June 2008 12
I spent most of my time on Tuesday, the last day of the SHRM conference, wandering around. Half of my time was spent trying not to get lost, and the other half was spent either 1) eating or 2) talking to people. In my moments of talking to attendees and exhibitors, I found out a lot of useful and interesting tidbits.
Let’s admit it – work can be a drag at times, even if you love your job. There are days when you just want to crawl back into bed…but if you know you’re having a fun event at work, or you show up at the office and Susie whispers conspiratorially of a spontaneous pizza party (mmm food) – it makes the day a little more bearable.
Shiny bottles full of liquid of every hue as far as the eye can see. Men and women from all corners of the country clutching sweating bottles of Bud Light and juggling wine glasses as they continuously dodge oncoming traffic.
This is…a national human resources conference??! Okay, I’ll admit I was a bit jealous of the attendees, as Sunday was quite an impressive party, with open bars aplenty, heaping plates of food, the introduction of schwag, schwag, and more schwag, caged dancers…
Kidding about that last one.
Three days. 16,000 people. Millions of free pens. The SHRM 2008 Conference and Exposition is in full swing in Chicago.
Among the speaker highlights so far were opening keynote speaker Sidney Poitier (yes, that Sidney Poitier) on Sunday and author and The Table Group, Inc. president Patrick Lencioni, who spoke this morning. You can get a good rundown of some of the speakers and sessions here, or here.
In a previous post, I talked about the effect of fuel costs on employees, as well as various ways that employers are alleviating these pains. However, it seems that although the impact has been fast and furious, some employers are a bit slow on the draw in adopting workplace changes. Employers must be forward-thinking in the midst of our current (and not-ending-anytime-soon) fuel crisis – or they risk employees becoming frustrated and leaving.
Perhaps encouraged by the response to a recent column about the reasons GenXers are unhappy at work (a piece that elicited over 430 reader comments and generated a follow-up slideshow on the subject), BusinessWeek recently launched on an online survey, asking all readers to voice their workplace pet peeves for publication in a mid-August special issue.
So far, nearly 8,500 readers commented or cast their votes, allowing the news magazine to narrow the top workplace complaints down to these six: