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Michael Haberman is a Human Resource consultant. Check out his blog: Omega HR Solutions

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The 2016 SHRM conference started with a great set of keynote that followed Hank Jackson’s opening remarks.

June 20, 2016

I lived in Southern California for my high school and college years. In college, I studied comparative animal psychology—primates in particular. As a result, I was very familiar with the San Diego Zoo. I have probably been at least 15 times, and consider it to be one of the premier zoos I have ever been to. Sadly, it has been 20 years since my last visit.

June 19, 2016

I thought that as an official #SHRM16 Blogger I would share my personal agenda for the conference next week. I do this because I am not the stereotypical conference attendee or blogger. I am an “old guy” in HR. I sponsor myself. I don’t have corporate backing for my attendance, other than my conference fee is taken care of in return for tweeting and blogging.

June 14, 2016

The SHRM national convention will be held in Washington, D.C. this month from June 19 – 22.  I am once again attending as an official blogger.  This is now my fifth year in that role, and it has been fun. I learn a lot, especially in the marketplace.  And, that is why I am planning on visiting the vendors at #SHRM16. If you are going, I recommend you do the same.

People think I am crazy

June 8, 2016

I am publishing this as a #SHRM16 post because it involves a fellow HR blogger, in fact someone that was considered the NUMBER ONE HR blogger in the world. According to one source, his blog Cheezhead was getting 50,000 unique visitors per month in 2010. As comparison, mine gets about 16,000 in 2016. He was a big deal. Since that time, Joel has moved on to a number of ventures. His LinkedIn profile reads like that of a serial entrepreneur.

June 6, 2016


One of the many pleasures of being on the Blogging Team for #SHRM16 is the opportunity to talk to interesting people. As I perused the speaker list I came across the topic Aligning Learning and HR to Deliver Maximum Business Impact. Given the emphasis that SHRM puts on the HR competency of Business Acumen I knew that I wanted to interview the speaker to find out what his presentation was all about.

Jeff Carpenter

June 2, 2016

I was reading an article on crowdsourcing, and it prompted a thought about crowdsourcing and its use by HR professionals. Many HR professionals are single or small departments that may struggle with handling innovation or even thinking through new ideas.

April 8, 2016

According to a paper by Gartner, businesses need to now look at their world though a digital lens. This means that businesses need to look at people and things in a different way to maximize and better understand the opportunities that are available. I think this can be applied to employees as well.

March 25, 2016


I have been saying for at least a dozen years that virtual reality will be one of the greatest boons to corporate training in the coming years. Well those years have arrived. It is starting to reach into all industries and the applications will be widespread.

Saves time, money and lives

March 11, 2016

In a discussion the other day about ethics I posed the question “What do you do if you feel your employer’s actions are discriminatory, you advise against the action, yet your employer proceeds with the discriminatory action?” From an ethical standpoint do you quit, keep your mouth shut and carry on, or report your employer to the government? Which answer you select, in my opinion, will depend on your personal circumstance. But now I pose another question for your consideration.

February 19, 2016

The changing world of work is challenging traditional ways of doing things. In the past most companies had wage and salary ranges for positions, at least large companies did, and when they were ready to make an offer it was one that fit within that range. Even companies that didn’t have official salary grades still had a range in mind when they made an offer. Bolder candidates might negotiate but many did not, especially for hourly positions. What if this was reversed?

February 12, 2016

I came across an article in the Australian newspaper Herald Sun titled Reading Trends a must have skill.  In the article scientist Stefan Hajkowicz said that the ability to read major global trends will make or break businesses in a highly competitive environment. He went on to give some examples of things that will have an effect on Australia. This reminded me of a post I did last year so I thought it would be a good time to repost it. Dr.

February 5, 2016

I and numerous other people have written about the “gig economy”, “free agent nation” or whatever you want to call it, numerous times. As we get into 2016, and 2020 is a mere four years away, the likelihood of there being a major shift in the direction of a high percentage of independent contractors seems less likely to me. Some estimates had 45% of the workforce being part of the gig economy.

January 29, 2016



January 22, 2016

A version of this post was published at this time last year. Since the year 2030 is now a year closer I thought I would republish this in order to get you thinking ahead. The next 15 years will go faster than you think and some of these predictions may come to be prior to 2030. This is an opportunity to be proactive.


January 1, 2016

I gave a presentation the other day, on behalf of ComplyRight on how companies can incorrectly classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. Many companies think that using independent contractors is a prudent way of doing business. It reduces an employer’s liabilities, keeps costs down and provides greater flexibility than might be achieved by hiring an employee. It is indeed a great option AS LONG AS YOU DO IT CORRECTLY.

December 18, 2015