SHRM is Working to Bring About Brighter Days

As we close out a year of challenge, change, perseverance and resiliency, SHRM is working to provide HR professionals leadership and support to bring about brighter days—ones we know will come. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work with elected officials in Washington and around the country to address issues that will bring about better workplaces for a better world. 




Why Clarity Matters in Leadership


Your responsibility is to become a leader who is a visionary. Turning smart ideas into action requires a sound strategy and transparent, data-rich decision-making coupled with resolute authenticity. It comes down to your clarity. You must command it. Bringing joy to your work helps as well.

Leadership Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. Am I confident with my current state at work? Do I even know where I want to take my future?
  2. Am I able to clearly articulate a coherent strategy, communicating why and when goals need to be accomplished?
  3. Do I
  4. ...

SHRM Connect: Breastfeeding on Zoom Calls... What Would You Do?



When employees have questions, they go to HR.

When HR professionals have questions, they often turn to each other for guidance and advice.

SHRM Connect is an online forum where SHRM members can post questions and get answers from their 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 some of the latest conversations below:

WWYD? - Breastfeeding on...


Want Greater Success? Do Less of This


You’re not as interesting as you think.

If you’re long-winded, the people around you wish you were short-winded.

Talk less. Succeed more.

5 Reasons people talk too much:

  1. Thinking. Extroverts think while they talk. (If you want your team to think, make space for them to talk.)
  2. Silence drives you crazy. It only takes 4 seconds for silence to feel awkward.
  3. You have power or position.
  4. Insecurity.
  5. To convince people you’re right.

7 Dangers of talking too much:

  1. Lost credibility. You earn respect with your ears and lose it with your
  2. ...

Dancing with Diversity: From Inclusion Illusion to Authentic Belonging



We’ve heard this so many times: diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance. BUT – what if you don’t dance?

I am not talking about your performance at work. Alas, doing your job well - or even exceptionally well - does not guarantee inclusion. I am talking about the allegorical dance, the social aspects of organizational functioning that add up to the ultimate outcome of inclusion – the sense of belonging. It adds up to the tangible outcomes of retention, promotion, raises. "Dancing" could...


Got Gratitude?



The calendar has turned, the challenge is on. Let us begin a season of gratitude.

Each day, highlight someone for whom you are grateful. Share your thanks with a story, a note, a laugh or something memorable. Take this month and let the folks in your world know that they are woven into your tapestry.

Be creative, make some new memories, share some old laughs.

To my Human Resources colleagues: who on your teams deserves your gratitude?  Who needs a reminder of their unique value to your team?  Who needs a good laugh...


2020 SHRM VLBM - Socially Distant…Virtually Connected!


Over the years, I have shared with my human resources colleagues that my favorite annual SHRM event is the SHRM Volunteer Leaders’ Business Meeting (VLBM). While it doesn’t have the sheer grandeur and breathtaking excitement of a SHRM Annual Conference, SHRM VLBM brings together the most engaged, active, and enthusiastic volunteer leaders from across the country. The attendee numbers for SHRM VLBM are typically not as high as with some other events but this is usually made up for by the energy of the attendees.

As recently as this fall, we...


Support Employee’s Mental Health During a Pandemic



As I’ve often said here, the workplace is a microcosm of society. And just like we don’t know what the lasting effects of this pandemic will be on all of us, we also don’t know the long term effects on the workforce. But there are some things we do know for sure already, and it’s that the pandemic has certainly affected our collective mental health. Depending on whether your health, your family, your finances or your environment has been affected, no one has been spared some mental hardship.

I came...


Managing Pressure, Emotions, Decisions and People



We usually love being on track with our plans, and the least we can say is that a global pandemic is a significant obstacle to moving them forward. We are stuck if we don’t adjust to the new environment, and it’s forcing us to get out of our comfort zone.

Have you ever counted how many new decisions we have to make in a single day of this new world? We are becoming permanent problem solvers in both our personal and professional lives: how to do errands, meet with friends and...


It’s 2020 and I’m Re-certifying with @SHRM. Want to know why?



In 2001 I got my SPHR certification for the first time. I started my first real HR Manager job and the CHRO wanted to make sure every single HR person on our team had either a PHR or SPHR. I did an eight-week group study course with fellow HR pros studying for the test and I was lucky that my company had also purchased a SHRM study kit.

I remember leaving that test thinking, “I have no idea if I failed or passed! And, boy, I only know a fraction...