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Does the workplace have a love/hate relationship with HR?

It’s a profession with the best intentions and the worst stereotypes. It’s often misunderstood. HR is responsible for every aspect of an organization’s most valuable asset—its workforce—and the pressure is always on. In their efforts to be credible, competent and compliant, human resource professionals can sometimes come across as being very inhuman

As a social media influencer and the vice president of HR for Hollywood Casino in Baton Rouge, La., Robin Schooling understands this dilemma and will often take her own...


A #SHRM17 Interview with Valerie Grubb - Part 2

In addition to being a talented speaker and writer, Valerie Grubb is a New Orleans resident with great thoughts on how to enjoy the city while at SHRM17.  I asked Valerie to share her can’t-miss recommendations for New Orleans -- other than the conference of course!


Oh my, I live in New Orleans so that is a tough one. There is SO MUCH to see and do! It can be tough for some folks, but I highly recommend not letting the humidity get you down. Trust me, it’s brutal but if you accept that it’s going to be an...


A #SHRM17 Interview with Valerie Grubb - Part 1


Valerie M. Grubb is the Principal of Val Grubb & Associates Ltd. which she founded after holding a succession of leadership roles within major corporations including NBC Universal, Oxygen Media, InterActiveCorp (IAC) and Rolls-Royce, plc. She is an innovative and visionary operations leader with an exceptional ability to zero in on the systems, processes, and human capital issues that can hamper a company’s growth. Val regularly consults for start-ups wishing to expand and mid-range companies seeking efficiencies in back-office operations. Her expertise and vibrant style are...


SHRM-Certified Professionals Now Number 100K

In March, our profession reached a major milestone when SHRM awarded its 100,000th certification—just two years after launching the SHRM-SCP and SHRM-CP program. Practitioners who hold these credentials are the advance team for tens of thousands more who will pursue SHRM certification—and, importantly, recertification—in the coming years.     

As the number of SHRM certification-holders grows, so will the expertise, reputation and prestige of our profession. Our organizations will also benefit greatly from competency-based HR as we make the transition to a 21st century workplace and...


Considering Human Capital Benchmarking Trends for 2017

What are the major trends in HR analytics that affect the HR profession today?

At SHRM we track trends annually on issues such as average cost-per-hire, HR-expense-to-operating-expense ratio just to name a few. We provide this information so you can make evidence-based decisions and help drive your organization to new heights. Check out our new video to learn about some key human capital metrics. 




#Nextchat RECAP: Building a More Inclusive Workplace

On May 3, @shrmnextchat chatted with special guests from the SHRM Foundation Beth McFarland and Ashlee Smith about Building a More Inclusive Workplace.

If you missed this informative chat, you can read all the tweets here:




A #SHRM17 Interview with Sharlyn Lauby


I’ve had the pleasure of knowing, speaking with and collaborating with this writer and presenter for many years.

Sharlyn Lauby is an author, writer, speaker and consultant. She is president of ITM Group Inc., a consulting firm which focuses on developing training solutions that engage and retain talent in the workplace. The company has been named one of the Top Small Businesses in South Florida.

She is well-known for her work on HR Bartender, is a friendly place to talk about workplace issues. The...


#SHRM17 “Know Before You Go” with Letty Kluttz


If you're headed to New Orleans June 18-21 for the 2017 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition, you'll want to listen to this DriveThru HR interview with SHRM's Director of Conference Programming Letty Kluttz.  

#SHRM17 Blogger Michael Vandervort asks Letty to share some "Know-Before-You-Go" tips as well as information on speakers, sessions, advice for first-time attendees and what's changed since the last time the SHRM Annual Conference was in New Orleans in 2009.








HR on Purpose: A #SHRM17 Interview with Steve Browne


In a series of articles I will be doing on SHRM17 speakers who are authors (or authors who are speaking at SHRM17), I’ve decided to start with one of the more unique voices in the HR world. 

Steve Browne is the Executive Director of HR at LaRosa’s Pizza, a large regional pizzeria chain in the Cincinnati area.  He has also been a volunteer leader for SHRM on the local, state and national level for the Society.  I was fortunate to meet him when we were both serving as State Council Directors...


A Visit with Allison West - #SHRM17 Speaker and Legal Expert



I recently had the opportunity to chat with speaker Allison West about her upcoming sessions at #SHRM17. If you’re not familiar with Ms. West’s work, you should be – she’s one resource you want to have on your side.

Allison West is principal of Employment Practices Specialists located in Pacifica, CA. Allison focuses her practice on conducting workplace investigations, delivering harassment and other workplace-related training, public speaking, expert witness assistance, HR consulting, and coaching executives and managers with disciplinary and/or managerial issues.

#SHRM17 is fortunate...