A #SHRM17 Interview with Sharlyn Lauby


I’ve had the pleasure of knowing, speaking with and collaborating with this writer and presenter for many years.

Sharlyn Lauby is an author, writer, speaker and consultant. She is president of ITM Group Inc., a consulting firm which focuses on developing training solutions that engage and retain talent in the workplace. The company has been named one of the Top Small Businesses in South Florida.

She is well-known for her work on HR Bartender, is a friendly place to talk about workplace issues. The site has been recognized as one of the “Top 5 Blogs HR Pros Love to Read” by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Her latest  book, “Manager Onboarding: 5 Steps for Setting New Leaders Up for Success,”  is a great follow up to her first book, “Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers,” which is available on Amazon.

Sharlyn previously served as a member of SHRM’s Membership Advisory Committee (MAC) and Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility special expertise panel. Her personal goal in life is to find the best cheeseburger on the planet.

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Q.      What key highlights would an HR practitioner gain from reading your book? Why do you think that?

My latest book, “Manager Onboarding: 5 Steps for Setting New Leaders Up for Success” walks through the process of developing a manager onboarding program: from selling it to senior management to designing the program to evaluating the results. If an HR professional is looking to create a manager onboarding program, the book is their step-by-step guide.

According to Gallup, managers account for 70 percent of variance in employee engagement. Employee engagement impacts productivity, retention, and the bottom-line. It makes no business sense to hire or promote someone into a management position and not give them the tools to be successful. With employees, we set them up for success through onboarding programs. Let’s do the same for managers.

Q.      Are there other key points from your session that you feel HR practitioners would learn from that are outside your book?

I’m part of a pre-conference workshop on Sunday, June 18 – Social Solutions for HR: Social Media Strategies to Help Achieve Your HR and Business Goals. We’ll be talking about talent acquisition, engagement, and retention, which of course, manager onboarding plays a role.

But we will be covering much more about how HR professionals can develop social media plans, discover the latest technologies, build a personal brand, and use storytelling to support the business.

Q.      What is a book you’d recommend, other than your own, that HR folks would benefit from? It doesn’t have to be a straight HR book.

My new “go-to” HR book is “Developing Proficiency in HR: 7 Self-Directed Activities for HR Professionals” by Debra J. Cohen, Ph.D. It’s a terrific resource on developing individual competencies.

Let me also share a non-HR read…from an HR pro! Lisa Haneberg is a human resources business partner and author of “Ghost Rat: A Spy Shop Mystery Novella” (FREE download). If you like the juxtaposition of mystery and humor, check it out.

Q.      What speakers do you plan to see at SHRM17 and why?

One of the sessions that’s on my “must attend” list is Mike Aitken, SHRM’s vice president of government affairs session titled “The Trump Administration and the 115th Congress: The Washington Outlook for HR Public Policy” on Sunday, June 18 at 12:30 p.m. (right before the opening general session).

Q.      What is your can’t-miss recommendation for New Orleans, other than the conference of course?

I’m looking to find a great cheeseburger in NOLA. If anyone has a recommendation, please leave it in the comments.

Sharlyn will be conducting a preconference workshop entitled Social Solutions for HR on Sunday, June 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  She will be signing her books immediately afterwards in the SHRM Store.



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