by Matthew Stollak on Tuesday, May 31, 2016
In less than a month, individuals will be heading to Washington DC to attend the 2016 SHRM Annual Conference.
This will be my 16th straight SHRM Annual Conference, and, based on my years of
experience, here are the things you do NOT want to do while attending.
AccuWeather predicts temperatures in the high 80s/low 90s (Farenheit) during the conference. Given the significant amount of walking you're likely to do as well as the arctic temperatures inside the convention center to counteract the heat, you'll need all the H20 you can handle. Bring a portable water bottle and keep it filled and by your side at all times.
2. Do NOT suffer from SWAG remorse.
The exhibit hall is going to open at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 19 and you going to be tempted by every vendor with some sort of gee-gaw or doo-dad that you absolutely have to bring back to the office. You may have already received an inch tall pile of vendor mail and you've mapped out your strategy for maximizing your haul. You may have even packed light so that you have plenty of room in your suitcase for all the giveaways. It is free, right? You HAVE To grab it. Trust me, as a former victim, you will suffer from SWAG remorse. It may take a week....it may take a month, but you are going to look at that tote bag full of "goodies" you brought back and you are going to ask yourself why you grabbed that 7th t-shirt or 14th squeeze ball. Regret always tastes sour.
3. Do NOT just attend the sessions
You're in the nation's capital. While there is much to learn in the convention center, your broader education can take place outside its walls. You have the Smithsonian as well as the Air & Space Museum and the Newseum. And, of course, you have the sights. The Washington Monument. The Lincoln Memorial. I prefer the Jefferson Memorial....the Weezy Jefferson Memorial, that is.
|Such a good husband to George.|
Just a suggestion.
5. Do NOT bring a rollerbag to the conference
I have posted this several times since 2010, and people are still not listening. Rollerbags are the scourge of the exhibit hall. They get underfoot, and people are often unaware of the people behind them when toting it along. Don't be that person.
6. Do NOT get in the way
You make think the exhibit hall is huge, but the rows are narrower than you think. If you see someone you know, step out of the way, so that others can traverse the area more freely. If people have to walk around you, you're doing it wrong.
7. Do NOT be Gwyneth Paltrow in "Contagion"
I know you are excited to be going to Washington, DC, and hanging with 12,000+ of your favorite HR friends. You may have already spent significant dollars on travel, hotel, etc. However, if you are even remotely close to being ill, please consider staying home. It seems I get ill once every couple of years, and most likely I caught something from a sick person. So, do not be patient zero.
8. Do NOT buy your coffee at the Convention Center
I know those vendors have paid high rent and are trying to earn a buck. However, the lines will rival that of the TSA as you fly to DC. Get your caffeine fix at your hotel. Also, the Convention Center is located near a number of cafes.
9. Do NOT text or tweet and walk
There will be 12,000+ individuals in attendance. When that General Session with Amy Cuddy or Mike Rowe lets out, you and all your new friends will simultaneously be trying to get out of the hall and head to the next session, the bathroom, or to grab some coffee. Please do not start walking and stare down at your phone. I am excited that you have the Twitter, Facebook, or Hootsuite app, and you are using the #SHRM16 hashtag. But, inevitably, you will run into the back of someone. This will not be one of those "meet cute" scenarios you see in the movies. Instead, you will likely be called out because that person you just ran into will see your name on your badge.
10. Do NOT rush the door when exiting your SHRM Shuttle
In the US, when exiting the SHRM shuttles, those in the front leave first and then the next row, and so on in an orderly fashion. Plowing from the back of the bus and pushing aside those in front of you is bad manners. You know we're living in a society...we're suppose to act in a civilized way.
11. Do NOT wear your SHRM Conference badge at night.
As SHRM notes, wearing your badge outside of the convention center will peg you as a visitor from out of town and a target for crime. Even worse, many of you will likely heading to one of the bevy of parties that are out there. Bad behavior might ensue. Wearing your badge will likely make your name live in infamy as people mention your sordid exploits at future conferences. Try to drink in relative anonymity and leave your badge in your hotel room. Sight see, but do NOT be a sight seen.
So, what else would you tell attendees NOT to do? Leave a note below, or tweet your suggestion to #SHRM16Festivus.
by Matthew Stollak on Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Steve Browne is the Executive Director of Human Resources for LaRosa's, Inc. — a regional Pizzeria restaurant chain in Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southwest Indiana with 18 locations and over 1,200 Team Members. Steve has been a human resources professional for 25+ years and has worked in the Manufacturing, Consumer Products, and Professional Services industries. Additionally, Steve is a former State Director for Ohio SHRM and serves as a member of the SHRM Board of Directors. Steve facilitates a monthly HR Roundtable in Cincinnati and runs an internet message board for HR professionals that reaches 6,000 + people globally on a weekly basis. Steve is also a contributor to CareerBuilder's Talent Advisor Portal and posts regularly on his own blog, "Everyday People." Steve is also a HUGE U2 fan.
