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The Coming Age of MR Professionals

It’s no secret that the world of work is changing. Artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, autonomous vehicles, big data, automation, and predictive analytics threaten millions of jobs worldwide. Do you support any of these jobs? Loan Officer, Cashier, Receptionist, Telephone Operator, Reporter, Telemarketer, Title Examiner, Underwriter, Pharmacist, Lawyer, Paralegal, Driver, Store Clerk, Soldier, Rescuer, Freight Agent, Clerk, Broker, and many more. These are all jobs that will disappear in the next few years. When was the last time you talked to a bank teller?

What is the impact on a human resource...


#Nextchat: Go ‘All In’ at #SHRM17


On June 18, more than 15,000 people will be at the SHRM 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition, including attendees, exhibitors and members of the press. They will converge on the New Orleans Ernest E. Morial Convention Center for four days of learning, sharing and networking.

In his blog post Go ‘All In’ at #SHRM17, SHRM President and CEO Henry G. “Hank” Jackson asks, “When it comes to your life and work, what are you ‘all in’ for?” That is, what are your goals?

One thing is for sure, the pathways...


#ALLinSTEP Registration Now Open

Accept the challenge and go ALL IN for SHRM Foundation's #ALLinSTEP Challenge at #SHRM17, powered by Fitbit Health Solutions.


This year’s Step Challenge encourages conference attendees to join a team of fellow #SHRM17 attendees and compete as a team for the highest average step total over the three-day challenge (June 18-20). #ALLinSTEP participants will be celebrated for their steps, rewarded with fun promotions, and encouraged to help build inclusive organizations where military veterans are engaged and integrated by making a $20 suggested registration donation to benefit the SHRM Foundation...


Introducing the NEW SHRM Research Department: Name TBD




Although I am very new to SHRM (with not quite 8 months under my belt), I have been doing human capital research for going on 20 years now. When I tell people what I do, I consistently get a funny look. “Research” and “Human Resources” do not necessarily come to mind as naturally as other happy marriages like “peanut butter” and “jelly.” In fact, some HR professionals find the word “research” intimidating or they don’t understand how it is useful in their jobs.

The SHRM...


Introducing #ALLinSTEP Captains: Edward and Jeff

Today is a BIG DAY! Registration for the #ALLinSTEP Challenge at #SHRM17 will open later today, and in anticipation of the registration kick-off we will be sharing profiles on the final two team captains to help you decide what team to join! Check back on the SHRM Blog later today with more information about registering.

Meet Edward, SHRM Foundation scholarship winner (and Army vet!) and Dr. Jeff Walls, Professor of Business at Indiana Institute of Technology and founding advisor of the SHRM student chapter.

Edward “Deadly Edly” Pankow...


A #SHRM17 Interview with Tony Alessandra

If you have followed this blog for any amount of time you know that one topic I am passionate about is communication. I’ve written about it on numerous occasions, my most popular post being this one all about communication. I speak on it and even did my first DisruptHR talk about it. I firmly believe that many issues in the workplace could be avoided with better and more thorough communication.

SHRM 2017 speaker Dr. Tony Alessandra agrees.

Dr. Alessandra is facilitating a workshop on June 18th, titled: ...


Unlimited Paid Time Off? Try It – It Works!



When was the last time you took a vacation from work? If you did, chances are it wasn’t very long and you didn’t completely unplug from work. You are not alone.

Paid time off is among the most desired employee benefits, according to Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) data. But, a recent Indeed survey found that half of full-time employed adults don’t use up annual vacation and personal time available to them. Further, 59% do work-related business while on vacation.

Yet, evidence suggests rested, empowered, and motivated employees are...


Introducing #ALLinSTEP Captains: Betsy, Deanna and Elissa

Next Monday, registration will open for the #ALLinSTEP Challenge at #SHRM17. In anticipation of this kick-off we will be sharing more about the team captains to help you decide what team to join!

Meet Betsy, Deanna and Elissa—the SHRM Foundation Board Chair, a member of the SHRM HR Team and SHRM’s Vice President of Membership.

Registration for the Step Challenge opens on Monday, May 15th—choose your team wisely!

Betsy “The Power Stomper” Larson leads the Foundation Stompers Team
Betsy is Chair of the SHRM Foundation Board...


Seven Tips on the Value of Vacations

We are coming into the vacation season. I am a big believer in vacations. I always came back fully recharged so I personally know the value of the R & R (rest and relaxation) and the ability to renew yourself.  So in this vacation season I wanted to give you seven tips on the value of vacations.
According to Elizabeth Scott, M.S., in The Importance of Vacations, for Stress Relief, Productivity and Health there are seven effects that vacations have. These include:
Vacations Promote...

Q&A with Kim McFadden on the NFL High School Experienceship Program

Photo Copyright: National Football League (NFL) High School Expereinceship

As both a native Philadelphian, and an Eagles fan, for me the NFL Draft, hosted in Philadelphia late last month, was the best of both worlds.  What I, and so many of us may not have realized, however, was how much of a learning opportunity was going on behind the scenes, thanks to the hard work of many – including the NFL’s VP of HR and SHRM Member Kim McFadden.

Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with Kim about the NFL’s...