SHRM’s Best Kept Secret: the SHRM Foundation

first_imgLast question, do I have to be a SHRM member or contribute to the SHRM Foundation to use their complimentary resources?[Beth] No, as a public charity, the SHRM Foundation makes all of its resources available free to the public–both SHRM members and non-members– on its website. Hard copies of the most recent products are also available by request from the Foundation.My thanks to Beth for sharing her knowledge with us. While Beth did point out that the SHRM Foundation resources are free to anyone, keep in mind that they would not be able to create these resources without our support. So if you do find the resources useful, consider making a tax-deductible donation at shrmfoundation.org/donate.I’m always looking for well-prepared information about the future of work. I can tell you from personal experience, the SHRM Foundation creates quality research and information that you can use in your strategic planning, operational goal setting and business meetings.Image courtesy of Sharlyn Lauby The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) is my professional association. I support other professional organizations, but my first HR job was as a generalist so SHRM was the first professional association I joined. Every employer I’ve ever worked for supported my membership in SHRM and allowed me to attend SHRM professional development events. They also supported me being a SHRM volunteer leader.It wasn’t until I became a volunteer leader that I learned about the SHRM Foundation. That’s why I think of it as a best kept secret. The SHRM Foundation supports our role as human resources professionals through research, thought-leadership and awards. And frankly, we can all use good information to make our jobs easier. So I reached out to Beth McFarland, CAE to share a little more with you about what the Foundation does to help us in our daily jobs. Beth is the director of foundation programs with the SHRM Foundation and I’ve had the pleasure of working with her for years.Beth, can you share with readers some background about the SHRM Foundation (i.e., what it does, how long it’s been around, etc.)[Beth] The SHRM Foundation was created by SHRM in 1966, so we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary next year. Our main mission is really research and education. We support students and professionals in their lifelong learning by awarding more than $150,000 in education and certification scholarships annually.In addition, we develop educational materials for HR professionals and students, and fund original rigorous research to advance the knowledge base of the HR profession. To help educate HR professionals on the trends impacting the workplace, we introduced a major multi-year thought leadership initiative in 2013.As a special expertise panel member, I know a little about the thought leadership initiative you’re talking about. Tell us more about the project.[Beth] We believe that understanding the fundamental changes impacting the world of work is the first step to preparing for them—and ultimately leveraging them for competitive advantage. That’s why we launched a multi-phase initiative to identify and analyze critical trends likely to affect the workplace in the next 5-10 years. Through a rigorous process of surveys, expert-panel discussions and analysis conducted in partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), we identified three key themes and have been focusing our program of work on a different theme each year.In 2015, our focus is Engaging and Integrating a Global Workforce. We have released a report, written by the EIU that explains this theme in more detail. Later this year we’ll be releasing infographics and video interviews to help people learn more about this topic. Members of the SHRM expert panels are now working to identify specific ways these trends will impact the workplace and what HR can do now to prepare. Their final report will be released this fall. Visit our Digital Hub to learn more about SHRM Foundation thought leadership.  One of my go-to resources is the “Effective Practice Guidelines” series. Relevant information I can use every day. What other types of “thought leadership” are produced by the SHRM Foundation?Thanks for highlighting those. What’s great about the Effective Practice Guidelines (or ‘EPGs’ as we call them) is that they provide a quick overview of each topic along with practical, specific guidelines for success—and it’s all based on solid research. We create these in an easy-to-use format that really works well for busy HR professionals.In addition to our EPGs, we also publish shorter executive briefings— which are great to share with other leaders and line managers in your organization—and a series of educational DVDs that show strategic HR in action. We’re proud to report that, in addition to workplaces, these resources are now used in hundreds of college classrooms as well. And excerpts from the EPGs are often included in HR textbooks.This year, the SHRM Foundation provided awards to individuals who have never attended the annual conference before. And the SHRM Foundation provides other types of scholarships, awards and research grants to professionals. How can someone learn more about these programs?[Beth] Easy! Visit our website at shrmfoundation.org and select ‘Scholarships & Awards’ from the top menu. This provides an overview of the different awards available to each group: SHRM members, students/advisors and researchers. The ‘overview’ page provides a brief description of each award along with the application deadline. Click on any award for more information and to access the online application. For information about research grants, choose the ‘Research’ tab at the top of the page.How is the work of the SHRM Foundation funded?[Beth] The SHRM Foundation funds its work with gifts from individuals, companies, organizations, sponsors, SHRM chapters and SHRM state councils. In 2013 and 2014, the Foundation’s annual campaign raised more than $1 million. Because of the generous financial and in-kind support received from SHRM to cover operating expenses, all other funds raised through the annual campaign go directly into programs, including scholarships, educational products, research and thought leadership. To read more on HR Bartender Blog, please click here.last_img read more

