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5 sessions I’m excited to attend at #SHRM16

SHRM imageBy Deb LaMere, VP of Employee Engagement, Ceridian

The Society for Human Resource Management’s annual conference and exposition is coming this June, and there are more reasons to be excited than I can count. #SHRM16 is the largest human resource event in the world, and there is so much this year’s conference is set to cover. Brand new business strategies, federal and even global compliance and talent management are a few of the things I’m looking forward to learning about this year.

Here are 5 sessions that I’m most excited for:

MEGA SESSION HR 2020 Transformation: Next Practices in HR Strategy, Leadership, and Business Contribution
Mon., June 20, from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Presenter: Scott Hamilton, chief executive officer and managing director, NextWORKS.

HR departments need to move on from the old processes they’ve stuck by for years. Doing so could actually free up resources and money for investment elsewhere. At Ceridian, we’re working on a 2020 vision ourselves, so I am looking forward to hearing how other thought leaders expect HR to transform in the next few years.

SMART STAGE: Succession Planning
Tues., June 21, from 3:20 p.m. to 3:38 p.m.
Presenter: Michele Fantt Harris, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR, executive vice president, human resources, National Cooperative Bank.

Baby boomers are heading to beaches and golf courses en masse. If you haven’t developed succession plans for positions company-wide, now is the time to start. I’m certainly excited to learn more about this hot topic. With baby boomers retiring and the job market as competitive as it is, everyone needs a plan in place for pivotal roles within your organization.

The Tidal Wave of Millennials is Here. Effective Leadership for Managing Multiple Generations
Tues., June 21, from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Presenter: Scott Derthick, chief people and culture officer, Peckham.

As baby boomers retire, Gen X and millennial employees will fill their roles. To add, many boomers won’t retire and will continue working well into their later years. Do you know how to engage employees hailing from various demographic cohorts at once? Multiple generations in the workplace is something I’m particularly interested in. I see it as a potential engagement issue that HCM professionals should plan for, address and strategize around.

MEGA SESSION The Simple Truths of Appreciation and Recognition: Low-Cost or No-Cost Ideas to Keep Employees Engaged
Wed., June 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Presenter: Barbara Glanz, CSP, CPAE, president, Barbara Glanz Communications, Inc.

If you need some general assistance on affordable engagement and recognition ideas, look no further than this session. Acknowledgement is the key driver behind employee engagement, and it is essential for human capital management professionals to learn how to recognize hard work in affordable ways. I’m always looking for new and inexpensive ways to keep our people feeling appreciated, and I’m excited to learn more at this session.

Why Your Employee Engagement Survey Doesn’t Cut It: It’s Time to Customize the Employee Experience
Tues., June 21, from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Presenter: David A. Lee, principal, HumanNature@Work.

At Ceridian we place a high value on employee engagement. We know that it’s time to change the way we interact with employees and recognize their achievements. With this final session on engaging staff, human capital professionals develop thorough strategies for work-life balance improvement and increased recognition. Often employers turn to standardized surveys to learn more about employees and engage them. But that isn’t enough. We have to personalize engagement with staff to improve it. At Ceridian we believe that it is time to overhaul the traditional survey and engagement strategies. I’m excited to learn more about how to do that at this session.

SHRM HR Mic DropMake sure to stop by the Ceridian booth (2605) while you’re at the show. Learn about Dayforce HCM, LifeWorks and our XOXO program while you screen print a (free) T-shirt. Choose one of the clever HR phrases that we’ve prepared for you and wear it proudly during your time in DC!

Deb LaMere


Deb LaMere is Vice President of Employee Engagement at Ceridian.

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