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The #1 Thing You Should NOT Do at #SHRM17

It is hard not to read several articles a day bemoaning the performance appraisal process, and how it should be abolished. There have been a lot of reasons given for wanting its demise. However, I have discovered the real reason.  Much like lawyers make the worst clients, and doctors make the worst patients, HR professionals make the worst appraisers.
How do I know this?
I have attended the SHRM Annual Conference for 16 straight years and spoken to hundreds of speakers.  I have served on the Green...

#SHRM17 Prep: Networking, Inspiration and Education -- What are Your Goals?

It’s springtime and for many of us, this means rebirth, growth and perhaps even “new life.”  All around us, we see the signs. Before we know it, life will literally be buzzing around us. As HR professionals, we see this transformation in our work as well. Goals and objectives were developed earlier in the year and spring urges forth the execution of strategies, the allocation of resources and the development of the workforce. So much needs to be learned and done to ensure the goals are realized before winter settles upon us...


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



Are you ready to go “all in” on your HR education?

The SHRM 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition is fast approaching, and whether you’re a first-time or seasoned attendee, there will be something for everyone at this year’s event. This year’s theme is All In, and there’s no better place than #SHRM17 to learn about all the latest trends and innovations in HR.

As thousands of HR professionals and exposition vendors make plans to travel to New Orleans, La.,, from June 18-21, SHRM will be working around the clock to...


Doggone it! When an Employee is Allergic to a Coworker’s Service Animal



Who knew?

I received a lot of feedback on last week’s post. That was the one about an EEOC lawsuit alleging that a company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it allegedly failed to accommodate a disabled employee’s request to use a service dog.

Among the reader feedback was a question about what happens when permitting an employee to use a service dog would cause another employee’s pet allergies to flare up.

Back to basics under the ADA

The purpose of the ADA is to enable a qualified employee or...


How Easy Is It for Your Employees to Be Employees?

I once worked for organization where most employees exiting said their reason for leaving was because it was just too difficult to be an employee there. Wow! Too difficult to be an employee? As HR professionals, we hear concerns about managers, pay, or even leadership as reasons people leave. Those are big challenges most organizations face at one time or another, and they are not easy to solve. But when an employee says it’s too hard to be an employee, that should get your attention quickly.
An HR leader...

How to Hire Patient People

I once saw a photograph of a dandelion plant. On its own, that image wouldn’t be anything special: dandelions are everywhere. But these dandelions were nestled atop a small mound of asphalt. Somehow they had managed to push through this seemingly impermeable barrier and reach their goal: bathing in sunlight and fresh air. If there is a better illustration of patience than this photograph, I’ve yet to see it.

Patient employees are like these dandelions: they keep pushing on with their mission until they prevail. They don’t allow themselves to be diverted...



During this critical time when global employers are facing uncertainty over U.S. employment-based immigration, you cannot afford to miss the Council for Global Immigration 2017 Symposium on June 11-14, in Arlington, VA. As immigration remains a fast-changing space (especially considering the drastic proposals for reform and hasty executive actions we’ve seen during the first month of the new administration), the 2017 Symposium aims to address the most significant topics and recent regulatory changes that impact the employment-based visa programs. Visit our Symposium website to view the 2017 Symposium Program. We invite you to take advantage of our on-time...


Mindful Meditation with Dr. Woody and "Urban Monk" Pandit Dasa

Too much work? Too many deadlines? Feeling stressed-out at both ends of the day? 
Employers can help workers alleviate anxiety by investing in programs that promote mental and physical wellness.  Meditation training can help ease the angst.

In "Episode Two" of the series Mindful Meditation, Pandit Dasa, "The Urban Monk", shares tips with organizational psychologist Dr. Woody for helping beginners get their meditation routine started. All you need is five minutes and a bit of discipline.

Check out Quick Start Meditation for Beginners - All You Need is Five Minutes!


Q & A with SHRM Store Manager Andi Cale #SHRM17



With the 2017 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition rapidly approaching, articles will be written on keynotes, concurrent speakers, networking and even what to wear or not wear.  One area that is been overlooked is one of my (and many others) high points to any Annual Conference and that is the SHRM Store.

Every conference, SHRM staffers and hundreds of volunteers set up the world’s largest HR oriented bookstore (10,000 + square feet) in two days and tear it down in less than one.  Many people wander through killing time,...