What was Hot -- Musings from #SHRM18


For those who attended and those who wanted to (we hope you do next year!). Here is my quick recap of SHRM18.

First, what and who was Hot:

Adam Grant, the keynoter on Tuesday and guest host with Sheryl Sandberg on Wednesday. He rocked it with great insights and humbling commentary…and he earned a new fan with yours truly.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. our new CEO brought energy, insight and inspiration to the 20,000 attendees. And having a Grammy winning singer do a personal Happy Birthday on stage on Wednesday...


Chronicles of Hebert – #SHRM18 – The End of Days


The series continues...

Final day of SHRM18

Every attendee looks like a tire with less than a 32nd of an inch of tread left on it. Many in the same clothes as yesterday. Pack light and the fashionistas be damned.

You can see the “full” sign on the attendees’ foreheads having absorbed so much new HR knowledge (and old knowledge rekindled).

Attendees pin-ball to the final day opening session, not even reacting when they get blindsided by a roller bag. They reflexively adjust their angle of attack by a few...


Podcasting at #SHRM18


This year at SHRM18, podcasting continues to be a growth area in social media. Last year, there was one company making a serious effort to do podcasting. Caleb Masters, webinar and podcast producer/host of Paycom’s HR Break Room, was the one person I noticed doing this at SHRM17.

At SHRM18, we can see that Paycom has decided to push ahead with the concept. They are no longer doing interviews back in a corner away from the hall. This year, they had a high-profile location and beautiful glass booth, which...


How to Master Workplace Civility #SHRM18


Civility usually is demonstrated through manners, courtesy, politeness, and a general awareness of the rights, wishes, concerns, and feelings of others. It includes the behavior that helps to preserve the norms for mutual respect at work and, given the current economic and political climate, it’s something we could all use more of.

In 2016, 62% of employees were treated rudely at work at least once a month, according to a global, annual poll on workplace incivility by McKinsey & Co. Since the poll began in 1998, rude behavior has increased...


What Not to Do When Onboarding a New Employee #SHRM18


I had the pleasure of seeing Amy Hirsh Robinson, principal at Interchange Group, give a presentation called “The First 90 Days Will Make or Break Your New Hire” at the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition, and it was an eye-opening experience. I chose to go to this presentation for a couple of reasons.

One reason I was drawn to this session is because I’ve recently stumbled into being an HR department of one at my small but growing company, and I know that improving the onboarding experience we...


Give So We Can Move Forward Together #SHRM18


Have you ever sat down and asked yourself why did you join SHRM?  Was it originally because you wanted to grow as an HR pro or was it because you were looking for that next great opportunity?  

Yesterday at the SHRM Foundation’s luncheon, I had the chance to meet this year’s conference scholarship winners.  This was their first time attending this mega conference and I could see their excitement and gratitude on their face. Brandi Levanel, a scholarship winner, mentioned how she volunteers to be able to give back to the...


Former Governer Jeb Bush Kicks Off #SHRM18


So, I have to admit… I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from Jeb Bush when I saw the keynotes announced for SHRM national this year. What would he say to a room full of HR people — I wanted to find out. I was wary of something political — and this isn’t the first time that there has been a politician as a keynote at SHRM, but with the political climate today, I wasn’t in the mood to hear anything political — I’m so glad that I didn’t listen to...


Dreaming the Future of HR #SHRM18

Earlier this week, I had the honor of addressing the largest gathering of HR professionals in history at the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition. The record-breaking attendance in Chicago signals that our profession is serious about transforming and elevating the work we do and the workforces we serve.

There has never been a better moment to be in our business—the business of people.

Why? Because CEOs and other organizational leaders finally get it. HR matters. We’re the ones who manage the people issues that erupt in the workplace, from...


Chronicles of Hebert – #SHRM18 Day 3 – Dawn’s Early Light


“Early to rise. Not to bed. The motto of 15,000 HR professionals. I saw the streets of Wacker, Wabash, Rush, littered with the detritus of HR parties, SHRM badges and vendor business cards. Business cards. Interesting they still have a place in 2018. Like the land line, TV dinners and wrist watches they exist simply to remind us they did.

The “J” bus was much quieter today. The riders with the eyes closed, heads back, waiting for the effect of Advil, Aleve and acetaminophen to kick in. It’s always...


#SHRM18: Lessons from The Biggest HR Event in History


This year’s SHRM Annual Conference is a milestone. The team is estimating about 20,000 HR professionals, vendors, and miscellaneous other attendees have converged on Chicago for this year’s event. Attendees are here from around the world–I’ve already met delightful individuals from both Italy and India.

One of the interesting things I sometimes hear from people in my industry is that SHRM isn’t the conference where the “decision makers” are. I’d argue with that. See, everyone’s a decision maker, even if you’re not one today. I have been there as an...