What’s Your SHRM Relationship Status? Final Thoughts on #SHRM17

Final Thoughts on #SHRM17

How would you describe your relationship with SHRM?  

  • Member
  • Volunteer
  • Vendor
  • Speaker
  • Staff
  • Board Member
  • New Attendee
  • Certified Professional

In this grouping, I am or have been a 1) member 2) volunteer 3) speaker 4) new attendee, but none of the others – although I know people who played them on television.

If you put it into Facebook relationship status terms,  you have more than one option to choose from:

  • Single
  • In a relationship
  • Married
  • Engaged
  • Not specified
  • In a civil union
  • In a domestic partnership
  • In an open relationship
  • It’s complicated
  • Separated
  • Divorced
  • Widowed
  • I’d rather not say

My Facebook status with SHRM would have to be “It’s complicated”.

Don’t get me wrong, I love SHRM. I’ve been a volunteer for many years at the state and national level.  SHRM is the kind of organization that works like this:

“The more value you put into the organization, the more value you get out of the organization.”

The miracle is this, the more we share, the more we have. – Leonard Nimoy

So why is my relationship complicated?  Several reasons:

  1. My favorite SHRM event is the Legislative and Legal Conference they run every year.  It’s smaller and more intimate, and thusly more on point for me as an attendee.  The smaller size allows me to find topics that are more relevant to me, and to network more effectively with individuals who will matter to me throughout the year.
  2. There were nearly 20,000 people in New Orleans this year, including god only knows how many vendors.  I am a professional conference goer and I felt overwhelmed and exhausted by day 3, which for me was Monday because I was in town starting Saturday morning for SHRM volunteer meetings.  I came to New Orleans with some great intentions about meeting new practitioners and checking out new vendors, but the event was just so damned big that I called an audible and worked on building on networking relationships from past SHRM events or with people I had met at other conferences like #Workhuman.   My most memorable moment from New Orleans was hanging around the Kat Cole talk with Kelly Marinelli and Kate Bischhoff.

Once again, don’t get me wrong. I’m not faulting SHRM for this.  I get a ton of value from every SHRM event I attend, but I’m finding that at this stage of my career, I get more value from the smaller, more intimate events that SHRM runs.

I was also involved in a discussion thread on Facebook about this notion of smaller conferences becoming something of a growing trend for HR practitioners, and to vendors.  There’s a lot of competition in the space – like WorkHuman, HRTechWorld coming to the US, and HR Tech going to Europe, not to mention TRU, HRevolution, excellent state conferences like HR Florida or Illinois SHRM and a bunch of others including the boutique labor and employee relations conference that CUE (the organization I run) puts on 2x a year.

This is a little bit of a rambling post.   SHRM National conference is not going anywhere, and it’s an excellent event.  There is lots to learn and many benefits to attending, but it has some competition.  If you want to find the most value, check out some different events from time to time, although I can promise you will never find an HR conference that has more offerings on site based drink delivery systems for sale in the exposition hall than #SHRM17 including smoothie makers, Kuerig, juicers and even a Nespresso Cafe with lattes to go.

That’s all for this year!

 

 

Bloggers are Super-Heroes, But Even We Can’t Be Two Places at Once

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Super-heroes with super-powers and secret identifies are everywhere these days.  Most of them had secret identities, except maybe for social media and labor relations bloggers.

In the old days, some HR bloggers used to blog anonymously because they had to remain under the radar with their employers.  I was always lucky enough to be able to blog publicly with the blessings of my employers. Then I took this job at CUE and this blog went radio silent.

I’m in the process of trying to get this blog revved up again and posting on a regular basis.

t may seem like I’m not blogging much anymore, but actually I’m blogging several times a week for my day job at CUE Inc. with pretty much the same quirky mix of topics – labor relations, social media and HR.

It’s not much a secret identity, but it’s why this blog hasn’t had many posts lately.

Today I put up a post over there about the recent success unions and labor activists have had in raising the minimum wage in some states.  Go check it out.

Storified>>The Bumpy Road to Raising the Minimum Wage

This has given the Fight for $15 movement cause to celebrate, but the discussion around the issue is not concluded, and it appears some will benefit more than others.

