HRM Professionals Must Address the Skills Gap

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A principal in The Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, in New Jersey, Steven Darien draws on more than three decades of experience in human resources consulting. Steven Darien most recently served as the head of human resources at Merck & Co., Inc., where he played a central role in all HR activities at the company.

In today’s workplace, human resources departments consistently struggle to find high school and college graduates who are fully prepared for the workplace. Business and technology tend to transform rapidly, making it difficult to find candidates whose skills match the exact needs of the company.

To address the so-called “skills gap,” companies can work closely with learning institutions to develop specific skills. Companies can perform community outreach to younger students and their parents, teaching them about the importance of technical and middle-skill jobs. Coalitions of employers can work together to introduce groups of students to the workplace and explain what it means to work there.

From a talent development perspective, many companies offer internship or apprenticeship programs prior to making an offer of full employment. Workforce development initiatives such as participating in a local development board may also have a considerable impact.

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The SHRM Virtual Events

 

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A veteran business executive with extensive experience in human resources management, Steven Darien draws on over three decades in the field to lead Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, as the firm’s chairman and chief executive officer. To further his professional activities, Steven Darien retains membership to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s leading association of human resources (HR) professionals.

Each year, the SHRM holds a number of events offering HR professionals the opportunity to hear from industry thought leaders and network with their peers. Unfortunately, many professionals are not be able to attend such events, which led to SHRM creating its Live Virtual Events.

Accessible via a computer from the comfort of an office, the virtual events provide access to some of the most important moments of the SHRM annual conferences. Users can watch keynote speeches and even raise questions during a speech for the speaker to answer. Additionally, professionals may interact with others via the online platform and access its collection of online resources, in addition to reviewing past events for a limited time.

The SHRM Foundation’s Advisor of the Year Award

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A Rutgers University graduate and veteran human resources professional, Steven Darien currently oversees operations at the Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, functioning as the firm’s CEO and chairman. Further, Steven Darien retains membership to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the largest human resources society in the world.

Beyond representing its 285,000 members, the SHRM operates the SHRM Foundation, a charitable arm through which it sponsors the Advisor of the Year Award. To attain eligibility for the award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the human resources profession, members must have served an SHRM student chapter for an appropriate length of time while making considerable efforts to develop student leaders. Further, contributions to innovative projects and involvement in other SHRM activities is taken into account.

The winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and a commemorative plaque, in addition to a free invitation to the SHRM’s Annual Conference & Exposition, with up to $1,000 to cover the costs of any travel related to attending the event.

How to Tread Water Effectively

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As the CEO and chairman of the Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, Steven M. Darien offers human resources management advice to businesses of all sizes. A fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, Steven M. Darien brings more than 30 years of experience to his position. In his time away from work, Mr. Darien enjoys staying active by swimming.

One of the first things novice swimmers learn is how to tread water. Treading water can help swimmers conserve energy if something occurs that prevents them from swimming, such as exhaustion or an injury.

To tread water, your body should be vertical, with your head above water. Your torso should remain as still as possible as your arms and legs do the work that keeps you afloat. Maintain a slow and steady breathing rate to conserve energy.

Spread your arms out to the side and move them backward and forward, with your palms pointing in the direction of movement each time. Moving your arms up and down wastes energy and causes you to bob up and down in the water.

Instead of kicking your legs, rotate them in opposite directions like an eggbeater. As one leg rotates outward, the other should be rotating inward. Mastering this technique takes practice but will save a great deal of energy.

New Jersey Research Hospital Offers Forward-Looking Care

 

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As CEO and chairman of the Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, Steven M. Darien leads a strategy-focused team offering leadership and operational solutions to a variety of business clients. In addition, he and his company have made lasting contributions in the nonprofit sphere by supporting charitable groups such as the Somerset Medical Center. Steven M. Darien’s service on Somerset’s human resource board has allowed the organization to continue to deliver the high-quality care its community has come to expect.

The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset now maintains two New Jersey facilities, one in Somerville, and the other in New Brunswick. With a total patient treatment space consisting of more than 900 beds, and an added focus on research and innovation, the center remains a leader in the healthcare field.

RWJUH offers a full range of treatment facilities concentrating on conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and neurological disorders. Its state-of-the-art maternity care unit also provides genetic counseling and four-dimensional ultrasound technology, and is the sole New Jersey site for several detailed fetal surgical procedures.

In addition, RWJUH is home to a program of minimally invasive surgery, offered through the advanced Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System. Designed to treat conditions such as degenerative disc problems and scoliosis, the system at RWJUH is one of only a few nationwide to use a major innovation in deep brain stimulation that can treat Parkinson’s disease and similar conditions.

SHRM’s 2017 Strategic HR Forum Explores Changing Industry

 

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A human resources professional and consultant, Steven Darien advises companies on HR and talent management issues as the chairman and CEO The Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Steven Darien maintains membership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which will host its 2017 Strategic HR Forum in October.

SHRM’s 2017 Strategic HR Forum will ignite new ways of thinking and serve as a call to action for HR professionals to address recent changes in the industry as conventional management techniques and approaches become obsolete. The forum provides participants with an opportunity to learn from influential leaders and network with peers while exploring potential solutions to developing HR issues. Presentations and sessions will focus on the theme of disrupting forces that impact business from the perspective of a range of thought-provoking speakers.

The forum specifically targets senior HR leaders with at least 15 years of industry experience, particularly those with the responsibility of overseeing the strategic direction of their organizations. Furthermore, SHRM’s executive network HR People + Strategy will serve as the event’s partnering opportunities leader. Companies that take advantage of partnering opportunities receive the chance to maximize their visibility and exposure through all-inclusive, year-round marketing campaigns.

Registration rates vary according to SHRM membership and include access to representatives from the industry top’s firms, a range of networking opportunities, and two days of interactive programming. Nonmembers may also join SHRM at the time of registration, which includes a one-year membership to HR People + Strategy. The 2017 Strategic HR Forum will take place October 22 through October 24 in San Francisco.

Rutgers’ Three Hundred Years of Expansion and Excellence

 

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Steven M. Darien heads the team at the Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, a strategy-focused human resources consulting firm dedicated to assisting clients in succession planning, executive development, communications, and other vital activities. An honors graduate of the economics program at Rutgers University, Steven M. Darien has built up three decades of experience in his field. He serves as member of the Rutgers board of trustees.

As the state university for New Jersey, Rutgers continues to hold a place among the leading institutions of higher learning in the country. One of only nine colleges to be established in pre-Revolutionary America, the school was founded by the Dutch Reformed Church and originally named Queen’s College. In 1825, it honored Colonel Henry Rutgers for his charitable gifts by bestowing his name on its campus.

During the time of the Civil War, Rutgers was designated New Jersey’s land-grant college, meaning that it would thenceforth be able to offer higher education to a wider range of students. After the First World War, the school opened its doors to women as well.

By the middle of the 20th century, Rutgers’ configurations had become largely what they are today, with the main college absorbing the College of South Jersey and Newark University and taking on the mantle of a state university.

Today, Rutgers’ total student body stands at about 50,000. Its campuses continue to offer innovative programs in fields as diverse as liberal arts and engineering, business and pharmacy.