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Workplaces That Enhance Performance and the Human Experience


In an age in which ideas and knowledge drive the economy, people are the chief currency of every business. With up to 80% of a company's expenses coming from human resources, it is vital that the workforce be engaged and empowered to enable productivity. Yet according to the latest edition of Gallup's annual engagement survey,[1] only 32% of the U.S. workforce is engaged, with 50.8% not engaged and 17.2% actively disengaged.  

Though many factors contribute to these statistics, research by Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA) and the Centre for Evidence Based Management...


How The New Retirement Age Could Affect Your Employees


Nearly every worker’s dream is to have a secure retirement to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Social Security is here to help your employees secure today and tomorrow. Part of that commitment is to ensure that your employees have the most up-to-date information so they can make the most advantageous retirement decisions.

You may have heard that 2017 is bringing changes to Social Security retirement beneficiaries. These changes affect full retirement age, also called “normal retirement age.” Full retirement age is the age at which a person may first become...


#Nextchat RECAP: Recruiting Smarter with Artificial Intelligence

On February 22, @shrmnextchat chatted with SHRM Online HR technology editor Aliah Wright (@1SHRMScribe) and talent acquisition editor Roy Maurer (@SHRMRoy) about Recruiting Smarter with Artificial Intelligence.

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




#SHRM17 – Interview with Jason Lauritsen


It’s 7:00 a.m. in Orlando and the conference is nearly shaking from a packed house of HR professionals participating in what Jason Lauritsen and Joe Gerstandt have introduced as the #HRMashUp, this just one exercise in their enjoyable yet informative session. Jason has dawned the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in various capacities presenting strategic concepts rooted in authenticity that truly humanize our profession while informing and guiding constructive disruption.

I am not easy to impress, but I can genuinely say that Jason is...


#SHRM17 - Making the Most of Your Experience


Every year in mid to late June, the SHRM Annual Conference and Expo draws thousands and thousands of HR professionals to a designated city for the mecca of all things HR-related.  And every year, a fair portion of those thousands are first-time attendees.  In fact, it wasn’t that awfully long ago that I was one of those first-time attendees.  I was lucky that during my first annual conference, I had a lot of folks I knew there to help show me the ropes.  But nonetheless, I learned very quickly that...


#Nextchat: Recruiting Smarter with Artificial Intelligence



Artificial intelligence (AI) has come a long way, and the journey is not over yet. Not only can AI currently guide you to the best burger or the closest cup of coffee, it can also help you quickly and efficiently find the best job candidates.

“Whether it's sorting through multitudes of resumes or social media profiles to find the best fit for a job, analyzing the vocal tone or facial expressions of job candidates in video interviews, or keeping applicants apprised of their hiring status, artificial intelligence is moving rapidly from...


Building Diverse Teams Takes Time, Patience and Long Term Planning


Research shows that when a company embraces diversity, it can become more innovative and competitive. These traits are especially important for companies who continue to experience exponential growth, expand their applicant pool and hire more talent.

Diversity is integral to the ecosystem of a company because it enables an organization to innovate and adapt in a fast-changing environment. Studies have also shown that a more diverse talent pool is pivotal to competitive advantage and economic success.

As a global company, we work hard to support and leverage the diversity of...


Four Ways AI Can Work for Your Workforce, Not Instead of Them


When you think about artificial intelligence, two competing images come to mind. One is of the friendly digital assistant who lives and travels with you—Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri—whose job is to make your life easier. The other is more menacing: the dispassionate robot who is coming to take your job.

It’s true, automation is taking over jobs, but what’s more interesting and more immediate is how AI is taking over tasks. McKinsey’s 2017 A Future That Works report reveals that the number of occupations with the potential to become fully...


How to Create a Successful Reverse Mentoring Program to Promote Gender Diversity



While women make up about half of the college educated workforce in the US, they comprise only 29% of science and engineering jobs.[1] This percentage continues to drop further into leadership ranks within these fields. Due both the pipeline problem, as well as other career and social barriers, most senior managers in the tech industry tend to be men. This past year, the percentage of women CEO's of Fortune 500 companies fell to 4%.[2] Current managers can promote gender-inclusive leadership through a variety of methods such as shifting workplace culture and through...


#SHRM17 -- Top 3 Tips for First-Time Attendees

In June, I will be attending my 17th straight SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition. In that time, I have experienced a bevy of conference highs and lows.  So, what are three things that are crucial for any attendee to know?
1.  Drink LOTS of water
Every day will likely be in the 90s and it will be likely very humid! But, given the significant amount of walking you're likely to do as well as the arctic temperatures inside the convention center to counteract the heat, you'll need all the...