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When I look at the vast field of HR, I have to say that I am swayed to the power of Culture more than other facets.  I truly believe that people decide to either stay at a company or leave it because of its culture.

Cultures vary with each company that exists.  In fact, you could even note that each department within a company has its own culture.  With so many different environments, it seems difficult to think that we keep trying a “one size fits all” approach and think that it will work.  There are too many factors...


#SHRMYP: How to Ace Your Interview


Join the SHRM YPAC for the monthly #SHRMYP Twitterchat at 12 p.m. CSTon November 20, 2014.  

The topic this month is “How to Ace Your Interview.”  We are anticipating a great dialog based on the questions listed below.  We look forward to chatting with you!

Q1. What’s the craziest question you’ve been asked?

Q2. Does the first 30 seconds of an interaction really matter? How important is the “firm handshake”?

Q3. The first question a candidate is often asked is “tell me about yourself.”  How long should the answer be?

Q4. What should a candidate do if they don’t...


Honoring Our Vets (With Support from Our Animal Friends)


Today, November 11, is Veteran’s Day.  But that was not its original name.

In 1919, at the end of World War I, known at the time as the “Great War,” President Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, the day hostilities effectively ended World War I a year earlier.

On May 13, 1938, Congress made November 11 a national holiday called Armistice Day to honor the Vets of World War I.  That was when Congress did something.

In 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, Congress changed the name to Veteran’s Day so that all veterans would be honored (as...


#Nextchat: HR's Holiday Hope and Headaches

December is a time to breathe a sigh of relief as we finish a year of accomplishments. The beautiful lights, music, decorations and parties create a fun and festive atmosphere as workplaces around the world celebrate multiple holidays. To quote a familiar holiday song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” -- unless you’re in HR. 

Just about every HR professional has experienced both hope and headaches during the holiday season. The “fun” starts right around Thanksgiving when the cubicle decorations start...


SHRM Certification Commission


We are making great progress on the development of the HR profession’s new competency-based certification, and we are excited for the January 5, 2015 launch. We have some new information to share with you. Today we are announcing the members of theSHRM Certification Commission, an advisory group for SHRM’s certification.

The SHRM Certification Commission, an independent technical advisory committee, is composed of eleven national leaders in the HR field. The Commission oversees the SHRM Certification program—including development and administration of the exams, eligibility criteria and recertification requirements.

The commission will work closely with SHRM to make certain that the...


Competency-Based Certifications are Vital to HR Profession

Dr. Alex Alonso, PHD, SPHR, and Vice President of Research for SHRM discusses how the competency-based credentialing is the standard for a wide range of professions and the right direction for the HR Profession.  


To learn more about the new SHRM Certification, please click here

How Can HR Have More Impact? My Interview with Renee Raming

How can HR become more strategic? Is there an opportunity for HR to have a much bigger impact on business performance?

A 2012 PwC study found that organizations are looking for leadership from HR. In the survey, 62 percent of business executives felt that human resources departments need to serve a leadership role in managing skill and talent shortages.

In a 2014 Deloitte study, less than 8 percent of HR leaders reported confidence that their teams have the skills needed to meet challenges and drive business impact. 42 percent of business leaders believed their...


Social Media, The Workplace and the Enforcement Agencies Circus

Social media use continues to increase exponentially.  This increase has been accompanied by the increased interest in regulation of social media influenced employment decisions by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”).  Social media posts frequently reach thousands of people.  Employers are concerned, and rightfully so.   

The NLRB has taken the lead in scrutinizing private employers who discharge or discipline an employee based on social media activity.  The National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) gives employees, even in non-unionized workplaces, the right to engage in protected, concerted activities for the purpose of...


We’ve Only Hit the Tip of the Iceberg in Social Talent Acquisition


I’ve spent the better part of the last two weeks digging through data from Brandon Hall Group’s Social Talent Acquisition Survey, piecing together our first annual State of Social Talent Acquisition report. Although we only launched the survey this summer, I’ve been working on the research since I joined the Brandon Hall team. One may think social talent acquisition hasn’t changed much in the last 18 months, but the various drafts of the scope document and survey questions I’ve written tell a different story.

As I see it, social technology is the most significant change agent in talent...