What Drives SHRM Members?


Whether they're a young professional diving into a career in HR or a senior-level executive with years of experience, SHRM members have unique stories to tell.
Discover how Jeff, Claire and Susan tapped into SHRM's valuable network to launch and accelerate their careers. For more, visit: Subscribe to our channel: Strong businesses and dynamic workplaces power the economy. As the voice of all things work, workers and...

When I Grow Up - Empathy in Leadership



My name is Sophia, and I am so glad to be a newborn in 2021. These are some challenging times for all of us. Thoreau said, “Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?”

And before Thoreau, Marcus Aurelias said, “Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?”

And more recently, the Grateful Dead have reminded us to be...


What Should You Ask at the End of a Job Interview?

Not sure what to ask when the interviewer says, "Do you have any questions for me?" at the end of a job interview?

In this video, Self Made Millennial Madeline Mann serves up five great questions that will help you fully vet the job opportunity while showcasing your value.  


Originally posted on YouTube.



What Small Business Needs to Know about HR and Hiring the First Employee



A human resources department is a critical component of employee well-being in any business, no matter how small. HR responsibilities include payroll, benefits, hiring, firing, and keeping up to date with state and federal tax laws. Whether your company’s HR is a department of one or a small team, it’s important to ensure your employees have access to internal resources to ask questions, raise concerns, and express their views on how your workplace could be improved.

Your First Hire: What Small Business Needs to Know About HR

Building your HR...


The Relational Skills You'll Need for Career Success


You can work hard, but you won’t be valued as an integral part of your organization unless leaders and colleagues know who you are and are comfortable working with you. Teamwork, client service, information sharing, problem-solving—all these activities require individuals to interact with one another productively and with as little friction as possible. Given the importance of these interpersonal activities in today’s workplaces, people who have developed relational skills, who have the social grace to navigate a broad spectrum of interactions and create comfortable and trusting relationships, are the most sought...


Job Seekers! Hiring Managers are Only Judging You on Two Things!


If you’re out looking for a job it usually feels like you’re being judged on every little thing you do, have done, or potentially will do in the future. Interestingly enough, a Harvard professor discovered you’re actually only judged on two things:

“People size you up in seconds, but what exactly are they evaluating?

Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy has been studying first impressions alongside fellow psychologists Susan Fiske and Peter Glick for more than 15 years and has discovered patterns in these interactions.

In her book, “Presence,” Cuddy says people quickly answer two questions when they first



A Cure For The Dreaded Annual Performance Review

In a Forbes article headlined “Let’s Kill Performance Reviews in 2015,” former Fortune 500 senior vice president of human resources Liz Ryan said, “Performance reviews are the second-worst process in organizations. They are not quite as destructive, expensive and talent repelling as our broken recruiting systems are, but they come close. Every year we shut down our businesses for a month to fill out performance review forms. What a tragic waste! Managers hate them, and so do employees. If we want to save millions of dollars in expensive staff time and focus,...


Before Rewarding Employees for Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine, Read This. (It May Save You a Lawsuit.)


According to a recent SHRM survey, most companies will encourage employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine — but not require it. Many employers may even incentivize employees to get the vaccine by offering them money or extra PTO days to get the needle.

But, if you’re thinking about doing something similar, slow your roll. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), you may end up unwittingly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

It’s not that you can’t offer any incentive. Rather, there are limits. But, before we get to that,...


Take a First Step Toward Building Better Workplaces – But Don’t Stop There




“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


I’m sure that I’m not alone in saying that a few weeks ago, I was looking forward to closing the door on the dumpster fire called 2020 and anticipating the hopes for the next normal. Then January...