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Friday, April 11, 2014

Lobby Day in Illinois Success

This is a post I started in April and just getting a chance to publish. My apologies for the delay. 

It's been a few years since Tami Ireland and I started the state legislative conference with then ILSHRM Director,
Carolyn Spherl.  With continued support we have had our ups and downs but yesterday put a smile on both of our faces for a couple reasons. Those reasons center around two things: 1) Growth & 2) Opportunity. 

Both of us have visited Capitol Hill in DC during the SHRM sponsored Lobby Day and have mirrored our approach as closely as possible. However, some years  have not even come close to this year especially as it relates to opportunity. 

If you compare the picture of our first year to this years, you can see the growth in number of participants. It's obvious to us that even though growth has been slow it is still growth. Can't wait to see what the 2015 ILSHRM / CICSHRM legislative event will bring next Spring. 

The opportunity I was referring to is seeing an HR related bill being discussed in detail on the Illinois House floor. In this case the Pregnancy discrimination bill introduced by representative Flowers (which has now been passed). In past years we visited the gallery but they have primarily been discussing issues not related to the workplace. 

So as I mentioned earlier both growth and opportunity has put a smile on our face and made us proud to have started this event on the first place. HR should be more involved in the goings on with thier state capitols much more than they are overall thought out the USA. Legislators have no idea how thier bills affect the workplace and employers in our state unless we tell them. Please visit your representives and senators! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

#LASHRM Down - What's Next?

Well that was a blast! Hanging with long time HR friend, Dave Ryan, talking about Running an HR Department of One down south in the state of Louisiana. It was more than a was a great learning experience. I have always considered Dave mentor on areas of HR where I had little experience. One of those areas is Labor Relations. This go around I learned a lot about some new technologies that will help get the job done more effectively and efficiently. 

Among my list of takeaways from Dave include Smart Recruiters, Work for Us, Flubaroo, and Google Docs. Mobile apps have been the rave for a couple of years now but Smart Recruiters seem to have an edge on the recruiting space. The app allows cost conscious HR professionals to post job openings for free and then get picked up by a host of other online job banks. On top of your return on investment for a pinch of your time, it's relatively easy to learn and use. Another related Facebook add on is called Work For Use which does have a cost but seemed worth the price. 

The most useful tool I learned about would have come in real handy when I was responsible for safety training. Now I share the idea with clients and hope they will check it out. It's a combination of Fluberoo and Google Docs which allows you to set up a document that produces a link you can share with employees. The player follows the link to take a quiz about the training they just leaned. For example, fork lift training typically requires a test for understanding which can be documented on google docs using Flubaroo to score the test and provide feedback to the HR department. Dave provided a quick demonstration which made the whole process look easy to use and implement. 

I'll have to try it out myself and share it with clients so they too can benefit from his wisdom. So what's next? Only time will tell. In the meantime check out our slides which actually contains a video on how to use google docs and Flubaroo together. The website is 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Psyched for Year 2 on HR Speaking Circuit

admit, I am not the most polished among my peers in the HR speakers community. Nor do I attest to "know it all" or have the most interesting "stories". I especially have not worked at a Fortune "any number" organization which usually are the only ones who actually get paid to speak. Well there are those who have authored a book who get paid. I'm not there yet either. 

What I do know is how to pick a great partner in crime, what topics are not usually to the level of detail I feel is sufficient and how to dress for the occasion. Like the latter even matters, right? Well you will find a few shopping trip posts on social media where it has mattered to some (myself included). 

I also admit that less than a handful of speaking gigs hardly qualify one to be "on the circuit". What I confess to be true about speaking at a conference is: 

*I have a fabulous time helping others. 
*I meet a great deal of wonderful HR professionals as well as vendors serving the HR field. 
*I always learn something new, see something I have never seen before, and overhear some very clever souls sharing their HR secrets. 
*I never regret the time I take away from potential "billable hours" in a week. 

All and all, it's simply my pleasure to serve the HR community by giving of my time and making life easier for someone else by sharing one nugget of information not previously know to the attendee. 

I go on stage tomorrow at the Louisiana State Council of SHRM HR Conference for the first time at one of these state HR Conference with a dear friend, client, and mentor who I have known and worked with for over a decade and I could not be more excited. Dave Ryan and I will be sharing our experiences, tips, short cuts, and cost savers as current and former members of the HR Department of One Community. Our slides are available at This is one of two conferences I am a scheduled to speak at this year. Missouri SHRM will be my second this August. I have applications pending at other state conferences.  In addition, Dave and I would like to do our gig at another conference later this year or early next year before the information we poured into this program becomes too stale. 

Last year, I had the pleasure of speaking at three state HR conferences (Kansas, Wisconsin, and Minnesota). The evals all came back great which is what Dave and I are hoping for tomorrow. 

If you will be at one of the conferences mentioned, please look me up or tweet me at @HRWarrior.  I'd love to meet you in real life and always look forward to expanding our mutual HR network.