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A Wisconsin SHRM Advocacy Captain’s Perspective of the #SHRMVLS Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.


On November 16, 2017; twenty-one SHRM members from Wisconsin (the largest group from all 50 states) took part in the SHRM Volunteer Leader’s Summit Advocacy Day in Washington, DC.  The 21 Wisconsin SHRM members represented chapter leaders from local SHRM chapters from all across Wisconsin.  Our mission was to arrive on Capitol Hill to meet with the offices of Senator Tammy Baldwin and Senator Ron Johnson, as well as our members in the House of Representatives to discuss several issues important to the human resources community as well as to our...


The Gift of Today


This video was shared, post my Gratitude Challenge last month.  

An important reminder to look and listen for the reminders of the gift of today.

Take a moment to stop and reflect on this day, and possibly re-set your day.

To my Human Resource community: remember, it is our people who transform our work. Never forget that there is a story behind each and every face we meet.  How can we make a difference the teams we lead, the staff who look to us for example, our family and friends who seek...


‘Tis the Season for (Epic) Party Fails



Before you break out your moves dancing or take the next swig of eggnog, remember this: What seems funny in the moment may send you all the way to the courtroom. 

I’ve compiled the best holiday party fails - so you don’t turn your good time into an insurance nightmare.

  1. "I can’t get no satisfaction," was exactly how the donors of a non-profit organization felt when they learned the company hired a Rolling Stone tribute band for five hours at a cost far beyond the approved party budget.  When it comes
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#Nextchat: Is HR Ready for the New Era of Talent Acquisition?




Recruiting is no longer post-and-pray, cost-per-hire, and/or attempting to hire someone at the lowest possible salary (easy, easy—at least I now have your attention). The specialty of talent acquisition (TA) now has its own burgeoning global association, candidate experience now has its own awards and niche conferences now cover topics that didn’t exist as recently as five years ago.

Recruiting technology is filled with artificial intelligence and machine learning, talent aggregators, and Chrome extensions. The recruiting pacesetters are even learning how to program in Python and obtaining Certified Ethical Hacker...


10 Resources for Developing #HR Competencies



We all know that developing your skills as a human resources professional is important. The challenge is recognizing what skills to develop.

At this year’s Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference (SHRM) in New Orleans, I ran across some wonderful tools to help with developing HR competencies. These FREE downloadable guides offer suggestions for specific activities that HR pros can do to develop their skills.

SHRM’s Top 10 Activities for Developing within the EARLY CAREER Level

SHRM’s Top 10 Activities for Transition from the EARLY TO MID CAREER Level



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Advice to Nice Guys



Q: What the heck is going on with this rash of sexual harassment stories and all these guys getting fired?  Now even a (formerly wholesome) household name like Matt Lauer from the Today show.  It makes a nice guy like me want to clam up around women at work in fear that some coworker may take something the wrong way.  What’s the best way to avoid being wrongly accused?

A:  I doubt that a nice guy like you would have engaged in the behavior most of these guys have been accused...


Congress: It’s Time to Scrap the Cadillac Tax!


While efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are currently suspended, legislation is being crafted to address many outstanding health care issues before year’s end including provisions to address health-related tax policy. SHRM has long-championed a repeal of the “Cadillac” tax on high-value employer-sponsored health benefits.  That’s why we are advocating for a year- end package to include a repeal or delay of the tax given the very real consequences the tax is already having on employers and employees.

Back in 2015, Congress delayed the implementation of the...


Hear Ye! Hear Ye! 45,000 Reasons Not to Publicize Details of an Employee’s EEOC Charge of Discrimination



For those of you who work in HR, what do you do when you learn that an employee has filed a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Raise your hand if the answer is not publicizing details of the charge, including the employee’s name, union affiliation, and information about the medical restrictions on his ability to work, in a letter to 146...


How to Build a Team Like the NBA


If you know me, you know I’m not a sports person. I don’t watch. I don’t follow.

It’s not that I have some strong dislike for sports. It’s just that when I stopped doing them in high school, I lost all interest. I can watch them, if I am at a live event or if I don’t have an alternative. But when I’m listing things I look forward to each week, that isn’t at the top of my list. If you’re like me, then this post is still going to be...