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Navigating Employee Experience #SHRM18



We head into #SHRM18 ready to be introduced to a variety of new ways in which to engage our employees. Having been in the human capital management business for a decade, I can confirm that the Golden Ticket to engagement remains ever-elusive. While technology, total rewards packages and methods for content delivery evolve, there is no single source solution to address every engagement point.

HR professionals have taken the leadership reins in the fight for authenticity. Having experienced decades of band aid application upon the engagement wound, we are all aware that...


Ready to Cover #SHRM18



I would like to take a minute to introduce myself to everyone following the enthusiastic group we call the #SHRM18 Blog Squad.  My name is John Jorgensen and those of you who know me know how I feel about having my picture taken, please accept this introduction in the place of a video.   I hold a unique position in this diverse 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...


Splendid Interview With Mega Session (The Top 10 Workplace Trends for 2018) Presenter Dan Schawbel

It was a great pleasure to interview, Dan Schawbel, Partner & Research Director, with Future Workplace.  Dan is a New York Times Bestselling Author, Recognized on several lists including Forbes & Inc. “30 Under 30”, Fortune 500 consultant, and Serial Entrepreneur.  He has two career bestseller books, Promote Yourself and Me 2.0, and has a third book that will be published in the Fall of 2018.  Through his companies, Dan has conducted over 35 research studies, interviewed over 1,700 successful people, written over 2,000 articles and spoken at...


Expand Your World -- Introducing the #SHRM18 Bloggers



As an HR professional in 2018, where's the best place to expand your world?  There is no better place than the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition where internationally-renowned speakers, who will offer fresh points of view and inspiring stories, will shift your perspectives and deepen your understanding of leadership, motivation and success.  

Over 200 concurrent sessions will provide a complete education for HR professionals at every stage of their career. Based on the SHRM Competency Model these sessions will delve into the cutting-edge trends that will impact your workplace.

Thousands of attendees will expand their worlds as they travel to Chicago, Illinois, June 17-20...


#Nextchat RECAP: Preparing Women for the Future of Leadership

On February 28, @shrmnextchat chatted with Becky Frankiewicz (@beckyfrankly), president of ManpowerGroup North America about Preparing Women for the Future of Leadership.

If you missed this amazing chat filled with excellent advice, you can read all the tweets here:




Catching up with Tim Sackett – #SHRM18 Conference Presenter

I caught up with Tim Sackett, one of the country’s most prolific bloggers in the HR community and a frequent presenter at SHRM major conferences. This year it includes the SHRM Annual Conference in Chicago and Talent conference in Las Vegas:

Tim, give us a 30 second elevator pitch:

Tim Sackett, President, HRU Technical Resources, an Engineering and IT contract staffing firm out of Lansing, MI. Also, author, speaker, blogger at The Tim Sackett Project and Fistful of Talent.

Tell us about your involvement with SHRM:



Strengthening the Relationship between Education and Employers: Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., Appointed Chair of President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs


Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of the Society for Human Resource Management, was appointed chair of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at a White House ceremony today.

In accepting the volunteer advisory appointment to the White House Initiative on HBCUs by President Donald Trump, Taylor gave these remarks:

Thank you, President Trump and Secretary DeVos.

I appreciate the trust you have placed in me to chair the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs. It has been my life’s work...


#SHRM18 – Connecting Before the Conference


I know, you’ve been seeing a lot of SHRM18 blog post/podcast/articles, but we are so excited (and helping you make the decision to save a little money!). Check out the rates and register here.

Networking is one of the staple words in HR and this is the perfect place to connect and network with other HR professionals, vendors, old or new friends, and possibly, a brand new city. Networking doesn’t start at the conference, it starts wayyyyy before. Like right now! If you’re already registered for the SHRM18 Expand Your...


Salary Negotiations Aren’t Happening as Much as You’d Think



A new survey shows that a majority of job finalists are not leveraging the bargaining power they have in this candidates' market.

According to a poll conducted in early 2018 by global staffing firm Robert Half, 39 percent of workers tried to negotiate a higher salary during their last job offer. More than 2,700 professional workers were surveyed.

Forty-six percent of men negotiated salary compared to 34 percent of women. Workers ages 18-34 (45 percent) were more likely to negotiate salary than those ages 35-54 (40 percent) and 55 or...


How To "UnPlan" For Annual Conference



“Life Is What Happens When You’re Making Other Plans” ~ John Lennon

This is one of my favorite quotes by John Lennon.  I think of it almost every year when I attend SHRM’s Annual Conference & Exposition.

You don’t need me to tell you it is a conference like no other.  The learning opportunities are second to none.  I look at the speakers and always feel honored to be among them.

While education is the core, it is only part of what makes SHRM Annual so spectacular. It is...