It’s not easy to stay in touch with people. It’s easier now than it was, but it’s still an effort. There is a part of me that misses mail, the hand written note that Steve Browne talks about (I may, somewhere, still have a note my high school boyfriend & I would pass back & forth during study hall to talk). But, in all honesty, I love how social media has taken down some of those barriers.  I especially love how I have a tribe of people on Twitter that I can reach out to for a quick coffee break or a long conversation around various HR topics. I’ve been a part of a number of chats so I was excited when my friend Jon and I were able to host a successful social chat with other HR professionals who weren’t able to attend SHRM17. I was even more excited when Jon asked if I wanted to help him host another. And thus the #HRSocialHour was born.

Jon and I talked about it today and here’s what we’re thinking: we don’t want anything to heavy. So no talk about employee benefits, ACA, I-9s, millennials vs baby boomers. For our first talk, we want it to be a little more “Get to Know You” but, as there are people asking how often we plan to host, we are looking for other light topics for us to try out. For the nerds, maybe steer some conversations around what it would be like to be the HR pro for Tony Stark, Darth Vader, The Federation or Dumbledore [seriously, that guy needs recruitment help!]. Let us know what you would like to talk about during our HR Social Hour & we’ll add it to the list.



dumbledore interview


So, Sunday, July 23rd, 7 p.m. EDT, we hope you will join us on Twitter! Follow #HRSocialHour. Our first set of questions:

  • Where are you checking in from tonight?
  • What’s one thing no one (well, almost no one) here knows about you that they should?
  • How did you get into HR?
  • What’s one area of HR you are looking to improve your skills/knowledge?
  • What HR catchphrase/concept/”flavor of the month” drives you crazy?
  • If you could go back in time, what’s one piece of advice you’d give yourself when you started your HR career?



These chats make it easier to keep in touch with our friends who are far away. So join us!

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