HR by the Bayou

Who doesn’t love combining work they love, being surrounded by smart people and getting to consume food they enjoy? If you happen to be doing this in the great state of Louisiana you also get to say things like acadiana, andouille, bayou, beignet, Cajun, crawfish, lagniappe, muffaletta, nutria, Parish, praline (pronounced “praw – leen”), and “Who Dat?”, without being looked at like you’re crazy.

It was great to be invited to the 2015 Louisiana Conference on Human Resources as part of the social media team. The theme for this year’s conference was Lights! Camera! Action! The show was kicked off with Jon Petz and his energizing keynote, It’s SHOWTIME…and Life Isn’t a Dress Rehearsal. During Jon’s session, hundreds of HR professionals learned:

  • We should make things happen, not just watch them happen;
  • To create memorable moments that will show our value;
  • Understand we are not “Just A _____” (my favorite).

In addition to the opening keynote, we also gained perspective from Dr. Jarik Conrad on Reframing the Role of HR. Specifically how emotions impact decision-making and how understanding human differences helps to create a more inclusive work environment.

And the conference concluded with Walt Stasinsky who shared his insight on The Power of Fun at Work! Want to find out what MOOMBA is and how to get it in your workplace? You can either find Walt and ask him or create your own fun!

In between all the shows on the big stage, there were many side shows, aka – concurrent sessions. The topics covered topics like HR technology, ACA, SHRM Certification, accountability, disaster preparedness, communications, leadership, how to strategically leverage HR, how to be an effective HR department of one, talent retention, employee relations, HR analytics and so much more.

One of my favorite concurrent sessions was led by Greater Baton Rouge SHRM’s (GBRSHRM) volunteer leader Sandy Michelet, @SandyMichelet. She took a realistic approach to building relationships between managers and HR in her session Why Managers Hate HR and What Are We Going to Do About It. Sharing real life scenarios Sandy encouraged us to view them from our manager’s point of view. Then moved on to discuss how we can effectively approach these situations going forward.  A key takeaway from Sandy’s session is: HR is not the police. Our role is to understand workplace situations, mitigate risk and make recommendations. I really liked this reminder.

For a peek into what you may have missed, check out this brief Storify of #LASHRM15.

Thank you to the amazing LASHRM volunteers. The conference was a huge success and the hospitality was second to none.

See you at #LASHRM16, I’ll be the one asking for a little lagniappe on my shrimp Po’ Boy.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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