Interview with Dr. Jeff Pon, chief human resources officer at #SHRM

One of the most interesting HR roles I’ve had was being the vice president of human resources for a global HR consulting firm. On one hand, it’s great to work with people who truly “get” your job – because they’ve been there themselves. On the other hand, everyone has an opinion about your job for the same reason – they’ve been there.

Dr. Jeff Pon is in the exact same situation.

I had the opportunity to meet Jeff last year at the Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference. If you have the chance to connect with him...


Comp Time Blog Submissions by SHRM Members

The week of April 15-19 is SHRM’s Advocacy Team (A-Team) blog week. The theme is “comp time”.  Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) has introduced a comp bill, the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 (H.R.1406). The bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to allow employers to provide comp time, that gives private sector employers the option of offering their hourly employees the choice of paid time off for overtime hours worked.  

SHRM is supportive of this proposal. Read our position paper.

The following are HR professionals blog posts in support of H.R.1406  “comp...


HR Evangelism!

When I look out today across the HR landscape, I see something that is a great opportunity! Those in the HR social media community have the chance to truly bridge the gap with the profession as a whole.

I love seeing the great work that others produce in their blogs, their books and in their presentations. There is an amazing amount of material out here that ranges from HR generalist topics to compliance to development. The spectrum is amazingly broad, but not that deep. I don’t mean that as a shot. I think that there are an incredible...


#Nextchat: The Extinction of Great Leaders

There’s so much talk about employee engagement these days. Companies are bending over backwards to attract, retain and engage the best talent with interesting work and top-notch benefits. They offer health insurance, 401Ks, tuition reimbursement and EAP. There's casual dress–pizza-ice cream–bring-your-dog-to-work Friday, and if you like sushi -- it’s free and it’s in the all-you-can-eat 24x7 employee cafeteria located between the child care facility and the dry cleaner.

And still we see high levels of disengagement. 

Are organizations blind to the notion that it’s not necessarily what we give our employees that engages them, but...


Managing HR in the Age of Acronyms

For HR professionals, ensuring their company maintains compliance with all regulatory requirements is a key aspect of the job and necessary to avoid compliance issues and the resulting penalties. Yet, it is easy to get lost in all of the legal verbiage and numerous acronyms; keeping track of policies like FMLA, ADA, ADAAA, ENDA, FSLA, ADEA, IRCA, ERISA may have you asking: HUH?

In an environment of increasing regulations, HR needs to ensure its operations throughout the talent management lifecycle – recruitment, interviewing, compensation, time off and termination – are in accordance with all state and federal...


LIVE from Las Vegas: Don’t Gamble on Talent

No one likes to gamble on talent.  It’s expensive!  And in today’s super-competitive, skills-starved and ever-changing talent landscape, the odds are stacked against HR.  

In order to place the best bets on talent, it’s critical for HR pros to stay on top of talent management trends.  There are many avenues to find great information, and of course, we at SHRM think that our Talent Management Conference and Exposition is the best.  

Those in the human resources understand that one of the greatest benefits of the profession is the camaraderie that exists among HR pros, and their inclination...



When someone wrongs you, how do you react? Are you angry, vindictive, ready to pounce? For most of us, the answer is “it depends.” We’ll take a breath and then decide the best course of action.

However, when it comes to employees, we often forget to breathe first. We jump to the nearest set of policies and then comb through them to see what level of discipline needs to be metered out. It amazes me as an HR person that when employees slip up, the reaction is usually swift, harsh and doesn’t take anything into consideration – really....


Game On!

There seems to be a reluctance to release the performance review handcuffs in the HR world. Let's be honest: we conduct performance reviews so that we have legally binding documentation in the event we need to fire someone.

That's that!

In reality, effective performance management requirements are directly in-line with Tom Chatfield's 7 Ways that Games Reward The Brain:

1. Multiple Long & Short Term Aims
2. Rapid, Frequent, Clear Feedback
3. Reward for Effort and Achievement
4. Continual Progress Management
5. Elements of Chance and Uncertainty
6. Windows of Enhanced Attention
7. Collective Emotion - Other People