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June 2018

 

 

As SHRM18 winds down and 20,000 +/- HR professionals get ready to head home, it’s time to reflect a bit on what we saw, heard and learned during the conference.

June 21, 2018

 

 

As SHRM 2018 comes to a close I wanted to paraphrase some of the thoughts and tips from four very memorable speakers taking part in Chicago this year! I think these are great pointers to keep in the back of your mind as you head back to the office tomorrow!

Embrace Values Over Skills: Adam Grant, Professor at Wharton School of Business

June 21, 2018

 

For those who attended and those who wanted to (we hope you do next year!). Here is my quick recap of SHRM18.

First what and who was Hot:

Adam Grant, the keynoter on Tuesday and guest host with Sheryl Sandberg on Wednesday. He rocked it with great insights and humbling commentary…and he earned a new fan with yours truly.

June 21, 2018

 

On June 20, @shrmnextchat chatted with Julie Dodd (@UltiJulie), Chief Services Officer for Ultimate Software about How to Build a People-First Culture.

If you missed this excellent chat, you can read all the tweets here: 
 

June 21, 2018

 

The series continues...


Final day of SHRM18

Every attendee looks like a tire with less than a 32nd of an inch of tread left on it. Many in the same clothes as yesterday. Pack light and the fashionistas be damned.

You can see the “full” sign on the attendees’ foreheads having absorbed so much new HR knowledge (and old knowledge rekindled).

June 20, 2018

 

This year at SHRM18, podcasting continues to be a growth area in social media. Last year, there was one company making a serious effort to do podcasting. Caleb Masters, webinar and podcast producer/host of Paycom’s HR Break Room, was the one person I noticed doing this at SHRM17.

June 20, 2018

 

Civility usually is demonstrated through manners, courtesy, politeness, and a general awareness of the rights, wishes, concerns, and feelings of others. It includes the behavior that helps to preserve the norms for mutual respect at work and, given the current economic and political climate, it’s something we could all use more of.

June 19, 2018
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Have you ever sat down and asked yourself why did you join SHRM?  Was it originally because you wanted to grow as an HR pro or was it because you were looking for that next great opportunity?  

June 19, 2018

Earlier this week, I had the honor of addressing the largest gathering of HR professionals in history at the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition. The record-breaking attendance in Chicago signals that our profession is serious about transforming and elevating the work we do and the workforces we serve.

There has never been a better moment to be in our business—the business of people.

June 19, 2018
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“Early to rise. Not to bed. The motto of 15,000 HR professionals. I saw the streets of Wacker, Wabash, Rush, littered with the detritus of HR parties, SHRM badges and vendor business cards. Business cards. Interesting they still have a place in 2018. Like the land line, TV dinners and wrist watches they exist simply to remind us they did.

June 19, 2018


 

This year’s SHRM Annual Conference is a milestone. The team is estimating about 20,000 HR professionals, vendors, and miscellaneous other attendees have converged on Chicago for this year’s event. Attendees are here from around the world–I’ve already met delightful individuals from both Italy and India.

June 19, 2018

How many times have you had an employee in your office, frustrated and telling you in no uncertain terms that they can't work with a certain person on their team or in their office? They can tell you exactly what the other person does on an hour-to-hour basis that drives them absolutely crazy, and how it's a barrier to their success. And what do they want at the end of the day? That other person has to go. 

June 19, 2018

 

This week, I am attending the SHRM National Conference in Chicago, where I am both speaking AND covering the event as part of the SHRM Blogging Group. Follow us on Twitter with #SHRM18 and #SHRM18Bloggers.

June 19, 2018

 

People and workplace issues are global and, increasingly, so is the business of HR. Around the world, workplace policy is increasingly influenced by governments, employers and workers at the international level. I just returned from the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, Switzerland where I was a member of the delegation sent by the United States to develop a new United Nations (UN) convention on violence and harassment in the workplace.

June 19, 2018
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In recent weeks there has been a renewed focus on mental health issues, especially in light of a couple of high-profile celebrity suicides. Professional athletes like Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers and other luminaries have also been forthright in talking about their own issues with mental health.

June 19, 2018

Chronicles of Hebert – Day 2 Mid-Morning

June 18, 2018

 

 

Day one of #SHRM18 there was happy greetings, pre-conference sessions with Jennifer McClure, the general session with Johnny Taylor and Jeb Bush, and lots of fantastic interactions in the Expo Hall.

Here are a few of the amazing people I met along the way, and what they are looking forward to at #SHRM18:

June 18, 2018

 

 

How are you taking advantage of the opportunities that present themselves for growth? 

