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Volunteering? Isn’t that just for College Students?


By SHRM 2017 Young Professional Council member Jessica Gofforth.

You’ve successfully navigated the transition from New Graduate to Young Professional and you’re wondering what’s next. Here are three reasons why volunteering is extremely beneficial as a young professional:

1)      Networking is Key!

Volunteering connects you with a bunch of people you may not have had a chance to meet otherwise! Whether it’s volunteering for a cause you support or a professional organization (shameless plug for your local SHRM Chapter!), you’re going to meet new people that will...


Building a Customer-Centric Culture: Five Lessons Learned

Disrupt or be disrupted" is Donna Morris's rallying cry. From abolishing Adobe's annual performance reviews to dramatically expanding its family leave policy, she has set the industry agenda while making Adobe a great place to work. In her role as executive vice president of customer and employee experience, she leads the product, customer service and technical support experience for all Adobe products, in addition to all aspects of human resources and the workplace.

Donna sits on the board of directors for the Society for Human Resource Management...


What Your Employees Should Know About Social Security Benefits and Taxes



Social Security is with you throughout life’s journey, and we want to put your employees in control of their finances and future. With the tax filing deadline quickly approaching, everyone needs to make sure all their ducks are in a row before they file. Do your employees know that Social Security benefits may be taxable?

It’s true. About forty percent of people receiving Social Security benefits must pay taxes on some of these benefits, depending on the amount of their taxable income for the year. This includes all monthly...


Did You Miss the SHRM 2017 Employment Law & Legislative Conference?


Did you happen to attend the SHRM 2017 Employment Law & Legislative Conference? No? I think you may have missed out! I know, you’re probably thinking, another work-related conference? More bad conference food, freezing cold session rooms and just adequate speakers. Not at this conference!

The 2017 Employment Law & Legislative Conference (or for us SHRMies, affectionately called “the Leg Conference”), was pretty amazing. And I think I’m qualified to judge because it was my 11th time attending! To begin, there was energy in...


Quick Meditation Tips for De-stressing at Work


The average person has between 25,000 to 50,000 thoughts per day -- and many of them are negative. 

Taking five minutes a day to be still, breathe and organize your thoughts, removing or "re-filing" the bad ones, can be a great stress buster. 

In his latest video on meditation, Dr. Woody chats with Pandit Dasa, The Urban Monk, about simple ways to use meditation to combat stress at work so you can be happier and healthier.




#Nextchat RECAP: #SHRM17 Bloggers Are ‘All In’—In Real Life


On March 22, @shrmnextchat chatted with the #SHRM17 Bloggers for #Nextchat: #SHRM17 Bloggers Are All In - In Real Life

In case you missed this super-informative chat packed with tips and advice that will help you prepare for #SHRM17 you can read all the tweets here




8 Reasons to Adopt Experiential Learning

The goal of company-provided training is to improve performance and, ultimately, business results. But in order to achieve this, employee training must change behavior. In Experiential Learning (Eagle's Flight, 2016), author Phil Geldart outlines the three distinct components of experiential learning:

-- Experience.

-- Debrief.

-- Application.

Experiential learning is not the only way to deliver training. But when it is included with other forms of standard training such as role-play, case study and guided exercises, it can optimize the potential impact.

Here are eight reasons, according to Geldart, experiential learning leads...


When Do You Start Thinking About Retention?

It’s that time of the year when companies start thinking about retention. Bonuses are being paid, merit increases are happening, and promotions are announced. And, for those that track attrition rates, many see a spike in the next couple of months. If you are just now starting to worry about your employees leaving, then you’re already too late. Those just waiting for their bonus have been checked out for awhile and have been interviewing ever since.
Part of the problem of retention strategies is that we think of them...

Heading to #SHRM17 as an International Attendee?



Last year I attended SHRM for the first time - it was spectacular!

Attending as an international delegate, the scale of the conference was mind-blowing - much bigger than anything I've attended in Australia or New Zealand. I was surprised with the number of international participants, but to be honest the biggest takeaway for me was the calibre of attendees and speakers alike.

It wasn't just the keynotes either (although they were pretty spectacular all round) - the value I got from the other attendees - in particular, the organisers,...


#SHRM17 – Interview with Jerry Cox of Brainier


I live in Silicon Valley, the technology capital of the world. You’d think a person of my regional bias would turn his nose up to the Mid-West when tackling the subject of technology design. But, there is something about the creative force that exists in the purple city of Minneapolis. Is it the time spent on the lake or the fact that the weather is less than ideal 10 months out of the year? Either way, if you are a Human Resource Professional, you’ll find your fair share of Minneapolis-Based companies in the Exhibitor Hall at #SHRM17.

With hundreds...