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Culture is What Motivates and Retains Talented Employees


Culture is what motivates and retains talented employees. Every decision your organization makes strengthens or weakens your culture, and a healthy workplace culture—one that is fair, inclusive, high-functioning and free from harassment—is a critical business asset and force multiplier. 

At Booz Allen, we take pride in cultivating an environment that empowers people to change the world and makes them proud to be part of our team. Our shared purpose and values form the foundation for everything we do at Booz Allen, including our service to clients, our...


#Nextchat: Building an HR Technology Strategy



As trends in technology continue to impact how organizations manage talent, learning and knowledge, HR must be in front of the trends to ensure the creation of smart HR technology strategies that will accomplish organizational goals. 

In her book Digital HR: A Guide to Technology-Enabled Human Resources (SHRM, 2018), leadership and HR technology expert Deborah D. Waddill, Ed.D., explains that having an “HR technology strategy is extremely important: it is both the blueprint and roadmap for HR technology selection and implementation.” There must be a strategy that aligns with...


Severance Agreements: Make them easy to understand and don’t pressure an employee to sign



When one of your former employees signs a severance agreement with a release of all claims, the last thing you want is for that employee to sign and then sue you.

Do over?

Earlier this year, a Pennsylvania federal court issued an opinion (here), in which a plaintiff-employee claimed that she was so stressed when she signed a severance agreement, that her signature on the document didn’t reflect a “knowing and voluntary” waiver of claims against the defendant-employer.

The law basically says that an employee can release all of his...


What to Do When You Can't Financially Reward Young Employees



I’ve spoken with business leaders over the last few months about their ambitious (and yes, young) employees who tend to expect a promotion after a year (or earlier)! Or more money for simply doing a good job.

I LOVE (truly love), these young, ambitious employees. So, here’s the conundrum: How can you keep young employees engaged while also setting expectations on the realities of running a business and budgets? While I don’t think employers should reward employees for fulfilling basic job expectations, I do think it’s important to pay attention...


Strict Dress Codes May Lead to Discrimination Claims



Company dress codes run the gamut from requiring workers to wear formal business attire to allowing them to sport jeans and T-shirts. Employers can usually set guidelines for business-appropriate attire, but they may face lawsuits if they get too particular about how women or men should dress.

For instance, a woman in Long Island, N.Y., is suing her employer for discrimination because she was allegedly fired for dressing too much like a man, according to The New York Post. The timeshare saleswoman, who is a lesbian, wore a pantsuit...


How Faith in People Built a Restaurant Empire: Q&A With Cameron Mitchell

Free airline flights for an employee to spend time with her terminally ill sister. A manager who turns away a customer for mistreating a front-line worker. These are real-life stories from a company that has built a wildly successful business in the restaurant industry, which is known for high turnover and low morale. In Yes Is the Answer. What Is the Question? (Ideapress, 2018), Cameron Mitchell, CEO of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) and chairman emeritus of the Culinary Institute of America, shares lessons he learned from building a successful business that employs 5,000...


#Nextchat RECAP: 2018 Midterm Election Results and Implications for the Workplace

On November 7, @shrmnextchat chatted with the SHRM Government Affairs Team about 2018 Midterm Election Results and Implications for the Workplace.

If you missed this important chat you can read all the tweets here or below:





#Nextchat: 2018 Midterm Election Results and Implications for the Workplace


Last night’s midterm elections resulted in a tilt of power for the 116th Congress with democrats clinching the majority in the House of Representative and republicans expanding their majority in the Senate.

SHRM is poised to work with lawmakers to bring HR’s voice to the forefront on crucial workplace issues. So, this is a perfect time to chat about SHRM’s public policy priorities as we emerge from the midterms: workplace immigration, workforce development, workplace equity, health care, and workflex/paid leave.

Join SHRM’s Government Affairs team at 3:00 p.m. ET today, November 7...


SHRM Foundation Scholarship Winners Reflect on Diversity & Inclusion




As part of their mission, the SHRM Foundation distributes more than $500,000 in certification, academic and professional development scholarships, awards and grants to HR professionals and students in a year. One of the exciting conference scholarships is the SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition Scholarship. This scholarship is granted to three winners by a review committee who select individuals most likely to leverage the tools and resources offered by attending the yearly conference and who, without SHRM Foundation support, would be...


Whether Your Candidate Won or Lost, the Workplace Can Support Healthy Discussions About Politics


This was first published as the “Ask HR” column in USA TODAY.


Those who know me understand that I can act as a provocateur in conversations. I question. I disagree. I offer a counter-point.

While I sometimes play the contrarian, it’s always done with respect because I value these rich conversations. I learn from them, and I believe my colleagues and friends do too.

What I don’t value are one-sided tirades, hate-filled speech and attacks on others simply because they share different points of view.

That’s why...