Keith C. Enochs, PHR, SHRM-CP is the Manager of Human Resources and Training Services for a regional Supermarket and Home & Garden chain based in Lititz, Pennsylvania with 1,000 team members in 8 retail stores, 2 office, and 2 distribution centers. Keith has strategic and operational responsibility for the entire scope of Human Resources and Training services.
Keith is a member of National SHRM, Pennsylvania SHRM, and Lancaster SHRM, and previously served on the LSHRM Board. He has over 10 years experience in Human Resources and is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University.
I just wrapped my 7th SHRM Annual Conference, and my first as a member of the SHRM Blog Squad. This conference has stretched me more than any development event I have ever been to. And it wasn't the sessions, it wasn't the Smart Stage talks or the General Sessions that really made the most impact. Those were all great, don't get me wrong. But the most impactful thing for me was the connections that I made with my fellow attendees.
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.
In 33 short days, thousands of HR professionals will converge on the city of Chicago for #SHRM18. It's an opportunity not to be missed. For me, this will be my 7th conference, but my first as a member of the SHRM Blog Squad. I'm beyond excited for the conference this year, looking forward to meet some old friends and make some new ones.
Barbara Glanz is an author and motivational speaker, with an emphasis on building strong workplaces in our workplace. She is also a 21-year veteran of SHRM conferences. Barbara is also the author 12 books, including The Simple Truths of Service: Inspired by Johnny the Bagger, which she co-wrote with Ken Blanchard.
#SHRM18 speaker James Robbins is a management consultant, adventurer, and motivational speaker. And he is certainly no stranger to the SHRM annual conferences. This will be his 7th conference, and he jokingly quips that he thought they would have been tired of him by now. But as someone who has seen James speak several times, it’s not much of a surprise why he continues to be invited back.
The 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition (#SHRM18) in Chicago is exactly 4 months away. That's only 17 weeks! Blink your eyes twice and it's going to be here. This will be my second visit to the Windy City, and I'm so excited to be going back. The theme for this year's annual conference is Expand Your World, and I figure why wait, let's start now!!
“Don’t hand me no lines, and keep your hands to yourself.” Way back in 1986 (that was 31 years ago, can you believe it?), the Georgia Satellites summed it up pretty well. But apparently not everyone was listening.
The other night, I attended DisruptHR Philadelphia. I loved every minute of it. The networking, the speakers, the free-flowing stream of f-bombs, it just flat-out rocked. One of the speakers, Vadim Liberman (@VadimsViews), spoke about authenticity and the need to help our people be not just their true selves, but their best selves. This ignited some inner dialogue about my role in HR.
I think we all recognize the “cone of silence” from Get Smart. Information is kept highly confidential among a select few. On the screen, hilarity ensues and somehow the good guys manage to save the day. In the workplace, however, this kind of tight-lipped operation often leads to very negative consequences.
I’m fortunate to work for really great owners that genuinely care about our team members. But at the same time, they’re business people. They don’t do it just to make themselves feel good, or to be charitable. Business needs to operate profitably, otherwise we’re all in trouble. Bottom line, if we pay you to do a job, you’re important. But is that enough?
The other day, I was scrolling through Facebook, and I get a notification that my friend and college roommate tagged me. He shares very openly some pretty major challenges in his life (depression, losing his house and belongings in a fire. You know, THAT kind of major). Then he says “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the following:”, listing a number of people, including me.
Two things hit me instantly:
Two years ago, my wife and I were blessed with not one, but two little bundles of joy. As they grow and develop, I am coming to believe that I am learning as much from them as they are from my wife and I. It got me to thinking about my job in HR, and how I have evolved as a professional and as a leader.