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Algorithmic Bias – What is the Role of HR?



Merriam-Webster defines ‘algorithm’ as step-by-step procedure for solving a problem… In an analog world, ask anyone to jot down a step-by-step procedure to solve a problem – and it will be subject to bias, perspective, tacit knowledge, and a diverse viewpoint. Computer algorithms, coded by humans, will obviously contain similar biases.

The challenge before us is that with Moore’s Law, cloud computing, big data, and machine learning, these algorithms are evolving, increasing in complexity, and these algorithmic biases are more difficult to detect – “the idea that...


#Nextchat RECAP: The Building Blocks of a Great HR Function

On February 14, @shrmnextchat chatted with Ben Eubanks @BenEubanks about the Building Blocks of a Great HR Function.

In case you missed this amazing chat filled with great advice from HR professionals, you can read all the tweets here.




Look for Those Who Have the "Will" and the "Want"



Las Vegas became the center of the culinary universe when celebrity chefs started partnering in restaurants here: that’s when applicants really started seeing opportunities in kitchen careers. While it would be hard to select the best among all the great chefs who’ve taken up residence here, I can clearly remember the excitement among applicants, the hope of students at the Culinary Training Center, and the thrill on the faces of employees starting their first days in the presence of those master chefs.

Employees beginning their promising culinary careers learned to...


Super Bloom



Last year I read about a super bloom in California.

This super bloom came after years of drought, and if not for the fact that this very topic came up in conversation several times in the context of work, it would have just been one of those unique stories that got buried in a year full of them.

The super bloom is special because it’s a transformation brought about by the sudden introduction of a resource that had been lacking. What was already a healthy ecosystem suddenly became exponentially so....


#Nextchat: Building Blocks of a Great HR Function



Great HR doesn’t happen by accident. It is a journey, a work in progress, and is always evolving. At the base of every successful HR function are the philosophical building blocks that support its work and that make up the bedrock of a great organization. A healthy HR function is an essential component of a healthy and thriving workplace.

In the blog post 9 Lessons for Running a Great HR Function, Ben Eubanks, principal analyst at Lighthouse Research & Advisory, shares ideas about what makes a great HR...


Navigating the Patchwork of Paid Family Leave Laws


HR professionals are on the front lines of the need for, and implementing requirements around, paid family leave. Given the uncertainty at the federal level in the policy area of paid family leave (PFL), with a recent proposal being floated that would open up workers’ social security benefits for them to “borrow” against their own federal retirement benefits to fund their current PFL time, it’s no wonder that states are stepping in to fill what they see as a gap in employees’ very real and unmet needs...


Expand Your World -- Introducing the #SHRM18 Bloggers



As an HR professional in 2018, where's the best place to expand your world?  There is no better place than the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition where internationally-renowned speakers, who will offer fresh points of view and inspiring stories, will shift your perspectives and deepen your understanding of leadership, motivation and success.  

Over 200 concurrent sessions will provide a complete education for HR professionals at every stage of their career. Based on the SHRM Competency Model these sessions will delve into the cutting-edge trends that will impact your workplace.

Thousands of attendees will expand their worlds as they travel to Chicago, Illinois, June 17-20...


The Price Tag for Ethical Behavior




Eighty-eight percent (88.3 percent) of graduating MBA students say they’d take a pay cut to work for firms that have ethical business practices, according to research from David B. Montgomery of Stanford University and Catherine A. Ramus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. The average amount that the students would forgo is $8,087. The researchers suggest that this finding should be viewed as a hopeful sign for the management profession. 

I haven’t dug any further into this research, but I must admit that the last thing I felt...


Together Forward at the SHRM Regional Council Business Meeting

Another February and another SHRM Regional Council Business (RCBM) meeting is in the books. The SHRM RCBM #SHRMBiz/#SHRMVLS is the annual conference held in early February. Those attending are State Directors, Director Elects and another Core Board member.

It is a small meeting as SHRM events go.  It is held in some “warm” destination for those of us who struggle with winter.  The purpose of the meeting is to align the most senior volunteer leaders with the mission of the organization to send them home to follow through...


The Importance of Timing

Daniel H. Pink, author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (Riverhead Books, 2018), says timing isn't an art, but rather a science. There's a huge body of research, from economics to anesthesiology and dozens of other disciplines, that shows people can make evidence-based timing decisions. Refining that skill can give HR leaders an edge, Pink says. HR tends to focus on what people are doing, how they are doing it, who will do it and why. They don't give the question of when enough consideration, Pink says. But they should. Doing so affects productivity...