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Find Your Zen #SHRM18

How many times have you had an employee in your office, frustrated and telling you in no uncertain terms that they can't work with a certain person on their team or in their office? They can tell you exactly what the other person does on an hour-to-hour basis that drives them absolutely crazy, and how it's a barrier to their success. And what do they want at the end of the day? That other person has to go. 

But how often does the complaining employee also talk about the things that THEY can do...


#SHRM18: Back to Roots


This week, I am attending the SHRM National Conference in Chicago, where I am both speaking AND covering the event as part of the SHRM Blogging Group. Follow us on Twitter with #SHRM18 and #SHRM18Bloggers.

On the walkway between my hotel and the convention center (I refuse to call it a “pedway”) there are a series of posters highlighting different neighborhoods in Chicago – Lincoln Park, Hyde Park, the Loop, etc. It’s a nice nod to the location and the posters are colorful and eye-catching.


A Global Stage for HR’s Perspective on Workplace Harassment


People and workplace issues are global and, increasingly, so is the business of HR. Around the world, workplace policy is increasingly influenced by governments, employers and workers at the international level. I just returned from the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, Switzerland where I was a member of the delegation sent by the United States to develop a new United Nations (UN) convention on violence and harassment in the workplace.

The ILC is an annual meeting hosted by the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO). Uniquely, the ILC brings together delegations made up of government, employers and workers from...


#SHRM18 Experience, So Far…(PART 1)


I have attended numerous conferences in the past, but nothing is like SHRM18.  Last year, I attended the SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference in San Francisco and that was an amazing experience.  Well, SHRM18 my friends is awesome, but I’ll admit can be overwhelming (in a good way, of course).  There are roughly 20,000 people in Chicago for the SHRM Annual Conference that have traveled far and wide (South Africa, Australia, India, etc.) - WOW!!!!

This has truly been a wonderful experience. I want to take this opportunity to thank SHRM, Mary Kaylor...


How Can Employers Help End the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health Issues? #SHRM18


In recent weeks there has been a renewed focus on mental health issues, especially in light of a couple of high-profile celebrity suicides. Professional athletes like Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers and other luminaries have also been forthright in talking about their own issues with mental health.

These events have prompted conversations and articles, and an awareness that depression, anxiety and other challenges can strike anyone. It’s something that affects tens of millions of Americans. But there remains a stigma attached to...


Chronicles of Hebert – #SHRM18 Afternoon Musings June 18, 2018

Chronicles of Hebert – Day 2 Mid-Morning

“It’s obvious that the SHRM attendee fondness for ethyl alcohol is only matched by their addiction to caffeine. Every legal stimulant dealer in the area presents a minimum 20-minute wait for service. And wait they do. Like dutiful soldiers. You can almost hear their synchronized footsteps moving forward – one latte at a time.

My caffeine...


Chronicles of Hebert – Day 2 #SHRM18 – VERY Early Morning

Our experts in document forensics have been able to put together additional entries from the journal. It has been a difficult process, so we’ll be releasing them to you in small chunks as they are released to us. It is difficult due to the extreme age and the lexicon that was used in 2018. Many of the words have no analog today. What is an “instagram”? We don’t know. Or a twitter? No clue. We do know that most communication in 2018 was on various “social networked” technologies that linked...


What are You Looking Forward to at #SHRM18



Day one of #SHRM18 there was happy greetings, pre-conference sessions with Jennifer McClure, the general session with Johnny Taylor and Jeb Bush, and lots of fantastic interactions in the Expo Hall.

Here are a few of the amazing people I met along the way, and what they are looking forward to at #SHRM18:


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Get Out of Your Own Way! #SHRM18



How are you taking advantage of the opportunities that present themselves for growth? 

Before I go off to my first National SHRM conference, I wanted to share an experience that no one should have. 

A while back I went to a conference, that shall remain nameless, where not one person came up to me all day and introduced themselves.  I swear I took a shower that morning.  I did not have any physical characteristics that might have scared anyone, although that shouldn’t make a difference either.  This was so bewildering...


Chronicles of Hebert – The #SHRM18 Notes



“It was confusing. Crowded. Alien, yet familiar. I know I was here to document and observe but the indigenous HR people made it impossible to remain detached. I was a friend to all but yet had never been introduced to any.

What I had I gotten myself into?”

What you just read was the opening entry into a recently found journal buried deep in the remains of the old McCormick Center destroyed in the Clown Wars of 2112. Written by a little-known but highly respected “blogger” from 2018, the...