As Young Professionals, Advocacy@Work is Our Chance to Tell Our Story and Change Public Policy

I’m Andrew Aragon, the newest member of the SHRM government affairs team. I’ve lived in Washington, D.C. for nearly seven years and before joining the SHRM team, I was active on Capitol Hill working as a staffer in Congress, then at a political tech startup.

In the short time since joining SHRM, I've gained access to a vast network of seasoned professionals, met personally with members of Congress, and learned from subject matter experts from across the country. As a young professional, these opportunities are invaluable to my professional...


A 30-Minute Commute Is All Most People Are Willing to Take


We all kind of know this fact. Once you get more than 30 minutes away from your job, no matter how you actually come into work, it starts to feel like a chore. You begin to hate the commute. Doesn’t matter if you drive, take a train, walk, etc. 30 minutes, one-way, is our max!

It’s called Marchetti’s Constant: 

Marchetti’s constant is the average time spent by a person for commuting each day, which is approximately one hour. It is named after Italian physicist Cesare Marchetti, though Marchetti himself attributed the “one hour” finding to transportation analyst and engineer Yacov Zahavi.[1] Marchetti posits that although forms...


Using Analytics (and Creativity) to Solve Key HR Business Challenges - Highlights from an Interview with #SHRMPeopleAnalytics Speakers Dan Anderson and Rick Grant



“It was my understanding that there would be no math.” The infamous Chevy Chase quote (as he portrayed Gerald Ford on Saturday Night Live in 1976) is probably true for many human resources professionals when it comes to people analytics. The thought of mathematical analysis instills fear in the hearts of practitioners across the country. And yet, HR professionals need to be intimately involved with an analytical understanding of their impact, the progress of talent and the organization’s overall success, to name a few.

At this year’s...


Learning from Leonardo - The Importance of the Rough Draft



Quick! Take 30 seconds to name your top five Renaissance painters.

How about the top three most famous paintings in the world?

Chances are good that you would name Leonardo da Vinci as a Master - and his Mona Lisa is arguably the most famous painting in the world.

Did you know that one of the greatest master painters spent more time on his rough draft than any of us do today?

In Florence in 1503, Leonardo da Vinci started a portrait of Madam Lisa Gheradini (Giocondo),...


People Analytics: How to Solve Business Problems #SHRMPeopleAnalytics



Every business has problems they want to solve. It could be a small problem or a large one. The key to solving business problems is

  1. Gathering the right data and information
  2. Having a good approach or system for problem-solving

Unfortunately, there are times when organizations approach problem-solving from the standpoint of “Oh, I know what the problem is…” and ultimately, end up only addressing a symptom versus the real issue. I’m sure you’ve seen it too. One approach to make for better data gathering and problem-solving would be to use...


Look Back to Look Forward



When I teach graduate school HR classes, there is an example I always turn to that highlights just how much the workplace has changed. I show a job description for a nurse that was given to new nursing hires in 1887. It includes duties such as: “Maintain an even temperature in your ward by bringing a scuttle of coal for the day's business.” It describes that nurses, who cared for fifty patients per day, should, “lay aside from each pay day a goodly sum...


It’s Time for American Businesses to Step to the Plate on Hiring Workers with Disabilities



Chances are, in your workplace today, there are empty seats you wish were filled with qualified and motivated employees. You are not alone.

Today in America there are more than seven million unfilled jobs. And there are also more than ten million Americans with disabilities who are ready, willing, and able to fill those jobs. It is not only the right time to tap into this talent pool, it is also a golden opportunity. Businesses that employ and support workers with disabilities average 28 percent higher revenue and 30 percent higher...


How to Create Solutions-Focused Employees



When most managers are asked how often their employees suggest creative, empathetic and customer-focused solutions, the answer is often “not nearly enough.” Many of today’s business leaders genuinely believe they foster an open environment that encourages employees to speak up; yet, they are shocked when they learn that their employees are actually holding back.

The fact is that employees have good ideas, they want to be heard and leadership wants to hear them. However, all too often, employees and leaders feel that no one cares about cultivating a communicative culture...


Leverage Analytics to See and Harvest the Greatness in Others – An Interview with Amber Hurdle #SHRMPeopleAnalytics



I am thrilled to have the chance to interview Amber Hurdle, a former teen mom who evolved into a powerhouse businesswoman, and who has worked with international celebrities, Fortune 500 companies, and businesses worldwide. Author of The Bombshell Business Woman and upcoming Velvet Machete® Personal Branding, she is also a speaker, podcaster and Predictive Index Certified Advisor. 

Amber, what would you like people who are just being introduced to you to know about you?

I would want people to know that I sell science and branding, but I deliver confidence....