Networking Around the World at #SHRM17

The SHRM Annual Conference is one of the best networking events in the world if you are in the Human Resources space. I do not say this tongue in cheek, as I have literally met several folks from around the world at different annual conferences over the last few years. The SHRM Social Media Team has been adding an international flavor for several years now, and will do so again this year.

Last year we met Anish Aravind and Renee Robson. Anish is from India and...


My #SHRM17 Wish List



It’s been a decade since I first attended The Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference. While there are always new buzz words and evolving trends, many of the HR related topics from 2007 are still on the #SHRM17 agenda.

If I may voice my concern:

1.       Why haven’t we mastered social performance management?

2.       Why is external recruiting more important than Leadership development?

3.       How can we determine what employee’s value most?

While the aforementioned questions may not have simple answers, allow me to pose a few challenges to SHRM17...


#AllIn at #SHRM17 and Introducing #SHRM17Selfie


#SHRM17 would be my fourth time at a SHRM National conference and my third time as part of the socialmedia squad - a chance to be amongst some really exciting action oriented human capital management folks with whom I had first met up in Orlando (2012). Those times still remain as a 'Deer-in-headlights' moments for me.

If you are from India and are planning to attend #SHRM17 - feel free to reach out to me for an inside view over DM's / comments / email. I'll be glad to share notes about why this conference is a 'must


Remaining Positive in a Sea of Negativity: A #SHRM17 Interview with Steve Gilliland

I like to think that I’m basically a good person; but then I think about what I’d do in a zombie apocalypse, and I realize I’m actually horrible and selfish. How do I know this? The first thing I’d do if I was scratched by a zombie is scratch my friends and a select few family members. I’m not going through that alone!

As it turns out, this selfish attitude of mine is pretty common—only people use it to spread negativity instead of zombie pathogens. When...


#Nextchat: FLSA Jeopardy


“I’ll take the overtime rule for $1,000, Alex.”

Wouldn’t it be great if Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) issues were only topics on a game show? If you were wrong, the value of the question would merely get deducted from your winnings. 

But you’re an employer, and if you get the FLSA wrong, it can be costly and result in a lawsuit.

The SHRM Online article Federal Judge Halts Overtime Rule outlines the FLSA drama that has...


Sage Advice for #SHRM17


This is version v9.0 of this post. As best as I can come up with this will be my ninth SHRM annual conference. In front of many of these events, I have written a post about what I have learned along the way and tried to share some of the things I have learned and share how to get the most of the event.  I am sure others have covered this, so all I can tell you is if you read something repeatedly it’s probably pretty close to the truth.



A #SHRM17 Interview with Sarah Noll Wilson

With the annual SHRM conference just around the corner, the time has come to start planning what sessions you’d like to attend. As part of the blogging teams continuing coverage of the annual conference, I had an opportunity to interview Ms. Sara Noll Wilson, Talent and Development Manager for ARAG North America.

My curiosity was piqued when I was starting to create my list of sessions that I wanted to attend. I was really intrigued when I saw the title of her session “Creating a Coaching...


6 Tips to a Less Stressful More Productive #SHRM17



So you’ve registered for SHRM 2017 and booked your hotel. It may be too early to start packing — ok, it’s definitely too early to start packing — but it’s never too early to plan for the conference experience you really want. Without proper planning it’s easy to get swept along from talk to talk, booth to booth, missing out on the best networking and learning opportunities. Without proper packing it’s easy to tire yourself out or drain your batteries dry, stranding you in your hotel room while other HR pros...


A #SHRM17 Interview with Heather Kinzie

YOU GUYS, #SHRM17 IS ALMOST HERE!!! I’m so excited! I love having the opportunity to see some of my HR Friends from across the globe, learn new things, and meet new people. I spend a lot of time going through the sessions listed and deciding which sessions are relevant to where I am in my career or current problems I’m trying to solve as well as which sessions might stretch my capabilities or prepare me for a future problem I’ll face as I work to progress in my career.

I’m also always interested in who is presenting each session and...


A Small Business Session Guide to #SHRM17


As sometimes does, life has happened to me over the last few weeks and I had to back out of attending SHRM17. Personal and work commitments combined with a pretty brutal travel schedule over the last few months have made it clear that I need to slow down a bit. Unfortunately, SHRM was one of those things that had to take a back seat this year. It was a tough decision, but the right one for me in the is moment.

While I still thought I was going, Christine and I decided to...