Building Cultures for the Future


Daniel Jacobs is a believer in the power of storytelling. As Co-Founder and CEO of Avanoo, a company focused on culture change, Jacobs has learned how to harness technology as a driver of engagement and employee experience. He will be speaking at the HR People + Strategy Strategic HR Forum, October 27-29 in Boston, on “Using Stories to Ignite Culture and Drive Clarity in the Midst of Disruption” at 11:45 am on Monday, October 28.

HRPS: How does storytelling and technology mix in the workplace?

Daniel: The power of storytelling...


Human Resources: Six Skills to Develop for Future Success

HR professionals spend a lot of time advising the organizations on the things needed for success. They include having an award-winning candidate experience, positive employee experiences, an attractive company culture, and the list goes on. One of the prerequisites of developing a world-class organization is having a human resources department that can partner with the business to make it happen. Let’s face it, a mediocre HR team may or may not have the bandwidth to build a best place to work.

But that doesn’t mean HR pros are...


It’s All About . . .

...the people!!

I, along with about 20,000 others, just finished attending SHRM19. It was a full, adventurous and exhausting conference. This isn’t new. Any HR conference of this scale is hard to wrap your hands around because there are so many options available for you to choose.

The common denominator in this sea of movement though is people. Whether it’s the thousands of folks passing by each other throughout the conference venue, or the people sitting next to you listening to a Smart Stage talk or full presentation. People are near...


Your Pets: July 4th and the Workplace



If you want to avoid excessive absenteeism on July 8, read this:

Fireworks on July 4 terrorize animals.

Every year, pets (particularly, but not only, dogs) left outside run away. Some are killed by cars. Others end up in shelters with uncertain fates.

Please keep your pets inside during fireworks. Consider putting in a room with shades closed, soft music, favorite food, etc.

Note: even if you bring your dog or other pet with you to fireworks and he or she does not run away, he or she likely will be terrorized....


#Nextchat: #HRSocialHour Takeover- Summertime Special



Summer is here and your employees would rather be anywhere but at work. How do you keep employees motivated June through August? Please join @shrmnextchat on July 3 for an #HRSocialHour / #Nextchat special edition. We’ll chat about all things summer in the workplace including workflex, interns, ways to keep employees productive and more! Please use both hashtags during the chat and follow #HRSocialHour host Jon Thurmond for the questions.

Q1. What’s in your glass and what’s on your July 4 celebration menu? #HRSocialHour #Nextchat

Q2. How do...


Getting Talent Back to Work


Last week, I had the privilege of attending the White House Second Chance Hiring event to celebrate the bipartisan efforts following the passing of the First Step Act in December 2018. Our President and CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, joined many other champions of criminal justice reform to share their stories of success and their plans for assisting people who were previously incarcerated in transitioning back into the workforce.

Here are just a few of the ways that government agencies will be helping to create more second chance opportunities:

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Mindful Growth in the Workplace


In the last two decades, there have been thousands of studies released about the benefits of mindfulness. These benefits range from stress relief and mental well-being, to focus, creativity, and productivity. Here are some ways you can put mindfulness into action in your workplace.

Mindful confidence is important at work because the metrics you use to evaluate your confidence directly affect the way you act and interact with others at work. One way to visualize this is through the mindfulness concept called “Circle of Concern/Circle of Control” (see image below). The Circle of Concern is filled with things that...


Great People Managers Create Better Workplaces

We’ve all heard the saying: people don’t quit their jobs; they quit their managers.

But in my experience, the problem is always bigger than one toxic individual. Unsatisfying work is a product of an unsatisfying workplace.

People leave their workplaces when they feel unappreciated, overburdened, excluded, unsafe or besieged by personal conflict. After a bad day at the office, 45 percent of employees who have been with their companies less than a year admitted to applying to new jobs, according to a 2018 study by the Work...


SHRM President and Chief Executive Officer, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. Championing Second-Chance Hiring At the White House


On June 14, 2019, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. spoke about second-chance hiring at the White House alongside President Trump, Kim Kardashian West and others. (Source: