5 Reasons It’s Important to Take Time Off - Tickets at Work at #SHRM18



I just returned to the office from a two-week vacation (honeymoon!), refreshed and ready to get back to work. It may seem counterintuitive, but being away from work actually increases employee engagement and boosts morale in the workplace. In fact, Project: Time Off research reveals that 89 percent of managers agree that employees show greater focus and creativity when returning to work after vacation. However, more than half (55 percent) of Americans do not use all the vacation or paid time off they earn – leading...


Fathers and Mentors #SHRM18


Reflecting on my career, I can attribute many of my “soft skills” to my parents. My father’s schooling ended after seventh grade, but he wanted his three girls to have access to quality education, and that education was reinforced at home.

Each day, he had us read the New York Daily News, starting with the sports section. Then we’d move to the politics section, with his directive, “Let’s see what Mayor Koch is up to.” As an entrepreneur who sold cars, Daddy always included us in his business. We wrote receipts, greeted...


Behind the Scenes with SHRM's Vanessa Hill #SHRM18


The #SHRM18 Bloggers have already produced some excellent Q & A posts with many of the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition speakers and vendors. 

To give you a peek behind the scenes, I've conducted some interviews with SHRM colleagues who work so diligently to create an amazing conference experience.  

I am excited to shine a spotlight on Vanessa Hill from the SHRM Media Affairs team.

Vanessa Hill with Jack Hanna and crew at the 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas.


Vanessa, tell us more about you, and what you do for SHRM.

I’m a senior media affairs specialist...


John and Wendy Talk to Jessica Miller-Merrell #SHRM18



Jon & Wendy talk to #SHRM18 Blogger Jessica Miller-Merrell 

We're joined by Jessica Miller-Merrell, founder of Workology. We talk about why she started #NotAtSHRM, fun things she has planned for conference, and Jessica and Jon connect over classic rock and marching band! 




So, What's on Offer at SHRM18 Exposition?


I had missed SHRM16 but had not missed blogging about why I thought large conclaves like the ones organized by SHRM are great social selling opportunities after reading about the power of social selling later that year.

SHRM18, too, has a carefully curated list of service providers who will be showcasing their wares at the Exposition, which will be open from 4 pm on June17th - immediately following the opening general session, which will be featuring Johnny C Taylor, Jr., the new CEO of SHRM, and Jeb Bush. There...


Jonathan Segal - A "Must-See" Presenter at #SHRM18



OK, you’re in HR, so you should get this.  You don’t continue to get return engagements unless you produce good work or a good product. 

Jonathan Segal is all over the place when it comes to issues impacting our HR world. He writes, he speaks, he thinks, he litigates… he does it all and he does it well.  I can attest to this as I have attended many of his presentations, including an invite to my home state Illinois at...


5 Things to Do In Chicago During #SHRM18

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When you’re traveling for work it can be difficult to make time for being a tourist. But since there’s nothing more depressing than telling someone you’ve been to a city dozens of times and still don’t know a thing about it, I’m telling you that it’s time to start making time. This year, the SHRM Annual Conference will take place in Chicago and if you’ve never had the chance to visit this beautiful city before, you should seize this one....


#SHRM18 Speaker Spotlight: James Reidy



The 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago is next week and I am so excited to attend my first SHRM Conference. If you, like me, have been preparing your schedule by reading several speaker and vendor interviews from fellow #SHRM18 bloggers, I have a session for you to consider adding to your conference schedule:

I had a chance to speak with James Reidy about his session, “You Want Us To Accommodate What? A...


Work the #SHRM18 Expo Hall Like a Pro

The countdown has started – we’re days away from #SHRM18!

If you’re anything like me, you’re starting to arrange your calendar, thinking about events and people you want to network with, and even starting to pack. Are you thinking about taking an extra bag for all your conference goodies? Before you start packing those extra bags for all your swag let me offer you an alternative to your expo hall approach. It’s an alternative that gives you a plan of who to visit, what questions to ask, and might mean leaving with...