• New Twitter Users from #ILSHRM11

    The crowd raising up for Talent Anarchy.

    The Illinois SHRM show as I like to call it is over, and has been in the books for about a week now. Much has been said and a lot has been written.  Oh and there were many a picture taken and posted, and video shot – with some still to come.  So I don’t intent to pile on at this point.

    I do wish to say publicly that I am proud of what our organization ILSHRM, pull off and I am proud to be a part of the group.

    One of the things we attempted to do is demonstrate leadership in the area of social media. My friend John Jorgensen had the idea of a Social Media Boot Camp. Then he engaged one of best people around to leader that ½ day session.  A big thanks to Jessica Miller-Merrell (aka @blogging4jobs) for doing a great job with this.  We had over 100 attendees. We created a significant number of new twitter users, and got folks to thinking about how their employers and themselves can use social media to market, promote and recruit for their organizations.

    So I salute all of those who took the plunge and dove into social media as a result of attending our boot camp. If you are new to this space I am going to make a few recommendations for things for you to investigate and see if you find them to be useful, entertaining or an annoyance.

    Drive Thru HR – a weekday ½ hour internet Radio show with Bryan Wempen and William Tincup (weekdays at Noon Central Time).  You can listen live or podcasts are available.

    HR Happy Hour – A weekly internet radio show on HR Matters hosted weekly by Steve Boese (Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. Central). You can listen live or podcasts are available.

    #Tchat on twitter –  This is a live on-line chat where moderators throw out question,  then people respond to the questions and to the other responses.  (Wednesdays at 6 pm Central on twitter –follow the hashtag #tchat)

    #HireFriday on Twitter  – This is another twitter on-line community trying to help find employment for those who are looking for a job. (Friday’s at 11AM Central onTwitter).

    For a complete list of all twitter chats check out this list from Jessica

    Lastly – If you are new to twitter and ended up there as a result of the ILSHRM state conference please contact me – leave a comment on this post or email me.

  • Don’t be a Lurker – Just Ask


    This is a guest post from Chis Fields @new_resource . Chris holds a Master’s in HR from OSU, and has his own blog at http://costofwork.com/.



    It’s human nature to want to be well thought of and highly respected.  We can’t help but to try and impress people with our education, credentials and experience. How many times have you been listening to someone talk about something and you were lost, yet afraid to ask questions? Of course you use your deductive reasoning and problem solving skills but you still don’t get it. Instead of asking someone for help, you suffer along. The fear of embarrassment keeps us wondering in the dark. Hey, you’re smart! Just take it easy KemoSabe, you have nothing to prove, go ahead and ask away.

    I’m here to tell you that it’s alright to ask questions. I was invited to create this post simply because of asking questions. Here’s my story, this year Dave Ryan introduced me to the power of twitter. He has always encouraged me to get more involved. Recently, I was on the Twitter back channel for Steve Boese’s,  HRHappyHour  program, Bill Kutik was his guest. Bill was talking about this year’s HR Technology Conference. Well I’d never heard of it. That’s right it’s been under my nose the entire time and I haven’t heard of it or Bill.

    Stop looking down at me, there could be many reasons for this epic fail but during Twitter chat, I posted this “I know this is a rookie question but what is HR Tech Conference?” I have to say great folks like Robin Schooling, and Paul Smith came to my rescue and even provided a link. For the record Bill also reached out and gave me some additional information. But none of that would have happened; the information, the connection with Bill, had I not asked that question.

    As Human Resource Professional and Business Leaders,we encourage questions and comments because we understand asking questions lead to knowledge and growth. I had no idea the amount of support and opportunities (like this guest post) would follow from just asking a question.  This post is not about me, Bill, Robin, Dave, Steve or HR Tech; it’s about the wonderful things that can happen if you only ask questions. There are no stupid questions and you never know what can happen if you only ask.

  • Calling HR Puck Heads

    A  fellow I work with sent me a link to a video. I am sharing this with the twitter group #HRPuckheads.  This is a group of HR geeks who also enjoy hockey – just as I do.  The video need not introduction.  If you don’t know who Warren Zevon was Google him.



  • Tools for Talent

    Kyle Lagunas

    Today’s post is a guest post from Kyle Lagunas.  He is the HR Analyst at Software Advice. He blogs about technology and trends in human resources by day, and flexes his culinary muscles by night.


    What essential items do you take with you when leaving the office? If you’re like me, you’re sure to grap your mobile phone, your briefcase, and maybe some business cards. What about a mobile diversity training module? Why not? With today’s anytime-anywhere mobile access, the game for HR is changing. Developers are working hard to put mobile solutions for hiring, managing and tracking HR at your disposal. Though many are focused on recruiting and hiring,  a new crop of applications have come to market that allow users to dive into highly valuable data on the go. Here are a few of the mobile HR applications that we liked best.

