This past week was the Ohio HR Conference. It was phenomenal in each and every way !! This was my 14th year as either an attendee or SHRM volunteer at the event. There are so many aspects of the conference that resonate with people ranging from the great programming and professional development opportunities, the gigantic themed resort at Kalahari or the social times together.
I’m fortunate to have several of the speakers as friends, and I made sure to ask them what resonated with them. More often than not, they said that they felt truly welcomed and a part of the fabric of the Conference. (Side note – we invite the speakers to stay all week with us at OHSHRM and let them attend sessions, social gatherings, etc. just like the attendees) Now, we have speakers who don’t do this as well, but the ones that do notice the vibe.
Growing up in the 80’s as a young adult, I was a HUGE Cheers fan. Every episode of the sitcom was great because the cast of characters wanted to see each other and share their lives and experiences. Even the theme song captured the “culture” of their beloved Boston pub . . . “Sometimes you want to go Where everybody knows your name, And they’re always glad you came; You want to be where you can see, Our troubles are all the same; You want to be where everybody knows your name.” Theme by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo.
HR people long for that camaraderie just as everyone else. It’s great to have a culture that promotes that because the hope is that those HR pros can continue that effort in their organizations !!
You see, sometimes the best “professional development” is to remind us that we need to recharge our batteries and be welcomed. This coming week, make sure to be welcoming yourself and show employees the value of being welcomed each and every day !!