The Top #SHRM17 Tweets: Ideas and Insights from Influencers

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These tweets from SHRM17 really stood out to us – did they catch your eye too?

What a great time this week at SHRM17 in New Orleans, LA! As we all settle back into our regular routines, let’s make sure we don’t forget about all the valuable insights and takeaways that we picked up at this year’s conference. We loved talking with all of the attendees who stopped by our booth and shared their thoughts with us, and we want to keep the conversations going!

Over the past few days, we saw an awful lot of great presentations and topics being addressed. It would be impossible to cover them all, so instead we’ve done our best to pick out a few of the tweets we think highlight some of the emerging challenges, valuable insights and critical themes that the industry is exploring.

Did any of the below catch your attention as well? Let us know what you think we should have included on this list!

It wouldn’t be an HR event without some talk about company culture! This quote comes from Richard Fagerlin’s session on creating a culture of trust. Nearly all of us agree can agree that a company’s culture is important, but views begin to differ when it comes to how people can best influence or nurture the culture they want to see. This tweet from attendee Tamara does a very nice job of laying out the two ways that leaders within a company shape culture – either intentionally or unintentionally.

Are employees getting away with behavior that could or should be deemed unacceptable? Is there any exceptional behavior that goes unnoticed or unrewarded? If the answer is yes, that’s your first step to improving your company’s culture.

Speaker Steve Browne has a way of breaking through the noise and telling it how it is, and this tweet captures a great takeaway moment. HR and learning professionals need to remember that their role is about people first and foremost – people who could be having either a good day or a bad one, who might be distracted by something else going on, or who have a unique emotional response to a situation that others do not share. How can we do a better job of taking the emotional into account, in the interactions we have and in the programs and materials we create?

Many of the most brilliant and well-respected leaders, both in the present day and in the past, have something very important in common: a voracious enthusiasm for learning. This is no coincidence. As our world and our industry continues to evolve, we need more than ever to ensure that our workforce keeps learning, but we need to walk the walk as well. Which brings us to another great takeaway courtesy of #SHRM17…

Fun fact – this tweet comes from Mary Faulkner, who holds the distinguished title of most prolific #SHRM17 tweeter at 600+ tweets! This particular tweet summarizes a key takeaway from Patrick Lencioni in his Day 3 session where he discussed teams and leadership.

Many of us have seen in our own jobs that the most successful business initiatives are often the result of a company leader or leaders choosing to visibly support an initiative and lead by example. This is yet another reason why it’s so important for HR and L&D to work closely with leadership across a company – many initiatives will succeed or fail based on their buy-in.

How employees are learning and accessing information is very different now than it was ten years ago, or even five. Jim Link, Chief HR Officer at Randstad NA, recognizes this. In the L&D industry in particular, as we see social learning approaches becoming more widely adopted within organizations, the above statement rings especially true. Knowledge sharing behavior is a new and defining trait of high performers; one that not only benefits the people around them, but inspires others to do the same.

Kat Cole, the COO and NAA President of FOCUS Brands, kicked things off on Day 1 of the SHRM conference, but we’re going to end this list with one of the most important lessons she’s learned in her career. Believing firmly that the employees on the frontline have valuable business insights that you need to listen to, she’s learned that it’s imperative to create a work environment where employees feel comfortable to share those insights and participate in the business’s evolution.

For L&D professionals there are more opportunities for this than ever before. For example, many businesses are increasingly taking advantage of user-generated content to drive learning across the workforce. For all of HR, Kat Cole recommends stepping outside of your own office and connecting with employees in their element. You’ll learn a lot.

One last bonus tweet! If you’re sad to see SHRM end and you want to keep the good times rolling, we’ve got another fun and engaging conference coming up this fall: DoceboInspire. If you’re a learning and development professional who loves to learn and leads by example, join us in Boston on September 18-19.

Thanks for a great week at SHRM17 – we had a blast, and we hope you did too!

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