#SHRM15 Concurrent Sessions Kick Off

Jun 29, 2015
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General Session:

Buckingham: Team Leaders Make the Difference 
Nationally renowned human capital expert Marcus Buckingham told SHRM 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition attendees that he believes “radical” shifts are necessary to support team leaders—the most important drivers of business success—­in their efforts to manage performance and raise engagement in the workforce. 


Learning Lasts a Lifetime, Says SHRM Board Chair 
To be true leaders, HR professionals must never stop learning, said Brian D. Silva, SHRM-SCP, chair of the Society for Human Resource Management’s board of directors, in his speech opening the general session June 29.

Session Coverage:  

‘Teaming’ Promotes Innovation
Teaming is a new form of teamwork that involves rapid collaboration by team members across boundaries without the luxury of stable team structures, said Amy Edmondson, Novartis professor of leadership and management at Harvard Business School, during a Masters Series presentation June 29.

Why HR Needs to Be More Disruptive
Fix what’s not broken. Ignore common sense. Don’t do your homework. Masters Series speaker Luke Williams, a professor of innovation at the New York University Stern School of Business, gave attendees lessons in how to see the world differently.

HR Issues High on Washington, D.C.’s Agenda
The Obama administration is gliding toward the end of its second term, looking to lock up unfinished policy matters such as revision of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules and expedited union elections, as Republicans and Democrats gear up for the 2016 presidential elections, saidd Michael P. Aitken, the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) vice president for government affairs.

Growth Predicted for Private Health Care Exchanges
Now that the Supreme Court has made it clear that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is here to stay, employers will likely turn to private health insurance exchanges to hold down the cost of employee health benefits, said presenters at a concurrent session on health care reform and public and private exchanges.

Union Avoidance: Timelines Shrink and Trust Matters
Union avoidance is more important than ever now that the "ambush” election rule has dramatically shortened election periods, according to Timothy Davis, an attorney with Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP in Kansas City, Mo. And trust in management remains a key part of union avoidance. 

Remote Work, Connectivity and the FLSA: Reduce Your Risks
In the age of 24/7 connectivity, it’s vital to establish control over worktime so as to reduce the risk of noncompliance with the FLSA and the huge settlements that courts often impose for FLSA violations, advised Christine D. Hanley, J.D., during her concurrent session.

Keep Incentive Pay Plans Simple but Challenging
The age of base pay as the most important compensation component is over, and the era of variable comp is at hand, said Stacey R. Carroll, SHRM-SCP, during her concurrent session, “Effective Incentive Plan Design."

Tips for HR Departments of One
Being an HR department of one is a challenging, undervalued and often unappreciated job. But it’s interesting. And, have no doubt that it’s important, said Lori Kleiman, SHRM-SCP, president of consulting company HR Topics, a concurrent session. Kleiman, who specializes in HR for small businesses, offered some tips to beleaguered solo HR professionals.

More Conference News:

Volunteer Conference Co-Chairs Double-Down on Duties 
Meet the four conference co-chairs managing more than 800 volunteers: from left to right, Cynthia Dobek, SHRM-SCP, Grace Gamsky, SHRM-SCP, Patrice Ross, SHRM-SCP, and Bud H. Pierce, SHRM-SCP.

Health Care Dominates Rewards Mix, Benefits Survey Reveals 
Of all the types of benefits that organizations provide to their employees, health care remains a top focus, particularly as employers continue to weigh the effects of the Affordable Care Act, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2015 Employee Benefits research report, released June 29 at the Annual Conference.

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