Tips and Hints for Beginners Heading to SHRM 2018 in Chicago

The SHRM conference can seem overwhelming at first. Here are some tips to get the most out of the event, or really any large conference.

A common topic in the business space now is how people feel constant pressure to always be “on.” The usual context for that is people working through lunch or checking work emails throughout the evening after they clock out, but I think it applies to massive networking events as well.

Starbucks Anti-Bias Training Sparks Conversation About Workplace D&I Efforts

Following the coffee chain’s May 29 closure to conduct company-wide racial bias training, D&I experts discuss the effectiveness of such training in driving meaningful change.

Leading up to Starbucks’ closure and in its aftermath, much conversation and debate have taken place about the effectiveness and long-term effects of unconscious bias training, whether it will have positive results, and what those results look like.

Starbucks Shuts Down to Give Workers Anti-Bias Training

Customers seeking their afternoon caffeine jolt were largely supportive of the coffee giant’s closure.

Customers had to leave Starbucks early May 29 for the coffeemaker’s anti-bias training. Photo by Andrew Kennedy Lewis Dozens of Starbucks customers were caught off guard by the mandatory half-day unconscious bias training for employees May 29 that shut down some 8,000 company-owned locations nationwide. Some tried to open the closed doors at a Starbucks on Michigan Avenue in Chicago;…

Can (or Should) OSHA Regulate the NFL?

The league has the power to regulate head injuries. It better be sure it is doing everything it can, or it is taking a huge risk that OSHA will step in and regulate in the league’s place.

Sports blog Deadspin asks: What If The NFL Were Regulated By OSHA? Well, Deadspin, I’m glad you asked. I answered this very question over three years ago. Here’s what I said (rhetorically asking if concussion are the NFL’s black lung): The NFL has implemented league-wide rules in an attempt to minimize head injuries. And, those rules seem to be working. During the…

J&J Human Performance Institute Banks on the Science of Behavior Change in the Workplace

Purpose is one strong motivator in behavior change, according to research, and it’s possible for employers to help employees find that purpose.

Behavior change isn’t easy — not for the employer attempting to change its employees’ bad habits or for the employee seeking to reinvent themselves. But research is looking into scientifically proven ways to motivate behavior change effectively.

Starbucks to Implement Unconscious Bias Training

After protests erupt at Starbucks, the company announces unconscious bias training for all employees. But will it make a difference?

Starbucks Coffee Co. announced it will close more than 8,000 stores the afternoon of May 29 for unconscious bias training. Starbucks stores will close for an afternoon for unconscious bias training. Photo by Michael Thomas for Starbucks Coffee Co. The announcement comes in the wake of protests following an incident at a Philadelphia Starbucks store where two black men were arrested for…

The 6th Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 is … the Sadistic Sergeant

The application process he alleges in his lawsuit is one to which no employee ever should be subjected.

Thomas Schiermeyer was already a recruit for the Seaside Park, New Jersey, Police Department, when he applied to the police academy for a promotion to an entry-level Officer.  The application process he alleges in his lawsuit is one that I’ve certainly never seen before, and one to which no employee ever should be subjected. As Schiermeyer was filling out his…

State Chamber Fights Workplace Addiction With Employer Opioid Toolkit

Education is great starting point. It’s up to all of us to follow through.

Nearly 50,000 Americans lost their lives to opioid-related overdoses in 2016. Compare that figure to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which recorded 43,000 deaths during its peak in 1995, or the entire Vietnam War, which saw 58,000 U.S. soldiers die. Needless to say, our opioid problem is a national epidemic. And, Ohio sits right on the front lines, with the 3rd highest rate of annual opioid-related deaths, trailing…

John Mahoney and Marty Crane Taught Us How to Cope With Life and Work

Mahoney’s recent death is a reminder to never stop learning. And that sipping a beer in a recliner is one way to deal with your annoying kids.

Crack open a can of Ballantine beer and sit in your favorite ugly easy chair. Let’s take a moment to commemorate the life of John Mahoney, the actor who played Marty Crane on the long-running TV sitcom Frasier.

Grovo Trademarks L&D Buzzword ‘Microlearning’

The aim of registering the term is to make microlearning a core part of every organization’s learning strategy, claims CEO.

Education technology company Grovo has trademarked one of the industry’s hottest buzzwords. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has given Grovo a registered trademark on “microlearning.” In legal terms, a trademark is used to identify goods or services as having a single source, according to intellectual property attorney Patrick J. Arnold Jr. But Arnold noted that Grovo has registered microlearning on the…