Testimony to Notre Dame – What Can We Remember? What Can We Learn?



It is with sadness and appall that we all watch the marvelous cathedral of Notre Dame in flames. Thank goodness that reports are no lives are lost and that some of the structure will be saved.

Notre Dame is over 800 years old – construction began in 1163 under King Louis VII and finished almost 200 years later.

And while organizations may not necessarily have that same length of construction, they do take time to build – and they can come crashing down just...


Bringing Consistency, Meaning and Governance to a Global Recognition Program -- #SHRM19 Interview with Natalie Baumgartner




Dr. Natalie Baumgartner is an engagement and culture thought leader and evangelist. She has spent her career translating engagement and culture research into SaaS based software, helping organizations to achieve high performance.

Dr. Baumgartner holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Strength-Based Psychology. She serves on several boards, including that of the Consulting Psychology division of the APA, and has long advised senior leaders on issues related to culture and engagement. Dr. Baumgartner is a popular speaker and regularly engages audiences on topics...


Just One Job: A Testimonial From Harley Blakeman


My name is Harley Blakeman. I am one of the roughly twenty million Americans living with a felony criminal record. As an entrepreneur, my company has taken a pain point that millions face daily and turned it into a viable business – – a free-to-use, national fair-chance employment platform.

At 15, my father passed away unexpectedly. My mother was battling addiction and was unable to be a parent, leaving me on my own. Over the next two years, as I bounced from couch to couch, essentially homeless. I began...


#SHRM19 Speaker Spotlight- Kevin Cope, Acumen Learning


Seeing the Big Picture - Business Acumen to Build Your Credibility, Career & Company

Kevin's #SHRM19 session is Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

What are some recommendations for HR Pros to learn the key metrics driving our business and further develop our business acumen?

Having advised and trained some of the biggest companies in the world, I've learned that the best leaders are able to take the complexity out of business. They have what we call business acumen...


#Nextchat: How to Build Cultures of Curiosity #SHRM19


Think about the last candidate you interviewed for an open position in your organization. You were most likely focused on finding someone with the skills and experience needed to meet the qualifications for the job. But did you consider curiosity?

To remain competitive in a global marketplace that is changing rapidly and continually, employers need the innovation that individuals who display high levels of curiosity can bring. Employees who are naturally curious ask lots of questions, propose new ideas and challenge tradition. They aren’t afraid of trying—and failing—if that’s what it...


The SHRM Foundation’s 4th Annual Step Challenge at #SHRM19: Registration to Open Tuesday, April 16


For the fourth year in a row, attendees at the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition are invited to lace up their shoes and count their steps in support of the work of the SHRM Foundation! All #SHRM19 attendees are able to participate by joining a Step Challenge team, tracking their steps from Monday, June 25, through Tuesday, June 26, and celebrating the winning team with the highest average step count.

Participate in the Step Challenge in one of three ways:

  • Using a Fitbit device.
  • Using the MobileTrack system via
  • ...

#SHRM19 Interview with Rebecca Peters and Andrew Greenfield

The topic of U.S. immigration has been both a constant and controversial news item throughout the Trump Administration and is also an important issue that impacts many U.S. workplaces. At the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition, there will be an excellent opportunity to learn about workplace immigration options and strategies for employers from Rebecca Peters, SHRM Director, Policy Engagement and Attorney Andrew Greenfield, Fragomen Worldwide Manager Partner at their session, “The New Dynamics for Immigration: Trump Administration and Congressional Priorities?

Tell us a little about yourselves, your...


With All the Applicant Tracking Systems and Artificial Intelligence Why Would I Invest in a Non-Traditional Applicant?


Through my experience working as a nonprofit leader in professional development, most of the applicants have had some interaction with the criminal justice system. For many employers, having a record is an automatic disqualifier regardless of the job, state requirements, and the applicant’s offense. This crazy notion that a prior conviction could stop you from working a job that’s completely unrelated to the offense committed, and that people are allowed to openly discriminate against the reentry population is unthinkable. We need good people as employers not perfect humans. According to Glassdoor,...


Remote Working: The Culture Effect #SHRM19


Not a lot of organizations look at remote working with a favorable eye. To the majority, it is still the root to all evil when it comes to productivity, engagement and performance, and they don’t have to be old school management to think that way. We all remember how IBM banned remote working in 2017 as did Yahoo way back in 2013 – Yahoo’s reasoning being that to communicate, collaborate and be the best place to work, people must be “side-by-side”.

Like all...


Thank You to SHRM Volunteer Leaders During National Volunteer Week #NVW (Video)

There are many quotes used to describe the long hours, effort, dedication and work of volunteers in giving to their HR community.  To me, this one best describes the work of SHRM volunteers: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

Some say this quote came from Pablo Picasso others say it was William Shakespeare. Regardless of source, it describes SHRM volunteers perfectly.

As a volunteer, you bring your unique gifts from the workplace and years of experience—guiding, advising and leading others on their career paths and unselfishly share these...