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Jon & Wendy Talk to #SHRM18 Blogger Mary Williams


We're joined by SHRM18 Blogger Mary Williams, Vice President of Operations and Human Resources with Clear Digital Media/ClearSounds Communications in Naperville, IL.  We talk about Mary's experience as a "Department of One" and Jon pulls a connection to her favorite TV show. 

Mary's recommendations:

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Meet the #SHRM18 Bloggers –  Paula Harvey



Meet the #SHRM18 Bloggers –  Paula Harvey @Paula4Harvey

Today's guest is Paula Harvey, , MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR, ASC is the VP of Human Resources & Safety for Schulte Building Systems in Hockley, TX.


Leading up to #SHRM18, Michael VanDervort will be doing a series of shows featuring the #SHRM18 Blog Squad. The bloggers are HR professionals who give time and energy towards helping educate the HR profession and the business world...


SHRM18: Four Speakers #HR Can’t Miss If You Care About Re-Skilling Yourself



Executives - I’m looking especially at you.  You nerds. 

If you know me, You know I’ve had the pleasure of attending a lot of conferences.  I speak at them, cover them and learn from them.  I’m a nerd.  In that light, I am beating the drum loudly to leaders and HR pros -- especially corporate executives, that you better “start re-skilling”.  For some reason, executives, and I’ve been one so I know what I’m talking about, seem to sense they don’t need development.  Or if they do, they just don’t...


The Impact of Bullying in Organizations: A Conversation with #SHRM18 Speaker Catherine Mattice



A positive workplace culture can make all the difference.

But what if your organization isn’t quite there yet? What if you are working within a culture of incivility, one that tolerates bullying? What are you up against?

In this post, we continue our conversation with Catherine Mattice, president of Civility Partners LLC and speaker at the upcoming 2018 SHRM Annual Conference (#SHRM18). Here she shares her thoughts on the damage that bullying causes within organizations and the to the people who work...


The Inspiring Story of a Family Business


Growing up in a household where business and family were one, Cal Turner Jr. learned a lot from his dad. Turner served for 37 years as CEO of Dollar General, the company founded by his father and grandfather. His book, My Father's Business (Center Street, 2018), co-written with Rob Simbeck, shares how the small-town values with which he was raised helped him guide Dollar General from a family business to a professionally managed public corporation with more than 14,000 stores today.

He recently spoke to the HR Magazine Book...


Option B: Lessons from Sheryl Sandberg on Supporting Grieving Employees #SHRM18



I am excited to hear Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, speak later this month at SHRM’s Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago.

Sheryl is best known for her 2013 book Lean In. In this blog post, I want to focus on the book she wrote last year, Option B, with her friend and professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Adam Grant.

Option A is the employee's life with a loved one. Option B is surviving without him or her

Option B...


Flying Solo – An HR Department of One with Amanda Haddaway #SHRM18


If you are a solo HR practitioner , I have the session for you at SHRM18. It is called Flying Solo and it is at Monday at 2 PM.   The session is being presented by Amanda Haddaway and I can vouch for her.  She is the current State Director of SHRM for Maryland and has been eating, breathing and preaching small shop HR for almost 20 years.

As a consultant in her day job Amanda works with small businesses,...


#SHRM18 Vendors, Swag and a Few Extras



So here is a last stab at maximizing your 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition experience. Today’s post is about maximizing time at the exposition hall and after hours.

The vendor exposition hall is available Sunday thru Tuesday. My suggestion is walk the floor for fun Sunday after the main session and choose one-time Monday or Tuesday to gather up your swag and extras. Hopefully you will have some extra room in your suitcase to drag the extras home. You also do not want to be dragging swag around to...


#Nextchat: Resumes that Stand Out and Break Through


Young HR professionals—whether they’re newly minted college graduates or a few years into their first job—don’t have a lot of experience with writing a professional resume. They often rely on trusted professional contacts in HR for tips and advice on selling themselves through their resume in order to get a foot in the door.

However, job seekers are facing challenges as technology continues to evolve. Talent acquisition teams are now looking to use technology to change the way their organizations source and select new employees. Resume-screening software is helping employers to...


A #SHRM18 Interview with Steve Browne



The most popular man in the world, I have heard, is Steve Browne.  As a newbie on the Blog Squad for SHRM#18 and a podcaster, I was looking for a guest to interview before the actual conference.  Once I saw Steve’s great smile and realized he actually walked his talk, I reached out.  You can hear the entire interview, How to Build Relationships Within Your Workforce with Steve Browne on the Businesses that Care Podcast below.