Before I go off to my first National SHRM conference, I wanted to share an experience that no one should have. 

June 18, 2018

 

 

“It was confusing. Crowded. Alien, yet familiar. I know I was here to document and observe but the indigenous HR people made it impossible to remain detached. I was a friend to all but yet had never been introduced to any.

What I had I gotten myself into?”

June 18, 2018

 

 

Every organization wants to be a best place to work. But what does it take to get there? Fortune writes, “A great place to work is one where employees trust the people they work with, have pride in the work they do, and enjoy the people they work with … and these same qualities—trust, pride, and camaraderie—also fuel business performance.”

June 17, 2018

 

 

SHRM18! It’s time to pack my bags and head for the airport. As part of the SHRM Blogging team, I’m looking forward to sharing my insights through the SHRM18 blog. I’m excited about meeting my #HRTribe #Nextchat #SHRMBloggers in real life. There are brunches, happy hours and photo opportunities in the works.

June 16, 2018

 


 

Twenty-nine. That is the number of pieces of mail I received from vendors in the lead up to the opening of SHRM18 in Chicago tomorrow.
 

June 16, 2018

 

SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., with the WFPMA leadership in Chicago. From left, Bob Morton, Peter Wilson, Leyla Nascimento and Jorge Jauregui.

 

June 16, 2018

 

        

 

We are what feels like seconds away from the SHRM18 Conference. 

June 15, 2018


 

Reflecting on my career, I can attribute many of my “soft skills” to my parents. My father’s schooling ended after seventh grade, but he wanted his three girls to have access to quality education, and that education was reinforced at home.

June 15, 2018

 

The #SHRM18 Bloggers have already produced some excellent Q & A posts with many of the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition speakers and vendors. 

To give you a peek behind the scenes, I've conducted some interviews with SHRM colleagues who work so diligently to create an amazing conference experience.  

I am excited to shine a spotlight on Vanessa Hill from the SHRM Media Affairs team.
 

June 14, 2018

 

 

Jon & Wendy talk to #SHRM18 Blogger Jessica Miller-Merrell 

We're joined by Jessica Miller-Merrell, founder of Workology. We talk about why she started #NotAtSHRM, fun things she has planned for conference, and Jessica and Jon connect over classic rock and marching band! 

June 14, 2018


 

I had missed SHRM16 but had not missed blogging about why I thought large conclaves like the ones organized by SHRM are great social selling opportunities after reading about the power of social selling later that year.

June 14, 2018


 

The online revolution has changed the decision-making process for everything from what to eat for breakfast to where we apply for a job. In an age of radical transparency when information is just a few clicks away, a whole new HR discipline has come to the fore: employer branding.

June 14, 2018

 

 

OK, you’re in HR, so you should get this.  You don’t continue to get return engagements unless you produce good work or a good product. 

June 14, 2018

On June 13, @shrmnextchat chatted with Tim Sackett on The Talent Fix -- A Leader's Guide to Recruiting Great Talent.  

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

 

 

June 13, 2018

Sign up to receive SHRM party alerts and announcements by texting ‘SHRM’ to 55678
 

June 13, 2018

The countdown has started – we’re days away from #SHRM18!

June 13, 2018


 

Meet the #SHRM18 Bloggers –  Jessica Miller-Merrell @jmillermerrell

June 13, 2018

 

Make BIG PLANS for #SHRM18.

Do not settle into your comfort zone. Do not chart a course for the familiar. Push yourself to see and experience something greater.

EXPAND YOUR WORLD.

June 13, 2018

 

 

Media moments have made this request memorable again.

I have been graced to work with many incredible leaders who have modeled some excellent meeting strategies. I will credit Stephen Portch, then Chancellor of the University System of Georgia, with six important lessons about meetings:

June 13, 2018

 

It’s not too late! Register for the 3rd Annual Step Challenge and make your $10 suggested registration donation!

June 13, 2018

 

 

Someone challenged me to create a #SHRM18 conference playlist.  Since I love music, and listen to lots of it – I said sure thing.

June 13, 2018

SHRM18 is coming, we are less than 100 days from boarding our planes or getting in our cars to travel to Chicago and embarking on a new year of networking and learning from the speakers and vendors during the conference.

June 12, 2018

 

 

The SHRM Annual Conference is right around the corner!

June 12, 2018

 

 

As a SHRM blogger, I had the opportunity to attend the 2017 SHRM conference that took place in New Orleans. It was my first time attending the conference and was by far the most amazing conference I had ever been to. As many of you are attending the upcoming 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition for the first time, I decided to share a few tips for first time attendees.

