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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...


Mental Health Awareness Month


May is a bittersweet month for me. I was born in Speedway, Indiana, home of the Indianapolis 500. If you are not familiar with this event, it is the single most attended sporting event in the world and it is run the Sunday before Memorial Day. Also, most importantly, my first daughter was born in May. On race day. Nope, I can’t even make that up.

While those two events alone make this month so special, there is one thing that brings sadness and heartbreak to me in the month of May. Several years ago, I lost a good friend...


#Nextchat: Building a More Inclusive Workplace


Difficult inclusion challenges impact the workforce and the workplace, and the SHRM Foundation is dedicated to helping HR professionals meet those challenges and achieve success. The SHRM Foundation champions workforce and workplace transformation by providing research-based HR solutions on topics such as the aging workforce and integrating and engaging veterans in the workforce.

HR managers can take advantage of a transitioning workforce and the new opportunities it presents. As organizations begin to understand the value of a diverse and inclusive workforce, they will be able to expand the pool...


Meet #SHRM17 Blogger John Jorgensen


I would like to take a minute to introduce myself to everyone following the crazy group we call the #SHRM17 Blog Squad. 

My name is John Jorgensen and I hold a unique position in this rag tag group in that I hold two volunteer positions at SHRM Annual Events. I have been an official and unofficial member of the Blog Squads off and on since 2011. I believe and I am also a volunteer coordinator for the SHRMStore. 

Because of this unusual combination, I will be writing about speakers, who are authors, whose books you will find in the...