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Looking for a Best Place to Work? Check out Kronos #SHRM18



At the #SHRM18 conference I wandered around the exposition hall and spoke with many of the exhibitors. I specifically asked several of them if they were willing to share why their company is a great place to work. Kronos is one that took me up on the challenge and the following is what I learned:

At Kronos, they strongly believe that employee engagement and the success of their company are firmly connected. This belief starts at the top with Aron Ain, their CEO, and extends to all levels of the organization. They...


#Nextchat: Ditch the Drama -- Drive Big Results




Think about all the drama that occurs in your workplace. The gossip, the politics, the cliques. It probably looks more like a bad reality TV show than a workplace. Constant change, poor communication and lack of transparency can lead to misunderstandings that fuel drama.

While we may never be able to remove all the drama, HR can implement philosophies and tools to develop employees and to create good mental processes, which can change...


 #SHRM18 = Amazing!



(Left – Right) Paula Harvey, Anthony Paradiso, Michelle Kohlhof, SHRM CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., Mary Williams, & SHRM Board Chair, Coretha Rushing

There are many words that come to mind when describing SHRM18 but there is one that REALLY sticks out, A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  SHRM18 will truly be an experience that I will never forget.  I was very excited when I received the invitation to come to the annual conference as a blogger. But, I was also a little nervous.  I’ve been to a fair number of conferences but nothing compares...


Confused by Union Dues? – New Rules Explained


What does last week’s Supreme Court decision outlawing mandatory union fees mean for me?

The law doesn’t affect private employers, so if you’re associated with a private employer simply carry on, there’s nothing to see here.

But if you or someone you know works in the public sector and are represented by a union, you can now opt out of paying dues. Before, you had no choice. If you were part of a bargaining unit, dues could be taken out of your paycheck whether you wanted to or not, whether you...


Top Innovative Wellness Trends at #SHRM18 Expo Hall



I love the energy of the Expo Hall and this year’s Expo Hall at 2018 SHRM Annual Conference in Chicago did not disappoint. I did some due diligence and made an Expo Hall plan so that I could have some targeted time. Before the conference, I shared some tips on how to work the expo hall like a pro, and I wanted to share how following those suggestions lead me to some interesting products, services, and technologies.

Top Expo Hall Picks at SHRM Annual Conference 2018
I had some GREAT...


#SHRM18 – Overwhelming, Exciting & Inspiring!  



I can’t believe it’s been just over 2 weeks since the annual SHRM National conference was here in my hometown of Chicago!  I’m naturally a very introverted person, so when I attend conferences or big sessions like this I get pretty wiped out; and after reading this post you’ll see why!  I even needed to take a few days off to completely unplug and go camping, just to let the mind recharge.

First, I’d like to thank Mary Kayler &...


HR Happy Hour - #SHRM18 Annual Recap with Carleigh McFarlane



Hosts: Trish McFarlane

Guest: Carleigh McFarlane, Trish's daughter

This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, host Trish McFarlane is joined by Carleigh McFarlane.  Trish and Carleigh attended the SHRM Annual conference, with Carleigh being a junior blogging ambassador.  As a high school freshman, Carleigh's perception of what is happening in the work world is quite unique.  

Carleigh attended sessions, participated in her first vendor product demo, walked an Expo floor for the first time, and much more!  Tune in to hear how the upcoming...


You Never Know


I’m still recovering from SHRM18. There were so many memorable experiences that it’s hard to capture them all. I had the chance to see old friends, meet some folks who’ve I’ve only known through social media and also meet a ton of new people. If you haven’t gathered my focus yet, the SHRM Annual Conference, and any HR event for that matter, is about the people.

I was in a very unique position this year in that I spoke at two Mega Sessions during the conference. They’re called “mega” because the room you are in is usually vast. I...


Is Your Company Fostering Decline? #SHRM18


Change is the only constant—that’s an aphorism that is bandied at every workplace. Almost every day! Yet, the workplace is well short of breath keeping pace with the changes that are shaping work. From Taylor’s principles to the Stanford Prison Experiment, many cornerstones of approaches to work have either been relegated to a small corner, simply overshadowed by societal evolution, or proven plain false.

The need to continuously make sense of changes, refresh understanding and shift approaches is important. A need that has had me seek people, platforms and conferences around the...