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#ICYMI at #SHRM18: The First 90 Days Will Make or Break Your New Hire



If you have yet to attend a SHRM annual conference but are planning for the future, be comfortable knowing that you are not alone in struggling to choose between numerous appealing concurrent sessions within the same time block! Our most veteran attendees spend significant time weighing their options, but even with the most careful deliberations, we can only be in one place at once! In case you missed it at SHRM18, Amy Hirsh Robinson, MBA, presented a popular and engaging Mega Session answering the hard questions about how a new...


Overwhelmed. Overloaded. Overjoyed. A #SHRM18 Recap




Whew! The 2018 Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) annual conference is over. 24 hours later and I’m still letting the whole experience sink in. I’m usually not at a loss for words, but this conference has me searching for the right things to say. After reflecting a bit, I realize I cannot put into words how I really feel, but I can say that I am overwhelmed. I’m overloaded. But,...


Women at Work: How to Command a Room #SHRM18



Earlier this year, I launched a series here on Workology focused on women in the workplace. The feedback from my first blog post was clear. I received many emails, DMs and phone calls sharing their stories and wanting more. Since I’ve written about women supporting women in the workplace, and because it’s a topic that is near and dear to my heart (and my job), I was excited to attend Monday’s SHRM18 session, “The...


How to be a Better Business Partner #SHRM18



I had the pleasure of attending Joe’s mega session on “How to be a better Business Partner.” For all of you who could not attend the session or the #SHRM18 Conference, below are some of the key takeaways from his session:

  1. NEVER say you are just an HR professional. By you saying that, you are limiting yourself to just HR. If you want to be a business partner, always define yourself as a “business professional with expertise in HR.”
  2. The best way to convince
  3. ...

#SHRM18: Style or Substance?



As SHRM18 winds down and 20,000 +/- HR professionals get ready to head home, it’s time to reflect a bit on what we saw, heard and learned during the conference.

My fellow SHRM Bloggers have been sharing amazing content throughout the conference, and I encourage you to read what they’re writing. Many of them are breaking down the sessions and highlight key takeaways, and you should definitely go read what they’re writing.

Thinking about what I’ve seen this week, my challenge to you as you go home is to...


Thoughts and Tips from #SHRM18



As SHRM 2018 comes to a close I wanted to paraphrase some of the thoughts and tips from four very memorable speakers taking part in Chicago this year! I think these are great pointers to keep in the back of your mind as you head back to the office tomorrow!

Embrace Values Over Skills: Adam Grant, Professor at Wharton School of Business

It’s important to have the right skills on your team, but it’s just as important to keep the wrong values out. Values aren’t always easy to see but...


What was Hot -- Musings from #SHRM18


For those who attended and those who wanted to (we hope you do next year!). Here is my quick recap of SHRM18.

First, what and who was Hot:

Adam Grant, the keynoter on Tuesday and guest host with Sheryl Sandberg on Wednesday. He rocked it with great insights and humbling commentary…and he earned a new fan with yours truly.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. our new CEO brought energy, insight and inspiration to the 20,000 attendees. And having a Grammy winning singer do a personal Happy Birthday on stage on Wednesday...


Chronicles of Hebert – #SHRM18 – The End of Days


The series continues...

Final day of SHRM18

Every attendee looks like a tire with less than a 32nd of an inch of tread left on it. Many in the same clothes as yesterday. Pack light and the fashionistas be damned.

You can see the “full” sign on the attendees’ foreheads having absorbed so much new HR knowledge (and old knowledge rekindled).

Attendees pin-ball to the final day opening session, not even reacting when they get blindsided by a roller bag. They reflexively adjust their angle of attack by a few...


Podcasting at #SHRM18


This year at SHRM18, podcasting continues to be a growth area in social media. Last year, there was one company making a serious effort to do podcasting. Caleb Masters, webinar and podcast producer/host of Paycom’s HR Break Room, was the one person I noticed doing this at SHRM17.

At SHRM18, we can see that Paycom has decided to push ahead with the concept. They are no longer doing interviews back in a corner away from the hall. This year, they had a high-profile location and beautiful glass booth, which...