Top 5 Trends from the Expo Hall at #SHRM17



The doors to SHRM17’s Exhibit Hall have officially closed and as with every SHRM conference, I spent some time chatting with vendors and walking up and down those long walk ways to talk to as many of them as I could. Back in the day, I used to do a post every year about all the cool swag I picked up at the conference — but I stopped when I realized, I was inadvertently encouraging people to rush the hall to get all the sway that they could hold instead of...


6 Employee Benefit Trends in 2017 #SHRM17

In this war for talent, it's more than just employee perks that can drive candidate conversions and retention. Companies are growing and shifting their benefit offerings. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) along with increased health care costs, inflation, and the tightening job market, are driving these changes and trends as companies look for differentiation strategies.

This week during the SHRM Annual Conference, SHRM released the 2017 Employee Benefits Report. While the report is lengthy in excess of 32 pages, the report provides in-depth insights for HR professionals—who are looking at changing, updating...


The One Person in The Organization Responsible for Employee Happiness #SHRM17

Okay, I’ve found my most favourite theme of any conference I’ve ever been to. I’ve heard it before but it’s never resonated as strong as it has in the sessions I’ve been to the last two days.

HR are not responsible for an individual’s happiness and engagement. A manager or leader is not responsible for an individual’s happiness.

It is up to the individual to make a choice.

Make a choice to indulge their ego. Make a choice to engage in BWM (bitching, whinging, moaning). Get up in the morning and make...


All the Way IN! #SHRM17

This SHRM Annual conference is enlightening and invigorating in the most unique and unexpected way this year.  New Orleans feels like a home away from home with pleasant, helpful and cordial people to the countless living room like bars with talented musicians and artists.  
This city and conference have infused energy, positivity and a sense of family in the HR community that is palatable.  Attendees are here to improve themselves and make a difference in their lives.  This SHRM Annual Conference is impacting the whole person, not just the employee or the HR Manager.  SHRM has...

TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017 Live From #SHRM17 - Day Three



The rain has come to New Orleans and it may be possible to hold #SHRM18 before the end of the week with the amount of HR rock stars who may be stranded in the airport... :(

Day 3 had a very direct theme: Performance Management (and the need to improve upon the process)

Here's What We Know:
1. Annual Reviews are too infrequent
2. Rating by Number does not motivate
3. Suggestions for Behavior Change will drive better performance
4. We need a system to streamline the process in a simple, lightweight fashion
5. This problem is still not solved


Dispatches From #SHRM17 – Day 2 – The Expo Floor and A Conversation with Matt Straz, CEO & Founder of Namely

Day two of the annual conference is intense. You’ve got people rushing to make it to their favorite session, the popular sessions have overflows and to a newbie, that’s overwhelming. Or you could think about it in these terms:  since we’re in Louisiana, the gumbo pot has been mixed and slowly starting to boil.

The second day is the mad rush for everyone, and it’s my favorite time to wander the exhibitor hall. It’s more fun to stand on the periphery of the massive booths watching the attendees and listening...


Use Your Brain #SHRM17


I’ve had the opportunity to go to a lot of different conferences, and I see a lot of keynote speakers who are considered experts in their fields. They are successful because enough people think enough of what they’re saying makes sense and support it. They’re also successful because they are engaging speakers who connect with their audience and make everything sound brilliant.

The thing is…you’re not required to agree 100% with what these speakers are saying. Some of them cite research. Some of them share what they’ve done that worked. Some...


Time for the Smart Stage to Take Center Stage at #SHRM17

Steve Browne, Jennifer Payne, Jason Lauritsen, Trish McFarlane, and a host of others. Names those in the Talent and on-line space are more then familiar with. Doing 18-minute Twitter sized presentations. Minimal slides and time, however maximum impact.
It’s time for SHRM to move the small and friendly venue to a broader audience. One attendee spent the entire day at the stage with the knowledge that she could listen to 3 times the speakers into the same amount of time. The Smart stage time has come into...

Kat Cole on Executive Impact: Business Leaders Focus on the Whole Bun, Not Just a Slice

On June 18, Kat Cole (Group President, FOCUS Brands – the company behind the Cinnabon brand) spoke to a crowd of over 18,000 HR Business Leaders at the 2017 Annual SHRM Conference in New Orleans, La. There were many takeaways – “never forget where you came from but don’t let it solely define you” was a crowd pleaser – but her big takeaway was the difference between Business Partners and Business Leaders.

Business Partners focus on the business from their point of view; Business Leaders focus on the holistic picture of the...


Day Two Down at #SHRM17… What’s My Name Again?


Well, I won’t say everyone didn’t warn me against jam-packing my schedule as a newbie to Conference and to the Blogger’s team. For that matter, I even told a room of SHRM Young Professionals to avoid potential pitfalls of overcrowding their schedule and not leaving enough time to enjoy the city, the HR pros around you, and room to breathe. Now that I’ve had time to come up for air, reflect on the second day, and try to remember my own first name, I truly understand the misstep in not heeding...