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It's Time to Cause The Effect

Throughout the last two years of a global crisis and unprecedented upheaval, HR was asked to do more than it ever has. And we stepped up in response to monumental threats to people’s lives and livelihoods. We discovered the profound impact HR can have on business, on workers, in the workplace, and in the world.

As we examine the future of work, we are starting to see the potential impression HR can make in setting the stage for business going forward. HR’s leadership can reshape the work environment to the benefit of workers and businesses. SHRM has amassed...

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Ask an Advisor: What Training Should Managers Receive?

As a SHRM HR Knowledge Advisor, I have recently been receiving more questions about what type of training managers should receive.

The short answer is anything and everything that benefits the work, workers, and workplace. Figuring out the “anything and everything” is the challenge. The initial thought is to look at training that may be required by law, industry, or position, such as safety training and harassment prevention training, but managers will need other training, as well.

Sometimes, managers don’t have the proper experience to manage effectively, or they don’t...

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#SHRM22 Annual Conference & Expo: 3 Tips for First Time Attendees

I was reminiscing recently about my first (solo) SHRM Annual Conference experience in Chicago many years ago. I recall vividly how gigantic the conference center was and how overwhelming it all felt. As a long-time conference veteran, I often see that lost look on the faces of attendees, and always stop to assist. I've been there.
 
For those of you who may be attending for the first time, I offer a few tips to help you make the most of your conference experience.
 
#3: Prepare Your Session Schedule
 
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Get ready to meet one of the #SHRM22 powerhouse speakers, Pegine Echevarria

When I accepted the invitation and took on the challenge of becoming one of the #SHRM22Influencer members, I did not do so lightly. It was my intention to make a difference with my participation. So, from videos on-site at the conference, which I am preparing, to interviews and articles between now and June, it is my focus to do this a little differently. You may not be aware, but as influencers for #SHRM22, we get to pick and choose who to interview for these blog entries. The list is massive this year,...

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Ask an Advisor: Inflation’s Impact on Competitive Salaries

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges for employers, one of which is a labor shortage. The high turnover during this time has become known as the Great Resignation or the Turnover Tsunami. The difficulty of maintaining competitive salaries has made hiring and retention a struggle, especially with today’s inflation.

Inflation has surged 7.5% and is at a 40-year high. Naturally, employers are concerned. In fact, according to Payscale’s 2022 Compensation Best Practices Report, 85% of organizations surveyed expressed concerns about rising inflation eroding the value of pay...

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Frontline Workers in a Changing Landscape

COVID-19 brought the world to a standstill in a flash, forcing people to stay and work from home. But the frontline workers were the lifeline of the economy and society. They kept risking their own lives and saving light on groceries, restaurants, hospitals, and other energy-saving essential services. According to Brookings, these unsung heroes are mostly “low-wage earners estimated at around 7 million people” according to Eonocofact, “ most of the workers are also minorities women, PoC, etc.,” as shown in the figure.1

Fig.1 Composition of Frontline Workers

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13 Ways To Support Employees Mental and Social Wellness

During times of significant stress, employees turn to their Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs). 

As an HR professional, give one way you can ensure that employees' mental and social wellness is sustained?  

To help you with the health and wellness of your employees, we asked CEOs and HR managers this question for their best advice. From encouraging pulse checks to providing access to financial education and tools, there are several insights that may help you ensure the mental and social wellness of your employees. 

Here are 13 pieces of...

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A #SHRM22 Interview with Lori Kleiman SHRM-SCP, President, HR Topics

With 30 years of HR and business experience – Lori has walked in your shoes. A recovered HR Generalist, she built a consulting company that she sold to Gallagher after 7 years and then reinvented her business – HR Topics -  training, speaking and developing content for HR professionals. Lori delivers facts, tips, tricks and best practices in a way that appeals to human resource leaders: with a sense of humor, a bias toward actions that improve operations immediately, and practical resources to support progress.

Hello Lori!  So excited to get the...

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Ask An Advisor: Help Your Employers by Helping Yourself

Over the past year, I have often been asked by various members of the HR community: With so many immediate changes in society, what can I do to best help my employer?

From insect invasions (murder hornets, cicadas and joro spiders, oh my!), to an entire pandemic, to the more-standard challenges of matters like voting legislation, mental and physical wellness, refugee crises, racial injustice, pay equity and gun violence, there has been plenty for HR to deal with over the past two years.

Employees are asking for different things. Employers’...

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#SHRM22: Cause and Effect

I have a penchant for grammar. I like it. Diagraming sentences is a favorite. I even taught junior high English for a couple of years right after graduating with my BA from Saint Joseph’s University. One of the more common errors I found was students using “affect” when they meant “effect.” Time and again, I would tell the 8th Graders to ask themselves the question: Is what you’re describing the result of a cause?

As we work in human resources, we will be instruments affecting others’ lives. Our creation and enforcement of...

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