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Getting Older: A Gen Xer’s Take on the Age Gap in the Workplace

There are key moments in my life when I became acutely aware that I was aging. The first time some kids called me “ma’am” (I was 17.) The night a bartender told me he didn’t need to see my ID before sliding me a drink. And the moment I realized I was one of the […] Read Article “Getting Older: A Gen Xer’s Take on the Age Gap in the Workplace”

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Recruiting Socially

Right before racing off to the Atlanta airport, I was able to catch the tail-end of a SHRM session titled “Is Social Recruiting Really Working?” The session was moderated by Steve Boese, a director of talent-management strategy at Oracle, and featured several HR, recruiting and social-media experts on the panel. One shared statistic was that […] Read Article “Recruiting Socially”

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Considering Employees with Disabilities

One of my favorite SHRM sessions was an enlightening discussion of best practices to successfully attract, employ and retain people with disabilities. Nadine Vogel, founder and president of Springboard Consulting, a Mendham, N.J. firm, was the presenter. She started the discussion by quoting a KPMG leader, who stated that “supporting people with disabilities in the […] Read Article “Considering Employees with Disabilities”

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Tom Brokaw: “We need an adult in here right now!”

Our coverage of SHRM 2012 wrapped on Wednesday with Closing Session Speaker and legendary NBC newsman Tom Brokaw. He kicked off his speech with a joke about having to follow Jerry Seinfeld, who was the featured entertainment on Tuesday night. “He’s the margarita; I’m the hangover,” he joked. Brokaw’s talk soon became serious as he […] Read Article “Tom Brokaw: “We need an adult in here right now!””

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The Skinny on Background Checks

At 2pm on Tuesday, I wandered into the “Top Ten Trends for Background Checks in 2012,” and not surprisingly, the place was packed. Even before the presentation started, audience members were peppering presenter Lester Rosen with questions. About 15 minutes into the start of the session, the actual presentation got underway. Rosen, a California attorney, […] Read Article “The Skinny on Background Checks”

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Four Generations in the Work Place

Many of the sessions I’ve attended at SHRM have addressed the unprecedented reality that today’s workforce consists of four generations.  Arthur Jackson, a Woodbridge, Va.-based consultant, led a discussion that was a deep-dive into this phenomenon and offered leadership techniques to use with the various generations in the workplace. Jackson’s session was hilarious from beginning […] Read Article “Four Generations in the Work Place”

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The Latest on Labor Reform

While most of the sessions I attended on Monday focused on the changing workplace and how businesses can adapt, my first Tuesday session had a different flavor. “Understanding Labor Reform’s Newest Front Lines” was led by Philip Miscimarra, a partner at a Chicago law firm. He represents clients on a wide range of labor and […] Read Article “The Latest on Labor Reform”

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Engaging Older Workers

How do you engage older employees in the workforce? Ed Redfern, the senior specialist of education and outreach at AARP, moderated a Monday afternoon session that answered that question. Two leaders from organizations that won the 2011 AARP Best Employers for Workers over 50 were on hand to contribute to the session as well: Deb […] Read Article “Engaging Older Workers”

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Adecco USA President Joyce Russell On Contingency

Mid-afternoon is always a tough time for conference attendees weary from long sessions and poor eating. But Joyce Russell, EVP and President of Adecco Staffing, led a lively discussion on utilizing a flexible workforce through contingent and temporary positions. Through facts, personal anecdotes and trivia questions, Russell laid the groundwork for why flexible employment can […] Read Article “Adecco USA President Joyce Russell On Contingency”

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HR Strategy of the Future

A recurring theme at the SHRM conference is that the world is rapidly changing, and it’s essential that HR professionals adapt accordingly. And Gary Kushner, President and CEO of Kushner & Company, an HR strategy and employee benefits consulting firm based in Portage, Mich., held a session Monday morning that was right in line with […] Read Article “HR Strategy of the Future”