From Expanding My World to Creating Better Workplaces


A lot can change in a year. Last year around this time, I was putting the finishing touches on booking my trip for #SHRM18. I was ready to expand my world at my first ever annual SHRM conference. A year later, I’m writing my first SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition (2019) blog post as a #SHRM19Blogger! This year it’s all about creating better workplaces.

As luck would have it, I had a moment to chat with an amazing friend, Mr. Steve Browne. I won’t share the details of our chat, but I will share a Steve Browne quote: “The way to change things, is to encourage.” Those words mean something to me and I hope they do for you as well. Let me ask you, in a world that feels broken, where it seems as if everyone is picking a side, how do we filter the noise and be the encourager? It takes a little faith and keeping an open mind.

Encouragement isn’t something you do from a daily checklist- it’s a way of thinking and having a deep belief in people. We can all use some encouragement, not just when we’re young, but throughout our whole lives. If you’re a parent or a teacher, you know firsthand what being an encourager means. But even if you’re not, you know, because you are an encourager to someone.

“Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already.” – Dave Willis

Encouragement is what moves people forward. It’s the power of giving hope by lifting others up, instead of tearing them down. It’s believing that together we can change the world. I know for some of my HR friends, you might be torn about attending #SHRM19, and I hope that you decide to attend anyway. Because while we can’t change what’s going on in our political world, we can come together, and work to create a better workplace for our employees.

At #SHRM19, I pledge to use my voice to help others grow. Be inspired by learning. Be intentional with making true connections. And enjoy the most of my time there.  I’m looking forward to learning from countless speakers who will inspire us to transform our workplaces to build a better world, and meet up with some old friends from expanding my world at #SHRM18, to meeting new friends who have a passion to learn and share ideas at #SHRM19.


Originally posted on A Pocketful of Chelles blog.



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