What Employers Need to Know About Successful Second Chance Hiring


Between the First Step Act  bill being passed and SHRM's efforts towards Getting talent back to work, There are a lot of discussions opening up around second chance hiring. Before, it was pretty standard to assume that if you checked that box of "have you been convicted of a felony," you weren't going to get the job. 

Today, our unemployment rate is the lowest it's ever been - forcing companies to explore untapped talent pools and unlikely candidates. As the Founder of a staffing agency...


#Nextchat RECAP: Creating Better Workplaces with the #SHRM19 Bloggers


On April 3, @shrmnextchat gathered the #SHRM19Bloggers for a #Nextchat about all the ways to prepare for -- and get the most out of - attendance at the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition

If you missed this exciting chat filled with great tips and advice, you can read all the tweets here or below:





The Risk of Mixing Up Integration and Onboarding



Over my last twenty years in HR, I have seen every variation of a typical onboarding program. Many companies don’t have a formal strategy, others have made substantial steps towards onboarding a new leader. But there’s one element that all the onboarding programs I’ve seen have in common – and it’s that traditional onboarding programs alone are putting your company at risk.

It’s a risk to assume a new leader will naturally assimilate into your company’s cultural, functional, organizational dimensions. A typical onboarding program is a tactical snapshot of what...


Seeing the Bigger Picture on Pay Determinations


When I listen to different views about gender pay discrimination, I often flash back to an informative experience in the early days of my career. A man was brought in to do the job I had just been promoted from – at three times my pay. “That’s not fair,” I thought at the time. My immediate reaction turned out to be wrong, and I learned a valuable lesson about seeing the bigger picture when it comes to pay gaps. It also taught me that addressing pay inequities is more of an...


#SHRM19 Interview with Brent Shetler of Mindspace


This is an interview with Brent Shetler, Owner & Executive Creative Director at Mindspace. Mindspace will be exhibiting at the 2019 Annual SHRM Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas. Read on to learn more about employee onboarding, training, and the magic of Mindspace.

Who is Mindspace!? Tell us everything, just as you would someone approaching your booth and asking you this question at #SHRM 19 in Las Vegas.

We are Mindspace, the creative learning agency. We turn boring content into interactive learning experiences that engage,...


Catching Up with Dan Schawbel Mega-Session Presenter at #SHRM19


I caught up with Dan Schawbel who is an author, speaker, entrepreneur and a great guy this past week. Dan will be presenting at the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition (#SHRM19) and he is a can’t miss presenter!

Dan give us a 30 second elevator pitch, tell us who you are, what you do, and/or what we should know about you…

I'm a Partner and Research Director at Future Workplace, an HR advisory and research firm providing insights on the future of learning and working. Over the past...


#SHRM19 Speaker Spotlight: Q&A with Tracie Sponenberg


 How to Transform Your HR Department Through Technology, even if Your HR Department is Just You


HR community, meet Tracie Sponenberg! I’m excited to see Tracie speak at the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition this year in Las Vegas. I interviewed Tracie because she and I share an appreciation for helping small businesses meet their strategic HR goals. In my current role, I’ve implemented HR technology, something that was new to me in my career. When I saw Tracie’s topic for #SHRM19, I just knew that I...


A #SHRM19 Interview with Jennifer Currence, a Champion for the HRDOO


Jennifer Currence, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CPC is the president of The Currence Group. The Currence Group specializes in training geared towards enhancing leadership development and management skills. They further specialize in HR related training and offer HR professionals a place to earn recertification credits online and on-demand. Jennifer is a certified career coach, a professor of management at the University of Tampa, has been recognized as a Thought Leader by the International Society of Performance Improvement, and was named the Tampa Bay HR Consultant of the Year for 2017.



The ROI of Compassion #SHRM19


As HR professionals we often speak about the importance of being “human”, dare I say “humane” to one another? This said, these conversations regarding so called soft skills are often the elephant in the room. How can our profession be taken seriously if we advocate for kindness, which is often considered to be a “nice to have” competency that doesn’t really add to the bottom-line? I’ve often shared (in dialogue, in blog posts, and in the classroom) that without these considerations HR professionals cannot be effective and the lack of attention...


Is Your Organization Ready for an Equal Pay Close-Up?


April 2nd marks Equal Pay Day in the United States. With the nation sharply focused on pay equity issues, this is a great time to assess whether your organization’s pay structure is in need of some spring cleaning.

Here are five steps you can take to ensure that your organization is prepared for an equal pay close-up:

  1. Conduct a self-audit. One of the very best ways to get a handle on pay equity in your organization is to look at the numbers. A self-audit can help identify whether you have an
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