packed house of HR professionals participating in what Jason Lauritsen and Joe Gerstandt have introduced as the #HRMashUp, this just one exercise in their enjoyable yet informative session. Jason has dawned the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in various capacities presenting strategic concepts rooted in authenticity that truly humanize our profession while informing and guiding constructive disruption.

I am not easy to impress, but I can genuinely say that Jason is...


#SHRM17 - Making the Most of Your Experience


Every year in mid to late June, the SHRM Annual Conference and Expo draws thousands and thousands of HR professionals to a designated city for the mecca of all things HR-related.  And every year, a fair portion of those thousands are first-time attendees.  In fact, it wasn’t that awfully long ago that I was one of those first-time attendees.  I was lucky that during my first annual conference, I had a lot of folks I knew there to help show me the ropes.  But nonetheless, I learned very quickly that...