Our team attended the SHRM 2016 conference in Washington, DC and came back with lots of great insights about the HR and recruiting world. We sat down with our HR Manager, Tony Cali, to discuss some of the key highlights.
1. What were your goals for attending SHRM this year?
My goals were to explore my needs at the expo and see the variety of options, especially in regards to online reviews and engagement platforms. I also wanted to expand my knowledge about current HR law.
2. Top 2-3 biggest takeaways?
Engagement was one of the main focuses for all HR representatives who attended. Since there is a war on talent, retaining employees is going to be the biggest challenge for the next couple of years.
As HR professionals, it’s important to be aware of the changes within the HR roles to stay on the same track as the industry by means of attracting and retaining talent.
3. What was the most unusual/thought-provoking/interesting thing you saw or heard at the show?
As many HR professionals have already heard, the Department of Labor is changing how companies classify non-exempt employees under FLSA. Essentially, the new regulations will double the salary threshold from $455 per week to $913 per week, and reclassify many employees from exempt to non-exempt status, provided they meet the requirements for job duties under the regulations. Because of this, there will be more employees eligible for overtime. There was a good deal of buzz about this at the show, because the new regulations potentially impact a large segment of any company’s employee population. I was interested to see that many HR practitioners support the movement, and also discuss some of the strategies for managing this change.
4. Anything else you’d like to share about your trip?
This year, I found the offerings were more beneficial than in previous years because all attendees came with the same concern about employee engagement. This year, people were excited after attending the seminars. Speakers were also more dynamic and, as a result, attendees were more engaged.
SHRM is the world’s largest human resources professional association, representing over 285,000 members and 575 affiliated chapters globally. The organization hosts the industry’s largest HR conference and exposition.
HR professionals attend to learn about the latest tools, technology, and best practices. With over 200 educational sessions, workshops, and seminars, attendees have the opportunity to earn credits towards SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, and other HR designations. The annual conference hosts thousands of attendees, including HR practitioners and vendors. This year’s conference was held in Washington, DC.