Born on the Bayou – HR Social Media #shrm17

A big topic of discussion that ran through the week of #ASHRM17 was how the New Orleans SHRM 2009 event was in many ways the birth of the social media sphere that exists in SHRM today.  I was part of a terrific informal dinner that took place one night while I was at that conference that built relationships that still flourish today.

Lance Haun, Laurie Ruettimann, Kris Dunn and Jessica Lee (I think) gave the first official SHRM National panel for SHRM. It was moderated by China Gorman.  It was a big step for a conservative organization, and according to John Jorgenson many people now claim having been at the panel who were not there.  I was not one of them.  I had already departed New Orleans that morning.

How the times have changed.  Social media tools are now integrally woven throughout the SHRM event.  Twitter is a key metric for the organization.


Total Tweets: 46,255
Total Unique Tweets: 24,470
Total Retweets: 21,785
Total Unique Users: 7,032
Total Reach: 21,018,765

There were more than 40 bloggers tweeting and writing and facebooking.  It’s pretty incredible really.

Twitter and Facebook even provide a way to join the conference remotely via hashtags and the work of some dedicated people like Tamara Rasberry, Jessica Merrell-Miller, Dave Ryan, Andi Devers, Dave Ryan and many others.  Check out #NotAtSHRM.


But – there are still HR people who don’t know how to use social media, and don’t understand how it can augment their relationships during and after the event.

But- there are 20,000 people (give or take) at the event, and you can’t meet them all, even with social media.

But – there is nothing that can replace meeting people face to face.

You should plan on attending #SHRM18 in Chicago, and you should also begin to plan your social media connection strategy now.  It will give you a big head start for 2018. Here’s your SHRM JumpStart.  and don’t forget #NextChat run each week by Mary Kaylor. 


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.


How One CEO Used Social Media to Tackle a Major Labor Problem

 Speaking Directly to Employees

This is an interesting use of social media by a CEO.  Confronted by a difficult collective bargaining situation that is severe enough that Secretary of Labor Tom Perez is now involved, James McKenna, President & CEO of the Pacific Maritime Assocation utilizes YouTube to release a public statement regarding the state of contract negotiations. The messaging in this video speaks directly to his employees, striving to deliver a message that counters what they may be hearing from their union representatives.



Ultimate Software Celebrates Landmark Event

Join me at Ultimate Software’s 100th HR Workshop in Miami, FL

Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading cloud provider of people management solutions, announced today that its 100th HR Workshop will be held on Thursday, April 24 at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Ultimate Software started its HR Workshop program in 2008 as a strategic, collaborative way to bring together leaders in human resources, talent management, recruitment, compliance, training, and retention for a range of interactive sessions.

Since its inception, Ultimate’s HR Workshop program has assembled approximately 8,000 professionals from more than 11,500 companies in HR, payroll, finance, and IT throughout the U.S. and Canada. These peers interact in an intimate setting, identify both short- and long-term business drivers, share proven ideas, discuss and evaluate industry trends, and exchange innovative methodologies with one another.

In addition to its HR Workshops, Ultimate also supports HR, payroll, and IT professionals through its HCM Online Academy–a free, online resource that provides options for distance learning. To date, more than 3,600 HR/payroll professionals have registered for Ultimate’s Online Academy where they have quick access to videos, white papers, third-party studies, and more.

At its 100th HR Workshop in Miami, Ultimate will host high-level HR executives from well-known companies, industry analysts, and two employment attorneys from a prestigious law firm. The discussions will cover how to:

   -- help organizations reach new heights through HR transformation 
   -- recognize the changes in human capital management and understand where 
      it's headed 
   -- understand the drivers of the global competition for critical talent 
   -- avoid key labor and employment law risks during acquisitions 
   -- steer clear of social media missteps, and more

Agenda for Miami/Coral Gables HR Workshop

   -- 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast 
   -- 9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.: Welcome and Introductions 
   -- 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.: Helping Your Organization Reach New Heights 
      through HR Transformation 
   -- 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.: Panel Discussion: How Has Human Capital 
      Management Changed and Where Is It Headed? 
   -- 11:15 a.m. to Noon: Ultimate Showcase and Refreshment Break 
   -- Noon to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch and Networking Opportunities 
   -- 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Best Practices in Talent Management Strategy from 
      an HR Expert 
   -- 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Key Labor and Employment Law Land Mines to Avoid 
      During Acquisitions 
   -- 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Ultimate Showcase and Refreshment Break 
   -- 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Social Media Leaders Tell All about Avoiding 
      Social Media Missteps

Speakers at the Miami HR Workshop are:

   -- Mark Simpson, Texas Roadhouse, Vice President of Legendary People 
   -- Patrick Sterling, Texas Roadhouse, Senior Director, Risk and People 
   -- Nikki Jackson, Nikki Jackson Consulting, Principal Owner 
   -- Dorothy Knapp, Society for Human Resource Management, Field Services 
      Director in the Southeast Region 
   -- Sharlyn Lauby, ITM Group, President 
   -- John Nykolaiszyn, Florida International University, Associate Director 
   -- Michael VanDervort, The Human Race Horses, Author and Blogger 
   -- Dan C. Dargene, Ogletree Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., 
   -- David M. DeMaio, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., 

To see the full agenda, register for the event, or view dates for upcoming workshops, visit

The Miami HR Workshop has been approved for 5.0 recertification credits (1.0 of which is a business/strategic credit) from the HR Certification Institute, 5.0 credits from the National Registry of CPE Sponsors in the Personnel/HR or Business Law fields of study, and 5.0 rchs from the APA.

About Ultimate Software

Ultimate Software is a leading cloud provider of people management solutions, with more than 15 million people records in the cloud. Built on the belief that people are the most important ingredient of any business, Ultimate’s award-winning UltiPro delivers HR, payroll, talent, compensation, and time and labor management solutions that seamlessly connect people with the information and resources they need to work more effectively. Founded in 1990, the company is headquartered in Weston, Florida, and has more than 1,900 professionals focused on developing the highest quality solutions and services. In 2014, Ultimate was ranked #20 on FORTUNE’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For; recognized as a ‘Leader’ in Nucleus Research’s HCM Technology Value Matrix; and awarded the highest rating by Constellation Research in its Cloud Buyer’s Bill of Rights Certification. Ultimate has 2,700 customers with employees in 150 countries, including Adobe Systems Incorporated, Bloomin’ Brands, Culligan International, Major League Baseball, Pep Boys, Texas Rangers Baseball, and Texas Roadhouse. More information on Ultimate’s products and services for people management can be found at

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