2020 Goals for Small Businesses Who Put Employees First



Of course, we had to start the year with a goals/resolution type post. Are you even a blogger if you don’t?

In all seriousness, I start here for one big reason. I don’t hear many small business leaders talking about their people-related goals. If I ask, they will tell me how many people they want to hire or an area where they may want to improve skill sets. Beyond that, they haven’t given much thought to goals specific to current employees.

If this is you, here are a few ideas....


The Printing Press and Micro-Credentialing



While the printing press and movable type were used in China in the 9th century, and inventors such as Bi Sheng and Wang Chen are credited with great advances in printed text, it is Johannes Gutenberg whose name is most affiliated with the printing press. In 1450, Gutenberg started experimenting, using metal instead of wood – and developed his own ink that would affix to metal. In 1452, Gutenberg started producing printed copies of the Bible. This had a profound effect throughout Europe.

Monks, who had been hand illuminating the...


Roll Up Your Sleeves And Learn How Advocacy Can Make An Impact

My name is Sean McIntosh. I joined the SHRM Government Affairs Member Advocacy Team last August after two years working as a Senate staffer on Capitol Hill. My passion for change goes back to my high school days as a volunteer at SHRM conferences, and then throughout my college career as president of George Mason University’s SHRM student chapter!

Did you know, that over an astonishing 33 percent of today's workforce is composed of young professionals? I believe we are uniquely positioned to make a tremendous impact on behalf of the...


I Just Voluntarily Resigned. Now What?


Don't let fear stop you from making meaningful career shifts.

Last week, I shared news of my voluntary resignation from my job. On the heels of this announcement, I was shocked by the number of people who came forward to express their utter astonishment at my decision to exit without something already lined up and went on to share their own stories of wanting a career change but being too afraid to do it. 

What struck me immediately was the urge I felt to use my career shift story to help and inform others...


Developing the Mindset for Inclusive Leadership


Efforts to reduce workplace bias and inclusion have become widespread, yet the demographics of leadership positions at most organizations remain unchanged. 

Research demonstrates that organizations with diverse representation and inclusive practices perform better. Last year The Wall Street Journal analyzed companies in the S&P 500 and reported that the 20 most diverse companies not only have better-operating results on average than the lowest-scoring firms, but their shares generally outperform those of the least diverse firms. Yet the understanding of the value of diversity and inclusion is not translating into inclusive company cultures or...


The Power and Energy of Empathy

Empathy is a platform for relationship, not encouragement to wallow in slime pits.

Solid relationships strengthen people.

Strong people perform better than weak.

Remind people of their strength by asking about past success.

The power of empathy:

The purpose of empathy is to strengthen people, not affirm weakness.

People feel stronger when they feel understood. Telling someone, “That must be...


Reports are Not Data Analytics


Reports are not data analytics. Reports are snapshots of data gathered into informational summaries. A good example of a report is a turnover report. Seeing turnover rates across locations, departments, etc., brings to our attention overall trends and may point to an issue in need of closer attention.

According to a study by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, while 67 percent of CEOs receive reports on basic HR metrics, only 24 percent are briefed on analytics that connect people metrics to business metrics. Ultimately, there is still a disconnect between strategically significant HR activities...


Analytics and the Too-Oft Handoff #SHRMPeopleAnalytics

Retention and data. It’s a very linear relationship. The data is asked for, usually annually, by leadership so they can plan accordingly for gaps, re-training and scaling considerations. Human resources provides the data, often, and for too many HR departments, that’s it. We give the data and then exhale because our part is done. Truth be told, we might like that the tabulation of attrition is all we have to do. We don’t want more.

Now, I know. Some reading this will be a bit miffed at this assessment, but understand I...


Changes to Workplace Law for 2020


Welcome to 2020. There are several new laws taking effect this year. We’ve compiled many of these changes so you can learn more about these new laws and their impact on your workplace. We will go into more detail at Advocacy@Work this spring and instruct you on using your voice to make a difference on policies such as these that impact you, your employer and the employees you serve. Additionally, next Wednesday, you can join our team for a webinar on the public policy outlook for California in 2020.

Overtime Rule

In September of 2019, DOL issued a...