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    HR Happy Hour - 2009: A Year in Review

    Admit it - come Thursday night your mind turns to just one thing - the HR Happy Hour Show!

    I like to think the show is like the old 'must-see TV' shows back in the day, an audio version of 'The Cosby Show' or 'Seinfeld'.

    Only with far inferior production values and much, much more geeky.

    Tonight on the show, 8 PM EST,  we will have a look back at 2009 in the Human Resources and Workforce worlds.

    Fear, pain, malaise - anything else about 2009 that sticks out for you?

    Listen right here - or call in 646-378-1086 to get in on the discussion.

    The show was planned and organized in conjunction with the great folks at SmartBrief on Workforce and the 2009 Year in Review special edition of the Brief. 

    Aside - if you have not already signed up for the free, daily SmartBrief e-newsletter, what the heck are you waiting for?

    Sign up here

    Joining Shauna Moerke and I on the show tonight will be Mary Ellen Slayter, Senior Editor at SmartBrief, as well as SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board members Mark Stelzner and Susan Strayer.

    It should be a fun and interesting show, and I hope you will listen and call in.

    Let's say goodbye to 2009 in HR Happy Hour style!


    The Employer Branding Show

    Tonight on the HR Happy Hour show at 8PM EST, we are talking 'Employer Branding'.

    So like a good host, I figured I'd better do some research on Employer Branding, since to me, while it is a term that most of us have heard of, it is really widely misunderstood. 

    Sort of like fuel injection or megapixels.  We know we want them, they are important, but we're not really sure why.

    So what is 'Employer Branding' anyway? The simplest definition I came across is on the Whatever You Think blog:

    (Employer Branding) is the real and the perceived experience of what that organisation is like to work for.

    What is a company really like to work for?  What do the people that work there say?

    How about folks Flickr - jacicitathat have left, do they generally feel good about their experiences?

    Why as an employee of the company am I compelled to stay?

    And why as a candidate am I interested in joining?

    Pretty basic right?

    But the hard part I think is how that perception is shaped, how the 'experience' is articulated, and perhaps most importantly how it is communicated to those brand consumers (employees, applicants, prospects) that you are trying to influence.

    Is this marketing? PR?  Recruiting? 

    Some combination of all three?

    Or is the whole notion of the 'Employer Brand' really not at all important in a recession.  Most employees are simply happy to still have their jobs, and most candidates just want a job, any job. They don't give a hoot about your 'brand', or do they?

    So we will kick these topics around tonight on the HR Happy Hour, 8PM EST, join the fun by calling in on 646-378-1086.


    See you at the HRevolution

    Today I, along with about 50 smart, talented, and fantastic HR folks will descend on Louisville, KY for the first ever HRevolution.

    The HRevolution is the original and only 'Unconference' for HR professionals focused on blogging, social media, technology, and a little topic called 'The Future of HR'.

    The event is a classic and wonderful example of a community coming together to share, learn, and try and make ourselves and the HR profession better.

    But communities have to have something to rally around, and they often need leaders that can motivate and inspire people.

    And in the case of HRevolution those leaders are Trish McFarlane and Ben Eubanks. Trish and Ben have created a concept and an incredible community has rallied around their idea. They, along with Crystal Peterson whose tireless efforts in organizing the logistics of the event, have engineered what has really become a kind of phenomenon.

    Creating an event, working it into what is already a crowded fall conference and event schedule, and having it connect and resonate with so many people is really a testament to the community, and to the Trish, Ben, and Crystal's efforts.  I have been honored to be a (small) part of the planning for this event.

    For folks who can't make it down to the HRevolution, there will be a lively Twitter stream under the #HRevolution tag and special Episode of the HR Happy Hour Show, 'Live from the HRevolution' on Saturday, November 7 at Noon EST.

    Special thanks also to HRevolution sponsors:


    Nobscot Corporation

    Xceptional HR (Blogging4Jobs)

    Fustion Frames & Award Frames


    The Human Race Horses

    They have been generous with not only financial support, but advice and ideas to help make the event really meaningful and special.

