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#Nextchat: The Rise of ‘New-Collar’ Jobs and Nontraditional Talent





No degree? No experience? No problem.

A high demand for skills combined with a low unemployment rate have made nontraditional pools of talent an attractive option for employers looking to boost recruiting efforts.

Organizations are increasing their candidate flow and building greater diversity in their pipelines by removing the barriers—such as a bachelor’s degree or previous corporate experience—that keep viable candidates from applying.

The SHRM Online article “Employers Open to Ditching Degree Requirements When...


The Practical Guide to HR Analytics


Just hearing the word "analytics" is enough to send some HR professionals running. Data analytics can be daunting, confusing, over-complicated and sometimes downright scary. Luckily, The Practical Guide to HR Analytics: Using Data to Inform, Transform and Empower HR Decisions (SHRM, 2018) decodes data analytics in a simple, easy-to-follow format that clears away the mathematical jargon and focuses on the key function of data analytics: effective problem solving.

Authors Shonna D. Waters, Valerie N. Streets, Lindsay A. McFarlane and Rachael Johnson-Murray introduce a hypothetical scenario featuring HR professional...


HR Metrics, Analytics, and Data: 7 Rules to Remember




Numbers seem to be at the top of everyone’s priorities right now. And when I say numbers, I mean metrics, big data, and analytics. But before we go any further, it’s important to understand that these terms are different. I know they are sometimes used interchangeably. I’m guilty of it myself. Here are the definitions:

Metrics are focused on tracking past performance.

Analytics is about using past data to generate predictions or insights.

Data are statistics collected...


Looking Deeper into the Cave




With the events surrounding the Thailand cave rescue that has occurred this month, I was reminded that this international team is made of people that are much more than what we read on their resume or LinkedIn profile. Their experiences enabled them to be productive team members and they were not learned on the job or in a classroom.

Dr. Richard “Harry” Harris went to Flinders University Medical School and then specialized in anesthesia. He has substantial...


Believe in Yourself #Guestpost



When a fellow HR Blogger invites you to be a guest on their blog, the answer is YES.  EVERY. TIME.  Wendy has thought this through, and she even provided writing prompts!  While there were plenty to pick from, one resonated with me:

“If you could change one thing about HR (as in you have a magic wand), what would you change? What steps can we take today to make that change happen?”

What would I change if I had a magic wand?  Well, I don’t think we need a magic...


Friday Forwards: Leadership and Beyond with Robert Glazer



Today we welcome Robert Glazer of Acceleration Partners, an award-winning affiliate marketing agency.  They focus on delivering brand-aligned, customer acquisition programs for the world’s largest brands. Robert started emailing his team members with a leadership theme, quote, tip or article weekly aimed at personal growth. After receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback he shared this concept with other leaders and he now sends Friday Forwards to approximately 17,000 people.

Robert Glazer is the Founder and Managing Director of Acceleration Partners. Some of the brands Acceleration Partners have worked with are Target, Reebok,...


Changing the Change Rules at Google


At Google, change is constant. But how we managed and messaged change wasn’t always working. So we developed a simple framework to rethink reorgs and it starts by asking “Do we even need this change?”

There is no single way that Google manages internal change, like a reorganization. But we’ve been piloting a new approach that has been used in different parts of the company, impacting thousands of Googlers.

Research shows that over two-thirds of organizational change efforts fail to deliver on their intended goals. We studied some of the classic change management models, but to be most effective,...


Episode 23: Jon & Wendy Talk to Our International #SHRM18 Blogger Pals -- Part 2

It's the second part of our conversations with several of the international SHRM18 Bloggers. We spoke with Mofota Sefali (Pan-African as she describes herself), Anish Aravind from India, and Renee Robson from New Zealand, living in Australia! 




Thank You for Stepping With Us at #SHRM18!



The SHRM Foundation would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the #SHRM18 attendees who participated in the 3rd Annual Step Challenge, powered by Fitbit Health Solutions.

As a result of your efforts, we were able to achieve the following at #SHRM18:

  • More than 1,000 conference attendees participated in the Step Challenge.
  • Nearly $30,000 was raised to support the mission of the SHRM Foundation.
  • Collectively, Step Challenge participants walked over 20,000 miles!

We’d also like to give a...