REAMDE: A Review

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Book Reviews#NYT#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img curt hopkins Neal Stephenson’s latest novel, “REAMDE,” brings black hat hackers, MMORPG gamers, virtual gold miners, Russian organized crime figures, dope smugglers and the flotsam of post-Cold War intelligence organizations into a super freaky all-night disco dance party, evocative, in terms of its well-orchestrated spectacle and cast-of-thousands, of Cecille B. Demille (or Shakespeare). Stephenson is well known for two rather different milieu: near-future tech-heavy worlds that could be short-handed as cyberpunk and the 16th century European and Near Eastern world of his Baroque Cycle, with the Cryptonomicon and Anathem as bridges between the two. The excellent REAMDE is different. It’s about a very recognizable here and now. What makes this 1,000-page doorstop of a book a success, though less of one than many of his books (and more than others) is not the inside-out understanding of current technology or of gaming and of virtual currency (currency has been an interest of Stephenson’s since the Baroque Cycle), but the characters. The characters are well developed, fully-fleshed and very likable (and hateable). Csonger, the Hungarian hacker working for Russian mobsters; Richard, the former dope smuggler who launched a hugely popular game in the vein of World of Warcraft; Sokalov, the former Russian spetsnaz soldier-turned-bodyguard; Olivia the Chinese-British M16 agent, Zula, the Somali refugee-turned Iowa farm girl, Marlon the Chinese hacker – and the list truly does go on and on – are all either interesting or likable, often both. Outlining the plot of a 1,000-page novel in any detail would be ludicrously reductive. Let’s just say that Richard’s niece Zula is kidnapped to hack the solution to the eponymous virus engineered by Marlon that is holding a Russian mob boss’s files hostage and the subsequent journey moves from the Pacific Northwest to southern China to the Philipines and back to the U.S. Pace, character, connection to a world the reader can empathize with, color and wonder, the story has all of these things. REAMDE does not have the heft of some of his novels. It is, in fact, a spy caper in contemporary tech clothing. Post-ending, you wind up cocking your head at recollections of certain elements and events. But my overall take: it’s an easy, compelling read. And in a world of small beer, his willingness, even in what amounts to a cockeyed spy novel, to tackle such a complex story in such a global context is whiskey.The technological aspects of the book are interesting to those of us who are already interested in such things. To a non-tech reader, they would read through them. Either way, they are fuel for the human story. Long ago I figured out that every news story I wrote was simply this: people, in places, doing things. In REAMDE, there are a lot of empathetic (and repugnant) people, in a James Bond-level of (regardless of where you’re from) exotic places doing a lush lot of things (including tech things). Stephenson photo by Jean Baptiste 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

Mbappe hoping for French Ballon d’Or winner

first_imgKylian Mbappe believes a member of France’s World Cup-winning squad deserves to win the 2018 Ballon d’Or next month.The winner of France Football’s annual award will be announced on December 3, with six of Didier Deschamps’ squad from Russia 2018 in the running.Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – who have both won the award five times in the last decade – are also in contention, although many expect their duopoly to come to an end. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Belgium and Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been praised by some, while Luka Modric has been backed to add the accolade to his The Best FIFA Men’s Player award.Mbappe, who was crowned best young player at the World Cup, is also a hot favourite, but he would be happy to miss out as long as one of his international team-mates wins.”There are many good candidates this year,” he told a media conference. “Many players can win it. “I hope the winner will be French. It will be a reward for our adventure [the World Cup]. “But it is so close [the results will be so close], I can’t make any prediction.”While reluctant to put himself in the frame, Mbappe has seen his chances talked up by a rival for the most prestigious of personal accolades.Hazard told RTBF: “I do not deserve the Ballon d’Or. I think there are players who have been better than me.”I would have said Luka Modric, but he plays a little less well since August or September, so if we take into account the beginning of the season, I would say Kylian Mbappe.”The goal for me is not to have the Ballon d’Or, it is to maximise fun on the pitch. If I win it one day, so much the better, if I don’t it, it will not be a problem.”last_img read more

