Automation and Worker Displacement



We live in an amazing time of technological change. The pace of advancement is greater than at any time in human history. Yet there are things we can learn from the history of technology and human productivity that can serve us well. Brookings Institute just did a great piece on looking at the history of technology to inform the regulation of AI. There is far more than regulation – how do these technological advances impact our workforce?

In the 1930s John Maynard Keynes discussed “technological unemployment” – but even in...


SHRM Connect: Better Title or Higher Pay?



When employees have questions, they go to HR.

When HR professionals have questions, where can they turn?   

SHRM Connect is an online forum where SHRM members can post questions and get answers from peers within the SHRM community. It’s a great place to network with other HR professionals while sharing solutions and advice on a wide range of HR topics.  

Jump into a discussion or watch from the sidelines. There's something for everyone.

Check out a few of the latest conversations below:




#Create: Strength in Compassion


I was recently reminded of how compassion can be a powerful force in our world. While on a field trip with my six-year-old son’s class as a chaperone, I witnessed him immediately comfort a friend when he experienced an injury. My son placed his arm around his friend’s shoulder and expressed “everything will be OK.” It was in this moment that I was confronted with a powerful, yet simple, truth; compassion can change someone’s life and help them when it’s needed most. I saw compassion in action, and it came naturally to...


Controlling Candidate Experience



Coming out of the 2019 HR Technology Conference & Expo, there seem to be a thousand emerging technologies to improve the hiring process. Machines can organize databases, create a better user experience and track end-to-end processes. Once we've conquered those things it's up to the humans to refine the courting process.

It's that time of year when people are job hunting: Q4 numbers not where they should be, tenure has not created an opportunity for advancement and graduation is moving interns into professionals. All reasons to dip thy toe in new...


True Inclusion Gets Everyone in the Game



Last week, SHRM hosted its sold-out 2019 Inclusion Conference—formerly Diversity & Inclusion. We welcomed over 1,000 workforce professionals to New Orleans to explore the theme of “Shifting Workplace Culture.”

Changing the name from D&I to Inclusion was key. Notions about diversity in the workplace are transforming. It’s no longer enough to have a multicultural, multigenerational workforce. Every individual must also be consciously included as contributors and potential leaders. As SHRM’s President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. has said, “Diversity speaks to who is on the team, but inclusion focuses on who...


Avoiding Unlawful Immigration-Related Employment Discrimination #GMIS19


When a small business owner offers employment to a candidate, it can be one of the best feelings in the world for both sides. But what happens if somewhere along the process, mistakes are made that can eventually come back to harm the business?

Even worse, what happens if the same mistakes get repeated over time - resulting in catastrophic financial losses and disruption of the business?        



How to Hit the Ground Running in Your New HR Job




I recently started with a new company and when I paused to think about what I learned and what helped me be successful in the first month, here’s what I found:

  • Take the time to learn the business. It’s so tempting to just start doing what you know how to do best. I spent my first 2 weeks meeting with the CEO and every VP in the company and compiling all my notes and making sense of them. Not everyone will have this luxury but meet with as many
  • ...

Implement Global Policies, Not A Global Handbook



Most multinational companies should have global employment policies that are lawful and reflect company culture—not a global handbook that dictates exactly what must be done under any circumstances. Employers often would prefer a uniform approach, but uniformity has proven problematic when it comes to certain policies.

Employee handbooks, at least the way we think of them in the United States, are really a U.S. concept. Some countries, such as Japan, have "work rules," which the labor authority must approve and that cover certain aspects of employment, such as hours of...