One wonders why SHRM would promote their Conference On Demand and Live Streaming package at the Employment Law and Legislative Conference. After all, if one came to Washington to participate in-person, why would anybody be interested in paying $495 to go home and watch? Okay, those signs near the breakout rooms likely were aimed at participants bringing the programs to colleagues who could not attend. Then, Washington traffic changed conventional thinking.
Getting to the conference today took hours unless you were one of the happy campers who stayed in the Hyatt. The Washington day started with a mass shooting north of the Hyatt and severe Metro delays to the south. It took hours for most people to get in today. One woman walked away from the Pentagon City Metro station as lines were outside of the station platform. She was in charge of leading seven out-of-town coworkers to the conference. She led them on a walk to her apartment to cram in her car and drive across the Potomac and, unfortunately, right into a major traffic snarl – the result of the police work related to the shootings. Another participant explained his trek which consisted of an elaborate plan of driving, riding Metro and walking to Metro stations on different lines. It was too complicated to explain here.
Lesson learned. Even if you are from the host city, buying the on-demand package can be a good deal. These travel-weary souls can watch what they missed from the comforts of their homes this evening and be on par with their colleagues in the morning. They would have seen all of the presentations, slides, and other relevant information. They can earn recertification credits, too. It really is something to consider when a conference comes to your town.
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