Tony Lee joined SHRM in 2015 and hit the ground running. He has been a huge supporter of the Talent Acquisition Panel which I have been serving on for the last few years. I spoke to Tony recently about his plans for #SHRM21. He is going to be very busy for the next few days leading up to #SHRM21 preparing for the 10K plus attendees. Talent Acquisition is one of the hottest topics in the U.S. right now since many organizations are facing an Employee Turnover Tsunami. His presentations at the conference will be very timely.
Tony Lee is vice president of content for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), where he oversees all editorial functions and staff and focuses on evolving SHRM's content strategy globally. SHRM’s publishing portfolio includes HR Magazine, HR News online, e-newsletters and SHRM-published books.
Tony is a recognized authority on recruitment trends. He is the author of more than 15 published books and an endless number of articles on Talent Acquisition related topics.
Tony will be speaking on Saturday, September 11 first on “Top Recruiting Trends & Tactics for the Year Ahead” at 11:00 a.m. PT and he will also moderate a discussion on “A Smarter Approach to Performance Appraisals” at 3:45 p.m. PT
Paula: Tell me a little bit about yourself or what you want the #SHRM21 attendees to know about you.
Tony: I will be doing two sessions at #SHRM21: one on talent acquisition trends and the other on performance reviews. My staff, SHRM’s editorial team, will be very busy getting the conference Daily newsletter out, including on a Saturday and Sunday.
I spent 24 years with The Wall Street Journal where I often focused on writing about workplace issues.
On a more personal level, I am a fellow Texan from the Dallas area. I’ve been married to my wonderful wife, Jane, for 36 years and have two grown daughters.
Paula: I know you are an expert on all things Talent Acquisition especially concerning research on trends. Who should attend your session?
Tony: Anyone responsible for identifying, attracting, and retaining employees. Talent is the number one key issue affecting organizations today. Finding great talent and keeping them engaged is imperative for talent and management professionals.
Paula: What are you planning to discuss in your presentation?
Tony: I will be discussing 14 current trends going on in Talent Acquisition. My goal is to be as practical as possible about what companies are currently facing and can do each day to attract the best talent.
Paula: What advice do you have for employers struggling with Employee Turnover Tsunami right now?
Tony: Organizations must be competitive in what they offer candidates. This is not just financially although it is important to have an attractive salary and benefits package. Employees are also looking for challenging opportunities, possibilities for advancement, and job flexibility. Today’s employee wants to be valued as a whole human being, not a cog in a corporate machine.
Paula: What do you hope that #SHRM21 attendees will take away from your session?
Tony: I hope to give attendees some practical solutions that will be effective in attracting talent that they can immediately take back to their workplaces to implement.