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#Nextchat RECAP: #SHRM17 Bloggers Are ‘All In’—In Real Life


On March 22, @shrmnextchat chatted with the #SHRM17 Bloggers for #Nextchat: #SHRM17 Bloggers Are All In - In Real Life

In case you missed this super-informative chat packed with tips and advice that will help you prepare for #SHRM17 you can read all the tweets here




8 Reasons to Adopt Experiential Learning

The goal of company-provided training is to improve performance and, ultimately, business results. But in order to achieve this, employee training must change behavior. In Experiential Learning (Eagle's Flight, 2016), author Phil Geldart outlines the three distinct components of experiential learning:

-- Experience.

-- Debrief.

-- Application.

Experiential learning is not the only way to deliver training. But when it is included with other forms of standard training such as role-play, case study and guided exercises, it can optimize the potential impact.

Here are eight reasons, according to Geldart, experiential learning leads...


When Do You Start Thinking About Retention?

It’s that time of the year when companies start thinking about retention. Bonuses are being paid, merit increases are happening, and promotions are announced. And, for those that track attrition rates, many see a spike in the next couple of months. If you are just now starting to worry about your employees leaving, then you’re already too late. Those just waiting for their bonus have been checked out for awhile and have been interviewing ever since.
Part of the problem of retention strategies is that we think of them...

Heading to #SHRM17 as an International Attendee?



Last year I attended SHRM for the first time - it was spectacular!

Attending as an international delegate, the scale of the conference was mind-blowing - much bigger than anything I've attended in Australia or New Zealand. I was surprised with the number of international participants, but to be honest the biggest takeaway for me was the calibre of attendees and speakers alike.

It wasn't just the keynotes either (although they were pretty spectacular all round) - the value I got from the other attendees - in particular, the organisers,...


#SHRM17 – Interview with Jerry Cox of Brainier


I live in Silicon Valley, the technology capital of the world. You’d think a person of my regional bias would turn his nose up to the Mid-West when tackling the subject of technology design. But, there is something about the creative force that exists in the purple city of Minneapolis. Is it the time spent on the lake or the fact that the weather is less than ideal 10 months out of the year? Either way, if you are a Human Resource Professional, you’ll find your fair share of Minneapolis-Based companies in the Exhibitor Hall at #SHRM17.

With hundreds...


The #1 Thing You Should NOT Do at #SHRM17

It is hard not to read several articles a day bemoaning the performance appraisal process, and how it should be abolished. There have been a lot of reasons given for wanting its demise. However, I have discovered the real reason.  Much like lawyers make the worst clients, and doctors make the worst patients, HR professionals make the worst appraisers.
How do I know this?
I have attended the SHRM Annual Conference for 16 straight years and spoken to hundreds of speakers.  I have served on the Green...

#SHRM17 Prep: Networking, Inspiration and Education -- What are Your Goals?

It’s springtime and for many of us, this means rebirth, growth and perhaps even “new life.”  All around us, we see the signs. Before we know it, life will literally be buzzing around us. As HR professionals, we see this transformation in our work as well. Goals and objectives were developed earlier in the year and spring urges forth the execution of strategies, the allocation of resources and the development of the workforce. So much needs to be learned and done to ensure the goals are realized before winter settles upon us...


#Nextchat: #SHRM17 Bloggers Are ‘All In’—In Real Life



Are you ready to go “all in” on your HR education?

The SHRM 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition is fast approaching, and whether you’re a first-time or seasoned attendee, there will be something for everyone at this year’s event. This year’s theme is All In, and there’s no better place than #SHRM17 to learn about all the latest trends and innovations in HR.

As thousands of HR professionals and exposition vendors make plans to travel to New Orleans, La.,, from June 18-21, SHRM will be working around the clock to...


Doggone it! When an Employee is Allergic to a Coworker’s Service Animal



Who knew?

I received a lot of feedback on last week’s post. That was the one about an EEOC lawsuit alleging that a company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it allegedly failed to accommodate a disabled employee’s request to use a service dog.

Among the reader feedback was a question about what happens when permitting an employee to use a service dog would cause another employee’s pet allergies to flare up.

Back to basics under the ADA

The purpose of the ADA is to enable a qualified employee or...


How Easy Is It for Your Employees to Be Employees?

I once worked for organization where most employees exiting said their reason for leaving was because it was just too difficult to be an employee there. Wow! Too difficult to be an employee? As HR professionals, we hear concerns about managers, pay, or even leadership as reasons people leave. Those are big challenges most organizations face at one time or another, and they are not easy to solve. But when an employee says it’s too hard to be an employee, that should get your attention quickly.
An HR leader...