A recent article in the New York Times stated, “But between here and there, things will get complicated for workers and their employers. Nine months from now, there will be six different hourly minimum wages in the state: one for fast-food workers in New York City ($12), and one for fast-food workers in the rest of the state ($10.75); one for other workers in the city who have at least 10 co-workers ($11), and one for those in smaller workplaces ($10.50); one for non-fast-food workers in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties ($10), and one for that group in the rest of the state ($9.70)

“It will be a little confusing,” said Michael Reich, a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley. “When you have one minimum wage, it’s sort of simple because everyone knows the number. When you have many, it’s more complex.”

FALL 2015 CUE CONFERENCE – KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!

FALL 2015 CUE CONFERENCE – KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!!!

Denver

The excitement is building and your conference program team is putting the finishing touches on the CUE Conference in Denver. We can’t wait to see you there.

As you plan your conference experience, you may find the following logistical information helpful as you prepare to travel.

CONFERENCE MATERIALS

CONFERENCE BOOKS – During registration, you selected either an e-Book or printed Book for use at the conference.  If you selected an eBook, you will receive it a week before conference via e-mail. Printed books will be at the registration desk upon your arrival.

MOBILE APP – CUE attendees can now access session descriptions, speaker bios, speaker presentations, speaker evaluations, create a customized conference schedule and so much more – right from your smart phone, tablet or computer!

To access the mobile app, go to https://cuefall2015.pathable.com.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM DOWNLOADS – All session presentations will be available to download via the CUE App a week  before the conference in the CUE mobile app. You can also download presentations from the CUE website http://bit.ly/1ieMJAF, or from the CUE Conference memory stick you will receive as part of your conference attendee package.

CUE PUBLICATIONS – We will be offering some of our most popular CUE publications for sale at special rates during the conference. Stop by the registration desk for full details.

NETWORKING @ CUE

Maximize your 2015 CUE Conference experience by meeting CUE Board members and networking with other  CUE members. This is one of the most important aspects of any CUE event.

1ST TIME ATTENDEE RECEPTION – If you are a first-time attendee at CUE, plan to begin your conference experience at our 1st Time Attendees Cocktail reception on Sunday from 6:00 – 6:30 PM in the foyer of the spectacular Capitol Peak Ballroom on the 38th floor of the hotel.

GRAND OPENING RECEPTION – Join us at the Grand Opening Reception on Sunday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Capitol Peak Ballroom on the 38th floor of the hotel. Enjoy great food and cocktails, and meet with your CUE colleagues from across the globe.

MONDAY NIGHT SOCIAL AND NETWORKING OPTIONS – Monday evening is typically set aside for attendees to hold team dinners or to explore the social life in downtown Denver, but before you head out, be sure to attend the CUE member networking reception for a cocktail and snack in the Aspen Ballroom from 5:15 – 6:15 PM.

TRAVELING ALONE?  – Check out our “Dine Around” options on Monday night  for a chance to eat dinner with CUE Board members and other conference attendees. Check with the registration desk for more information.

TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE WYNKOOP BREWERY – Get ready to relax, let your hair down and get your party on with a special event at the Wynkoop Brewery.  Please join us Tuesday night from 6 – 8 pm in the second floor pool hall which features 15 tournament-sized billiards tables, foosball, darts, brewery tours and great networking. Close out your CUE conference experience with great company and delicious Wynkoop food along with fresh Wynkoop beer from their critically acclaimed brewery.  Buses will begin loading at 5:30 pm.

HOTEL INFORMATION

GRAND HYATT – The times for check-in at the Grand Hyatt Denver will be 3 pm and check-out will be at 12 pm. In the event that you have to cancel your hotel room, please note that the Grand Hyatt has a 2 day (48 hour) cancellation policy. Cancellations made less than 2 days out will be charged a one night’s room and tax penalty. Hotel address is 1750 Welton St, Denver, CO 80202 phone: (303) 295-1234.

From Denver International Airport: Exit Pena Boulevard to I-70 West. Proceed to I-25 South. Exit at Speer Boulevard. South and proceed on Speer Boulevard. Turn left on Lawrence Street Turn right on 17th Street Turn left on Welton, Grand Hyatt is located on the right. More detailed directions can be found at http://bit.ly/1JapRbc.

HOLIDAY INN – The times for check-in at the Holiday Inn will be 3 pm and check-out will be at 11 am. Hotel address is 1715 Tremont Place Denver, CO 80202. Phone: (303) 296-0400.