June 12, 2018

 

 

I have been in the game so long that I often choose to hear speakers and don’t really give topics much consideration, because I know who is good and who delivers the goods. 

June 12, 2018

 

 

The 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition is right around the corner and one of the most exciting parts of the confernece is the Exposition Hall and all of the workplace and workforce solutions that will be on display for HR. 

June 12, 2018

 

 

Attention employers: According to surveys, a financial wellness program is the number one additional benefit employees want. Not many employees feel financially confident and they crave guidance. You know who’s especially in the dark? Young employees.

June 12, 2018

 

If there’s two topics HR professionals handle on a near daily basis, and ones that I consider necessities of the role; it’s having good communications skills, and successfully managing a performance review program.

June 11, 2018

 

 

With less than 1 week until SHRM18 I realised there was an amazing #NextChat on Twitter that I missed that would make a great share in anticipation of the conference.

(A ‘tweetchat’ for the uninitiated, is basically an hour or so of open, collaborative discussion over Twitter, using a specific hashtag.)

June 11, 2018

 

 

 

This will be my last blog before SHRM18.  I wanted to share my experience with Diversity Stride 2018:

June 11, 2018
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Last week, two celebrities took their lives, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.  To be more specific, they committed suicide.

It is important to say the word “suicide” because many media reports, at least initially, did not.  There is still, for some, discomfort with mental health issues in general and suicide in particular.

June 11, 2018

 

 

Attention People … We are officially 9 Days from SHRM18!!!!!!!!! 

 

June 8, 2018

 

 

“Use these days in Chicago to build your career, invest in yourself, its more than a party, much more than a networking event, hold us accountable for ensuring that you have a meaningful experience” these are some of SHRM’s CEO, Johnny C Taylor Jr.’s words from an encouraging Facebook live chat, that was held for the SHRM18 bloggers by Andrew Morton.

June 8, 2018

 


 

I’ve known Lyle Hanna for most of the 20 years that I have been a card-carrying SHRM member. He has been such an inspiration to me, especially for his volunteer work with the SHRM Foundation. Lyle has had a long glorious career in Human Resources that spans almost 40 years. He must have been a teenager when he started in HR!

June 7, 2018

 

 

So people keep asking me this question: "Why am I geeked about #SHRM18?"

Here's what on top of my mind now as I'm preparing for my fifth time at a SHRM Annual Conference.

June 7, 2018

On June 6, @shrmnextchat chatted with special guest Amanda Brunson, MHR, SHRM-CP, HR generalist at R W Block Consulting, Inc.

June 7, 2018

 

We're joined by SHRM18 Blogger Mary Williams, Vice President of Operations and Human Resources with Clear Digital Media/ClearSounds Communications in Naperville, IL.  We talk about Mary's experience as a "Department of One" and Jon pulls a connection to her favorite TV show. 

Mary's recommendations:

June 6, 2018

 

 

Meet the #SHRM18 Bloggers –  Paula Harvey @Paula4Harvey

Today's guest is Paula Harvey, , MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR, ASC is the VP of Human Resources & Safety for Schulte Building Systems in Hockley, TX.

 

June 6, 2018

 

 

Executives - I’m looking especially at you.  You nerds. 

June 5, 2018

 

 

A positive workplace culture can make all the difference.

But what if your organization isn’t quite there yet? What if you are working within a culture of incivility, one that tolerates bullying? What are you up against?

June 5, 2018

 

 

I am excited to hear Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, speak later this month at SHRM’s Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago.

June 5, 2018

 

 

So here is a last stab at maximizing your 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition experience. Today’s post is about maximizing time at the exposition hall and after hours.

June 4, 2018

 

Young HR professionals—whether they’re newly minted college graduates or a few years into their first job—don’t have a lot of experience with writing a professional resume. They often rely on trusted professional contacts in HR for tips and advice on selling themselves through their resume in order to get a foot in the door.

June 4, 2018

 


 

Not long ago, I was training a group of leaders on effective presentation, communication, and storytelling skills. While I conveyed the finer points of elocution, a participant raised a question.

“Are you trying to turn me into James Earl Jones?”

June 4, 2018

 

 

The SHRM Annual Conference is right around the corner!

June 1, 2018

 

 

Q: A few years ago, I was asked to resign from my job. My boss said “We’re going to have to let you go, or you have the option to resign.” I chose resignation.

June 1, 2018