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3 Ways to Promote Inclusion in Your Workplace



Diversity and inclusion is top of mind for HR practitioners and employees alike. If we think about diversity as who is walking through the door, then inclusion would be the next part of the employee experience. With the recent focus on workplace diversity trends, it’s important to not forget how important it is to create an inclusive working environment.

It’s critical to facilitate relationship building with new hires and their teams. We often focus on the work to be done without taking time to get to know our co-workers as...


It’s Smart to Link Federal Education and Employment Efforts



The Trump Administration's proposal to combine the Department of Labor with the Department of Education may seem on its face like a smaller-government effort to reduce redundancy and create efficiency. But for our nation’s employers and workers, it could contain solutions to one of the most serious problems facing our nation: the growing tsunami of workforce skill shortages that threatens our global competitiveness and our economic future.

Basically, America’s workforces are not prepared to do the jobs of tomorrow, or even today.

As the world’s largest HR professional association, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), has not...


Telling HR Stories on Honest HR


About three months ago, I was invited to a meeting with some of our marketing gurus and newest Field Services Director (FSD) – and when I say newest, Callie’s been here for 10 months and is practically a seasoned SHRM employee at this point.  But I’ll get back to her later. 

I knew the concept of an HR podcast was to be discussed during this meeting, but I assumed that they were just going to ask for my advice on HR and/or young professional topics, given that I fall in that...


#Nextchat RECAP: The Rise of ‘New-Collar’ Jobs and Nontraditional Talent


On July 18, @shrmnextchat chatted with Talent Strategist Mary Faulkner (@mfaulkner43) about The Rise of "New Collar" Jobs and Nontraditional Talent.  

If you missed this excellent chat on how employers are boosting talent acquisition efforts by removing barriers to hiring, you can read all the tweets here:





“Inclusion!” Experiencing my First SHRM Annual Conference! #SHRM18


Is Diversity and Inclusion important within your organization? Do you do it because it is the right thing to do or because it is the smart thing to do?

This was my first time attending a SHRM conference, local, state or national. I was honored to be one of the recipients of this year’s SHRM Foundation scholarship. Moreover, I was touched as an international student from Ecuador, now working in human resources, to experience the theme and feel of inclusion throughout the conference.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM’s CEO, opened the conference highlighting how important it is to implement...


Through the Looking Glass #SHRM18



He drove by with a wave, rolled down the window and asked,”Kavi?” In an inchoate two minutes, I was seated settled in the comfortable car with his words “I’ll get you to the airport. Nice and safe” to soothe me.

#SHRM18 had just wound down to a close and I was tearing myself away from the comfortable confines of McCormick Place in Chicago.  Salim (name changed ) was my Uber driver.

Uber drivers who indulge my need for conversations are special.  Speak to a few of them in a city, and you can...


The Practical Guide to HR Analytics


Just hearing the word "analytics" is enough to send some HR professionals running. Data analytics can be daunting, confusing, over-complicated and sometimes downright scary. Luckily, The Practical Guide to HR Analytics: Using Data to Inform, Transform and Empower HR Decisions (SHRM, 2018) decodes data analytics in a simple, easy-to-follow format that clears away the mathematical jargon and focuses on the key function of data analytics: effective problem solving.

Authors Shonna D. Waters, Valerie N. Streets, Lindsay A. McFarlane and Rachael Johnson-Murray introduce a hypothetical scenario featuring HR professional...


#Nextchat: The Rise of ‘New-Collar’ Jobs and Nontraditional Talent





No degree? No experience? No problem.

A high demand for skills combined with a low unemployment rate have made nontraditional pools of talent an attractive option for employers looking to boost recruiting efforts.

Organizations are increasing their candidate flow and building greater diversity in their pipelines by removing the barriers—such as a bachelor’s degree or previous corporate experience—that keep viable candidates from applying.

The SHRM Online article “Employers Open to Ditching Degree Requirements When...


HR Metrics, Analytics, and Data: 7 Rules to Remember




Numbers seem to be at the top of everyone’s priorities right now. And when I say numbers, I mean metrics, big data, and analytics. But before we go any further, it’s important to understand that these terms are different. I know they are sometimes used interchangeably. I’m guilty of it myself. Here are the definitions:

Metrics are focused on tracking past performance.

Analytics is about using past data to generate predictions or insights.

Data are statistics collected...


Looking Deeper into the Cave




With the events surrounding the Thailand cave rescue that has occurred this month, I was reminded that this international team is made of people that are much more than what we read on their resume or LinkedIn profile. Their experiences enabled them to be productive team members and they were not learned on the job or in a classroom.

Dr. Richard “Harry” Harris went to Flinders University Medical School and then specialized in anesthesia. He has substantial...