3 Things You MUST Communicate to New Hires the First Day



Picture this: Your newest employee has just wrapped up Day 1 on the job. He returns home to his family, who asks him, “Well, how was it?”.

Considering your current onboarding processes, how might this new employee respond? Was he impressed and excited? Or, did he feel confused or bored the entire day?

According to Gallup, only 10 percent of employees strongly agree that their company does a good job onboarding. This means we’re making a lot of mistakes, especially on the first day.

New employees are often made to feel...


Data, Data Everywhere, but Not a Drop to… #SHRMPeopleAnalytics



The desire for data analysis and application is high amongst HR professionals. At SHRM’s first People Analytics Conference, the conversation amongst attendees has to do with this. We know that data is vital; we know that data can direct the actions and intentions of an organization. Data is gold, we believe.

Yet, what HR finds themselves stuck in is a small handful of report generation tasks. This is not data analytics and strategy. Information systems may house relevant data, but that does not mean we know what to do...


As Young Professionals, Advocacy@Work is Our Chance to Tell Our Story and Change Public Policy

I’m Andrew Aragon, the newest member of the SHRM government affairs team. I’ve lived in Washington, D.C. for nearly seven years and before joining the SHRM team, I was active on Capitol Hill working as a staffer in Congress, then at a political tech startup.

In the short time since joining SHRM, I've gained access to a vast network of seasoned professionals, met personally with members of Congress, and learned from subject matter experts from across the country. As a young professional, these opportunities are invaluable to my professional...


Does Your Workplace Keep Employees in a Box?




Humans have one unique ability that sets us apart from machines and animals: The ability to imagine and create. But has your workforce been given the opportunity to be human? Are you providing employees the space to achieve their full potential?

Or worse, is your workplace actually working against them?

Across the globe, organizations are competing fiercely for talent, and a big part of that effort is retaining the talent they have. But at this moment, it’s likely that a large portion of your workforce is ready to jump ship...


A 30-Minute Commute Is All Most People Are Willing to Take


We all kind of know this fact. Once you get more than 30 minutes away from your job, no matter how you actually come into work, it starts to feel like a chore. You begin to hate the commute. Doesn’t matter if you drive, take a train, walk, etc. 30 minutes, one-way, is our max!

It’s called Marchetti’s Constant: 

Marchetti’s constant is the average time spent by a person for commuting each day, which is approximately one hour. It is named after Italian physicist Cesare Marchetti, though Marchetti himself attributed the “one hour” finding to transportation analyst and engineer Yacov Zahavi.[1] Marchetti posits that although forms...


Using Analytics (and Creativity) to Solve Key HR Business Challenges - Highlights from an Interview with #SHRMPeopleAnalytics Speakers Dan Anderson and Rick Grant



“It was my understanding that there would be no math.” The infamous Chevy Chase quote (as he portrayed Gerald Ford on Saturday Night Live in 1976) is probably true for many human resources professionals when it comes to people analytics. The thought of mathematical analysis instills fear in the hearts of practitioners across the country. And yet, HR professionals need to be intimately involved with an analytical understanding of their impact, the progress of talent and the organization’s overall success, to name a few.

At this year’s...


Learning from Leonardo - The Importance of the Rough Draft



Quick! Take 30 seconds to name your top five Renaissance painters.

How about the top three most famous paintings in the world?

Chances are good that you would name Leonardo da Vinci as a Master - and his Mona Lisa is arguably the most famous painting in the world.

Did you know that one of the greatest master painters spent more time on his rough draft than any of us do today?

In Florence in 1503, Leonardo da Vinci started a portrait of Madam Lisa Gheradini (Giocondo),...


People Analytics: How to Solve Business Problems #SHRMPeopleAnalytics



Every business has problems they want to solve. It could be a small problem or a large one. The key to solving business problems is

  1. Gathering the right data and information
  2. Having a good approach or system for problem-solving

Unfortunately, there are times when organizations approach problem-solving from the standpoint of “Oh, I know what the problem is…” and ultimately, end up only addressing a symptom versus the real issue. I’m sure you’ve seen it too. One approach to make for better data gathering and problem-solving would be to use...


Look Back to Look Forward



When I teach graduate school HR classes, there is an example I always turn to that highlights just how much the workplace has changed. I show a job description for a nurse that was given to new nursing hires in 1887. It includes duties such as: “Maintain an even temperature in your ward by bringing a scuttle of coal for the day's business.” It describes that nurses, who cared for fifty patients per day, should, “lay aside from each pay day a goodly sum...