On Tuesday, June 21, Steve will be presenting a MEGA SESSION at the SHRM Annual Conference in Washington D.C. titled, "HR on Purpose! Five Ways to Own, Lead and Integrate HR Throughout Your Organization."
You were recently elected to the SHRM Board of Directors. What has been the most surprising thing you've discovered in taking on that role?
What are 2-3 things you would like to see accomplished during your time on the SHRM Board of Directors?
- I’d like to see people who are SHRM members understand the value of their membership so that they are making a conscious personal and professional decision to belong. It needs to “matter” past the paying of membership dues.
- I’d like to see the Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK) be utilized as a professional development tool for HR professionals as well as be a vehicle for people to obtain their SHRM Certification. It really is an amazing set of competencies that can be applied throughout a person’s career.
- I’d like to see SHRM embrace HR pros at all points of their career and throughout their career – from student to retiree, from generalist to specialist, from consultant to vendor. At the same time, move the profession forward while maintaining the solid professional development they offer at various stages of one’s career.
You have a MEGA SESSION on Tuesday, June 21 at 2:15 p.m. titled, "HR on Purpose! Five Ways to Own, Lead and Integrate HR Throughout Your Organization." (which conflicts with my own SMART Stage session...go see Steve) Are many HR professionals not purposeful? If so, why not?
You've attended the SHRM Annual Conference numerous times. What keeps you coming back each year?
- Go to sessions that stretch you professionally so you can grow personally and also help your organization to grow. The technical sessions are good if you don’t feel strong in a certain area, but take a chance and really stretch !!
- Be Social !! – Make sure to connect with at least 5 to 10 people you didn’t know before attending SHRM16. Be intentional about it and get to know them and make the connections with them socially as well. (Twitter, Linked In, Snapchat, etc.) Go out to the social events and hang with people throughout the week. Don’t do the mad dash back to your room to catch some TV show. Be in the sea of people !!
- Check out the presentations on the Smart Stage. Great content in small bites !! A hidden gem of the Conference.
How many people do you hope to meet at the SHRM Annual Conference?
by Matthew Stollak on Monday, May 16, 2016
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the WorkHuman Conference in Orlando, FL. Traveling also gave me the opportunity to catch up on a few movies (with 3 year old twins, my movie viewing has shrunk to one a month, if I am lucky). One of the films I saw was "Ex Machina."
|Are we human or are we dancer?|
The movie made an excellent companion to the conference and a similar test could be applied in the HR world. What characteristics truly make a human workplace? Words such as recognition, appreciation, happiness, presence, and mindfulness easily flowed from speakers and attendees alike. Sadly, I didn't hear much about paying a living wage for employees as part of the conversation.
With that in mind, what makes a workplace human for you? What would make it pass your test?
by Matthew Stollak on Tuesday, May 10, 2016
I'm here in Orlando for the 2nd WorkHuman Conference (subtitled Even More Work and Even More Human). Here are some quick takeaways from this morning's festivities:
The production has been top-notch
As somehow who has been involved in the planning of the WI SHRM State Conference for the past 10 years, I know the trials and tribulations of putting on a show. They have done a magnificent job of being on brand, with quality facilities, good food, and stellar graphics for the presentation. Even small touches have stood out, from a cookie/donut wall and coloring charts and tables, to fruit infused water and a holistic approach to the schedule.
Shawn Achor highlighted the importance of happiness
I had seen Shawn Achor speak before, and he continued to enrapture the audience in the ease with which he translated research into easy to understand practice. According to Achor, it’s “the joy you feel striving toward your potential.” This potential extends beyond yourself to unlocking the potential in others. As a result, the breadth and depth of social relationships are crucial to one's happiness.
We are still striving for answers when it comes to performance, recognition, and compensation
As Eric Mosley noted, clearly annual performance reviews are not working. Similarly, lump sum bonuses given once have a short impact; less than six weeks. And, compensation budgets for recognition continue to be tiny. However, I'm not convinced more frequent, smaller bonuses are necessarily better. Do $50 bonuses given 100 times over the year create more sustained motivation than a single $5000 bonus given once? Does the 25th time one is awarded that $50 bonus have the same impact as the first, or are there diminishing marginal returns?