It’s the #SHRM12 & #notatSHRM Carnival of HR

The Popular Twitter Hashtag for The SHRM Conference

While you are packing your picnic baskets and shopping for sparklers, I’m slaving away on America’s Independence Day putting the latest edition of the Carnival of HR.  It’s not as bad as it sounds as I’m serving up this Carnival of HR near the sandy beaches of San Diego where me and my family are hunkered down after an especially fun, action-packed, and exhausted SHRM 2012 Annual Conference.

I’m especially proud of SHRM this year.  They entertained 85 HR bloggers from June 24-27 with many of them also doing double duty serving in the Hive helping to educate conference attendees on the wonders of blogging, technology, and social media.  The carnival is divided into two categories:  those who attended or wrote about #SHRM12 and those who chose not to. I affectionately refer to those folks as #notatshrm. This is a popular hashtag on Twitter as well for those HR bloggers and social media folks who couldn’t make it to the SHRM Conference this year.

It’s the #SHRM12 & #notatSHRM Carnival of HR

Let the carnival begin. . .


Heather Bussing gives us insights into the power of people and the importance of considering them when designing policies that affect them.  Although Heather was at SHRM, she choose to share this powerful article.

i4cp gives it to us straight talking about trends in HR, specifically when it comes to mobile and learning.  Great article and be sure to check out the related white paper for more on mobile.

Ever had conflict in the workplace?  Who hasn’t? The Rainmaker Group helps to end that messy conflict and avoid conflict altogether at work.

HR-FAQ shares with us insights if you want to become a salesman.  This article is especially helpful and important for entrepreneurs who are wearing multiple hats in business or those who are looking to make a career switch.

Linda Fisher Thorton of Leading Context shares how senior leaders must lead by example in order to maintain an ethical workplace and culture.  This article provides useable insights you can share with your executive team.

Wally Bock talks leadership and strategies to flatten your organization in a big but effective way over at 3 Star Leadership with his post Thinking of Going Boss Less.

Is the casual summer dress code bringing you and your office down?  Insight discusses your HR policy and provides guidance on your summer dress code.

Recognition is critical for a workplace to be productive, enjoyable and flourish.  Jennifer V. Miller of People Equation reminds us that recognition for our workplace or work team isn’t a one size fits all.

 The famous Evil HR Lady celebrates July 4th outside of the US.  She shares her column on CBS News and Why My Child Will Be Your Child’s Loss.

At a time when HR is abuzz about big data, the Vision of HR Blog, reminds us that the Future of Work Is Not a Numbers Game.

I’ve always found that the simplest way is generally the best.  Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership by Dan shares How to Explain Leadership Development to a 5th Grader.

John Hunter’s Curious Cat Management Blog reminds us the better job you do of managing the job, the easier it becomes. Read Leading Improvement and Enjoying the Rewards.  One of my favorites from this carnival.

While today may be American’s birthday, life and work goes on.  The Canadian HR Reporter provides insights into Canada social media policies and what you should or shouldn’t do.

Sandrine Bardot live blogs from the IIRME Compensation and Benefits Forum in Dubai.  Debrief yourself on the latest global benefits and compensation trends in HR from the Compensation Insider.

Social media while fun for its users is big business.  Ben Martzinez of HR Hound tells us why Twitter gets dropped by LinkedIn is big news.  Be sure to read about the how LinkedIn’s other changes impact those lazy recruiters.


It’s a Wrap from China Gorman.  She’s breaks down the conference saying that, “No one does HR conferences like SHRM.”

Managers are busy many times too busy to talk, engage, or even evaluate their employees.  Ben Eubanks provides insights from a session at SHRM including Twitter banter with Twitter Doesn’t Make Better Managers.

Ever wondered how SHRM and hockey could come together for a good cause?  That’s what happened at SHRM courtesy of Dwane Lay of Lean HR who along with a fine group of HR folks is helping to raise money for the Atlanta Mission with an auction of autographed hockey sticks.  Look for the auction and learn more here.

Lizzy Smithton from the Conspiracy Gives us the SHRM12 Recap. Great insights from a first timer at the conference.

Shauna Morke, the HR Minion herself shares the Good and the Bad from the SHRM 2012 Conference.  And I agree, Shauna you were not at the conference long enough.  We all need more minion in our lives.

Dwane Lay over at Learn HR makes the connection between hockey, SHRM, and the Atlanta Mission.  Learn more how SHRM and HR volunteers are helping to drive awareness and do good at the same time.

Even though the SHRM conference had over 13,000 in attendance, it was still an intimate setting.  Steve Browne tell us why this is the case with An Intimate 13,500.

The future of HR is happening all around us but at SHRM the Student HR Conference happened on Saturday also in Atlanta.  Robin Schooling talks about the Future of HR and Students and the recipients of the Outstanding Student Chapter Reward Recipients.

Laurie Ruettiman, known as the Cynical Girl gives us the skinny on SHRM12 with her own unique spin.  As always,  Laurie is insightful and entertaining.

Mike Haberman sums up the 2012 SHRM closing keynoter, Tom Brokaw.  The Final Day with Tom Brokaw continues the national conversation and drive creativity with big ideas.

Sick of SHRM12 articles, tweets, and blog posts yet?  Mike Vandervort diagnoses your HR and SHRM symptoms at the Human Race Horses Blog.

Thanks for checking out the carnival of HR.  Until next time on July 18th when the carnival makes it’s way to Gareth Jones’s place.


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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Learn more about Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource, and the host of the Workology Podcast. More of her blogs can be found here.

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