GRAND HYATT PARKING – The Hyatt offers Valet Parking in a covered garage adjoining the hotel.  (Porte cochere entrance of Grand Hyatt Denver). Overnight Parking is available seven days/week for $37/night USD, and includes in and out privileges. Daily parking is available seven days/week: 0 – 4 hours: $20 and 4 hours or more: $25. Oversized vehicle parking is available seven days/week for $43/day USD. For guests with oversized vehicles, please note, the limited height clearance of the garage (6’9”). Self-parking is available for a fee at several parking lots located near the hotel.

MEALS AND DINING

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH SCHEDULE – General and concurrent sessions on Monday and Tuesday will run throughout the entire day. All meals will be served in the Aspen Ballroom on the 2nd floor. Breakfast will be served from 6:45 – 7:45 am and lunch will be served from 12:15 – 1:30 pm both days. Morning breaks will be from 9:15 – 9:30 am and 10:45 – 11:00 am.  The afternoon break will be from 2:45 – 3:15 pm.  Coffee and other assorted beverages will be available.

DINING OPTIONS – Dining in Denver can be an adventure.  Options at the Hyatt include Pub 17 on Welton Street, one of the newest restaurants in downtown Denver offering high plains cuisine and local microbrews, the Fireside Lounge and Starbucks Café. Explore other nearby options at http://denv.co/1Qfyd6U.

GENERAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION

THE REGISTRATION DESK – The place to go for help with any conference needs you may have. CUE staff members will be available daily during conference hours to help you with questions.

ATTIRE – Conference dress is typically business casual. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes! Also, we urge you to bring a sweater or jacket as the meeting rooms at the hotel may be cool.

ATTEND OUR SUNDAY PANELS AND DISCUSSION GROUPS – Open your conference with these unique opportunities to network with industry peers and experts. Our industry discussion groups meet Sunday from 3:45 – 4:45 PM and offer an opportunity to exchange information with peers from the Manufacturing, Retail and Transportation sectors in an informal conversational environment. Our “Ask the Experts” panel meets from 5:00 – 6:00 PM and offers a moderated, open format in which CUE experts answer questions about the latest developments in labor and employee relations. Check your schedule or at the registration desk for specific locations.

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP – The pre-conference workshop will be held from 12:00 – 4:00 PM in the Mt. Oxford and Mt. Columbia rooms on the 3rd floor. Attendees should check in at the registration desk to get materials and their specific room assignment.  Registration desk opens at 11:00 AM.

SPEAKER EVALUATIONS – This year we are proud to partner with Pathable for online speaker evaluations on our mobile app at https://cuefall2015.pathable.com . Each session has a speaker evaluation. Simply click on speaker evaluation, enter the speaker name(s) in appropriate field and rate each speaker in each category and submit. By completing the evaluations, you are providing valuable information for the planning and development of future CUE Conference Programs. We appreciate your time and feedback!

NEW MEMBERSHIP MANAGEMENT WEBSITE – If you would like brief training on how to utilize the new CUE website and manage your membership, please feel free to stop by the registration desk and speak with Morgan Jennings. She will gladly answer any questions or walk you through the site and resolve any issues you may have. If you are interested in signing up for a webinar for training, you may do so by speaking with her. 

CUE CHARITY/ HR Gives Back to a Future Without Parkinson’s

Each conference, we donate to a charitable organization in recognition and appreciation of the speakers who give their time to give to our event. For Fall 2015, we are proud to partner with the Michael J. Fox Foundation as part of the “HR Gives Back to a Future Without Parkinson’s” initiative to raise funds for finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today. Click to http://bit.ly/1OV59RN to donate or learn more.

On behalf of the entire CUE Conference Team, thank you for choosing to attend the 2015 fall CUE Conference! So many CUE members and volunteers come together to make this a premier event for our attendees – we truly hope you enjoy it!

CUE staff

It’s never too late. It just takes the will..

CUE Inc. has gone social

It may also need an editorial calendar.

I don’t have that yet, but we’re getting there. A new-look website and consistent branding is coming soon!

This is a post that used to come out a lot circa 2009, but there’s no reason not to drop a classic just because it been done before.

Here’s the big drop.

My new organization, CUE Inc. now has social media accounts on the big three of social media. You can check out our information on labor relations news, along with informative news on labor relations, leadership, employee engagement and positive employee relations practices.  You can find us at the following links:

We’ll be featuring great content on the sites like this one from China Gorman who will be a keynote speaker at our Spring 2015 CUE Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on April 26-28th.

I hope that you will follow all three accounts so that CUE can become your go-to source for great links covering developing labor relations issues and positive employee relations resources for business.