Breaking Taboos and Putting Race on the Table #TogetherForwardAtWork

There is no denying 2020 has delivered an abundance of challenges for all of us, both personally and professionally. Just when it looked like we could start planning for life after COVID-19, and begin to navigate a shaky economy, the explosive pain of racial injustice contorted our society.

Unlike the novel coronavirus, this challenge was not new. These issues have long existed, hidden under the table, in darkness and denial.

This time, we can’t deny it. Racism persists in our society and is felt in our workplaces. Black...


Why I'm Pursuing a Career in HR #HRProfessionalsDay

HR Professionals Day is September 26, 2020; it recognizes and celebrates HR professionals around the world for their contributions to organizational success. 

Many will be sharing stories about their careers in HR and what they enjoy most.

We also wanted to hear from SHRM's student members, so we asked, "Why are you pursuing a career in HR?" 

Check out their inspiring answers below.

Amanda Nelson - University of Texas at San Antonio (Student Chapter President)

I am pursing a career in HR because growing up in a military family, I had to learn how...


How I Passed SHRM-CP (During the COVID-19 Pandemic)



It was around February 2019 that I started doing research on the SHRM certifications and I listed the approximate costs in one of my many notebooks for my thoughts. With mounting costs, especially with the inclusion of any prep course (face-to-face or virtually), I did a quick Google search to see what others recommended as the best path to passing the exam. I’m a fan of “how to” articles generally, but I soon realized that only one person wrote such...


Removing Barriers of Entry - Inclusive Job Postings will Attract Diverse Talent


Too often, I’ve heard job seekers talk about obstacles that prevent them from applying for jobs with a company they’re genuinely interested in because they don’t feel like that company’s job postings speak to them. As HR professionals we struggle with candidate connection, but less-than-inclusive job postings might just be the reason it’s so difficult. Companies have a diversity problem – not just racial diversity but also for other minority groups including women, veterans, and people with disabilities. 

I spend a lot of time working with both candidates and recruiters who...


Online Meetings that Don’t Suck Your Soul



After months of online meetings, video conferences, Zoom, and Teams meetings, you’ve mastered the basics:

  • You’ve got light in front of you (not behind you) so we can see you.
  • You look into the camera to connect with your team.
  • You’ve got a list of everyone attending and you call in each person to take part.
  • You found a decent microphone so your team can hear you and you don’t have to yell.
  • You invite the least number of people to make the best decisions.
  • At the beginning of the
  • ...

3 Things to Help You Shape Your New Virtual Leadership Style



A few years ago, when I was a manager in a large company, I found myself in the middle of the debate between the VP of HR and other executives in the company about an employee request to work from home. It sounded like science fiction, and a strongly opinionated debate developed culminating in the stance that it was a question of trust. For this reason, some people would deserve this opportunity, whereas others wouldn’t. No decisions were made, resulting in the frozen status quo. 

Looking back and reflecting on...


HBCUs Fuel America’s Workforces with Unique Talent



Welcome to HBCU Week, when we celebrate America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their contributions to our communities, companies and society.

It has been my life’s work to unleash talent—in all its forms, from wherever it originates—and I am passionate about the unique role of minority-serving institutions in fueling our workforces with uniquely prepared graduates. Every year, over 300,000 students turn to these institutions for their education and to prepare them for their careers.

For the past two-and-a-half years, I have proudly served as Chair of the President’s Board...


Handling the Clash of Parenting and Work in a Pandemic


Last week I had a chance to bring together an amazing panel to talk about how to support parents in a challenging work environment. This conversation featured:

  • Donielle Buie, HR leader in charge of employee wellbeing at the Broad Institute
  • Shana Sweeney, CHRO of SugarCRM
  • Jonathan Corke, marketing leader at Bright Horizons

In the video below, you can hear each of these leaders talking about how they are tackling the challenge of supporting parents, regardless of whether work is remote or not. 




Reskilling and Upskilling Your Workforce for the Post-Covid-19 Era


As employees return to the new normal, employers face tough choices regarding shortcomings in skills and knowledge that were laid bare by the forced telecommuting following the pandemic shutdown.

A 2018 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development study found that 50 percent of jobs ran the risk of greatly changing or becoming obsolete. After COVID-19, that's even more possible. Thanks to all of the workplace adaptations due to the pandemic, the question for many becomes how to re-educate the available workforce to fill the vast void in new digital technologies.

Reskilling vs. Upskilling

Reskilling and upskilling are both important...