Driving Innovation While Focusing on Foundational Programs



To lead in an ever-changing world, today’s chief HR officers (CHRO) must act swiftly, pushing through unfamiliar boundaries to find innovative business solutions. At the same time, they must continue to ensure the excellence of transactional HR programs such as pay and benefits.

HR leaders’ response to this challenge will help determine how prepared they are to drive organizational capability and performance within an evolving ecosystem of work.

The New Table Stakes

The Fourth Industrial Revolution—with its attendant automation, robotics and artificial intelligence—is disrupting the world of work as well...


Suicide Awareness: 11 Suggestions for Employers



This week is suicide prevention week.  The problem is much more serious than many realize.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WISQARS Leading Causes of Death Reports, in 2017:

  • Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of over 47,000 people.
  • Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34.
  • There were more than twice as many suicides (47,173) in the United States as there were homicides (19,510).

But not everyone...


We Need Civility, Now More Than Ever!



We are living in times of right and wrong, black and white, left and right. There are far too many absolutes to my liking and it leaves us all with huge chasms between us.  Social media like Facebook and Twitter have given folks the ability to easily not take the time to think about what they say. And, there is so much fear in our current world that every dissenting comment is seen as a confrontation. So, to be civil with one another, it is going to take some change in habits, but...


#Nextchat: What HR Students Need to Know




As the HR profession continues to grow in popularity and in mentions on “best careers” lists, more students are choosing to pursue studies in human resources management. A career in HR provides the flexibility to customize a career path while offering positive prospects for pay and growth.

Because HR is such a broad space with so many functions, specialties and “gray areas,” a first job in HR can be a daunting experience for any graduate. As with any profession, students often appreciate advice from industry...


Letting Go of Traditional Leadership Development



The market for leadership development solutions is enormous. More than $14 billion is spent by corporations on various aspects of leadership development, and there are more than 70,000 books and videos on the topic. 

Surveys of the top challenges business leaders face inevitably show improving leadership pipelines always comes out near the top. The Global Leadership Forecast of 2018 showed that only 14 percent of executive respondents had a strong bench of leaders, two-thirds believed a new leadership model is needed, and 64 percent said developing their next generation of...


#Nextchat RECAP: What Do HR Professionals Really Think About HR Tech?

On September 4, @shrmnextchat chatted with the HR Executive Technology Conference Co-Chair and Co-Host of the HR Happy Hour Show and Podcast, Steve Boese @SteveBoese about What Do HR Professionals Really Think About HR Tech?

If you missed this excellent chat, you can read all the tweets here or below:







SHRM Kicks Off New Commercial Series Featuring Conversations with Leading CEOs


SHRM is out front and leading the conversation on the most critical issues facing today’s workplaces— like healthcare, workforce development, inclusion and civility.

In SHRM’s new series of televised commercials, which began airing on major cable networks yesterday, we are partnering with CEOs of major brands and having conversations about these issues, which have a profound impact on workplace culture. We are starting with healthcare and my conversation with President and CEO Bruce D. Broussard of Humana. Bruce and I discuss the impact of healthcare benefits—one of...


Work Culture and Its Connection to “The Person” #LaborDay



Labor Day is an opportunity for us as a nation to recognize the hard work of Americans who have greatly contributed to our country and our pathway towards continued prosperity. The resolute, unwavering work ethic engrained in our country since its birth continues to be woven within every one of us.

While many view Labor Day as a transitional period from Summer to Fall, countless Americans remain occupied with thinking through their current employment situation, striving to transition...


#Nextchat: What Do HR Professionals Really Think About HR Tech?



If you were to ask an HR professional which component of their HRMS they could live without, they’d probably have a hard time answering. In a world where greater emphasis is being placed on strategy and analytics, HR is increasingly relying on technology to automate tasks, increase effectiveness and reduce errors. From talent acquisition and employee self-service to communications and compliance tracking for a global workforce, technology now touches every aspect of our workforce and workplace.

Workforce technology...