SHRM Annual is Back in the Groove!

New Orleans and #SHRM22 has come and gone. Time sure does fly. Where else can you find President George W. Bush on the same stage that Brad Paisley rocked out to only mere hours prior. Although if I had it my way, Brad Paisley would have rocked with President Bush as the closing session. But it wasn’t all household names, the likes of Greg Hawks, Tim Sackett and Steve Browne took to their own stages to inspire, motivate and share - the rockstars of HR.

While I might still be energized (and recovering) from the food (beignets), friendships old and new, and drinks (that...


Top 13 Priorities for an HR Department of One

What is one of the top priorities for an HR department of 'one' and what is a solution to this priority?

To help you best prioritize your HR roles as a one-person department, we asked HR leaders and CEOs this question for their best advice. From building solid processes to being ready to resolve conflicts, there are several things to focus on as your top priorities when running an HR department of one.

Here are 13 top priorities for an HR department of one:...


The Perfect Recruitment Strategy to Source Candidates Globally for a Diverse Talent Pool

Looking for the perfect recruitment strategy? Imagine you are a business offering an extensive range of services who would also like to maintain their quality. Your clients know you for your strong commitment and adherence to strict deadlines, so now that you want to expand your business and open up new positions, you seek help of outsource recruitment. But your talent pool still lacks that omph or the charm that you are looking for. What are you supposed to do in such cases?

That’s where the perfect recruitment strategy comes...


The Dangers of Armchair Psychology for Leaders

Imagine you’re driving along the highway, and see an electric sign saying “79 traffic deaths this year.” Would this make you less likely to crash your car shortly after seeing the sign? Perhaps you think it would have no effect?

Neither are true. According to a recent peer-reviewed study that just came out in Science, one of the world’s top academic journals, you would be more likely to crash, not less. Talk about unintended consequences!

The study examined seven years of data from 880 electric highway signs, which showed the number of deaths so far this year for one week each month as part of a safety campaign. The researchers found...


The 12 Most Pressing Issues in the Workplace

What are the most pressing issues HR is facing in the workplace?

To help you identify the most pressing issues HR is facing in the workplace, we asked HR experts and CEOs this question for their best insights. From maneuvering a competitive job market to creating strategies for effective collaboration, there are several important matters HR must currently maneuver in the workplace

Here are 12 of the most pressing issues in the workplace:...


Struggling with Diversity? Become a Fair-Chance Employer

When it comes to diversity, business and HR leaders acknowledge they’re not where they aspire to be. Since 2020, much of the focus has been on racial diversity - in particular, the share of Black people among applicants, employees, and leaders. However, despite the focus and effort, organizations continue to lag on that dimension, as well as on most other dimensions of diversity.

What have many organizations not yet tried?: Fair-chance hiring. It is a tangible, tactical, and highly effective way to boost diversity across multiple dimensions simultaneously.

What is fair-chance hiring?


Workplace Diversity and Inclusion for Evolving Businesses

Many of the businesses across the globe have incorporated workplace inclusion and diversity however, according to PWC's 2021 Global Diversity & Inclusion Survey, only 4% of firms are actually excelling in achieving key characteristics of successful D&I programming. The significance, relevance, and necessity of this has grown notably in the last decade. Gender, race have been studied extensively in this context. Is that it, though? Or is there more to it?

In the current period, what exactly is workplace inclusion and diversity? Workplace Diversity and Inclusion: a passing...


#SHRM22 Recap – Part 1: Take Care of Your People

Someone asked me on LinkedIn the other day the age-old HR dichotomy: “Is HR’s job to protect the company or the people?” My response? “You protect the company by taking care of the people. When you take care of people, they feel valued, seen, and appreciated. They will take care of your business every time.” My takeaway from #SHRM22? I’m not alone in this belief — we need to take care of our people.

I had a healthy dose of skepticism for Sunday’s opening general session with two healthcare insurance...


Reflections on #SHRM22

As I was heading home after #SHRM22, I couldn’t help thinking about what I enjoyed the most. First, as a history lover, specifically U.S. history, it was an immeasurable honor to attend the closing general session to hear from President George W. Bush. Further, given the current divisive political climate, I was immensely proud of the respect shown to the former President by the thousands of my HR colleagues also in attendance.

The exchange between SHRM CEO Johnny C. Taylor Jr and George Bush was both entertaining and insightful. The former President...


The Great Resignation, Stalled

Not long ago—like last month—job hunters seemed to have all the leverage. Nationwide, there were nearly two open jobs for every unemployed person. In some markets the ratio was closer to 3:1. But interest-rate hikes, a significant stock market decline, and the growing possibility of a recession—according to a slew of economists and corporate leaders—have dented the confidence of many would-be job seekers. The pace of new job postings has slowed on various online job sites. Early indications suggest that firms are pulling back on filling open slots. Major retailers have said...