Hank Jackson is the President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management.
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Articles by Hank Jackson
Today, I am excited to introduce you to the new SHRM.org, freshly designed with you in mind.
Dear SHRM Members,
On behalf of all of us here at SHRM, I want to share our deepest sympathies for the victims, families and loved ones whose lives have been so tragically and profoundly impacted by Sunday’s nightclub shooting in Orlando. Words cannot fully express our sorrow. As President Obama has said this was an attack on all Americans.
SHRM has deep ties to the Orlando community as we’ve been fortunate to develop personal relationships with many amazing people - well-beyond our many SHRM members.
How is your organization keeping up with changes in the workplace? No matter our company size, industry or location, we cannot escape the forces that are dramatically reshaping work.
Organizations thrive on information. Whether they are looking to keep customers happy, engage employees or increase revenue, one of the most valuable sources of information is feedback from those an organization directly impacts. SHRM is no exception.
What keeps the people at your organizations coming to work each day? Is it a paycheck? The opportunity to advance? A challenging assignment or worthy mission? All of the above or something else entirely? Find the answer to this critical question and you will have a key to unlocking your company’s full human capital potential.
Breakthroughs can happen in an instant, or they can be the result of a long, difficult process. They show up in many different forms – a connection, an opportunity, a new idea – and then allow us to move forward with greater ease or clarity. Breakthroughs are those distinct moments when the answer becomes clear, the picture comes into sharper focus, and we get it.
Yesterday I had the honor of sitting down with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder during this year’s SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. It was a unique opportunity to hear his thoughts on some of the most pressing issues that matter today, from immigration to the Affordable Care Act to terrorism.
As business leaders, we keep a constant eye on the economy. How it grows, shrinks, overperforms or underperforms impacts our organizations. As HR professionals, we must also be aware of how the changing supply and demand of workers affects our companies’ ability to meet goals. This is the impact of what I call the talent economy—and it’s a volatile element.
Two years ago, the Korn Ferry Institute suggested that HR’s evolution hinged on our profession’s decision “to be or not to be strategic.” Today, this is no longer a question.
Thanks to mobile technology, we can now find anything we want, anytime, anywhere. In fact, Google has reported that “near me” searches—queries that use mapping technology to help us quickly locate our closest post offices, restaurants, shops and more—are 34 times more popular than they were in 2011. A review of the billions of these searches revealed an interesting finding with particular implications for HR: More people are searching for “jobs near me.”
Today, even finding a job must be a simple search-and-click away.
Take a look at any of today’s headlines, and you will find HR issues that affect our employees, our organizations and the entire profession. The minimum wage debate continues to rage at the state, local and federal levels. The clash between new and traditional employment models is becoming sharper and more politicized (think: Uber vs. the taxi industry). And landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions on health care and marriage also have implications for us and the way we do our jobs.
Yesterday, we kicked off our 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition. More than 15,000 HR professionals are in Las Vegas this week to focus on how our careers, our organizations and our profession can thrive.
It’s always interesting to hear how the people management profession differs worldwide. Workplace laws, business culture and social mores vary country by country. What works in one nation, industry or even company, may not work in another because when it comes to managing people—the most complex but critical aspect of business—there is no one-size-fits all approach.
Still, some keys to HR’s success are universal.
You may be aware of the tragic passing of Dave Goldberg, husband of Facebook COO and anticipated SHRM15 keynote speaker Sheryl Sandberg. As might be expected, Sheryl is not able to join us in Las Vegas for our Annual Conference & Exposition. We extend our deepest condolences to Sheryl, and understand her need to be with family during this difficult time.