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:




The Occupational Phenomenon Called Employee Burnout


Employee burnout is fast becoming prevalent in many workplaces and is also a recurring theme in my day-to-day conversations with people. Unfortunately, many workplaces dismiss the subject and make it more of the employee’s issue than a workplace issue. 

“Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions: 1) feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; 2) increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and 3) reduced



The Hiring Sweet Spot: Employee Evangelism and the Candidate Experience


Providing a positive candidate experience is essential to attracting great talent in today’s tight labor market. Yet, a positive interview experience alone may not translate into a hire. Companies must go above and beyond to not only secure a ‘yes’ from a candidate but also ensure that ‘yes’ is lasting.

The happiness and engagement of current employees can play an important role. When interviewing for a job, candidates want a positive connection. The authenticity and genuineness of the people they meet plays an important role in developing camaraderie with a firm,...


Will My Job Be There After Surgery?


Q. I’ve received a serious medical diagnosis that’s going to require surgery and a lengthy two month recovery. Luckily, the company where I’ve worked for two years offers good insurance; but because we’re small (fewer than 50 employees) they’re not required through the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to offer medical leave and hold my job while I’m gone.

So now I’m scared not just about getting through the surgery but also about whether I’m going to have a job after it’s over. How should I approach my employer about...