A #SHRM21 Interview with Tim Sackett, SHRM-SCP


I had the privilege of chatting with the amazing Tim Sackett on his plans for #SHRM21. I have known Tim for a long time as we run in the same circles, are #SHRM21Influencers, and are passionate about Talent Acquisition. I have attended many of his sessions at conferences and they are always one of my favorites. Tim is a frequent contributor to SHRM as a subject matter resource on tech stacks and finding talent.  He is the author of SHRM published book, "The Talent Fix:  A Leader's Guide to Recruiting Great Talent". I also enjoy reading his daily blog "The Tim Sackett Project".

Tim will be speaking on “Evolving Your Workplace Culture in an Increasingly Digital World” on Sunday 09/12/21 at 9:15 a.m. PT 

For more info on Tim go to: www.HRUTech.com or follow him on Twitter @TimSackett.

Paula: Tell me a little bit about yourself or what you want the #SHRM21 attendees to know about you.

Tim: I am a vaccinated world-class hugger. So, if you see me at the conference, are vaccinated, just let me know if you need a hug. I think we all need a hug after the last year and a half. People often consider me to be the Talent Acquisition Tech guy. What they might not know is that I used to be an HR generalist in-house. I have my master’s degree in HR and my SHRM-SCP, so I have walked in your shoes.

Paula: I know you are the expert on all things Talent Acquisition especially on Talent Stacks. Who should attend your session?

Tim: This will be a different presentation than I have done in a while. I’m known for talking about how to leverage tech to search for great candidates. This presentation is taking me back to my HR roots to speak to any HR professional/leader dealing with a multi-dimensional workforce.

Paula: What are you planning to discuss in your presentation?

Tim: I’m planning to discuss how we build or improve on culture with all types of employees in our highly digital world. Since so many employers are now dealing with a mixture of fully remote, hybrid, or on-premises employees, organizational culture has changed.

Paula: What advice do you have for employers struggling with filling positions right now?

Tim: This is the million-dollar question that I am being asked all the time. There is no silver bullet or magic wand to wave. What I am finding is companies are woefully underfunding job advertising. In such a tight labor market, it may take 10 to 20 times the job advertising budget of 2019. Also, it is imperative to communicate in a personal manner. Let your employees be your ambassadors for job openings.

Paula: What do you hope that #SHRM21 attendees will take away from your session?

Tim: We are evolving to a new way of working together which includes technology. Each employer has their own unique situation, so they need to work together for solutions to get work done. I hope to give attendees some tips to help them build a great workplace culture.


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