I spent the last week before the holiday weekend at the Society for Human Resource Management annual conference, one of my favorite events of the year.

Though there were many lessons to be learned (including wearing sunscreen and avoiding the outdoors in 110-degree heat), there were some important topics that were reiterated throughout the four days.

Here are five major topics HR is focusing on, based on my time attending sessions, navigating my way through the crazy expo hall and, generally speaking, spending time with 15,000 of my closest HR friends.

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