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Empower Young Talent to Find Their Superpower

Giant segments of U.S. workers remain unsatisfied with their careers. Millennials and Generation Z’ers, which comprise a large majority of the workforce, often report feeling unfulfilled by their pay, career, and overall sense of purpose on-the-job. Many say they feel devalued and struggle with how to make their mark in business.

I’m often asked for advice from young professionals on the best way to excel and advance on-the-job. Hard work is important. But in today’s business environment, it’s not enough. That’s understandably frustrating since it runs counter to the belief that we’ve grown up with that “hard work pays off.”

I offer this wisdom as it’s...

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Excitement is Building for #SHRM22

Excitement is building for SHRM National Conference!! 

June 12-15, SHRM will be holding its 2022 Annual Conference and Exposition (#SHRM22) in New Orleans:  “Cause the Effect.” SHRM22 is an excellent opportunity for HR professionals in every stage from emerging professionals who are new to HR up to seasoned veteran HR professionals in leadership positions to Cause the Effect: Lead from where we are and get the essential tools and resources to be ready for what’s next.  

These are some tips and things I’m excited about as I get ready to maximize...

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9 Skills to Manage Your Team

What separates good managers from great ones? It's not their knowledge of the business, that's for sure. In fact, one of the most important skills to being a great manager isn't knowing your numbers or your industry—it's managing people. Managing people isn't always easy, but it can be incredibly rewarding if you have the right attitude and skill set. Here are nine skills all great managers need to know to be successful at managing their team members, from interns to veterans.

1.  Use data collection in decision making

To dole out effective feedback, you need facts....

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#SHRM22 - Meet Me in New Orleans for Coffee & Beignets?

I have had the opportunity to visit New Orleans only once a few years ago, and by coincidence, it was for also for an annual conference, albeit for my wife’s profession. While she was spending most of her days at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for her conference, I was able to explore the city and found it to be exciting, vibrant, and with so much to offer visitors with its history, culture, music, and of course…food!

For my upcoming visit to the 2022 SHRM Annual Conference & Expo,...

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Developing an On-Campus Internship to Help with Student Career Readiness

As the importance of developing student career readiness increases for colleges and universities, there are many opportunities for on-campus employers to reimagine and elevate their on-campus student employment positions as internships. As the Student Employment Specialist at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, I oversee several areas including posting student employment positions, reviewing hiring documents, and unifying student employee training and onboarding. When I started in my role in July 2021, I saw potential in these areas to build an internship experience to allow a student to get exposure to Human Resources...

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#CauseTheEffect: What Does it Mean to You? #SHRM22

I was looking at the SHRM22 website today and saw the line: “There’s no cause we can’t effect when we come together as One HR.” It was at that very moment that I finally understood what ‘Cause the Effect’ meant. I won’t lie, I kept hearing that over and over again as I prepared for the SHRM conference, which is just a month away, and I really couldn’t grasp what it meant. And with one sentence on a website that I have probably looked at at least 20 times in the past...

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The Myth of Losing Social Capital in Hybrid and Remote Work

Google recently announced its new post-pandemic work policy, requiring employees work in the office for at least three days a week. A survey of over 1,000 Google employees showed that two-thirds feel unhappy with being forced to be in the office three days a week, and many intend to leave.

Yet Google’s leadership is defending its requirement of mostly in-office work as necessary to protect the company’s social capital, meaning people’s connections to and trust in each other. In fact, according to the former head of HR at Google Laszlo Brock, three...

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Time to Develop

We live in a world of “instants.” We desire instant affirmation, adoration and adulation. We are impatient during our commutes, the delivery of goods that we order or any time we are required to wait in any line of people more than one. We truncate our communication and make broad decisions based on snippets of words without seeking, or asking for, context.

We binge our entertainment and get frustrated when the next season may, or may not come out. For those who can’t even sit through an entire show, we consume TikTok...

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Rethinking Reskilling: Investing in Critical Skills vs. Critical Roles

If there’s one thing COVID taught us, it’s that there is no way to future-proof your business. There will always be curve balls, innovations and disruptors that will change the way things are done and shift the landscape of how things currently look.

Which is why it’s important to rethink the way we prioritize skills vs. roles. When an employee takes on a new role in an organization, they are typically reskilled in a way that siloes their abilities and knowledge, keeping them tied to a specific role for the duration of...

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How do we emerge successfully from the Great Resignation? We Build Resilient Teams.

The Great Resignation isn’t slowing down. In fact, evidence suggests that every departure spurs remaining employees to increasingly consider a change. How do we respond to this trend?  How do we build teams that absorb stress, recover critical functionality, and thrive in new circumstances?

Most organizations have offered more compensation as the solution: 85% gave pay increases in 2021, and 92% plan to give pay increases in 2022. It’s not working.  Over roughly the same period, resignations have remained constant at 3-4 million per month.

While many employees...

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