Mewis, Press lead USWNT to win

first_imgUnited States Mewis, Press lead USWNT to dominant win over South Korea Goal 04:27 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Samantha Mewis U.S. women's national team Grant Halverson United States United States v Korea Republic Korea Republic Friendlies Women Videos The U.S. women put together another stunning showing against South Korea, rolling to a dominant 6-0 win The U.S. women’s national team rolled to another dominant win on Sunday, topping South Korea 6-0, with a brace from Samantha Mewis and a brilliant strike from Christen Press leading the way on a day full of highlights for the USA. Mewis got things started with a brace early in the first half. The 25-year-old, who plays for North Carolina Courage at the club level and was playing in front of her home fans, scoring just three minutes in and netting her second in the 20th minute as she smashed home a rebound. There’s no place like home  @sammymewy bags her first career multi-goal game at her club stadium! pic.twitter.com/evPMiuzzNa — U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) October 22, 2017 Press soon made it 3-0 with the strike of the night. After picking up a pass from Alex Morgan, Press’ slight fake opened up just enough space for her to pick out a corner and give the USA a commanding lead.  P  R  E  S  S Go on, @ChristenPress ! pic.twitter.com/oEz5mDUzF0 — U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) October 22, 2017 Julie Ertz kept her personal scoring streak going with a headed effort just before the half to make it 4-0. The goal was her fifth in six matches and tied her with Morgan for the team lead in 2017.  Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Another Courage player extended the lead in the second half, with Lynn Williams pushing the ball into an empty net just after the hour mark, making it 5-0  before Allie Long rounded out the scoring late in the half. The U.S. women’s side will be back in action in November with a home-and-home friendly set against Canada.last_img read more

Boost for Female Wards Preparing for CSEC Exams

first_imgStory Highlights Female wards at the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre in Kingston who are preparing for Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations have been given a boost though the donation of eight desktop computers to the facility.Several of the young ladies are slated to sit the Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EDPM) tests on May 7.Four of the computers were provided by the Ministry of National Security and another four by the Stella Maris Church Prison Ministry. They bring to 11, the total number of computers at the facility.State Minister for National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, in his remarks at the handover ceremony at Fort Augusta’s South Camp Road location on Tuesday (May 1) expressed confidence that the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) and the wards will make good use of the equipment.He noted that the donation is in keeping with the Government’s investment in the education and training of inmates as part of the rehabilitation process.“According to (a report) from the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), between 2013 and 2016, 70 per cent of those incarcerated were either illiterate or poor readers upon admission. This situation cannot stand,” he said.“We must ensure that inmates are equipped to make different choices when they leave our institutions. We want you to become contributing members of society. We want and expect that those released become law-abiding and contributing members of our communities,” he added.Commissioner of Corrections, Ina Hunter, said the donation is timely and will improve the young ladies’ chances of success in their exams.She said that the department is committed to enhancing the rehabilitation process.“We recognise the value of technology to equip our inmates with skills and abilities to lead productive lives not only when they are released but also while they are here. Education forms the core of our rehabilitation, and we are always looking at ways to improve the delivery of our programmes,” she said.Kelly*, who is among the wards preparing for the EDPM examination, expressed gratitude for the donation.“This is a subject that covers numerous topics like introduction to computing, ergonomics, and it is similar to Information Technology (IT). It has taught us a lot. There were persons who were not exposed to computers before, and in today’s society, you need to be computer literate, as everything now entails computer skills,” she pointed out.“We are grateful for this tremendous opportunity. We are cognisant of the fact that this is part of the rehabilitation programme and the onus is now on us to do the best that we can, so that when we get back out there, we will be better persons and citizens in our community. Thank you again for making this possible,” she expressed.Coordinator of the Stella Maris Church Prison Ministry, Pat Lewis said the church has remained a committed partner of the DCS since it commenced its prison outreach in June 1999, providing assistance to inmates in the form of monthly care packages, motivational talks and worship. Female wards at the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre in Kingston who are preparing for Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations have been given a boost though the donation of eight desktop computers to the facility. Several of the young ladies are slated to sit the Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EDPM) tests on May 7. State Minister for National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, in his remarks at the handover ceremony at Fort Augusta’s South Camp Road location on Tuesday (May 1) expressed confidence that the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) and the wards will make good use of the equipment.last_img read more

UAE Four Ships Subjected to Sabotage East of Fujairah

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Unsplash/Shaah Shahidh Four commercial ships were subjected to sabotage near United Arab Emirates territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman on May 12, according to UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.No details of the nature of the sabotage were provided, however, UAE said that there were no injuries or fatalities on board the affected vessels, nor spillage of chemicals or fuel.The incident occurred east of Fujairah, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs situated outside the Strait of Hormuz.Khalid Al-Falih, the Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, said that two of the four vessels were Saudi oil tankers. The ships were on their way to cross into the Arabian Gulf.One of the two vessels was to be loaded with Saudi crude oil from the port of Ras Tanura, to be delivered to Saudi Aramco’s customers in the United States.“Fortunately, the attack didn’t lead to any casualties or oil spill; however, it caused significant damage to the structures of the two vessels,” Saudi Press Agency cited Al-Falih.The Saudi minister of energy denounced the attack “that aims to undermine the freedom of maritime navigation, and the security of oil supplies to consumers all over the world.”Relevant authorities are investigating the incident in cooperation with local and international bodies.The ministry added that the operations at Port of Fujairah were not affected and that it was operating without any interruption.last_img read more