#Nextchat: HR is Sexy and We Know It!

Is HR sexy?  Is it an attractive field of study for college students?  Do young professionals view HR as a hot, new profession for the 21st century?   The answer to all of these questions is yes.

According to CareerCast, “Employment growth for Human Resources Managers is projected to be a very healthy 21% thru 2020, which is on par with most medical professions, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

Young professionals care about what’s going on in our government and in our world. They know that issues such as healthcare and immigration reform, the skills gap and the “fiscal cliff” are...


SHRM: December LINE Report

In December, hiring activity will be stronger in services than in manufacturing compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for December 2012.
Job creation will be steady in December. More than one in four manufacturers (25.3 percent) and more than one in three service-sector companies (34 percent) will add jobs in December. Yet, for the first time in five months, the hiring rate will decline in the manufacturing sector compared with a year...

#Nextchat RECAP: HR's 2012 Performance Review

On December 5, SHRM We Know Next chatted with Eric B. Meyer (@Eric_B_Meyer) about HR's 2012 Performance Review.

It wasn't so much about the HR Profession's 2012 endeavors. We wanted to know what awesome and amazing things YOU did this year as an HR pro out there on the front lines and in the workplace trenches. 

Nextchatters shared their 2012 victories, inspirations and social media successes. They even shared some tips as we head into 2013.

If you're an HR pro who's struggling to figure it all out, and who wants to do great things for your organization (and for the profession), know that you are not alone. The HR profession is loaded with lots of wonderful, caring people...


Want to Advocate for HR? Better Find Something to Say

As a young HR manager striving to gain influence with my line clients I made the argument for a bigger title to get there. I complained to my boss that all of those directors and VP’s weren’t listening because my status in the organization was lower. I didn’t expect the response he gave me, but it was sage advice I’ve employed to this day. He said, “If you have something of value to say, people will listen to you.” It’s pretty simple. In order to be heard, you have to be able to demonstrate that you understand key business...


California: Two New Employment Discrimination Laws Go into Effect in 2013

Effective January 2013, two new California laws will broaden what constitutes discrimination based on an employee’s sex or religion. Practices that may have been lawful for 2012 could now create liability and litigation for 2013.

Breast-Feeding Discrimination

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 2386, which amends the statutory definition of sex under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). This bill is intended to prevent breast-feeding discrimination in the workplace. Although the California Labor Code already requires employers to provide accommodations for women who are breast-feeding, this new law goes a step...


#Nextchat: HR's 2012 Performance Review

We all know that a strategic human resources function is critical in today’s competitive global market, but many top-level executives still believe that HR is ineffective and consistently fails to provide value.  You can read all about HR’s continued woes in a new report from The Economist Intelligence Unit/KPMG. They obviously didn’t interview your CEO, who would have told them about all the amazing things you’re doing at your organization.

“I believe there is often a gap between the ambition and rhetoric of talent management and the practice on the ground.” - Tim Payne, KPMG

Maybe in...


Balanced Perspectives - Honesty in the Interview

This is the second most popular post from the first six months of this year and a topic that gets brought up a lot between job seekers and recruiters. Unfortunately, dishonesty can run rampant on both sides. I would love to hear your thoughts.

I may be winding down this series as I believe I’ve played out most of the typical scenarios that happen in a recruitment situation.  If you have one I haven’t done, please let me know and I’ll get it added before moving on to something...


Two tips to help your social media policy withstand NLRB scrutiny

Notwithstanding three social media advice memoranda, and another ruling from the National Labor Relations Board slamming Costco's social media policy, you'd think employers would have a better idea how to revise their social media policies so as not to risk violating the National Labor Relations Act.

Well, not so much.

Except, the Board has recently issued guidance which attempts to clarify certain policy issues for employers. Does it? Well, sort of. It's worth a read.

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Pair rules with examples of clearly illegal or unprotected conduct.

Where employer's generally screw...


#Nextchat RECAP: Change Management

"If you want to make enemies, try to change something."  - Woodrow Wilson

On November 28, SHRM We Know Next chatted with China Gorman (@ChinaGorman) about Change Management.

If you've ever managed change at your organization, then you know that the process can cause major headaches -- even with the best planning and execution. 

Per our nextchatters, change management is about buy-in, resources, communication, training and ROI.  In the end, did you meet the goals you set out to accomplish?

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




My very first job in HR was based on what I knew. Every other job offer after that was because of who I knew.

The rules about getting ahead at work haven’t changed. According to a survey from Right Management, 44% of employees believe the key to their success lies in “who you know”. Not far behind was job performance (39%).

I did find it sad and disappointing that 13% said no one ever explained what it takes to be successful. Anyone out there who doesn’t know the company criteria for promotions, transfers, performance appraisals...