    I can't wait to get to Louisville (even if it means a ridiculous 5:00 am drive to the airport).



    Failure and Fun

    Tomorrow night, Wednesday November 4th, I will be attending the Fail Spectacularly event at Joe's Bar in Chicago, Illinois.

    The 'Fail' event is hosted by Jason Seiden of Seiden Leadership and Laurie Ruettimann of PunkRock HR and is meant to give folks impacted by the crappy economy a chance to get up on stage, in front of over 200 assorted strangers and friends, and share their stories.

    And if hosting a rocking, free party for the good people of Chicago is not enough, Jason has offered to give away boxes of his fantastic first book, 'How to Self-Destruct: Making the Least of What's Left of Your Career.'  For details on this great and generous offer, see Jason's blog.

    And to add to the fun, and give the crowd a chance to see more failure in real-time, Shauna Moerke, the HR Minion, and I will broadcast a special episode of the HR Happy Hour show, live from Joe's Bar.

    This remote show was made possible through the generous support of HR Happy Hour show sponsor Aquire Software. Aquire makes the leading solutions for corporate organizational charting and planning, and has some of the coolest, nicest people in the HR Technology industry.

    The show, like the event, will start at 8PM EST, 7PM CST and we will stay on the air for the entire Fail party.

    There is still time for you to get to the Fail event, and to participate in the fun, just go to the Fail registration site and let Jason and Laurie know you are coming.

    See you in Chicago!


    Is HR Dead? - The Reading List

    Thursday night October 29 at 8pm EDT the HR Happy Hour show will take on the topic, 'Is HR Dead?'.

    There is nothing like a little in-depth analysis and self-examination of the HR function to rile up the community and this topic certainly has been poked and prodded for the last several weeks.

    Since the instructor in me wants to be sure everyone is well-prepared and ready to jump in to the conversation I thought I would assign some pre-reading, to get us all on the same page prior to the show. Flickr - KiltBear

    In the blogosphere as far as I can tell, the most recent 'Is HR Dead?' conversation started with this post:

    'Is Human Resources Fatally Flawed' - Lance Haun at Rehaul

    It was followed by numerous responses (or rebuttals if you prefer), a few of which are listed here:

    'HR is Dying: Yes? No?' - Laurie Ruettimann at Punk Rock HR.

    'HR - Not Dead Yet' - Mike VanDervort at Human Race Horses

    'to HR, on news of your death' - Fran Melmed at free-range communication

    'HR is Dead: Some Mourn, Some Celebrate, and Others Say "What?"' - Mike Haberman at HR Observations

    'HR is Obsolete! Isn't It?' - Joel White at Joel's Views

    'Human Resources Departments: I've never understood the point of them' - Sathnam Sanghera at the UK Times Online

    And in the last week or so:

    The Future of HR - Mark Stelzner at Inflexion Point

    'Slow Dancing in a Burning Room' - Maren Hogan on 'Marenated'

    Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series Again, Nietzsche, and Other HR Thoughts - Frank Roche at Know HR

    The HR Profession, Business Leaders and the Future of Work - Sharlyn Lauby at HR Bartender

    But if you think this is somehow a 'new' discussion, it really isn't, the top Google result (at least at the time of this writing) for the phrase 'Is HR Dead' was this piece from 2003 on Workforce.com.

    And of course we should not forget this gem from March 2009 - Memo to CFOs: Don't Trust HR - David McCann writing on remarks from Professor Beatty for CFO Magazine.


    So you have your assignments, catch up on your reading and join the discussion on the HR Happy Hour Show, Thursday October 29, 2009 8PM EDT, call in 646-378-1086. Frank Roche and Mike VanDervort are set to appear, and perhaps another special guest or two as well.

    What do you think, is HR Dead? In need of revival?  Need to be scrapped and re-built from the ground up?

    It should be a great show!