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HR Specialist Editors Bring You the Best from SHRM Chicago

For a week each year, the Society for Human Resource Management’s Annual Conference becomes the center of the HR world. HR Specialist editors have joined 13,000 of our peers in Chicago this week for four days of professional development covering HR’s hottest topics and presented by the profession’s  leading experts. Here’s some of the best from the world’s biggest HR conference.

5 Ways to Contain Workplace Negativity

Left unchecked, a negative workplace usually becomes even more negative. Don’t let that happen to your HR team. These five steps can lighten the mood and restore productivity to your office.

Take Our HR I.Q. Test

Test your knowledge of recent trends in employment law, comp & benefits and other HR issues with our mini-quiz. If you’re unhappy with your score, browse around www.theHRSpecialist.com, where you’ll find answers to tons of your HR questions. If you aced the quiz, give yourself the afternoon off!

Get the most out of your next HR conference


If you’re planning to attend next week’s Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference in Chicago—or any business conference for that matter—think about this: The work you do before the conference is just as important as what you do while you’re there. Here are five proactive steps you can take to maximize your conference experience.

10 key tips for recession-proofing your HR department


As an HR pro, you may have had to guide managers through tough decisions about which functions, jobs and people must be preserved as your organization digs in to survive tough economic times. Don’t neglect your own department!

Career audits: Does your job work for you?


Every year, you probably receive (or help write) your performance evaluation. But have you really evaluated your job lately? Doing a “career audit” is a way of asking yourself: How is my position actually working for me? We talk you through the questions you need to ask yourself.

Is HR protected for refusing to follow biased orders?

What happens if management wants to fire or otherwise punish an employee for discriminatory reasons, and HR objects? Can an HR professional who is then fired for refusing to play ball proceed to file her own EEOC retaliation or protected-activity claim? Learn how this issue can affect your organization—and your own career.

How to Become a ‘Life Entrepreneur’

When organizations become stuck in a rut, they typically step back, make adjustments and develop an action plan that takes advantage of their strengths. Now take a look in the mirror: Do you approach your business and your life with the same entrepreneurial mindset?

5 tactics to bust the top job killer–stress

Too much stress is the No. 1 reason people quit their jobs, according to a Towers Watson study of 93 large employers.

The HR I.Q. Test: May ’08

Test your knowledge of recent trends in employment law, comp & benefits and other HR issues with our monthly mini-quiz …