This past weekend I was at the SHRM Regional Council Summit. It sounds like a very formal name, but it’s not that kind of event. It’s where the State HR Council Directors get together to get updates from SHRM, share best practices and meet others that are in similar roles from all over the country.
I have to say that going into the weekend, I didn’t know what to expect. However, at the end of the conference I was even more assured of how amazing HR really is !! You see, I was able to meet friends from all over the country that I had never met. We had much more in common than we even imagined. I’m not talking about being SHRM volunteers. I talking about great HR pros who are making a difference in the profession and in their companies.
I continue to be amazed that when you experience this kind of camaraderie and energy, that HR people still don’t want to be connected because it takes too much effort or time. Trust me, being more connected to other great folks only gives me access to more resources and insight into what HR does.
Most of you know that I’m a gigantic U2 fan !! When I was thinking of putting this together, the song A Sort of Homecoming came to mind. It talks about a person who’s searching because they’re isolated until they come home.
When I go to events like this at the local, regional and national level, I feel like this by “coming home” to friends who I don’t get to see that often, but I know they’re always there. I saw the same reaction from others that I met. We WANT to be together and need to be both as people and as professionals.
I saw many folks get connected on Twitter and social media this weekend because they met others who find it successful. I saw people share incredible resources from SHRM and their states that make HR better in every aspect from Employee Relations to Advocacy to Compliance to Culture and Professional Development.
So, this week, quit trying to do HR on your own. Reach out and get connected !!
Try a conference, attend a local HR meeting, or send an e-mail to Link In or join Twitter. You are part of an amazing community who wants to be connected to YOU !! Take the step and make that happen.