Several years ago, when working in the third level of hell, I heard so much of Kelly Clarkson I wanted to bash my own brains in. Now, I’m a huge American Idol fan and was totally there to watch her win as American Idol’s first. But here’s what happened -
I was an HR / Admin assistant to the company Human Resources department managed by a loose cannon. I’m not exaggerating. When I first interviewed for the position I thought “Gosh, I love this gal. She is going to be the best.boss.ever!” Little did I know that was about to change and change it did.
She went from being a nice boss to wanting to get all up in my personal business, share her personal BS with me and go out and party together. Did I mention I found out she lived in the same apartment building as me? That was fun.
On good days, my boss was good. The sun was out, her love life was fantastic and all was right with the world. On days when things went to the crapper I would be called into her office to hear all about how her weekend went awry with her fella and all the details. Then she would spend hours crying in her office while listening to EVERY Kelly Clarkson song over and over and over.
I can remember saying out loud, “Gawd, I hate Kelly Clarkson!” To this day, I can’t listen to a Kelly Clarkson song for being reminded of that horrible working environment.
Unstable managers create unstable working conditions. They make folks want to look for another job, move to a foreign country and live in a shoe.
So Kelly Clarkson is the special guest concert for SHRM13 and I’mma just have to pass, although I’m very grateful for the ticket. I’m looking forward to SHRM13′s annual conference, but it ain’t got nothing to do with KC.
Here’s just a few things I’m looking forward to, if you care:
- Hanging with my online friends IRL (in real life). This happens mostly once a year (or two) for me and I love getting to catch up with friends and meeting new ones. The after hours and tweetups are always great places to do that – forget karaoke this year and grab an actual person and sit and talk – you might learn something! Oh, and you can get in on the action HERE!
- The Bloggers Lounge – since I’m an official SHRM blogger and have been for the past couple of years, I’m really looking forward again to hanging out and working in the bloggers lounge sponsored by the fabulous folks from Dice. They really make you feel like you are the shizzle. You can LIVE BLOG while watching the main sessions directly from the bloggers lounge and have a little peace and quiet as well. Oh, and Dice provides us with a CANDY BAR filled with all kinds of goodies and tons of sugar! < who wouldn’t love that?
- SHRM’s Social Media HIVE – Last year Curtis Midkiff aka @SHRMSMG and SHRM rolled out their social media HIVE which makes way for hands-on training in using social from setting up your profiles to incorporating it into your everyday work and life. Here’s a video of me introducing The Hive from SHRM12. I’m honored to be working in The Hive a few times while I’m there. Come look me up.
There’s so much more I could share but I’m running over my allotted word count! Stay tuned for more updates on SHRM and the upcoming Conference. It’s gonna be a doozie! And no, I won’t be selling you my Kelly Clarkson ticket, I’m pretty sure that’s illegal. I may be willing to trade it for a donut!