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Competing in an Age of Radical Transparency: How to Build Your Employer Brand


The online revolution has changed the decision-making process for everything from what to eat for breakfast to where we apply for a job. In an age of radical transparency when information is just a few clicks away, a whole new HR discipline has come to the fore: employer branding.

Employer branding seeks to tell a company’s story so job applicants have an idea of what it’s like to work for that company. To find out what job seekers want to know, Indeed surveyed 500 U.S. workers. The results reveal...


Jonathan Segal - A "Must-See" Presenter at #SHRM18



OK, you’re in HR, so you should get this.  You don’t continue to get return engagements unless you produce good work or a good product. 

Jonathan Segal is all over the place when it comes to issues impacting our HR world. He writes, he speaks, he thinks, he litigates… he does it all and he does it well.  I can attest to this as I have attended many of his presentations, including an invite to my home state Illinois at...


5 Things to Do In Chicago During #SHRM18

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When you’re traveling for work it can be difficult to make time for being a tourist. But since there’s nothing more depressing than telling someone you’ve been to a city dozens of times and still don’t know a thing about it, I’m telling you that it’s time to start making time. This year, the SHRM Annual Conference will take place in Chicago and if you’ve never had the chance to visit this beautiful city before, you should seize this one....


#SHRM18 Speaker Spotlight: James Reidy



The 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago is next week and I am so excited to attend my first SHRM Conference. If you, like me, have been preparing your schedule by reading several speaker and vendor interviews from fellow #SHRM18 bloggers, I have a session for you to consider adding to your conference schedule:

I had a chance to speak with James Reidy about his session, “You Want Us To Accommodate What? A...


Work the #SHRM18 Expo Hall Like a Pro

The countdown has started – we’re days away from #SHRM18!

If you’re anything like me, you’re starting to arrange your calendar, thinking about events and people you want to network with, and even starting to pack. Are you thinking about taking an extra bag for all your conference goodies? Before you start packing those extra bags for all your swag let me offer you an alternative to your expo hall approach. It’s an alternative that gives you a plan of who to visit, what questions to ask, and might mean leaving with...


Meet the #SHRM18 Bloggers – Jessica Miller-Merrell @jmillermerrell


Meet the #SHRM18 Bloggers –  Jessica Miller-Merrell @jmillermerrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell, is workplace change agent and author focused on human resources and talent acquisition living in Austin, TX. Recognized by Forbes as a top 50 social media influencer. She's the founder of Workology. Follow her on Twitter, @jmillermerrell.



Leading up to #SHRM18, Michael VanDervort will be doing a...


Be Something Greater at #SHRM18: Expand Your World


Make BIG PLANS for #SHRM18.

Do not settle into your comfort zone. Do not chart a course for the familiar. Push yourself to see and experience something greater.


Open your mind to new ways of thinking, new approaches, different perspectives. Turn questions into answers. Turn hopes into plans. Turn strangers into friends.

“Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble diagram once recorded will not die” – Daniel Burnham, Plan of Chicago

The time we spend in Chicago...


Will You Take My Meeting?



Media moments have made this request memorable again.

I have been graced to work with many incredible leaders who have modeled some excellent meeting strategies. I will credit Stephen Portch, then Chancellor of the University System of Georgia, with six important lessons about meetings:

  1. Most meetings, do not need to happen. A recurring meeting can and should be canceled with no agenda items for the group.
  2. As the leader, take the time to charge each initial meeting, or re-state a charge to a group when a new direction is needed.
  3. ...

It’s Not Too Late! Register for the SHRM Foundation 3rd Annual Step Challenge


It’s not too late! Register for the 3rd Annual Step Challenge and make your $10 suggested registration donation!

#SHRM18 is just around the corner, and so is the 3rd Annual Step Challenge, hosted by the SHRM Foundation and powered by Fitbit Health Solutions. It’s not too late to complete the registration process by joining a Step Challenge team and making your $10 suggested registration donation. Your gift of $10 will help support the mission of the SHRM Foundation and help launch a new, renewable scholarship of up...