#Nextchat: Certify This! The Role of Competency-Based Certification in HR



Success in the HR profession is no longer only about what you know; it is also about how you effectively implement that knowledge in the workplace every day. There is now an increased emphasis on HR competencies as a means to increase the HR profession’s effectiveness.

The profession is changing and growing more rapidly than ever before. Organizations are now demanding greater creativity and productivity from their HR teams, and this will require HR professionals to possess specific competencies to support the desired results.

The growth of the global marketplace...


SHRM Staff Recognized at the White House


SHRM was proud to have staff members, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist Savita Raeisian, SHRM-SCP, and HR Knowledge Advisor Yuletta Pringle, SHRM-CP, as guests at a White House event highlighting and celebrating companies who have signed the Administration’s Pledge to America’s Workers. Savita and Yuletta worked hard to receive their SHRM certification over the past year and are using their knowledge to help members, staff and prospective employees every day.

Last year, President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., signed the pledge on behalf of SHRM and its members, committing to educate and prepare more than 127,000 HR professionals...


Reasonable Accommodation—What Is It?


For someone who’s new in the field, it’s important to understand what reasonable accommodation is. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities in order to provide equal employment opportunities to individuals who are otherwise qualified to perform their core job functions. There are, however, a few things to keep in mind:

1.      The individual should be able to perform the essential job functions, with or without a reasonable accommodation

2.      An employer shall provide reasonable accommodations in all situations except when such an accommodation would create an undue hardship for...


Elusive Protections of the ADA



Here we are, 29 years after the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and still courts struggle to define who should be afforded protection under the law. This article about obesity and discrimination caught my eye. I became more intrigued when I read Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill to add height and weight to the state’s anti-discrimination protections. It appears this is at least the third time since 2013. Then I saw this recent case from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (covering IL, IN, WI)....


#Nextchat RECAP: The Value of Compassionate Offboarding


On July 24, @shrmnextchat chatted with Caroline Vernon, outplacement and career management expert about "The Value of Compassionate Offboarding"  and tips, advice and best practices for creating a compassionate and complete offboarding program. If you missed this excellent chat, you can read the tweets HERE or below.




Sandwiched !!


This past weekend I was fortunate enough to drive two hours north of my house with my wife to visit my parents – Connie and Don Fleming. Of course, this also meant that I was able to return to Ada, Ohio (center of the universe.) I spent the day cleaning the gutters, removing dead rose bushes and tightening all of the shutters on the windows. My mom stayed with me to give me “direction” and my dad stayed inside to chat with my wife.

The cool thing about seeing my parents...


#Nextchat: The Value of Compassionate Offboarding



Onboarding seems to be getting all the attention these days when it comes to the employee experience—but what about offboarding?  

Reductions in force still happen and are never pleasant for anyone involved, but they shouldn’t necessarily be the end of an employee-employer relationship.

Smart organizations are using thoughtful offboarding programs to transform the relationship.

If the process is conducted with compassion, it will help to preserve employee pride and self-worth and will pave the way for positive outcomes down the road.

In her blog post “Value of Compassionate Offboarding,”...