SHRM Local Chapter – Bringing Local HR Professionals Together

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An accomplished human resources, strategic planning, employee communications, and board relations expert, Steven Darien has three decades of industry experience. In his present position, he is the chairman and chief executive officer of Cabot Advisory Group, where he provides expertise on human resources and personnel management to various companies. Steven Darien also holds membership with the Society for Human Resource Management.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) focuses on creating conducive workplace environments where both employers and employers can thrive. SHRM is a trusted voice on all matters relating to the workplace and welfare of workers. With a presence in 165 countries, SHRM accomplishes its mandate through membership at local chapters, where volunteers can make a difference.

Benefits of local SHRM chapter membership include creating an environment where like-minded HR professionals can connect and discuss various issues affecting their profession. Through local chapters, members can make an impact in their communities by taking part in numerous initiatives such as workforce readiness, as well as advocate and contribute to the legislative process on issues pertaining to the HR profession. In addition, honors such as the Pinnacle and Excel awards recognize and reward local chapters which have excelled in community services by giving their members a chance to contribute positively and be part of a winning team.

What Is Human Resource Technology?

A graduate in economics from Rutgers University, Steven Darien is the CEO and chairman of Cabot Advisory Group. With excellent communication skills and a deep knowledge of human resources, Steven Darien has provided many organizations with strategic human resource management advice on various critical issues, including board relationships, succession planning, employee communications, organizational design, and human resource technology.

A bucket term for software and associated hardware for automating the function of human resources within organizations, human resource technology has rapidly developed in recent years. Drifting from their on-premises systems to advanced cloud platforms, many employers are moving into the second generation of human resource management. Human resource technologies covers talent acquisition and management, performance management, workforce analytics, benefits administration, and employee payroll and compensation.

While numerous small and medium-sized businesses are reluctant to put money into human resources technology because they believe it is expensive, it can be advantageous to businesses if they choose the best solutions that match their specific needs. An example of a human resource management tool is talent management software (TMS), a tool that contains all the integrated human resource systems, talent management suites, and other all-in-one human resource tools that attempt to multitask including training, scheduling, benefits, payroll, and recruiting, among others. As it enables the automation of every process that lies within the talent management realm, talent management software can help smooth the flow of information across all the above-mentioned processes.

A Brief Overview of Equal Employment Opportunity Laws

 

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An MBA graduate of the Columbia Business School, Steven Darien serves as the chief executive officer and chairman of the Cabot Advisory Group. Steven Darien relies on more than 30 years of human resources experience to help his clients improve their business operations.

One human resource issue that many professionals encounter is equal employment opportunity (EEO) violations. According to EEO laws, employers are forbidden from discriminating against a candidate based on the person’s disability, sex, age, nationality, race, political affiliation, religion, and pregnancy status.

Depending on the state, it may also be illegal for employers to discriminate based on sexual orientation. Violations of EEO laws can occur at any point during the job hiring process and term of employment.

For example, job advertisements cannot show a preference for someone of a particular race, sex, religion, or another protected group. Similarly, these advertisements cannot discourage any candidates from applying based on any of these identifications.

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for handling EEO violations. Persons who believe that an equal employment violation has occurred must file a complaint with the EEOC to start an investigation. The EEOC then has the ability to subject an employer to investigations and sanctions. Consequences of EEO violations are also administered at the discretion of the EEOC, such as removing employers from their positions.

Lifelong Learning in the Workplace

 

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Steven Darien has been at the helm of The Cabot Advisory Group since 1996. Leading a team of respected HR experts, Steven Darien works with corporate and individual clients on employee training and management.

Employee training shouldn’t stop after the onboarding process is over. More than 66 percent of surveyed $100 million companies have cited skill gap reduction as one their urgent priorities over the next five years.

To compete in today’s workforce, businesses must promote lifelong learning within the workplace culture. When they provide opportunities for their employees to acquire new skills, companies are able to reduce costly turnover and keep their employees motivated and engaged.

Forward-thinking HR departments can help companies train their employees by implementing ongoing e-learning programs. With these training modules, employees can track and monitor their own progress, and employers can respond quickly to industry changes caused by new technologies.

The Potential for Marketing and Human Resources Collaboration

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Steven Darien functions as the CEO and chairman of The Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, in New Jersey. As such, Steven Darien leverages substantial experience in HR leadership capacities to provide strategic human resources (HR) management services, the importance of which many underestimate.

More companies are realizing the value of collaboration between the marketing and HR departments. A marketing department looks carefully at a company’s values and culture and then distills that information into a message for public consumption. HR teams do something similar, except that they deliver the message to potential hires. When these teams work together, the recruiting process can become much more successful in finding people who are excited about the company and eager to contribute.

Research conducted by Deloitte showed that the majority of employees leave their positions because they feel disengaged with the company and its mission. When companies have a clear mission beyond making money, they are more successful at engaging employees, which reduces turnover and helps attract the best talent.

George Street Playhouse – New Theatre Construction

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Steven Darien, the CEO and chairman of Cabot Advisory Group in New Jersey, supports the arts. In addition to his work with Cabot, Steven Darien serves as the chairman of the board at the George Street Playhouse, a New Jersey arts organization.

The George Street Playhouse is moving to a new home, currently slated for completion in the fall of 2019. This new theatre was created in partnership with the City of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Development Corporation, and several other groups. The theatre will break ground on the organization’s current theatre site in late 2017 and will be completed before the opening of the 2019-2020 season. It will feature two new stages, one for intimate engagements and one for large productions. Other amenities include new bathrooms, elevators to the balcony level, and a bar installation in the lobby.

While the new building is under construction, George Street Playhouse productions will move to the former New Jersey Museum of Agriculture in New Brunswick. Playhouse education programs will continue in both their year-round and Summer Academy formats during construction.

Become a Better Patient for Your Own Sake

 

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Steven Darien leverages three decades of experience in human resources to serve as the chief executive officer of the Cabot Advisory Group. Outside of work, Steven Darien sits on the board of Somerset Medical Center, which offers informative resources for patients through its website, www.somersetmedicalcenter.com. Topics covered on the site include ways in which patients can play their part in recovery from illness.

When it comes to your own health, healing from an illness is as much your responsibility as it is your doctor’s, if not more. There are a number of ways to take charge.

1. Watch your weight. Obesity is one of the leading health problems faced today. While a doctor can recommend a change in your lifestyle, it is up to you to exercise, watch what you eat, and adopt more active habits. Not only will exercising often help your body recover, but you’ll also be healthier and more likely to live longer.

2. Check your diet. Nutrition plays a huge role in recovering from illness. The doctor can prescribe a diet for you, but it is up to you to follow it and control your unhealthy cravings.

3. Keep up with follow-ups. The doctor may request a follow-up, but it is up to you to ensure you are there for your next checkup. Follow-up screenings help to ensure that your condition does not recur and that you are receiving the latest treatments.