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Why today’s Best Companies Don’t F.A.I.L. at Diversity


Over a couple month spurt this year -  by way of a flurry of business travel, conference-going and reckless adventuring – I had the humbling opportunity to meet many smart people around the world all trying to wrap their heads around the dizzying demographical changes that impact today’s workforce.

From Austria to India, Moldova to the Dubai I’ve found that corporations and their leaders don’t have this “diversity” thing quite figured out. Particularly in how they leverage the most of the most diverse labor force in human history.

While 80% of Fortune 500 companies have a formal...


#Nextchat: The Extinction of the Middle-Class Job


“I’m on the board of directors of a temp staffing company with one billion dollars in revenues. I can see it happening across every sector of the economy. Everyone is getting fired. Everyone is toilet paper now.” – James Altucher

Are we witnessing the looming extinction of middle-class jobs?

Entrepreneur and author James Altucher wrote a gloomy piece for LinkedIn titled “10 Reasons Why You Have to Quit Your Job in 2014.” In it, he argues that “technology, outsourcing, a growing temp staffing industry and productivity efficiencies have all replaced the middle class,” and that an entrepreneurial spirit...


Big Employers Foresee Excise Tax Hit in 2018


Despite continuing efforts to rein in rising health care costs, roughly half of large U.S. employers will begin to hit the thresholds triggering the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) excise tax on high-value plans in 2018, and the percentage is expected to rise significantly in subsequent years, according to an analysis by consultancy Towers Watson.

The excise or “Cadillac” tax is a 40 percent tax on the value of all participant-elected health care benefits that exceed certain dollar thresholds in 2018 and beyond. The thresholds under the ACA are $10,200 for individual coverage and $27,500 for family coverage, but the...


The Future is Ours – Ideas to Ponder for 2040


by Elizabeth Gartner, Prem Kumar, and Ross Smith

Study the past, if you would divine the future. – Confucius

In Greek mythology, Apollo gave Cassandra the power of prophecy in an effort to win her heart, but when she refused him, he cursed her with the affliction of her predictions to never being believed. Cassandra made many important predictions, including the soldiers hiding in the Trojan horse, but went through life without anyone listening to her predictions.

Often times we’ve seen History itself hold answers, leaving those who believe its lessons with seemingly prophetical powers. 

Almost 25 years...


How to Launch International HR Policies


A multinational headquarters launching cross-border human resources policies, global codes of conduct and international benefits offerings tends to focus chiefly on content. In essence, headquarters asks: What should the text of our new cross-border policy, code, rule or plan say? But drafting a global document’s text merely gets these projects started. As soon as headquarters crafts workable language for its latest cross-border code, policy or plan document, the project should shift to answering an entirely separate, often more complex question: How are we going to launch this document and impose it on our staff overseas?

With draft text for...


#Nextchat: Domestic Violence and the Workplace


On February 15, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punched his fiancée Janay Palmer in the face so hard that it knocked her out cold. It was recorded on a hotel surveillance video, and by now we’ve all seen it.

The NFL’s handling of the incident has prompted a torrent of questions and debate about how domestic violence should be handled by employers, regardless of size or prominence. 

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey “The Workplace Impact of Domestic and Sexual Violence and Stalking” reports that only 35 percent of organizations have a formal workplace policy regarding...


Can We DO That?! Personal Lives in the Not-So-Private Eye


When is an employee’s personal life any business of the employer? Is it not, in fact private?  The attention given in the last several weeks to a renowned NFL player has had me and so many others pondering these questions.  So I try to quell my heart with an objective head.  For me this requires a comparative review to lend some objectivity to these very emotional and compelling issues.  I hail from Maryland and will use our local history here to provide some examples:

  • A local news anchor is arrested for soliciting a lewd act from an undercover police
  • ...

3 Professional Development Questions Every Employee Should Ask Themselves


Organizations are asking employees to play an active role in their professional development. Employees are embracing the idea as a way to control their career. However, in order for employees to successfully manage their own development, it’s means that they need to regularly monitor their status towards their goals. 

How exactly can they do that? Well, managers can coach employees on the best way to stay focused on their goals. Here are three questions managers can use during employee coaching sessions:

  1. What are you consuming? By consuming, I mean reading, listening, and watching. Employees need to find good
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A-Team Blog Week Recap: Recognizing the Value of SHRM’s A-Team


September 19, 2014


Hopefully, SHRM members and fellow HR professionals across the country have read some of the wonderful and impactful blog pieces your fellow peers shared over the course of this week’s A-Team Blog Week. If you haven’t read the blogs on this site, you really should. What an impact face-to-face meetings with lawmakers and their staffs can have on the workplace, and on those who engage! And what a mark the A-Team left in their congressional districts and states during the recent month-long August congressional recess. SHRM also hosted several state councils and area chapters in...