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HBCUs: Supporting Investments; Strengthening Competitiveness


As the world’s largest HR professional association, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), believes there is clearly a nexus between U.S. education policy and the workplace. In principle, SHRM supports better alignment between education and employment—the “two Es” as we call it.

SHRM President and CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., and Chairman of the President’s Board of Advisors of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, attended the first day of the 2018 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Conference this week in Washington DC. The 2018 conference theme is HBCU Competitiveness: Aligning Institutional Missions with America’s Priorities...


The Life Raft Test: The Importance of Diverse Work Styles



When you have the opportunity to add a new member to your team, there are lots of ways to go about making your selection. Beyond screening for the proper experience and skills, many selection methods involve some element of testing for fit. Is their working style the right one for the role? Is their personality a fit for the culture? Or, employing the infamous airport test, would you enjoy yourself if you were stuck in an airport together? 

Selecting team members this way can create teams who work together smoothly, because...


When Taking Care of Dad Affects Job Performance



Q: My elderly father is in poor health and has recently come to live with us. We are empty nesters and both still work full time.

Even though we’ve hired someone to come two hours a day to check on him, at work I’m always either stressed out with worry or at least preoccupied with his wellbeing. So, my productivity is suffering a bit but I’ve managed to cover it by postponing deadlines and delegating work. I know eventually I’ll have to let them know but what’s the way to...


Is There A Final Answer on Employee Engagement?




These last few weeks have hosted spirited conversations around Employee Engagement. The stars aligned, articles appeared and SHRM #Nextchat hosted the HR Bartender - Sharyln Lauby who also offered suggestions.

I know two things, one-size does not fit most and it is best to frequently re-ask and listen how to best stay engaged with our teams.  As the HR culture keepers, we do not want the spark to be lost with our employees.

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#Nextchat RECAP: 2018 Women in HR Technology

On September 12, @shrmnextchat chatted with Women in HR Tech Chair, Jeanne Achille (@jeanneachille) and presenters Cecile Alper-Leroux (@cecilehcm), Alys Scott (@AlysWhistleHill) and Katharine Mobley (@KatharineMobley) about Women in HR Technology and how HR can work inside and outside their organizations to attract, develop and support more women in technical careers.

In case you missed this excellent chat you can read all the tweets here:




2018 DOL Opinion Letter Under the FMLA


Many employers have no-fault attendance control policies.  Stated generally:

  1. An employee’s employment terminates if he or she has a certain number of occurrences in a specified period of time.
  2. An occurrence “falls off,” and therefore is not considered, after a specified period of time, for example 12 months after the occurrence.

The law is clear that employers cannot consider time off under the FMLA as an occurrence under its no-fault attendance control policy.  But does the time that the employee is on FMLA leave count toward the period of...


The Employee Experience Includes Technology



We’ve probably all heard the comment that technology is just a tool, meaning it’s a device used to carry out a particular function. Totally makes sense. We use technology to communicate, make purchases, learn new things, etc. So, technology is a tool.

But is it possible that it’s more than that because not having technology can be a disadvantage. For example, what if a recruiter is under pressure to fill requisitions but doesn’t have an applicant tracking system (ATS). Not having this piece of technology could significantly hold back the...


#Nextchat: 2018 Women in HR Technology #HRTechConf




Not too long ago, women who worked in the technology industry or in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers would tell you that they were often the only female in the room.  And it was uncomfortable.

As more women pursue careers in technology and other STEM fields, the numbers are increasing, but women continue to face challenges as they pursue advancement in these high-growth fields. The organizational practices and attitudes that exist in these industries tend to reinforce many of the roadblocks that prevent women from advancing.

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The SHRM Foundation Announces Three Scholarship Winners

The SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition Scholarship is granted to three winners by a review committee who select individuals most likely to leverage the tools and resources offered by attending the yearly conference and who, without SHRM Foundation support, would be unable to attend the event. They seek out candidates who are eager to learn and have plans to apply the skills and knowledge gained to benefit their...


#NotionsbyNicole - Your Job Cannot Make You Happy



I've been a fan of Simon Sinek for years, and as such, I am subscribed to get a daily e-mail with a pearl of wisdom.  I typically share these on various social media channels as I feel that great content and little tidbits that make you think are better shared than hoarded.

This week, I received the following quote:  "Bad days don't make it a bad job. Good days don’t make it a good job. Like a relationship, it’s the general feeling we get when we think about our work, and...