#Nextchat RECAP: Building Better HR

On February 6, SHRM @WeKnowNext chatted with Janine Truitt (@CzarinaofHR) about "Building Better HR".

Some of the best and brightest folks in the human resources profession jumped into the chat to share their ideas.

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat: 






Toasting 20 Years of FMLA?


By Lisa Horn (@SHRMLobbyist), SHRM’s Senior Government Relations Advisor

By now you’ve heard that this week (Feb. 5) marked the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  This landmark federal leave statute has no doubt afforded countless new parents opportunities to bond with children while allowing other employees time off to recover from major health issues or to care for seriously ill loved ones – all without fear of losing a job. 

As someone who has twice benefited from FMLA leave, I can’t help but toast the statute’s 20th anniversary and the peace of mind it...


7 Quick Tips for building a "fan base" as a young leader...

With changing cultural trends, the rise of the knowledge worker, and technology-catalyzed speed of ramp-up, we're seeing more and more examples of younger leaders, managing folks older than them. This was once unheard of. Tenure, not tenacity, once trumped all. Not anymore.

Why build your “fan base?” A village to raise a child, a world to make that child a success.

I'm a sucker for the storyline in which a single man or woman rises up above all odds, then gets to bask in the sweet glory of showing up those who doubted them.

That said, I've...


#Nextchat: Building Better HR

HR professionals often work so diligently at improving the culture of the organizations in which we serve that we often forget to take care of each other and our own profession.  We spend so much time creating opportunities for employees that we forget we need development, too.  With so much work and so little time, how can HR pros foster a culture of continuous improvement and find ways to help and support each other internally, nationally and even globally?

HR can become intrinsically better for the greater purpose of improving the profession.  Culture, flexibility and innovation are the trinity to...


#Nextchat: How Organizations Can Tame Social Media's Wild West

There’s been a lot of conversation lately about the role of social media in today’s workplace.  While we’ve pretty much established that social media is here to stay, there are still many workplaces that discourage -- if not totally prohibit -- the use of social media (or any internet activity) at work. 

The question isn’t whether to allow social media use at the office, but how your organization can harness it to improve communication and to increase engagement and awareness -- internally and externally.  Social media is the new “Wild West” of communication and even the smallest companies...


HOW TO: Properly address disability accommodation when hiring

I was reading this federal court opinion over the weekend. It involves a disability-discrimination claim brought by a deaf man who applied to become a lifeguard at a county pool, but didn't get the job because the county thought his disability would compromise swimmer safety. Plus, the town was not convinced that it could accommodate the deaf applicant because it couldn't be 100% certain that he could safely be on the lifeguard stand alone, without someone constantly by his side.

Folks, I'm guilty.

I'll admit, that when I started reading this opinion, I immediately jumped to...


#Nextchat RECAP: "But He Seemed so Great in the Interview"

On January 23, SHRM @WeKnowNext chatted with Craig Fisher (@Fishdogs) about hiring manager and recruiter buyer's remorse.

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat:






HR is Puzzling!

I love puzzles!  I mean it.  I love the challenge of opening a box and seeing thousands of tiny, misshapen pieces that only show a portion of a bigger picture.  To be honest, I like puzzles that are also a little unique.  I’m not a big fan of the large, scenic panoramas.  If it’s something that challenges you and comes out with a very cool end product – then I’m in.

At Christmas, the kids and I all got puzzles.  Here’s a look at them . . .

Cool puzzle of the US made up of license...


#Nextchat: "But He Seemed so Great in the Interview"

Some hiring managers and recruiters call it buyer’s remorse.  After a brilliant interview, you hire a candidate that you believe is the perfect fit for the job.  A few weeks later, you’re wondering what happened to the person you originally interviewed.  

Their resume is loaded with skills and experience, and they talk the talk, but will they fit the talent profile that you’re seeking to fill?  What if the candidate is independent and entrepreneurial and you need a collaborative, team player?   How do you know if they’re embellishing their experience, or just looking to collect a paycheck until they can...