I spent the last week at the SHRM Volunteer Leader Summit in Washington, DC. It is one of my favorite events because the attendees are some of the most active and engaged members that SHRM has. It’s also very cool in that people come from all fifty states and also US territories.
I am a SHRMmie and am proud of being involved and connected. I know that this can cause angst amongst my peers, but I’ve found that the more I’ve become involved, the more encouraged I am that SHRM is listening and moving in the right direction. For those of you kind enough to read my blog, you may not be involved in SHRM, but I would ask that you read on to see how they are taking steps that are positive.
Here are the themes that came across as well as some observations . . .
SHRM Certification – I was able to take the Pathway Tutorial to see how the SHRM Competency Model is defined and answered sample questions that are like those that will be on the exam starting in 2015. The tutorial is impressive and shows that this model is focusing on a person’s professional development and how to recognize and utilize the competencies in your HR role. You complete a self-assessment to see which competencies you should consider bulking up.
I received my SHRM-SCP by doing this and there were 480 folks who received their certification in total. It’s very cool to have both designations now.
I know that the ongoing argument about the tutorial vs. an exam will continue, but let me give you an alternative approach. SHRM has chosen to recognize the work that I, and those also currently certified. They aren’t discrediting my current certification in any way. I’m proud to have my SHRM-SCP and plan to support the ongoing evolution of the program.
Member Connection – There are two great aspects I saw in regards to connecting with others. The SHRM Leadership Team and the SHRM Board of Directors made a visible change than what I’ve experienced in the past. They were actively connecting with Volunteer Leaders throughout the summit in sessions and during meals. This may not seem big, but they’ve heard the feedback about being disconnected and they are taking steps to improve that.
There was also more intentional connections occurring between States and Regions. The MAC has set the example that we are a profession first and reside in locations second. We’re ALL in HR !! We should do more and more to blur the lines of isolation and look at ways to bring everyone together. I spent time with people from all over the country and built more and more relationships. It’s starting to make a difference that will only make us stronger.
#AdvancingHR – The most encouraging theme I saw throughout the event is that the focus of SHRM is looking past the “seat at the . . .” approach, and is looking at how to advance the profession through integrating HR throughout business. It’s great to see that we’re taking a broader view of what HR can, and should be. They launched a new SHRM TV commercial showing the direction, and this is just the start of the marketing efforts. I’m geeked that advancing the profession overall is what we’re doing.
Now, I know there is always room to improve. You have to know that your voice is being shared with Leadership and they are responding in tangible ways. I also know that there will be detractors and skeptics.
I choose to connect instead. By being involved intentionally myself, I can add my feedback and the feedback of others. I have seen results and I think you’ll continue to see them too !! I hope you’ll check things out, get involved and get connected so we can all Advance HR !!