A #SHRM17 Interview with Michael Johnson, Esq. CEO, Clear Law Institute



As a labor and employment law litigator, the credibility of witnesses is a core subject for my practice.  Over the years, we all learn ways to deal with witnesses who are - - or think they are - - good liars.  One of my tricks that I use when a good liar is testifying about one of his/her lies is to distract the triers of fact so that they are not looking at his/her face.  If I’m successful, they won’t conclude that he/she was being honest just observing facial expressions....


#SHRM17 Opportunities for SHRM Certificants



A wealth of opportunities awaits SHRM-certified professionals at the SHRM 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans, to be held June 18-21. Special events and resources will enable certificants to earn recertification credits, learn, network—and even take a moment to relax amid the hubbub. 

SHRM Certification Lounge. A dedicated space reserved for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential-holders, located in the Connection Zone. Recharge yourself and your phone, grab a snack, or chat with certified peers. Certification counselors will be on hand to discuss ways to earn professional development credits (PDCs) and how...


A #SHRM17 Interview with Leo Ranieri, President of Massage at Work



As a longtime believer in the benefits of massage to overall health, I was intrigued to read about SHRM Exhibitor, Massage at Work.  Particularly interesting to me was the correlation drawn between massage and the reduction of absenteeism and stress levels at work.

While I’m lucky enough to be able to fit massage within my budget, the concept of bringing massage into the workplace as an employee benefit resonated with me.

Given my interest, interviewing Leo Ranieri, the President of Massage at Work, was a natural fit for my...


All In for Disability Employment at #SHRM17


In only a few short weeks, the #SHRM17 Blog Squad will join thousands of attendees in New Orleans for the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition. Each of us, and each of you, bring a variety of experiences, knowledge, and abilities to the table. And, yes, we have a “seat at the table” (disclaimer: try not to use that HR catchphrase around Mary Faulkner)!

I’m always fascinated by the variety of ways HR professionals choose to share their expertise and areas of passion. While I...


How to Get the Most Out of #SHRM17 Even If You Can’t Attend



We are less than 12 days away from the start of the HR event of the year which is the SHRM Annual Conference held in the Big Easy. I find it appropriate that the conference’s slogan is ‘All in’ which implies that you are truly committed and devoted to the HR profession . ‘All in’ is a slang term often used in poker meaning to be totally committed to something which in our case is the profession of human resources.

All In at the 2017 SHRM Annual Conference in New...


10 Tips for #SHRM17 Final Prep




It's time to make final plans for #SHRM17 in New Orleans. SHRM has an amazing experience ready for us this year! If you have attended before, then you know that just a little bit of planning on the front end will ensure you capture all of the many benefits of the conference. Follow these ten tips to help you get the most out of your #SHRM17 experience.

1.  Figure out how you’re getting from the airport to your hotel. Many hotels have their own shuttles, but the timing varies, and...


#SHRM17 Bloggers are “All In”- Online and IRL


SHRM is known for producing some of the most informative and engaging conferences in the world, and the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition is an annual favorite for so many HR professionals. Thousands of attendees will travel to New Orleans, LA, for the conference and exposition, June 18-21.  Each of them will bring their own unique “All In” story- a time that changed their professional and personal lives.  SHRM is working hard to help share and create these All In moments! And—as always—the SHRM Blog Squad is sure to be a...


Levity in the Workplace – A Conversation with #SHRM17 Speaker Scott Christopher


As part of our coverage of the 2017 SHRM Annual Conference, each of the official bloggers is conducting Q&As with session speakers.  One of the speakers I chose was Scott Christopher, CEO of Scott Christopher Communications and author of “The Levity Effect” and “People People.”  As The more I dug in and the more I learned about him, the more I was intrigued.  Scott is not only an author and speaker, but an actor as well.  Curious to know more about the benefits of a lightening...


The First 90 Days - a #SHRM17 Interview with Amy Hirsch Robinson

“We spend so much time and talent finding the right person, why not spend as much effort on keeping them?” This is the line that stuck with me the most during my interview with Amy Hirsh Robinson. Her session, The First 90 Days Will Make Or Break Your New Hire, will be presented at the SHRM Annual Conference in New Orleans.

I could not agree more.

I like to say that onboarding starts in the recruitment process and lasts through the employees first several months or even year into their employment. Yet,...


5 Ways to Make the Most of #SHRM17 with Project Management



With a conference the size and scope of the SHRM Annual Conference, it’s important to have the right mindset and approach.

In a few short weeks, over 15,000 HR professional will gather in New Orleans to learn from the best in the business. It can be overwhelming to take on an event like this, and although there is no shortage of tips and tricks available online, having the right approach can make all the difference.

Here is how project management fundamentals can help:


At this point, you should have...