#Nextchat: Getting Talent Back to Work with Second Chance Hiring



Every year, nearly 700,000 people are released from prison. Unfortunately, these individuals can find themselves locked out of the job market due to outdated employment practices that continue to present barriers to their hiring. With the unemployment rate below 4 percent, however, this is no longer a practical strategy for organizations.

The First Step Act, signed into law in December 2018, aims to reduce sentences for nonviolent offenders in federal prisons and improve programs to reduce recidivism, including workforce readiness. Employers who struggle to fill positions in a job...






My second 2019 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition vendor spotlight for you is… Beekeeper! Again, I took to Google to learn more about the vendors who I had never heard of before, and to see which ones I connected most with! The first thing that comes up when you search their name is that they are an employee communications tool. I read on to find out that they have branched out...


#SHRM19 Interview with Robert Boonin, Esq., Wage and Hour Geek & Guru



If you are headed to the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition (#SHRM19), plan ahead. There will be nearly 200 concurrent sessions from which to choose! I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Robert Boonin, Esq. to learn more about his session, “Wage and Hour Compliance: A DOL Update and Ways to Avoid Overtime Liability Landmines,” to be presented on Monday, June 24 at 4:15 p.m.  Here’s a sneak peek into this session.  

What take-aways do you expect to provide attendees?

(1) Prepare for the new salary level! The...


11 Tips for SHRM Annual Conference Attendees – #SHRM19

Image captured by Sharlyn Lauby after speaking at the SHRM Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV


If you’re in the human resources profession, then you know the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference is fast approaching. This year’s event will be held June 23-26, 2019 in one of my favorite places, Las Vegas. This is a must-go event for me and I’m not just saying that because it’s in Vegas. I’m really looking forward to the educational opportunities, seeing fellow bloggers that I interact with on Facebook and Twitter throughout the...


The Grand Poobah at Work



Let’s take a journey back to the Flintstones in Bedrock. Think of the Grand Poobah (without putting on your hat).

Now, no reasonable leader would ever refer to themselves as an employee’s Grand Poobah. Actually, some do much worse.

I was reading a memo by someone with power to an employee who reported to him. The employee had refused defiantly, without any justification, to perform multiple tasks required of him.

In response to a classic case of in-your-face insubordination, the person...


Zen Your Work: A Mindful Interview with Dr. Karlyn Borysenko -- PART II #SHRM19


“Mindfulness frees us of forgetfulness and dispersion and makes it possible to live fully each minute of life. Mindfulness enables us to live.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Note: This blog post is a contribution to the #SHRM19Blogger website. If interested in discovering other amazing HR bloggers, please click the link to read other posts!



Stop Trying to Find Needle in the Haystack, Use a Magnet Instead #SHRM19


Let’s start with the question, “What is the most important asset of an organization?” Which one is the master key that can unlock the tremendous potential of a company? Your business idea maybe very unique, you may have great investors lined up, you have state of the art technology, BUT to manage all these you also need the best employees. This is what makes human capital the epitome of business success. Once the right set of self-driven employees are on board, all other pieces of puzzle like infrastructure, financial capital, technology...


Yet Realized Workforce Trends #SHRM19


I've been a member of the SHRM Blog Squad for the last seven SHRM Annual Conferences. My intent at any SHRM Annual Conference is fairly straight-forward... find new ideas and figure out how they can be implemented into workforce culture.

Even the most-innovative of Human Resource Professionals have an occupational responsibility to carefully look through the workforce programming lens. Simply put, sponsoring an initiative comes with the appropriate amount of research, testing and proof. As one who watches the workforce develop from a cliff on the hill, there are things I was certain would gather...


Gearing Up for #SHRMTalent with Erin M. Stevens

I have a confession to make: I’m a SHRM Talent newbie! That’s right! In my almost 11 (or is it 12?) years of recruiting, I have yet to attend this recruiting-focused event where I can grow my talent knowledge and network with some of the best of the best! Thankfully, it’s just right down the road from me this year in good ole Nashville, TN and I’m headed south!

As any conference nerd will tell you, I quickly jumped online to peruse offered sessions and who I could fangirl...


Making the Case for Pay Transparency


Recommending to senior leadership that your organization increase pay transparency can be a difficult sell for HR professionals. However, pay transparency is a strategic move that delivers measurable business benefits – and it’s an issue on which HR should lead. 

It is important to understand that most executives in America today rose through organizational ranks that viewed compensation as a private matter. Few within organizations had access to salary information, and even fewer talked about it. As a result, many leaders still believe it is appropriate to dissuade or prohibit employees...