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Building an Ethical Culture



Bring in the lawyers, it's time to talk ethics. The third stop in our exploration of the SHRM Competency model lands us on Ethical Practice. This area of focus is a Human Resource strong point... which is why everyone hates HR.

You know what's better than affording severance pay to former employees? Congratulating them on another successful year!

Sound impossible?

Maybe you've been spending too much time with your hand on the Employee Handbook... (?)

Stop Protecting Entitlement

The term...


Think Time: The Indispensable Habit of Successful Entrepreneurs

The cornerstone of the American dream is and always has been hard work. Deeply ingrained in our psyche is the belief that if you push hard enough you’ll eventually get there if for no other reason than the sheer force of your effort. One of the many factors that separates successful entrepreneurs is their innate grasp of the fact that the American dream requires a lot more than just hard work, it’s also about smart work.
Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to work...

#Nextchat RECAP: Entering the Workforce - Ready or Not

On March 29, @shrmnextchat chatted with SHRM Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC) members Jillian Caswell and Jessica Gofforth on Entering the Workforce - Ready or Not.

In case you missed this informative chat, you can read the tweets here:




Perpetually Vacant No-More: Strategies for Hiring Hard-to-Fill Roles


Indeed recently compiled a list of the best jobs of 2017, based on number of job postings, salary and growth opportunity.  What we found is that technical roles continue to be in high demand -  seven of the top ten jobs are software engineers and developers, with positions in management, healthcare and engineering rounding out the top 25 list.

Many of the technical roles are offering six-figure salaries and an ever-increasing number of job postings. Some of the highest paying positions ranked in the top ten include full stack developers (#1),...


2017 SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition Quotables


Nearly 50 human resource and recruiting experts will offer presentations on a wide range of talent acquisition and recruiting topics at the 2017 Talent Management Conference & Exposition April 24-26 in Chicago.

Some of the concurrent session speakers shared quotes that highlight the focus of their presentations.

Monday, April 24


“Hidden biases shape our world views and can profoundly affect how welcoming and open a workplace is to different people and ideas. These unconscious predispositions color the decisions we make by changing the way we...


Q&A with Jeffery Halter #SHRM17

As part of our coverage of the SHRM 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition, each of the official bloggers is conducting Q&As with session speakers.  As I scanned the list of speakers, one that caught my attention right away was Jeffrey Tobias Halter, president of strategic consulting company YWomen. His session is titled, “Why Women – The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men.”  As I started to dig around a little about who he is and what he does, I was immediately intrigued.  Jeffrey is a “corporate gender strategist”. Just what exactly is...


“I know I just got here but…”: How to Fearlessly Transition Industries as a Young Professional


As a young professional, we are often thrilled to pieces to secure that first opportunity getting our foot in the door. Unfortunately, honeymoon phases can melt away quickly, leaving you quietly dissatisfied with your industry, work culture, or environment. While one of the beautiful things about human resources is having the freedom to work within a variety of industries, it can take some time to figure out what industries ignite your professional passion and if your current industry leaves you feeling a little more lackluster. Just as some individuals flourish in...


#Nextchat: Entering the Workforce - Ready or Not


Ready or not, here they come.

In just a few months, the Class of 2017 will be taking the full-time leap into the workforce.

Starting a new job can be awkward at any age, but even more so for new graduates—and all new young professionals—who are entering the workforce for the first time.

Whether or not they've had internships or part-time jobs, new graduates and other young professionals are expected to arrive on the first day equipped with basic levels of interpersonal ability, critical thinking skills and professionalism.

Some organizations are...


How to Help Managers Become Can-Do Leaders

Whether you are preparing someone to transition to a supervisor position or coaching a seasoned executive who wants to keep up with his or her field, helping managers learn when and how to take on duties they once might have delegated is a much-needed skill these days.

In our book, Becoming a Can-Do Leader: A Guide for the Busy Manager (Association for Talent Development Press, 2016), we offer advice on how to coach managers to effectively balance their dual roles as "leaders" and "doers." To help reinforce their leadership...


Certify This! The Role of Competency-Based Certification in HR

In recent years, we have heard varying perspectives on certification across a number of professions.[1] In the world of education, certification is the gold seal of approval that you can handle classroom instruction and difficult situations any child can pose. In the realm of accounting, certification is different, serving as a barrier for entry into the profession and guaranteeing a minimum level of competency.