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Sharlyn Lauby is an author, writer, speaker and consultant. She is president of ITM Group Inc., a consulting firm which focuses on developing training solutions that engage and retain talent in the workplace. She's previously served as a member of SHRM’s Membership Advisory Committee (MAC) and Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility special expertise panel.


She is equally well-known for her work on HR Bartender, a friendly place to talk about workplace issues. The site has been recognized as one of the “Top 5 Blogs HR Pros Love to Read” by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Sharlyn is the author of two best-selling books published by SHRM: “Manager Onboarding: 5 Steps for Setting New Leaders Up for Success” and “The Recruiter’s Handbook: A Complete Guide for Sourcing, Selecting, and Engaging the Best Talent”, which are available on Amazon.


Her personal goal in life is to find the best cheeseburger on the planet.


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I know some people groan at annual predictions and trends posts, but I must admit, I enjoy them. When I see trends that I agree with, it helps confirm my thinking. On the other hand, when I see trends I don’t, it makes me take notice.

So when SHRM asked me for my predictions of “what’s hot and what’s not” for the upcoming year, I was honored to oblige. Here are three business trends that I see having an impact on human resources in 2015.

December 30, 2014


I recently spoke with a colleague in Canada who will be moving to the U.S. next year. We were talking about the differences between federal and state laws. So I thought I would share with you some resources on where to go if you’re planning for a human resources assignment in another country.

In my career, I’ve worked with several professionals who’ve had global assignments. And, I’ve had some international responsibilities myself, although I’ve never lived outside the U.S. There are two main considerations when you think about international roles and responsibilities:

November 19, 2014


Organizations are asking employees to play an active role in their professional development. Employees are embracing the idea as a way to control their career. However, in order for employees to successfully manage their own development, it’s means that they need to regularly monitor their status towards their goals. 

September 23, 2014


A Chicago company recently made national headlines for installing a system that monitors employee bathroom breaks. If you haven’t seen the story, you can check it out here.

News Updates
August 25, 2014

I recently had someone ask me this question: If an employee gets a bad performance review and doesn't agree with it, is there value in going to HR to complain?

First off, let me say that I’m a firm believer than an employee’s performance appraisal should not be a shock to them. I don’t know if, in this case, the employee expected a poor performance review or if this was a surprise. However, in my experience, when an employee came to human resources to complain about their performance review, it was usually because their review was a surprise to them. Enough said.

News Updates
August 13, 2014

There are some similarities between human resources and marketing. When we think about the 4 P’s of marketing – price, place, promotion, and product – it’s very aligned with the HR functions of compensation/benefits, work environment, talent development, and corporate culture.

July 23, 2014

This edition is dedicated to the Society for Human Resources Management’s annual conference. It is “the” event for human resources professionals. Last week, I spent a few days in Orlando listening to speakers, learning about the latest products and services in the expo hall and networking with colleagues.

I hope you like the image – it’s a collage of the photos I took during the conference.

July 8, 2014

It’s hard to believe that in just a few days the largest conference for human resources professionals will be taking place in Orlando, my hometown. SHRM Annual is a huge event and, for the first-time attendee, it can be a lot to take in. Who are we kidding – even for those of us who’ve been to SHRM Annual before – it can be a lot!

As you’re putting together your strategy for the conference, here are a few things to build into your schedule:

June 18, 2014

Conferences offer many opportunities, professional development being one of the most significant.

And one aspect of professional development that’s often overlooked is building a professional network.

This isn’t an activity you should just undertake in your hometown. Because the business world is global, our professional network needs to be global too.

June 16, 2014


Organizations often focus on the importance of teamwork. But rarely do set aside resources to invest in team training. Sure, they talk about teambuilding but that’s something different.

Dr. Eduardo Salas

May 1, 2014

Compliance is a big part of human resources. When HR does compliance right, it can give us time to do the other, more strategic parts of our job. Today’s reader question deals with one of the big compliance issues companies face: employee files.

March 25, 2014

The number of cell phones is expected to exceed the number of people on the planet, according to Digital Trends. That’s a pretty amazing statistic. Add to that the over 1M active apps in the iTunes App Store, and there’s tremendous productivity potential in terms of the combined technology in our phones and apps.

March 6, 2014

As a certified professional, I try to challenge myself when it comes to recertification. Each year, instead of doing the same types of activities, I try to complete at least one activity in each section. And I try to find new ways to obtain recertification credits. This year, my goal is to use the new SHRMStore Credit-Approved Book program.

January 21, 2014

One of the things I enjoy about the end of the year are predictions posts. I think it’s fun to read other people’s take on upcoming trends and the future of the profession. As a business professional, trend watching confirms my thoughts about what’s happening in the workplace.

December 26, 2013

April 27, 1987 is a day I will always remember. Mr. Bartender and I had been married for 3 weeks (24 days to be exact). I was wearing white pants. We decided to have dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant. Well, that’s what we would have done if we had actually made it to the restaurant. You see, April 27, 1987 was the day of my “auto accident.”

November 12, 2013

How many times have we heard this story? During the interview, candidates say “Yes, I’m committed, willing to do this, love to do that” and so on. Then after they start, we realize they’re not a good cultural fit for our organization. 

October 30, 2013

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." - Steve Jobs

There’s lots of conversation in the current media about being innovative and the need for companies to innovate. Many of these articles talk suggest that companies should give employees the ability to innovate. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for innovation. But the more I hear about the imperative of innovation, the more I’m convinced that people don’t know what innovation means.

October 23, 2013

There’s a regular conversation in the human resources community about the profession being a strategic business partner. In thinking about becoming more strategic, it occurred to me there’s a difference between creating a strategy and being strategic.  Just because we can create a strategy doesn’t mean we can think strategically.

September 24, 2013
Organizations can no longer ignore how pervasive mobile is in today’s world. According to the International Telecommunication Union, “there are almost as many mobile-cellular subscriptions as people in the world.” It only makes smart business sense to embrace mobile as part of daily business.
September 3, 2013

Whenever I talk with HR pros about social media and technology, there’s one question that regularly comes up.

“How do you find the time to get everything done?”

Technology isn’t supposed to make things more complex and time consuming. It’s supposed to help us do our jobs faster and more efficiently. One of the tools I use every day to help me stay on top of what’s happening in my industry and profession is an  RSS reader.

July 30, 2013