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Using Coaching to Develop First-time Leaders


Millennials will soon be the majority demographic in the workforce and are increasingly moving into leadership roles. Recent research from the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Human Capital Institute (HCI), Building a Coaching Culture with Millennial Leaders, found that many individual contributors become first-time people managers between the ages of 31 and 35. As more Millennials enter management positions, they are requesting that current and potential employers invest in their leadership development to prepare them for current and future roles. A great way to do so is through coaching....


Uber and the issue of on-call time



If you have read my blog before you know I have written about the woes of Uber in the past. They are the standard bearer for the “gig” economy. However, a number of people who could not abide by the being independent contractors have sued to be considered “employees” rather than independent contractors.Numerous suits have been filed and are on-going. One such suit in Pennsylvania even is suing Uber for “on-call” pay, which the drivers claim while they car logged in to the Uber application.

The suit...


Core HR Lessons Learned in My Summer Internship


By: Lesley Simental

SHRM/CHCI Summer 2017 Scholar-Intern

“Take care of your employees, and your employees will take care of your guests.” This is one of the strongest statements that I am taking away from this summer. In a hotel/resort like The Gaylord Texan, customer satisfaction and customer service are key to success. 

I was one of four scholar-interns in the SHRM/Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Internship Program for the summer of 2017. In this experience, I was able to work with amazing leaders who took the time to really...


Discovering One’s Passion and Potential: When Learning Is Ongoing


By: Jose Chavez SHRM/CHCI Summer 2017 Scholar-Intern

Breaking into the field of human resources post-graduation was a major challenge for me. I found myself spending countless hours submitting job applications, only to receive little success. In those few job interview opportunities that I had, employers often disregarded my candidacy. Why, you ask? It was quite simple, lack of experience. While my academic studies helped prepare me to take on opportunities in the HR world, it was simply not enough. Employers sought real-world practical experience. I knew I had to change my approach to get my foot in the door....


Learning to Embrace My Inner Entrepreneur

By Araseli Gutierrez



The SHRM/Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Internship Program opened the door to my career in human resources.

I was given the opportunity to work closely with the talent management team at a company called ITW in Chicago, IL, in order to make significant business decisions affecting the organization. In this effort, I have learned from different leaders as they embraced the strong ITW culture.

The internship exposed me to many functions of HR, which is what I was hoping coming into an HR role for...


The Importance of Mentors for Young Professionals

By: Erika Enriquez Zamora  SHRM/CHCI Summer 2017 Scholar-Intern


The SHRM/Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Internship Program was one of the most meaningful experiences I have had as an young professional in the field of human resources. It was a window into the community that I will eventually be a part of, gave me real job experience, provided me with essential information through the SHRM 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition and the California HR Conference, and most importantly it gave me the opportunity to connect with a mentor....


#Nextchat RECAP: Women in HR Technology #HRTechConf

On October 11, @shrmnextchat chatted with six amazing women in HR: 2017 HR Technology Conference presenter Cecile Alper-Leroux @cecilehcm; and HR leaders from the HR Tech Insiders Blogger Team – Dawn Burke @DawnHBurke, Heather Bussing @HeatherBussing, Heather Kinzie @HeatherKinzie, Jennifer Payne @JennyJensHR and Robin Schooling @RobinSchooling.

We chatted about Women in HR Technology.  In case you missed this informative chat, you can read the tweets here:




HR Hackers #HRTechConf


The word hacker, for most, conjures up images of a dark figure in a hoodie hunched over a keyboard. 

However, as Joe Gerstandt and Jason Lauritsen shared in their 20th Annual HR Technology & Exposition Conference session The HR Hacklab: What New HR Tech Solutions Are Needed Now?, hacking in the workplace has an entirely different meaning.

The core tenets of hacking are actually applicable to HR and the continued evolution of the workplace.  

Hacking is an exercise in innovation and can help your organization improve broken systems and processes. Because it requires curiosity, experimentation and courage, it's also a great...


Warning About Implicit Bias Awareness Tests



We all know that not all bias is conscious.  Some bias is unconscious—often, referred to as implicit bias. 

This means that we may be engaging in bias without even knowing we are doing so.  This is most likely to occur when we make snap judgments. 

For example, most of us have read about, or at least heard of, studies that demonstrate the name on an application affects the likelihood a candidate will be selected for an interview. Men do better than women and candidates with names that are often associated...


HR Technology Q & A with SHRM Young Professional Council's Jillian Caswell


The 2017 Human Resource Executive 20th Annual HR Technology Conference takes place October 10-13 in Las Vegas.  As a 2017 HR Technology Conference Insiders Blogger, I interviewed several speakers to get their perspective on how technology and trends are impacting the HR profession. I also reached out to a few young professionals - the future of HR -- to understand how their views on technology. 

Jillian Caswell is a human resources advocate who, inspired by the strong women...