For the first time, a hashtag created for the 2013 SHRM conference trended on Twitter. For the uninitiated, this means that the hashtag #SHRM13 occupied a position in cyberspace competitive to, say, Beyoncé, reality TV and political debate. SHRM13’s twitteriety cannot be solely attributed to its record breaking attendance (18,000 is the informal count). Part of it must be due to the current, monumental social media buzz on human resources in general.
HR and social media is a match made in heaven. It was not, however, “love at first sight.” A lot of blood, sweat and years have been poured into the relationship.
Even though I’ve been an HR blogger for less than a year, I’ve been a devoted follower of HR blogs since they were invented. (By which time, as noted by my eldest child, I was over 50.) Recently, a client asked me for a list of bloggers that, as an employment lawyer, I read regularly. This is it.These are the bloggers who have made HR one of the most credible blog topics in social media today. They are creating their HR legacy one blog post at a time.
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Susan Avello, Virtual HR Café, Susan’s the blogger who tells you exactly what she’s thinking on all HR topics, and she does so in no uncertain terms. (A recent post discussed the “asshat” know-it-alls on social media.) She carries the bitter truth to power and her posts have that “live” feeling that is edited out of so many professional articles. Reading Susan always induces a belly laugh and the slightly anxious feeling of, “would I have had the courage to say that?”
Meghan M. Biro, Forbes, Founder of Talent Culture Consulting Group and World of Work. Meghan writes substantively with a genuine, comfortable voice. She’s no “fakey-fakey” blogger (someone who skips trust building and goes straight to the vocabulary of false intimacy.) Recognizing that honest communication works both ways, Meghan founded #TChat on Twitter. She works hard to redesign old-school networking as a virtual roundtable where folks open up with wit and brevity, and tell their peers what they really think.
Tom Bolt, Make HR Happen Who would have thought that a former engineer would excel at putting the “human” back in human resources? Tom’s posts analyze the various HR systems and processes in human terms. For instance, in one post he explains how an employee’s perceived performance failure could, in reality, be a failure of the company’s evaluation system, or in another, he describes the pitfalls of reliance on technological vs. human connections.
China Gorman, China Gorman Surely I’m not the only new blogger who finds China Gorman just a wee bit intimidating. She’s the quintessential HR pro turned blogger, draws a crowd wherever she speaks, and can explain data. China’s “Data Point Tuesday” is an excellent place to start learning why big data has become the battle cry of the revolution in HR.
Michael Haberman, Omega HR Solutions, Inc. Mike is one of the great guys in HR. When you read his blog, you just know he’s the guy you want sitting in the office next to you at work. He writes directly to the HR professionals in his audience and gives solid advice in the form of action steps and checklists.
Tim Gold, HR Morning Tim’s HR Morning was the first HR blog I discovered. As a newspaper man, Tim’s articles are practical and compliance-oriented, and always short and to the point.
Jay Kuhn, No Excuses HR If the HR universe was a high school, Jay Kuhn would be Head Cheerleader. While many bloggers make a living off of the “I hate HR” theme, Jay encourages HR to turn away from the dark side and embrace your inner manager. His blog is all about mentoring and developing HR talent, information that my HR clients tell me “is in damn short supply” on the Internet. He identifies the one true certainty for HR – that everything is a “front burner” issue – but refuses to let HR settle for the limiting role of the company short-order cook.
Sharlyn Lauby, HR Bartender Don’t let the clever blog name fool you into thinking that you are going to get anything other than rock-solid HR advice and counsel from Sharlyn. The posts I like best are the ones where she answers questions from readers in Ask HR Bartender. Accessible, smart and funny – just like your favorite bartender, and in a perfect twist of fate (or lemon peel), she’s a foodie, too. I like that about her.
Suzanne Lucas, Evil HR Lady A cross between Dear Abby, Dear Sugar and the devil in us all, Suzanne takes up the difficult HR questions. Without a bias toward either side (employer or employee) she delivers a plan of attack in response to every question. As a mother of a recent college grad (who is currently doing an internship), I loved her advice to “Forget the Interns – Hire an Apprentice” which focuses on the art of training and growing your ideal employee from scratch.
Jessica Miller-Merrell, Blogging4Jobs.com Not only is Jessica an HR expert and consultant in her own right, she has managed to bring together a community of HR and HR-related professionals to regularly contribute to her site. She has just started a brand new site called Workology.com. Personally, I don’t think she sleeps. In any event, her site is chock-full of posts ranging in subject from retail HR issues to internships, to career development in HR. While you are there, check out a daily blogger named Rayanne Thorn. Rayanne’s experience as a communications expert comes shining through her posts. In particular, her ideas on the reciprocal engagement required for a successful relationship between HR and employees is very thought provoking and, well, engaging.
Lisa Monfre Rosendahl, Lisa Rosendahl. Story. Flow. Tribe Lisa was a founder of another of my favorite blog sites, Women of HR. She now writes about leadership development in employment at her personal site. Lisa was the first blogger to really clue me in on the “story” movement in HR, leadership and social media. When you turn to Women of HR, be sure to check out another favorite blogger, Robin Schooling. Robin was one of the original contributors to WOHR and runs her own website/blog, HR Schoolhouse.
William Tincup, Bryan Wempen and Nisha Raghavan, Drive Thru HR DTHR falls into two of my all-time favorite categories: (1) Things I wish I’d invented; and (2) Entertaining, educational stuff I can listen to in my car. Driving from meeting to meeting got a lot more bearable when I discovered these guys. Guests are funny, articulate and smart, expert in their fields and it all comes in a neat little package that’s free for a login.
Stay tunned next week as we deliver Top Employment Law Bloggers and Niche Bloggers.
Who did we miss?
I hope that I introduced you to a few bloggers you haven’t read yet. I know I’ve missed somebody’s favorite. If I’ve missed yours, add to the list in the comment section.
Article by Mary Wright
Mary Wright is the Founding Editor of HR Gazette, an online magazine for HR professionals and employment lawyers. She specializes in workable business solutions to complex human resource problems. You can connect with her on Linkedin or follow her on Twitter.
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