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5 Things We Learned at HR Indiana 2019

Another great HR Indiana Conference is in the books! It was a star-studded event, with three days full of networking, informative sessions, and fun with fellow HR professionals.

Between our fabulous keynote speakers, inspiring breakout sessions, and the Stars of the Silver Screen exhibit hall, we learned so much at conference this year. We couldn’t possibly fit it all into one blog post, but we’ve gathered some top learnings and insights that conference attendees shared on Twitter with #HRIndiana.

1. Inclusivity is everyone’s responsibility.

HR Indiana SHRM State Director Jeremy York shared some knowledge on how HR professionals can promote inclusivity every day in the workplace. Inclusivity is more than a buzzword — it’s everyone’s responsibility to make employees feel welcome.

2. Optimism is key.

It was a packed house as Michael J. Fox shared the inspirational story of his career and battle with Parkinson’s disease during Tuesday’s keynote presentation. He shared insights on staying positive and taking control of your own story, evidenced through his triumphs both professional and personal.

3. Culture makes a workplace.

As HR professionals, it’s easy to get caught up in the details and red tape of running a workplace. But at its core, human relations is about taking care of the humans in your workplace. Allison Melangton, Sr. VP of Events for Hulman Motorsports and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, shared tips on how to motivate employees with a culture of encouragement.

4. Care for the Millennials in your workplace.

Though Millennials in the workplace are often stereotyped and sometimes misunderstood, it’s important to recognize Millennials’ unique challenges and concerns at work. After all, Millennials make up more than a third of the American workforce. Lindsay Boccardo shared that finances and career momentum are big-time stressors for young professionals, along with some tips on how to train and nurture a Millennial workforce.

5. Volunteers make SHRM happen.

We couldn’t have pulled off another great HR Indiana without the support of our amazing volunteers! Their time and dedication to the organization are unmatched, and we’re so grateful for their support. Volunteering is also a great way for HR professionals to connect with each other and advance the profession.

That’s a wrap on HR Indiana 2019! We’re already looking forward to next year’s conference, but in the meantime, we’ll be sharing all these insights and inspiration with our own teams. Thanks for another great conference, and we’ll see you all next year!