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Creating Better Workplaces - Meet the #SHRM19 Bloggers

                             

 

 

Creating better workplaces starts with a commitment to excellence. And there's no better place to begin or continue this commitment than the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition – #SHRM19.

HR's role sits uniquely at the intersection of people and business – and this positioning presents unique challenges and opportunities. Hot-button issues facing society have permeated our workplaces as technology and innovation continue to change how work gets done....

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Meet #StateLineCrew #SHRM19 Blogger – Jeff Palkowski

 

The #StateLineCrew is an informal group of human resources professionals primarily from Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois that meet regularly near the Wisconsin-Illinois “state line” to network, share stories and ideas, support one another, and bond over food and beverages. The group formed shortly after the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago and continues to evolve.

Four #StateLineCrew members (Paul LaLonde, Kyra Matkovich, Jeff Palkowski, and Mary Williams) will be participating as part of the #SHRM19Blogger Team at the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference...

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Why Holocaust Remembrance Matters Now More Than Ever

 

Every year, I write a blog for SHRM on Holocaust Remembrance.   

This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) is next week on May 2, 2019.

This year, we are posting the blog early. Reason: so HR has time to consider some sort of Holocaust commemoration.

During the Holocaust, more than 11 million human beings were systematically murdered.  Plus, millions more died in battle. That includes American, British and other brave military forces that sacrificed their lives to save the lives of others.

Of course, every life is a universe. Every...

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#Nextchat: What Would You Do with More Time?

 

Do you feel like some of the time you spend at work is being wasted? You’re not alone! As it turns out, many employees could probably get their jobs done in shorter workdays, but inefficient processes, interruptions, meetings and other daily distractions hamper the ability to focus and to complete the work that needs to get done.

According to a global survey of nearly 3,000 employees across eight countries conducted by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Inc., nearly half (45 percent) of full-time workers say it would take less than...

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Meet #StateLineCrew #SHRM19 Blogger – Mary Williams

 

The #StateLineCrew is an informal group of human resources professionals primarily from Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois that meet regularly near the Wisconsin-Illinois “state line” to network, share stories and ideas, support one another, and bond over food and beverages. The group formed shortly after the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago and continues to evolve.

Four #StateLineCrew members (Paul LaLonde, Kyra Matkovich, Jeff Palkowski, and Mary Williams) will be participating as part of the #SHRM19Blogger Team at the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference...

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Helping a Good Employee Who Hits a Rough Patch

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One of our employees, who has been a steady, solid performer the last two years, suddenly erupted in anger at one of our clients during a company event. Granted, the client is difficult and the event had all of us stressed out, but that’s no excuse to lose one’s temper and get into a shouting match. We immediately suspended him without pay.

Since then we’ve learned from coworkers that he’s dealing with stress by drinking. What should we consider as we try to decide whether to fire him or let

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Meet the #StateLineCrew #SHRM19 Bloggers- Introduction

Paul LaLonde, Mary Williams, Jeff Palkowski, and Kyra Matkovich

How do four human resources professionals who had never met one another less than a year ago end up heading to the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition as members of the #SHRM19 Blogger Team and more importantly, as great friends? It is still a whirlwind as we look back about how all this transpired over the past year, but here is our brief story.

Turn back the calendar to June,...

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Three Reasons People in Drug Recovery Can Make Great Employees

 

Twelve years ago I overcame meth addiction. I remember the feeling like it was yesterday. I reached three months sober and the world around me seemed to change over night. I started to see things with more color, food tasted better, and things felt brand new. I had woken up from what seemed to be nothing more than a nightmare and right back into my 15 year-old mindset with a desire to explore what the world had to offer because I wanted more. I had no more time to waste once...

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How to Become a Frequent Flier #SHRM19

 

You may love or hate traveling for work and conferences like SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition (2019) or SXSW, but the fact remains that you can pretty easily travel hack your way to better rooms, better flights, and better perks. Who doesn’t love a deal or free upgrades?

How to Get More Rewards Points, Upgrades, and Frequent Flier Miles

While attending SXSW, I attended the session on how to get the most out of your rewards and travel points, and I thought I’d share the best practices and highlights along with a...

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