What’s Your Formula for Winning? Volunteering will Sharpen Your Edge as a LeadHR



In 1992, my dad asked me to be part of the Southwest Bowling Proprietors Association. This was a group of business leaders in the bowling industry that would meet and talk about strategies to better both our business and our industry. I was a proprietor in Purcell, Oklahoma at the time and it was a great opportunity for me to learn and grow in my leadership as an entrepreneur. Several years later, I moved to Dallas, Texas and continued to volunteer in different organizations such as the North Texas Relocation...


"Analytics is a Muscle We Build"


Five years ago, I recall speaking to an attendee at a SHRM Annual Conference—an HR professional from a Fortune 100 company—who asked if SHRM would consider including additional sessions on HR analytics at future conferences. “I need to learn more,” she said. “My CEO wants to see numbers!”

Ask and you shall receive.

Not only did we add more sessions to later Annual Conference events, but now we’ve also introduced an entire conference devoted to people analytics: the SHRM People Analytics Conference, to be held January 14-15, 2020, in Seattle....


HR: “Being There"



If you work in human resources, then you are fully aware that people are always trying to reach you. Whether it’s by email, phone, dropping into the office…whatever, “feeling wanted” is certainly something that all of us can relate to in HR. And chances are, if someone is trying to reach you, it is likely because they want or need something. Personally, I’m still waiting for that call from an employee that just says, “No, I don’t need anything…just wanted to tell you to have a nice day.” (Let me know if any of...


Local Chapter + National SHRM Membership = Better Together


Last month, I had the pleasure of welcoming almost 1,000 of our Volunteer Leaders to SHRM’s Volunteer Leaders’ Business Meeting (VLBM). This was near-record attendance for this yearly event.

Formerly known as the Volunteer Leaders’ Summit, VLBM is our annual business meeting with State Council and Chapter Volunteer Leaders, hosted in our nation’s capital. During this three-day event, we explored fresh, strategic, and innovative ways we can partner with our key leaders to empower SHRM’s network of more than 300,000 HR professionals in over 500 communities nationwide–and build better workplaces in 2020 and beyond for all employers, employees and...


Empowered with Insight - #SHRMPeopleAnalytics


I spent several years as an HRIS and Quality Manager. In this role, I was often asked to “pull numbers” on retention, turnover, benefits usage, 401k participation, and click activity on jobs in our ATS. HR departments have a tradition of collecting lots of HR data. However, this data often remains unused. As soon as your organization starts solving their people problems by using data, they are engaged in people analytics.

With the increased focus on measuring diversity, gender pay equity, skills gaps, labor utilization, retention rates, real-time feedback, and even organizational network analysis,...


Workplace Tips for the Holiday Blues



We just survived Thanksgiving weekend and now, we brace ourselves for the rest of the holidays.

While the holidays can bring joy to many, it can also bring increased anxiety and sadness to others.  For most of us the season is an emotionally charged mixed-bag of ups and downs.

Why do we tend to feel sad and overwhelmed?

Oh, I don’t know…. it could be the unrealistic expectations we have which leave us feeling like there is a big gap between what other people are experiencing and what we’re experiencing....


How to Discuss Year-End Performance With Your Supervisor



Tis the season for year-end performance reviews! As you prepare to summarize your achievements and meet with your manager for performance discussion, below are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Have a list of accomplishments with you

Make a list of all your achievements from this year. Think about what you did “exceptionally” and how this year was different from previous years. I usually start my achievement list at the beginning of every year and continue to update it throughout. Doing so will help you remember all your achievements...


The Rise of the Four-Day Workweek



The idea comes up often—and then passes. Now, a big corporate name has stepped into the fray and tested a four-day workweek, with results that could create some serious momentum toward a game-changing movement.

As an experiment, Microsoft gave its Japan-based employees all the Fridays in August off, while still paying them for five days. And the results were eye-opening: productivity, which the company measured as sales per employee, jumped 40 percent over August 2018. Reasons may be a combination of feeling empowered and trusted and the ability to recharge....


Technology Disrupts the Elves



The legend of Santa Claus dates back to the 4th Century St Nicholas – Nicholas of Bari or Nicholas of Myra. The elves have been talked about since Pagan times – in Scandinavia as house gnomes – some of whom were helpful, and trolls, who were not.

Some of the modern-day elves include Alabaster Snowball, Buster Evergreen, Pepper Minstix and others. Alabaster is the only elf with a university degree and updates the Naughty and Nice list – some say as frequently as four times a minute. Sugarplum Mary is...