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A #SHRM17 Interview with Sarah Noll Wilson

With the annual SHRM conference just around the corner, the time has come to start planning what sessions you’d like to attend. As part of the blogging teams continuing coverage of the annual conference, I had an opportunity to interview Ms. Sara Noll Wilson, Talent and Development Manager for ARAG North America.

My curiosity was piqued when I was starting to create my list of sessions that I wanted to attend. I was really intrigued when I saw the title of her session “Creating a Coaching...


10 Things Every HR Professional Needs to Do to Succeed



“I’m a people person” and “I like helping others” are two common reasons HR professionals give for choosing their career path. While they’re good enough reasons to get started, they aren’t nearly good enough to be great.

After more than 30 years in HR, I have some thoughts about what it takes to be effective in this profession. Here then, in the tradition of David Letterman, are the top 10 things I think every HR professional needs to do to succeed (in reverse order, of course).

10. Have a vision. ...


6 Tips to a Less Stressful More Productive #SHRM17



So you’ve registered for SHRM 2017 and booked your hotel. It may be too early to start packing — ok, it’s definitely too early to start packing — but it’s never too early to plan for the conference experience you really want. Without proper planning it’s easy to get swept along from talk to talk, booth to booth, missing out on the best networking and learning opportunities. Without proper packing it’s easy to tire yourself out or drain your batteries dry, stranding you in your hotel room while other HR pros...


A #SHRM17 Interview with Heather Kinzie

YOU GUYS, #SHRM17 IS ALMOST HERE!!! I’m so excited! I love having the opportunity to see some of my HR Friends from across the globe, learn new things, and meet new people. I spend a lot of time going through the sessions listed and deciding which sessions are relevant to where I am in my career or current problems I’m trying to solve as well as which sessions might stretch my capabilities or prepare me for a future problem I’ll face as I work to progress in my career.

I’m also always interested in who is presenting each session and...


A Small Business Session Guide to #SHRM17


As sometimes does, life has happened to me over the last few weeks and I had to back out of attending SHRM17. Personal and work commitments combined with a pretty brutal travel schedule over the last few months have made it clear that I need to slow down a bit. Unfortunately, SHRM was one of those things that had to take a back seat this year. It was a tough decision, but the right one for me in the is moment.

While I still thought I was going, Christine and I decided to...


7 Tips to Increase Employee Engagement Without Spending a Dime



The company was in trouble: The value of its stock had dropped to just $1 a share. So the CEO decided to level with the workers about just how bad it was—and he laid out a plan to turn things around. The employees responded with renewed dedication and effort that helped the business rebound, and the stock price has since jumped to $20 a share.

It goes to show that transparency and confidence in an organization can inspire employees to be engaged—meaning they’re involved, enthusiastic and committed to their work....


A #SHRM17 Interview with Michael Johnson, Esq. CEO, Clear Law Institute



As a labor and employment law litigator, the credibility of witnesses is a core subject for my practice.  Over the years, we all learn ways to deal with witnesses who are - - or think they are - - good liars.  One of my tricks that I use when a good liar is testifying about one of his/her lies is to distract the triers of fact so that they are not looking at his/her face.  If I’m successful, they won’t conclude that he/she was being honest just observing facial expressions....


Everybody Plays an HR Role



I work for a fantastic company. In addition to being a high-performing culture, we like to have fun. A lot of fun. Whether it’s a quarterly event to recognize the great work by our employees or a weekend-long get-away to extend the recognition, we really know how to celebrate. Leading up to, or during these events, I inevitably get several comments or questions about my role as the HR guy. Things like, “I bet you dread events like this,” or “oh, man, it must stink dealing with all the bad...


#SHRM17 Opportunities for SHRM Certificants



A wealth of opportunities awaits SHRM-certified professionals at the SHRM 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans, to be held June 18-21. Special events and resources will enable certificants to earn recertification credits, learn, network—and even take a moment to relax amid the hubbub. 

SHRM Certification Lounge. A dedicated space reserved for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential-holders, located in the Connection Zone. Recharge yourself and your phone, grab a snack, or chat with certified peers. Certification counselors will be on hand to discuss ways to earn professional development credits (PDCs) and how...