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13 Tips for #SHRM17 Conference Attendees

 For those of us in the human resources profession, the SHRM Annual Conference is approaching. This year’s event will be held June 17-21, 2017 in New Orleans. I’m really looking forward to the event. It’s an opportunity for me to see fellow bloggers that I interact with on Facebook and people that I worked with as a SHRM volunteer.



Why Favoritism is Hurting Your Small Business

As much as we all know we shouldn’t, we do in fact, play favorites. The most experienced among us do not let it interfere with our work in a major way. But the reality is, deep down, there are those on our team we like better than others and if given the chance we will give preferential treatment. Even if that preferential treatment only amounts to the biggest slice on pizza Friday.
For others though, favoritism is a bigger problem. I find favoritism is more rampant in smaller businesses,...

Retirement Savings: Leave It to the Experts…and Leave It Alone!

Making the decision to start contributing to a 401k plan isn’t easy, but it is a “yes” or “no” question. Once you decide to go with “yes” (which I hope everyone will do), then you have to decide:

  • How much to contribute?
  • How to invest that money?

In most cases, we know the factors that will impact how much we contribute – our salary, our bills, our spending, etc. Unless you’re very familiar with the stock market, though, deciding on how to invest your contributions (hopefully with an...


The Way Forward on Migration – March 1, 2017


“Nations around the world, like Canada, Australia and many others --- have a merit-based immigration system…Switching away from this current system of lower-skilled immigration, and instead adopting a merit-based system, will have many benefits: it will save countless dollars, raise workers' wages, and help struggling families --- including immigrant families --- enter the middle class.”    President Donald J. Trump Address to a Joint Session of Congress, February 28, 2017


There are so many issues to unpack around this call for a merit-based immigration system that it is...


The Millennial Savings Challenge


Some time ago, after I graduated with my undergraduate degree, I was lucky enough to get a job working for the governor of Nevada (see, internships can pay off!). I was also fortunate to have a great boss (the governor himself) who impressed upon me how important it is to start saving for retirement, even at the tender age of 22. I started saving early because I was able to make a small contribution with my modest salary. Had I been saddled with huge amounts of student loan debt, that wouldn’t have been possible.

So it’s no surprise to...


The Oscars Tragedy and You

I watched in anticipation Sunday night as the best movie of the year was about to be revealed. l was pulling for Fences or Lion so I knew they would not win.
And, then Bonnie and Clyde, also known as Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, announced the movie of the year.  Beatty looked confused, knowing something was wrong.  He showed the card to Dunaway, who blurted out La La Land.
The winning team went on stage and happily accepted the award. But there was background noise. And, soon,...

Challenge Your Employees to Save for Retirement!

Too many of us don’t think we have enough disposable income to invest in our retirement.  Sure it would be great if every employee maxed out on their 401k contributions every year, but the reality is that most people don’t have the finances or discipline to do this. 

My first challenge to my employees is to “do more”.  Contribute 1% more than you did last year.  Plan your increase in 401k contributions with your raise so you don’t notice the increase.  A recent report published in USA Today reported that “more than 45% of 18 to 23-year-olds have spent...


PTO is Not Always a Week at the Beach

It’s late February and many employees have just had their last corporate paid holiday, President’s Day, until Memorial Day. That’s almost four months away until we get to enjoy another three-day weekend. Pack in some cold and cloudy days for a many parts of the world and you can see the stress levels rise. For HR professionals, this time of the year can really tempt the blood pressure. Many are rolling off a tough open enrollment period, most are in the thick of annual performance management and compensation

#Nextchat: Employer Branding from the Inside Out


Who are the absolute best recruiters now?

Your employees.

And there is probably no one in the recruiting world who agrees with this more than Craig Fisher

Fisher has been writing and speaking about employer branding for years and has been studying this trend as it has evolved over the past decade.

In the blog post Sharing Your Culture – How to Activate Your Employee Advocates, Fisher writes about the success he has seen at his employer, CA Technologies. 

“An employer’s brand should be built from the...