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#Nextchat RECAP: Dealing with Tech Distractions in the Workplace

On August 9, @shrmnextchat chatted with special guest SHRM Online technology editor Aliah Wright (@1shrmscribe) about Dealing with Tech Distractions in the Workplace.

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




3 Tips to Reinventing the Internship


August kicks off with many of us putting our kids on the bus to return to school before we head to work again, saying goodbye to a key part of the summer workforce: interns. 

Chances are at this very moment, as summer internships wind down, your HR team is reviewing feedback and trying to evaluate a good or bad year’s crop of talent. 

Here are three quick tips to help you reinvent the internship.

1.  Start with onboarding them like a real employee

Set the bar early that their internship...


The Privilege of Talking with Your Lawyer



Almost every HR professional deals with an attorney.  With strong relationships, sometimes you will refer to the lawyer as your lawyer. Not so fast. Here are 6 recommendations to keep in mind when you deal with “the” lawyer:

  1. The lawyer engaged by the Company represents the Company and not you.  So be honest about work issues but be careful about issues that may be adverse to the Company. If you are thinking of exercising your legal right to bring a claim, do not give the Company’s lawyer a heads up! He
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#Nextchat: Dealing with Tech Distractions in the Workplace



There are so many distractions in the workplace. Meetings, cubicle chatter, co-workers stopping by to ask a quick question ... the list goes on. Even the smell of a co-worker’s lunch or perfume can throw us off our game. However, these days, the biggest distraction of all is technology.

According to SHRM Online technology editor Aliah Wright in Want to Boost Productivity? Consider ‘No-Tech’ Days, more than 269 billion e-mails are sent daily, which translates into “72 electronic missives a day for every one of the estimated 3.7 billion e-mail senders worldwide. Cornerstone...


Move Over, a New Recruiting Tool is in Town



As if Google Jobs wasn’t a big enough announcement to disrupt the recruiting industry, now there’s a new recruiting tool in town – Google Hire. Announced last week, Hire is a service provided by Google that enables organizations to seamlessly manage their recruiting process.

So, how is Google Hire going to impact the recruiting industry?

No more manual recruiting process.
Since the product is made for organizations with less than a thousand employees, I foresee a lot of startups looking to implement Google Hire as an all-inclusive candidate tracking system...


Warning Signs: Recruiters Reveal Their Biggest Turnoffs



The interaction between candidates and recruiters during a job interview plays a key role in whether or not an applicant is hired. Everything from a candidate's appearance to how well he or she communicates creates either favorable or unfavorable impressions for recruiters tasked with determining the candidate's fit for the organization and the role before moving him or her along in the process.

[SHRM members-only toolkit: Interviewing Candidates]

SHRM Online asked a few talent acquisition professionals what most alarms or impresses them—with either red or green flags—during candidate interviews. Here's...


#FF – Just Keep Swimming

Have you ever had one of those days when you’re never not busy? Everyone has a need or want that must be met asap? The day is getting shorter, but your to-do list is getting longer? Ha, who am I kidding, we’re HR Pros, that’s every day.
I’ve had one of those days this entire week.
I knew HR was for me once I was exposed to the profession a few years ago at my previous job. As an assistant manager, I was dealing...

SHRM Connect: Pregnant Employee Falls Asleep and What are Your Thoughts on Discrimination


SHRM Connect is an online community where SHRM members can ask questions and get answers on a variety of HR topics. It’s a great place to network with other HR professionals and share solutions.  The conversation topics range from “HR Department of One” to employment law, are always insightful and deal with some of the most pressing issues that HR professionals are dealing with today in their workplaces.

Some of the conversations are serious, and some are downright amusing -- and going forward, on Fridays, I’ll be highlighting a conversation or two in hopes that you’ll take some...


Interested in Introducing Financial Wellness Programs in the Workplace? Here's a Good Place to Start

SHRM partner Prosperity Now created a Workplace Finanancial Wellness Services primer specifically for employer to help them create workplace-based financial wellness programs. The blog post below gives more information on the primer and offers six services that can help employees deal with the problems associated with financial insecurity.  


Last week, in partnership with Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis (CSD), we released Workplace Financial Wellness Services: A Primer for Employers. With this primer, employers can get an overview of common workplace-based financial wellness services that...


Why Mentorship Will Help Veterans Transitioning to Civilians



If there is one ingredient in the recipe for a successful transition to civilian life that I could recommend, it would be to find and work with a mentor.

The simple definition of a mentor is “an experienced, trusted advisor”.  Such a small definition, to what amounts to be a life changing and important tool in succeeding in your transition into the civilian world and the next chapter of your career.

There are many programs and websites out there to help you find a mentor. You could simply do some...