Posts Tagged #SHRM16

Everyone matters.  Good communication from employers throughout the job application process can help mitigate job applicant concerns.  Job candidates are noisy.  These undeniable truths are covered in an article I wrote for SHRM before the SHRM 2016 annual conference.  
October 4, 2016


As 2016 is the year of a presidential election, it was quite fitting that SHRM’s Annual Conference and Exposition was held in Washington D.C.  While storm clouds may continue to gather and brew on our political horizon, the weather and atmosphere for SHRM was quite the opposite.

We are lucky that the HR and Benefits industry has SHRM because it doesn’t just attract industry professionals seeking to improve themselves – but to improve others and the industry we are in.

July 20, 2016


SHRM 16 in Washington DC was a pretty special time for Cool Tools Show hosts, Craig and Lars.  For one, DC is Lars’ stomping grounds.  Also the last time we met up at a SHRM event there Lars gave Craig and Kevin Grossman a tour of his office at that time, the old NPR HQ.

July 20, 2016


Every year at the SHRM National Conference, you see all sorts of blog posts about how the content is great, but it’s really about the people you meet and the relationships you build. Hell, I’ve even written that blog post.

June 30, 2016


Red e App Survey of HR Professionals at the SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition Reveals a Lack of Connection with Hourly Employees

June 24, 2016












Evren Esen, SHRM-SCP

Director, Workforce Analytics, SHRM

June 24, 2016



Tim Mulligan, J.D.

CHRO, San Diego Zoo Global


June 24, 2016


Knowledge has been gained, connections have been made, and plenty of food/drinks have been consumed by student and young professional members at the SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition.

June 22, 2016

What you need to know about social security

A very special live episode of Drive Thru HR hosted by Michael where he talks to representatives from the Social Security Administration, sharing useful information about social security for individuals and HR professionals.



June 22, 2016

Today I attended two packed sessions on the FLSA and its impact on companies. One session dealt with nonprofits and the second dealt with the FLSA overtime rules in general.


June 22, 2016



Like a Stephen Strasburg fastball, you just can’t hit all the pitches thrown your way during the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition. Perhaps it’s an overeager HR professional looking for their next (or first!) opportunity in the industry. Or it might be a pushy salesperson in the Exposition Hall trying to sign you up for a demo of the latest and greatest HR Tech.

June 22, 2016


There is more talk at this year’s SHRM Annual Conference about recruiting difficulties than there has been during my previous visits to this conference.

We 1st heard about this from the perspective of Mike Rowe. He pointed out that we have 2.8 million unfilled jobs yet have record amounts of student debt piling up. Was his conclusion that we are training people for jobs that they don’t want or don’t exist anymore correct?

June 22, 2016


One thing is for certain is that building your personal brand is a long game. It takes time. It's also in my opinion a professional necessity especially in this day and age. With the age of the internet. The opportunity and ability to really establish yourself as a professional in human resources and recruiting exists whether you are looking for global branding or building a presence in the local community.

June 22, 2016

Our search for the best swag—the “stuff we all get”—at the Society for Human Resource Management 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition netted a lot of contenders.

We skipped the standard buttons, stress balls and earbuds and went for the innovative, cute and delicious.

Read about the nominees:

June 21, 2016