Laurie Ruettimann is at the SHRM conference. For British readers, that’s the US equivalent of the CIPD. That woman has natural comic talent; she can even make an HR conference sound funny.
The party culture of HR is weird. Get a group of middle-aged women together and offer them free drinks, and any sort of boundaries that existed around compliance, business-appropriate behavior, and workplace harassment concerns disappear.
I can just picture the scene.
This bit is funny too, although I really don’t get all this fashion jargon Laurie uses. I had to go and look up ‘gaucho pants’. Do people really wear flip-flops to a business conference? Ugh!!
And what’s with this talking-like-you-are-from-Wisconsin thing? Americans do accent snobbery just as well as the British, it seems.