A #SHRM21 Interview with Christie Engler

I know what it’s like to be an HR DOO (department of one!) and champions such as Christie Engler are essential for our success. Ever had to deal with lack of technology, minimal budget and managers stuck in the past? Christie will cover it all in her #SHRM21 session, The REAL HR of Small and Midsize Business taking place on Sunday, September 12 at 9:15 a.m. PT! I hope the following information will encourage you to hear Christie speak at the conference and learn more about what she does. Be sure to...


Five Ways To Engage Virtually: #SHRM21 Annual Conference

The 2021 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition is a week away. **GASP** A WEEK! 
Let’s go back for just a moment to 2020.  There was so much anticipation and excitement around SHRM20 in San Diego – which started during #SHRM19 in Las Vegas. 

And then…. COVID-19. 

​The world as we knew it completely turned upside down and inside out. The world of work was changed in an instant – forever. Leaders and HR professionals were trying to figure it out on the fly.


When it IS and ISN’T the Right Time to Create a New Policy

First, let’s address when it’s NOT a good idea to create a new policy. When a manager or supervisor thinks it’s easier to make a policy than deal with a performance issue with one or a few people, they are going to find themselves in a heck of a mess.  It’s not a good idea to subject everyone to a policy that is generated by the misdeeds or misunderstandings of a few. That’s the job of the manager, and that’s performance management.

Here's a true story that demonstrates this concept....


Workplace Tech and Me

In 1984, I was working as a budgeting and finance manager in a headquarters program office for the U.S. Navy. Although I’d had exposure to computers a decade earlier in high school, the most sophisticated piece of technology in the workplace at that time was the IBM Selectric typewriter, with removable typeface balls that allowed the user to change fonts (relatively) easily.

As a budgeting and finance manager, I was responsible for planning the allocation of billions of dollars in appropriated funding over a seven-year window, and then managing the execution...


Part 1: Why Do We Have so Much Resistance to Change for the Flexible Workplace?

Why do we have so much resistance to change for the flexible workplace?

Social innovations and the adoption curve

To date, all the surveys and data show that 75% of employees would prefer working from home at least half the time. Even more powerful data underscores that minorities would prefer working remotely to escape tensions at the office.

So, what beliefs could block such social innovation? Why do we still consider risk management for teleworking as high in specific industries such as Finance and even more for the majority of the GAFAM?...


A #SHRM21 Interview with Tim Sackett, SHRM-SCP


I had the privilege of chatting with the amazing Tim Sackett on his plans for #SHRM21. I have known Tim for a long time as we run in the same circles, are #SHRM21Influencers, and are passionate about Talent Acquisition. I have attended many of his sessions at conferences and they are always one of my favorites. Tim is a frequent contributor to SHRM as a subject matter resource on tech stacks and finding talent.  He is the author of SHRM published book, "The Talent Fix: ...


#SHRM21 Interview with Alex Powell: Results-focused Recognition for a Distributed Workforce


In this interview, Alex Powell, Director of Client Culture and Engagement at Reward Gateway, discusses results-focused recognition for a distributed workforce. 

Hi Alex, for those of us who are not familiar with your work, can you please introduce yourself?

Of course! I work as Reward Gateway’s Director of Client Culture and Engagement. What that means is that I look for and share best practices that client leaders can use to make the best use of our Employee Engagement Platform. Our technology has some robust, easy-to-use recognition tools,...


#SHRM21 Interview with Elements Global Services

If someone asked you, “who is Elements Global Services” what is your 30-second elevator speech response?

Elements Global Services is an HR tech company that’s disrupting the industry and changing how businesses become global. Elements compliantly enable any company to hire, manage and pay employees in over 135 countries worldwide, without the cost and long-term commitment of traditional methods. Facilitating both short- and long-term projects by leveraging a network of Elements-owned entities, its proprietary technology, and both local and regional expertise. Elements ensures that employees are compliant and cared for,...


#SHRM21 Interview with Lester S. Rosen: Background Screening Programs & The Use of Criminal Records in Hiring

In this interview, Lester S. Rosen, attorney and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), discusses the use of criminal records in hiring and developing a strategic approach to an effective background screening program. 

Hi Lester, for those of us who are not familiar with your work, can you please introduce yourself?

Thanks. I am a former criminal trial attorney that started a national pre-employment background screening company that has been rated the top enterprise screening firm in the US recently  which we are very proud of. The firm is Employment Screening Resources (ESR). I have also written what...


Employee Engagement: The Trends in a Worldwide Pandemic

Major crises appear to be on a nearly once-in-a-decade cadence; we experienced the tragedy of 9/11 in 2001, we felt the collapse of the economy in 2008, and now, we’re amid a global pandemic of proportions not suffered through in over 100 years.  Not only has the pandemic negatively affected the health and lives of people around the world, but it has consequently impacted the economy and how companies operate.  As we learned in 2008, it wasn’t necessarily the poor economic conditions that affected employee engagement and sentiment, but rather the actions of leaders and how they led their company...