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The Case Competition is the Highlight of Our Year


University of Toledo SHRM (UT-SHRM) has participated in the SHRM Case Competition since 2011.  Each year, we have taken an undergraduate and graduate team. The Case Competition is the highlight of our year, and each year, previous participants share their learning experiences with new SHRM members.

Each year the students try out in the Fall with employers judging the event.  The students actually prepare for a case just as if they were participating in an actual case competition. Once the participants are selected and teams are formed, the students continue to practice and prepare for the


5 Reasons Every HR Student Should Attend the 2015 SHRM Case Competition


  1. Compete in the Case Competition. Work with a team to gain valuable insight into what it would take to be an HR professional and solve for a real life HR case. Winners will receive a $2,500 prize and free registration to the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition; the world’s largest HR event.
  2. Connect with the Future of HR.  Make new friends and mingle. You never know
  3. ...

#Nextchat RECAP: HR Tactics for 2015 and Beyond

On January 28, SHRM's @SHRMNextchat chatted with Nisha Raghavan (@theHRBuddy) about HR Tactics for 2015 and Beyond.

In case you missed this SUPER chat, you can read all of the great contributions to the conversation in the tweets here:





The New SHRM Blog -- New Look, Same Great Content!


On January 27 the We Know Next website will transition to the “The SHRM Blog”.  A few years ago when we launched the “We Know Next” campaign, our goal was to promote awareness of the strategic value of human resource management and create a “go to place” to share in best practices, access resources, and allow HR professionals to network with innovators within the profession.  Thanks to your contributions we’ve done exactly that -- and the mission continues!  While we look to share additional updates from...


You Take Me Up !!


It’s a simple word that carries incredible power.  When it occurs, you see people light up and respond in ways that they hadn’t mere moments from receiving it.


It’s something we’re hesitant to do – especially in HR.  People tend to hesitate because we don’t know when you’re either doing it “enough” or “too much.”


It’s the epicenter of human interaction.  It is more comfortable to tear down than to build up.  It’s what people have come to expect from their supervisors, their peers and even strangers. Discouragement is the norm.  Don’t believe me?  Turn on the...




I have always noted that President’s get their First Hundred Days, and so should new staffers! This transition time is foundational for success as a new hire or as an internal hire in a new leadership role. Many assume that internal hires will not need an on-boarding process. I am of the opinion that an internal hire should also be granted a transition period, the agenda will be different than an external hire, but this step will help them successfully transition into a new role in their organization. Regards of who you were in the past, today is a...


#Nextchat: HR Tactics for 2015 and Beyond


HR pros are always looking for effective ways to accomplish their organization’s talent management strategies. The problem is finding the time to plan and implement a strategy while keeping up with daily administrative tasks.  

A smart talent strategy is critical for any organization.  The key is to determine where your organization has needs and to find creative ways to address them.

If you don’t have enough of the right employees; if you’re scaring them away during the interview, or if they don’t stick around for very long, then the strategies...


How to Integrate Freelance Contractors into your Company Culture

Whether you rely on regional sales representatives, a freelance accountant, or a remote IT team to manage your ecommerce site, some of your most valuable employees may rarely set foot in the office. How do you create a cohesive company culture with a team that includes remote contractors? Finding ways to motivate, inspire, and integrate your freelance workforce into this culture can make the difference between an employee who's simply working for a paycheck and one who is engaged with your core business values. Here are a few tips to bring them on board.



Court Ok's Firing of Employee Who Made "Inappropriately Intense" Facebook Posts

You know all that stuff you read on the internet about employees who can badmouth their boss on the internet, all in the name of free speech, and not get fired for it....

Yeah, about that...

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Here's a recent opinion from the Fifth Circuit about a 25-year police sergeant, a public employee, whose First Amendment freedom of speech rights were not violated when she was fired for posting Facebook comments, which were