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#Nextchat: The #SHRM14 Experience !!

The 2014 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition is fast approaching, and we have an amazing experience planned for you!

As thousands of attendees prepare to travel to Orlando on June 22, SHRM is working tirelessly to create a world-class conference experience.

If you’re in the human resources profession and you’ve never attended a SHRM Annual Conference, then it’s time to put it on your bucket list.

It’s difficult to describe the excitement and electricity generated by the thousands of HR pros that attend each year.  

Maybe it’s the dynamic speakers and sessions, or the Exposition Hall that's...


Consider The Alternative

I take my profession seriously. This, because, I am in the business of Human Relations. Somehow, some way, I lucked out and found the best job in the world. I am able to help people do their job better, to assist them in finding what is genuinely important, to help share their success, and to attach business results to all of it. Pats on the back with a purpose. It's a pretty great life!

I get to interact with people of all ages at every rung of the organizational...


SHRM's New Certification of Competencies Supports What We as HR Practitioners Seek in Candidates

I have been a longtime advocate that HR professionals should be certified.  As you know I am PHR certified through HRCI and a CCP and CBP through WorldatWork. Additionally, I have been long time SHRM Learning Systems Instructor having had tremendous success rate with more than 95% of my students passing on the first time out of the gate. My own personal frustration has been the next level of certification at the SPHR level. I have never been a test taker and for whatever reason have never done well. As a 30+ year veteran of Human Resources obviously having my...


Workplace Romances Can Be a Monster of a Problem

Another one of Pixar’s gems, Monsters, Inc. may not necessarily strike you as a “workplace” movie, but it’s full of lessons for anyone paying attention, whether you’re nine or 90.  So, what can Monsters, Inc. teach you about avoiding problems in the workplace?

In the movie, Mike, the lovable one-eyed character, dates Celia, a snake-haired receptionist for Monsters, Inc.  At first blush, a workplace romance doesn’t seem like much of a problem because Mike and Celia are happy.  It doesn’t take long, though, for things to get a little ugly when Mike runs off during a romantic dinner and Celia...



The Wall Street Journal called Andrea Nierenberg a 'networking success story'. She is a master at helping others build their interpersonal skills to create strong connections and build a solid network of business relationships and lifelong customers. Networking is the secret.

In this her third book, Andrea breaks all the universal rules down into daily tips for effective networking--for all types of businesses from manufacturing to financial services, from technology companies to retailers. Her tips highlight the types of people who can be


Lessons for a Happy Life with an HR Spin

We learn life lessons throughout our lives. Sometimes the lessons are from our own mistakes, from being inquisitive, and other times we learn from others.  Often, the lessons are unexpected.  I recently watched a video of Sam Bern, an amazing 17 year old young man who suffered from Progeria, an extremely rare disease which causes rapid aging and various other side effects.
Sam died of the disease on Friday, January 10, but not without leaving behind some wonderful lessons for having a happy life.
I’d like to take a stab at giving life to his lessons,...

Windows XP™ is Gasping for Breath – HIPAA Compliance Becomes an Issue

Microsoft: Bring out your dead…. Bring out your dead!

Windows 8: Here’s one!

Windows XP: I’m not dead yet!

Windows 8: Well, can you hang around for a couple of minutes? He won't be long.

Windows XP: I feel fine, I feel happy, I feel happy!

(Inspired by Monty Python and the Holy Grail)

Selecting the right Windows operating system for your PCs is more confusing than ever, and HIPAA makes this decision even more important.

Windows XP has had a remarkable shelf life, but Microsoft has set April 8, 2014 as the last day they will support XP. Here...



SHRM is committed to ensuring that the certification our members achieve is recognized as best in class and distinguishes them in and prepares them for today’s marketplace. Business is changing and employers are demanding that HR professionals adapt to that change.

It’s important that SHRM stay ahead of this trend for the profession and its members.

The Society is developing a new HR Certification program based on the competencies required to be an effective HR professional. This certification is the culmination of over three years of research, and based on the SHRM HR Competency Model,...


Crafting a High-Performance Culture

One of the best things about being an entrepreneur is the opportunity to craft your company culture. It’s also one of the hardest, because - let’s face it - you can’t dictate a culture. Ultimately, your company culture is going to be what people make it. But, as a leader, you ought to steer in the right direction. SmartRecruiters has been 3 years in the making and just passed 60 people (most of them engineers) so it felt right to start putting words behind what had so far...