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Investing in Workers Keeps Them Invested in Your Firm



What motivates workers to seek a new job and what makes them want to stay? The answer is deceptively simple. Workers want companies to provide them with fair compensation and benefits, workplace perks and development opportunities that help advance their careers.  In other words, invest in your employees and they will be invested in your firm.

A recent study by Indeed explored the views of U.S. workers across industries on job tenure, job change decisions and perceptions about career success. While average job tenure is relatively long (nearly six years)...


“All In” for a Better, Stronger Workplace - #SHRM17


“All In” was the theme for the 2017 Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference and Expo, which wrapped up last week.  A theme that could be interpreted in a multitude of ways, it was certainly pervasive throughout the week with attendees often being asked and challenged, “what are you all in for?” So of course, I had to ask myself the same question, what am I all in for in the wake of SHRM17?  My answer is simple: Better, Stronger Workplaces.

Most of the themes and key messages I focused...


If Not You, Who? If Not Now, When? Kat Cole @ #SHRM17

I’m writing a series of three short blogs that touch on the key points that I encountered in New Orleans while attending the SHRM 2017 Conference and Exposition. 

I’m going to start with the Sunday keynote, Kat Cole.  I’m a fan boy of this amazing business leader who I’ve known for a few years and have seen her speak nine previous times.

Cole is the group president of FOCUS Brands, the franchisor and operator of Cinnabon, Carvel, Auntie Anne’s pretzels, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s...


#Nextchat: HR on Purpose !!



“Steve Browne is geeked. Those who follow the HR leader and blogger on Twitter will know exactly what that means. Even if you don’t, these three excerpts from Browne’s new book, HR on Purpose!! (Society for Human Resource Management, 2017), will make it pretty clear: He’s excited—about people, human resources, and the future of business and the HR profession.” ~Editors, HR Magazine

What does it mean to practice “HR on Purpose”? 

HR on Purpose is a new approach to HR. It’s about throwing out the conventional attitudes of what...


Stay in Touch #SHRM17


It never feels like enough time at national conference.

Every one is back home by now and getting in their usual work routine again (after a 12 and a half hour crash to recharge our introverted batteries-just me?). We are all catching up on what we missed while we were in NOLA and cranking out our "final thoughts" on #SHRM17 while asking ourselves how did it come and go so quickly? This was my fifth annual conference and it may have been the best one yet. 

Every year the Smart Stage...


Emerging Challenges in Global Talent Mobility

The following article is a summary of the CFGI 2017 Symposium session titled “Emerging Challenges and Strategies for Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention of Foreign Nationals in 2017.” Scott Fitzgerald of Fragomen Worldwide, Justin Storch of CFGI, and Allyson Gonzalez of AT&T addressed the challenges of hiring qualified applicants in today’s turbulent political environment. They also offered long-term strategies for talent recruitment as fewer foreign nationals are applying to US universities. This article highlights best practices for recruitment and retention of foreign talent.

Many fast-growing industries face a challenge in maintaining a large enough pipeline of talent. When companies...


USA! USA! Forging the Extraordinary Team: From Many to One #SHRM17

Iris Firstenberg told us a story during her master series session at the SHRM Conference 2017 “Forging the Extraordinary Team: From Many to One”, which I am about to share with you all, on how a team came together in two ways: by heart and mind.

Iris Firstenberg explaining the importance of setting standards for a team at the SHRM Conference Master Series: “Forging the Extraordinary Team: From Many to One”.

If you want to think about history, you go back to 1989 and you think, exactly my thoughts. You must...


To ‘Friend’ or Not to ‘Friend’?



For HR professionals, “friending” employees on Facebook or connecting on other social media sites is far from a simple decision.

That’s what Chelsea Wheeler discovered after she posed the question “Do any of you accept friend requests on social media from employees?” to the HR Department of One group on SHRM Connect, the Society for Human Resource Management’s online community.

In an interview with SHRM Online, Wheeler, HR director at Cuisine Unlimited in Salt Lake City, said, “I was prompted [to pose the question] by the recent friend requests I was getting from employees at...


#SHRM17 Take Aways


The Society for Human Resource Management have concluded our 69th Annual Conference. Ideas were shared, people spoke and exhibitors exhibited while HR Pros braved the rain and well-functioning air conditioning.

This having been my 10th SHRM Annual Conference, finding new and intriguing information was a bit of a challenge.

Points of Intrigue:
Vivek Patel's Guide to Vendor Selection 
Laszlo Bock's Theory of Compensation: Pay Unfairly
The awe inspiring Ryan EstisSteve Browne & Jason Lauritsen
Nextgen People's Exploration of Performance Management
Zen Workplace's exploration of Mindfulness in...


Social Security and SHRM: A Partnership That Works


Everyone benefits when great organizations work together to maximize the services and information they provide. This has been the case since we partnered with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) to ensure all employees are well informed about the Social Security benefits and information available to them.

At Social Security, we believe preparation is key when it comes being ready for the future. Your employees work hard and make their contributions to the Social Security and Medicare funds. They should know all the options available to them, if and when, they’re...