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SHRM Partners with William G. McGowan Charitable Fund with Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. and Diana Spencer

In February, the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, a family foundation dedicated to furthering the compassionate philanthropy and the ethical leadership of William G. McGowan, in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), announced the first‑ever Ethical Leader of the Year Award. Candidates were nominated by a colleague, assessed by a selection committee of peers, and evaluated on their principles.

The award will be presented by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund at the opening session of SHRM’s Annual Conference & Expo next month. The...

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Ask an Advisor: The Great Resignation and the Employees Who Stay

As an HR Knowledge Advisor, I was recently asked how employers can address low employee morale and engagement in the midst of labor shortages and high turnover.

Many employers are putting a lot of their effort into finding and attracting new talent to fill the open positions created by the Great Resignation. During this process, it is important to give the same amount of attention to the employees who remain and are left picking up the slack from their departing colleagues.

I know most of us can relate to working...

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The Moment is Now for Emotional Intelligence - #SHRM22

I had the pleasure of connecting with Bethany Adams, MA, SHRM-SCP, an HR Educator at Villanova University, educating the next leaders of our profession.  Her upcoming SHRM ‘ 22 Session - Leading Teams with Emotional Intelligence will challenge your thinking.

I asked Bethany to frame the top three reasons Emotional Intelligence is even more important today as we lead teams and create new successes in the work place. 

Without any hesitation, Bethany commented that post the pandemic and the cloud of uncertainty, we are more accepting of bringing emotion to work....

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What We Might Learn from the Global Workplace

Why are American career, HR and workplace practices seemingly so far behind our peer countries around the globe? And are there models elsewhere to adapt
here?

Those are questions I’ve been asking myself quite a bit lately. I chair an initiative that fosters public conversation and knowledge about the implications of longer lives. I also host a podcast, “Century Lives,” from the Stanford Center on Longevity.  In both cases, we’ve been looking at the implications of greater longevity on longer work life and the likelihood of 50 or even 60-year careers as the norm. If we’re going to work that long, those careers will need to be...

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Ask an Advisor: The More You Know ... The More You Need Pay Transparency!

Who remembers the public broadcasting commercial “The More You Know”?  The premise was to educate the audience on a topic with the intent of helping them make better decisions.

Could this same premise apply to pay transparency? Employee attraction, retention and engagement are critical factors in today’s labor market, and workers’ understanding of employers’ compensation programs may improve all three factors. The SHRM HR Knowledge Center often receives questions regarding employee compensation, such as whether employers can prohibit salary discussions among employees and what to do about employee complaints that...

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#CauseTheEffect: Leverage Real-Time Change Challenges as “Pop-Up Learning Labs” and Get Results. #SHRM22

If your company is having a hard time retaining and recruiting top talent, you’re not alone. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4.4 million Americans quit their jobs in September 2021, setting off what’s being called The Great Resignation. And guess what? Workers aren’t leaving for higher pay but for greater benefits like increased training opportunities, professional development, work-life balance, meaningful work, and psychological safety.

So what does this mean for your company? How can you as an HR or L&D professional help retain and nurture the talent you already...

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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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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

The...

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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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