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What HR Students Need to Know

Last week I sat down at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and spoke with some of the students about what they need to know as they prepare to leave school and enter the real world.

I talked about some of the career aspects: negotiating salary, establishing credibility, networking, etc. I also talked about some of the things I learned very quickly after I left school (namely, the degree isn’t as helpful as most schools would lead you to assume). Many of the topics I discussed are a part of the ...


#Nextchat RECAP: The Super-Social Edition - Is That Legal?

On May 7, SHRM @weknownext chatted with Eric B. Meyer (@Eric_B_Meyer) and Jonathan Segal (@Jonathan_HR_Law) about social media in the workplace -- "Super-Social Edition - Is that Legal?"

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat:





Millennials: The Misunderstood Generation

Lazy, entitled, demanding and disloyal. These are stereotypes commonly used to describe the millennial generation.

As a millennial myself, I was interested in attending the two concurrent sessions about the maligned generation at last week’s Talent Management Conference in Nashville, Tenn. During these sessions, I was curious to learn: What are employers’ biggest pain points with millennials? And what do people think millennials want?

Brad Karsh, president of Chicago-based JB Training Solutions, led and spoke at both millennial sessions. Karsh emphasized that the way millennials were raised has shaped their behaviors and perceptions of a...


Can We DO That?!

'Tis the season. No, not that season, but the time of year when employers ask, "Can we still use unpaid interns?" The answer is a qualified, "Yes!"  The key is ensuring you and the intern meet certain criteria (what else is new?). 
First, let's bust a few myths and misconceptions.
  1.  If I use a student as part of a local college or university's internship program it's OK if it is unpaid. Not necessarily. The source of the intern is not a factor in determining whether an intern must be paid or may be properly unpaid.
  2. If the student
  3. ...

Prevalence of Low-Wage Jobs Could Be Economy’s Next Problem

The argument can be made that, in a period of heightened unemployment, any work is good work. But a new government report on the labor market shows a post-recession prevalence of low-wage, low-skill jobs, and it could present trouble in the future for the U.S. economy. 
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) annual report on occupational employment and wages showed that most of the 10 biggest U.S. occupations are on the low end of the wage scale. The list includes the two largest professions in the labor force—retail salespersons and cashiers—as well as food prep workers,...

SHRM Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®): May 2014

Hiring activity in May will reach a four-year high in manufacturing and a three- year high in the service sector, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s monthly Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE) Report, released today.

A net of 52.9 percent of manufacturers and 38.9 percent of service-sector companies will add jobs in the month of May. The SHRM LINE Report, based on a survey of human resource professionals, predicts employment activity for the coming month, about 30 days before statistics on employment for the same time frame are available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics....


#Nextchat: The Super Social Edition—Is That Legal?

Social media is no longer cutting edge. It’s now a universal form of communication that’s woven into every aspect of our personal and professional lives.

Organizations use social media for everything from internal communication to sales and marketing, and are now concerned with creating sound strategies and policies to ensure competitiveness and prevent lawsuits.

Lawyers caution organizations about the risks of using social media in the workplace, and these warnings have caused many human resources professionals to avoid social media altogether. However, when used respectfully and with a thoughtful plan, social media’s benefits for HR far outweigh the risks. ...



SHRM 2014 Talent Management Conference and Exposition - Nashville, TN - April 30

Read all the great tweets from Day 3 of the SHRM Talent Conference and Exposition, including the closing general session with Margaret Heffernan. 




Do you have a Donald Sterling in your midst?


The news just broke that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver hit Donald Sterling, owner of the LA Clippers, with a lifetime ban from the sport and a $2.5 million fine due to racist remarks attributed to Sterling.  The investigation was prompt, the action swift and the message being sent is powerful.  One of the big issues that remains is that Sterling has been known in the past for making racists comments – yet the NBA did nothing.  Time will tell what the fallout will be for the NBA.

What about your workplace – do you have a Donald Sterling working...



SHRM 2014 Talent Management Conference and Exposition - Nashville, TN - April 29

Read all the great tweets from Day 2 of the SHRM Talent Conference and Exposition, including the general session with Cy Wakeman.