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I just returned from the SHRM Volunteer Leader Business Meeting in Washington, D.C. This is the year-end “thank you” for volunteer leaders from around the country. I’ve been going to this conference for many years, and it’s honestly my favorite one !! The reason it’s my favorite is that I get to be around my peers – HR professionals who also happen to volunteer their time and talent to the profession.

Years ago when I was the State Director of Ohio SHRM, I broke the norm that happened at this gathering....


Worker Displacement by Invention of the Wheel - Trust 



The invention of the wheel is credited to the Sumerians in ancient Mesopotamia around 3500 BCE. Interestingly, the wheel had an impact on several different types of jobs. There was, of course, the vertical use of the wheel – chariots and ox carts, but also the horizontal use – on pottery making, and later waterwheels. The concept of the wheel and axle was revolutionary, arguably the most important invention of all time. Almost every subsequent invention involves principles of the wheel. 

That said, the...


Education Assistance Can Help Create Better Workplaces and a Better World



“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it”—Marian Wright Edelman


We are faced with a significant talent drain in America. While we have a talented and capable workforce, there is a lack of education, training and support for many young workers as they pursue their education and start their careers. Recently Federal Reserve Chairman Powell noted during his testimony to Congress that the upward mobility of less-educated workers has declined and has been part of a long-term...


Correctly Classifying Seasonal Employees


There are several different classifications of employees and identifying an employee incorrectly can have major repercussions. Seasonal employees and temporary employees may seem as one in the same, but in fact, there are differences.

Seasonal employees are ones who work around the same time each year, based on an increase in business during that time. For the Affordable Care Act purposes, seasonal employees are ones who work six months or less while other suggested time frames bring that number down to four months.

The season is usually a pre-determined amount of...


Moxie Exchange Launches Inclusion App at the 2019 SHRM Inclusion Conference




First-of-its-kind app transforms training, putting inclusion at employees’ fingertips

Have you ever gotten the ‘nice enough but clueless’ look from someone on your team when you talk about diversity and inclusion? They have good intentions, but they don’t necessarily have the knowledge or the tools needed.

Here’s the deal. We want good intentions to be enough, but they’re not. At the end of the day, if someone on your team has done something to make someone feel excluded, wanting to be a good person doesn’t change the way...


Automation and Worker Displacement



We live in an amazing time of technological change. The pace of advancement is greater than at any time in human history. Yet there are things we can learn from the history of technology and human productivity that can serve us well. Brookings Institute just did a great piece on looking at the history of technology to inform the regulation of AI. There is far more than regulation – how do these technological advances impact our workforce?

In the 1930s John Maynard Keynes discussed “technological unemployment” – but even in...


SHRM Connect: Better Title or Higher Pay?



When employees have questions, they go to HR.

When HR professionals have questions, where can they turn?   

SHRM Connect is an online forum where SHRM members can post questions and get answers from peers within the SHRM community. It’s a great place to network with other HR professionals while sharing solutions and advice on a wide range of HR topics.  

Jump into a discussion or watch from the sidelines. There's something for everyone.

Check out a few of the latest conversations below:




#Create: Strength in Compassion


I was recently reminded of how compassion can be a powerful force in our world. While on a field trip with my six-year-old son’s class as a chaperone, I witnessed him immediately comfort a friend when he experienced an injury. My son placed his arm around his friend’s shoulder and expressed “everything will be OK.” It was in this moment that I was confronted with a powerful, yet simple, truth; compassion can change someone’s life and help them when it’s needed most. I saw compassion in action, and it came naturally to...


Controlling Candidate Experience



Coming out of the 2019 HR Technology Conference & Expo, there seem to be a thousand emerging technologies to improve the hiring process. Machines can organize databases, create a better user experience and track end-to-end processes. Once we've conquered those things it's up to the humans to refine the courting process.

It's that time of year when people are job hunting: Q4 numbers not where they should be, tenure has not created an opportunity for advancement and graduation is moving interns into professionals. All reasons to dip thy toe in new...