About the HR Bartender


Sharlyn Lauby, Lauby, hr bartender, hr, human resources, ITM Group
Shot at: Rosen Shingle Creek Resort (Downtown Photo)

Hi! I’m Sharlyn Lauby and welcome to HR Bartender. Please pull up a stool, order your favorite beverage, and join the conversation…the bar is always open.

I’m an HR pro turned consultant with more than 20 years of professional human resources experience. But what you probably want to know is where the name HR Bartender came from…

After spending much of my career either working in hotels or staying in hotels (my newest fave is The Halekulani in beautiful Waikiki, Hawaii), I’ve developed a real appreciation for the culinary arts (translation:  I’m a foodie.)  After work, there’s nothing I enjoy more than going to a nice restaurant to relax and unwind.  And, of course, I can’t help talking about business.

Over the years, I discovered my colleagues and employees wanted me to be like their neighborhood bartender – that friendly face who’s there when you need them.  After a long day at the office, they listen, laugh with you, occasionally offer advice and, when you need it, give you that encouragement to go out and do what you need to do.

The HR Bartender blog focuses on topics that relate to the workplace, not just human resources. Some of our most popular subjects deal with leadership, management, customer service and office politics. I frequently answer reader questions about professional and career development. The blog is updated 3-4 times a week.

Since starting HR Bartender, I’m proud to say the blog has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Business and HR Blogs to Read by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Top 50 Business Blogs by Business Pundit and SparkHire’s Top 25 Must-Read Blogs for Employers.

I’ve also become known for my experience in social media. I’ve been acknowledged as one of the Top 25 HR Digital Influencers and have been quoted by Reuters, ABC News, AOL Finance, The New York TimesThe Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street Journal.  I’m also a regular contributor on Mashable, a leading source of news, information and resources for the Connected Generation, along with several other publications.

When I’m not tending bar, my “day job” is president of  ITM Group, Inc. We’re a training company focused on developing programs to retain and engage talent in the workplace. My off-hours are spent searching for the best cheeseburger on the planet, fabulous wines that cost less than $10/bottle and unusual iPad apps. You can check out my full bio here [pdf].

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Brian Bronk February 10, 2015 at 7:11 pm

Hi Sharlyn. I am a marketing executive that has recently entered the HR world. I am in charge of Employers Group’s marketing and communications.
I found your blog through the recommendations of a team member of mine. It is fantasic. I wrote this note to tell you how much I liked your blog.
And I am a foodie, too!
I’ll be reading.

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