Alex Alonso, PHD, SHRM-SCP is the Senior Vice President for Knowledge Development at SHRM. 

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Articles by Alex Alonso, PhD. SHRM-SCP




One in four Americans say they dread going to work each morning, and almost half of American workers have thought about leaving their current jobs. Those statistics point to a grim reality for today’s employers: We have a culture crisis at work. And it’s costly.

September 25, 2019



Yes, that’s a reference to I Love Lucy, so let me explain—Damn! There I go again, explaining instead of simply saying what I mean. Do you increasingly find yourself in that scenario? I do, especially in workplace discussions that make me want to pull my hair out (and I’m bald!).

January 18, 2018

Specially designed online tools help you chart your course to success.


Do you ever have trouble figuring out what to do next? The problem can be as simple as taking too much time to pick a meal from a menu. Or it can be as momentous and sad as procrastinating till you miss out on something great. If you have this problem, it probably extends to your career choices.

November 27, 2017



Some trendy movements in HR just don’t live up to the hype.


July 18, 2017
March 27, 2017



Applying simple wisdom to guide one’s personal and professional integrity


September 12, 2016


Presentation skills, practice, and the top ten don’ts.

August 23, 2016


Having a passion for one's work is the secret ingredient to employee engagement. If you've ever worked with someone with a clear passion like that, you most likely felt envy, rooted in a desire to hold the same kind of passion for your work. Even if you enjoyed what you did, it wasn't to the same degree. Only passion can push you far enough to make a difference.

But when passion for one's work goes too far, it's not so positive. Too much engagement can lead to over-commitment.

April 12, 2016



Hello and Happy New Year! You may have heard that the SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition is in Washington, D.C. this year.  For many of you, this will come as no surprise but this meeting is my favorite time of year.  The reason for that is plain and simple--There is no bigger learning, sharing, and developmental event in HR than #SHRM16.  I encourage everyone to see what #SHRM16 and the future of HR are all about

January 25, 2016

Over the years, I’ve learned to value wisdom no matter where it comes from.  Too many times I have encountered people who discredit wisdom because of the source.  While many would choose to ignore wisdom proffered by those least expected, I relish conventional wisdom delivered unconventionally.  On September 22, 2015 we lost arguably the greatest embodiment of this concept.  Yogi Berra, longtime Yankee legend and greatest champion in the history of baseball, passed away at the age of 90. 

October 19, 2015

I read a recent story from Bloomberg BNA about plummeting revenues at McDonalds—and the company's proposal to fix the problem with "toasted buns" and "grilled burger patties"—and had two immediate reactions. First, Burger King has been saying this for years. Char-grilled flavors arebetter (granted, I'm biased). Second—and more important—is there another cause? Is a toasty bun really the answer to a decade of dwindling revenues?

June 11, 2015


I attended an HR conference last month where I heard some of the savviest business speak ever.  Speakers from all over the globe discussed “leveraging,” “ROI,” “streamlining,” “interfacing,” “synergy,” and “big data” more eloquently than ever imagined.  I’ll be honest though.  By the time I got to the fifth speaker, I was snoring because my head could not make anything palatable out of this jargon salad.  Everywhere I looked someone was tossing business-speak land mines as if they were trying to make my head explode. 

June 9, 2015