    Acquiring Talent

    Kenexa 2xMobile allows users to manage hiring processes on the go. The application focuses on key hiring tasks so hiring managers can execute the most basic actions needed to move the hiring process along.  This free app syncs with Kenexa’s SaaS-based applicant tracking system, but users must have a Kenexa license.

    Jobvite is an innovative candidate sourcing solution that has a lot of people talking. This application enables users to send job invitations (or Jobvites) to members of their networks on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook from just about anywhere. To plug in to this tool, you’ll need a Jobvite subscription.

    AquireInSight is a SaaS-based analytics suite that utilizes existing data to analyze trends within your organizational hierarchy. Users can create charts and reports that make it easier for managers to visualize workforce trends and take action on them. With its mobile site, users have the full power of this system at their disposal anytime, anywhere–but access is limited to users with Aquire InSight subscriptions.

    Managing Talent

    Vortex’sMobileManagerConnect is a web-based workforce management tool that allows users to manage operational needs on the go. You can review, edit and approve time cards, violations and time off requests, and syncs with existing HR management and payroll systems. The app is free, but users need users Vortex Connect license to use it.

    diversityDNA is a mobile diversity training app that offers insights into the impact cultural differences have on workplace conduct. Covering the basics of cultural diversity, this mini course illustrates best practices for communicating in the workplace. This simple, straightforward tool is a great start for HR professionals who are interested in enlightening their workforce. The best part? The app is free!

    RyppleFeedback is a web-based application that turns performance reviews into a far more engaging experience. Leveraging social networking concepts, Rypple makes it easy for leaders to recognize achievements and offer regular feedback to employees. This program is user-friendly at every level, and setting goals, documenting performance, and scheduling reviews (or “loops,” as they call them) are a snap. Rypple currently offers various subscription options from free to $9 per user per month.

    Additional Resources

    HRatYourFingertips is an HR terms and concepts reference tool. Valuable for newcomers and veterans alike, this application is divided into three sections. The glossary covers 270+ key terms and concepts. The HR Laws section contains information on federal laws, including eligibility and compliance standards. The app also contains a beginner’s guide for writing an employee handbook. This mobile app is currently available only for the iPhone or iPad.

    AcceroWorkforceIntelligence is a reporting and analytics tool with 200+ predefined HR metrics, scorecards, charts and graphs built in. Also offering traditional reporting capability, it fully integrates with the Accero Cyborg solution. Clearly illustrating actionable HR information, this app allows HR professionals to keep tabs on their organization wherever they go. It’s currently offered only to Accero Cyborg subscribers, though its availability will expand down the line.

    HRConceptsMobileBenefits gives users the ability to tap into health benefit account information on their smart phones. Review claims and account balances, and submit new receipts by taking a picture with their mobile devices. Transmissions are encrypted and secure, and sensitive information is never stored on your mobile device. This straightforward tool takes employee self-service one step further.

    What are some applications that are helping make your life easier?

  • Will one Tragedy lead to Others?

    Last Saturday night something awful happened here in the mid-west.  Just in case you missed this,

    The Indiana State Fair Tragedy

    a storm blew in to the Indiana State Fair.  There was  a significant burst of wind on the leading edge of the storm, which lead to the stage rigging falling down and sadly killed 5 people. Once this occurred, I already conceived the aftermath and some of what will transpire as a result of this event.

    First is the lawsuits.  By the time I get this posted I would bet $100 that there is at least one suit filed. The facts aren’t even in yet but damn it, we have litigation going..

    How could this happen? The hue and cry of those who will need someone’s head on a platter.  It will be someone like the State Fair Manager, someone from the National Weather Service, the sub-contractor who erected the rigging – take your pick; someone will be hung out to dry.

    The naming of a memorial.  While this is probably fitting to those who lost their lives, nonetheless, it is oh so predictable.

    And lastly the thing, which in my mind will be the most abhorrent.  There will be legislative investigations/ witch hunts.  Then there will be the new OSHA standard on stage rigging. It will speak to the size of the metal, the thickness of the guide-wires needed,  the number of bolts and supports needed,  training requirements, and then shutdown guidelines (e.g. if severe weather is forecast no one can be within 2000 feet of the stage.)  It will happen.

    Now,I  know I am being a little callous here but I can see all of this happening.  It was a tragic accident and I have the utmost sympathy for those who lost loved ones.  However let’s not let this event be the ruination of outdoor events or drive the cost of tickets up another $100 per show.