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SHRM’s Pinnacle Award 2013

SHRM PinnacleAt last week’s SHRM Leadership Conference, the Society for Human Resource Management announced the winners of the 2013 Pinnacle Awards.  This is an annual recognition program that honors outstanding initiatives of 2 state councils and nine chapters,

Categories/criteria include an evaluation of chapter size (small, medium/large or mega/super mega) as well as a review of whether the initiative serves the HR professional, advances the HR profession or enhances the SHRM community.

We were thrilled in Louisiana when the Northshore Region Human Resource Association (NRHRA) won as a small chapter in the Serving the HR Professional category for their St. Tammany Parish Drug Court Participant Mentoring and Education Program.  Per SHRM, winning programs in this category reflect excellence in activities that support and promote professionals with HR responsibility to be successful business leaders.

Congratulations to all the Pinnacle winners from across the country:

Chapters

  • Anchorage SHRM (Alaska), The Last (Recertification) Frontier
  • Northern Virginia Society for Human Resource Management, Special interest groups that provide programs that complement the chapter’s monthly meetings.
  • Sooner Human Resources Society (Oklahoma), Smart Work Ethics: Taking Responsibility in the Workplace.
  • Northeast Indiana HR Association, HR Joins the Ranks: Training & Jobs for Our Heroes.
  • Morris County SHRM (New Jersey), Tomorrow’s Promise. This program provided information, guidance and job-search support to transitioning homeless veterans.
  • Cullman Area SHRM (Alabama), Relaunch CSHRM 2013, a rebranding and reorganization initiative.
  • Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association (NOARK SHRM), “Why NOARK?”—a strategic plan to increase and retain membership.
  • Philadelphia SHRM, Emerging Leaders Initiative.

State Councils

  • Washington State, Veteran Pre-employment Academy.
  • Alaska, WEB-INAR: Alaska—Where Technology, Certification and Common Sense Converge.

Sponsored by ADP, Inc (for 20 years!) the awards ceremony is a highlight of each year’s Leadership Conference.


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November #SHRMChat – Diversity & Inclusion

shrm_diversity_logoNext week (Tuesday, 11/12/13) it’s time for #SHRMChat on Twitter!  These chats are based on the SHRM Core Leadership Areas (CLAs) and began with an idea from the fabulous Joan Ginsberg.  Each monthly chat is sponsored/hosted by either a state council or local chapter and we are thrilled that Louisiana SHRM is hosting the November chat.  If you have never participated in a Twitter chat before, follow this link for some easy directions.

One of the CLAs that SHRM has classified as a necessary HR discipline is “Diversity” and most (if not all) chapters and state councils have a volunteer leader tasked with oversight of this CLA.  SHRM’s definitions are as follows:

  • Diversity“the collective mixture of differences and similarities that includes for example, individual and organizational characteristics, values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, preferences, and behaviors.” 
  • Inclusion“the achievement of a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the organization’s success.”
  • Diversity Management – “the comprehensive organizational and managerial process for leveraging diversity and achieving inclusion that maximizes the potential of all employees.”

As usual, our chat will take place at 8 PM Eastern/7 PM Central on the second Tuesday of the month (November 12, 2013).  We’ll be discussing the following on the Diversity & Inclusion #SHRMChat:

Q1:  Do your members define Diversity & Inclusion the same way SHRM does?

Q2:  What are some successful Diversity & Inclusion initiatives your chapter or state council has implemented?

Q3:  What are some resources (people, publications, events) that have been of assistance with D&I?

Q4:  Does your chapter or council integrate D & I with other CLAs (i.e. Membership, Workforce Readiness)?  If so, what do you do?

Q5:  How can HR pros/SHRM educate OTHERS (execs, community) about what “Diversity Management” really means?

Please join us! We’re looking forward to your participation on Tuesday November 12th!


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In Case You Missed It; or Even if You Didn’t #LASHRM13 Recap

BRCheck out a variety of blog posts recapping the Louisiana SHRM State Conference on Human Resources.  It’s the next best thing to having been there!

#LASHRM13: Jennifer McClure, on the Future of HR – from MonsterThinking (Monster Worldwide)

#LASHRM13: HR’s Turning Point: Are You Staying in Place or Moving Forward? – from MonsterThinking (Monster Worldwide)

Hey HR Get Over It, Social Media Is Here to Stay! – from Michael Haberman

The “Word” From #LASHRM13: HR’s Culture, Turning Point & Future-Pt. 1from Janine Truitt

The “Word” from #LASHRM13: Sleuths, HR Tech, Communication, Culture, and Social Media-Pt.2 – from Janine Truitt

10 steps to change (and a bonus) #LASHRM13 – from Bill Boorman

And Then This Happened – from Doug Shaw

#LASHRM13 TAKEAWAY: “BURNING THE BRAS” IN #HR – from Crystal Miller

Live from #LASHRM13: A Lawyer’s Advice on Employee Classification – from My Back Office

Live from #LASHRM13: How Social Media Helps HR – from Reputation Capital Media

#LAshrm13: A Social Media Success Story – from The Starr Conspiracy

Social activity from the Louisiana State SHRM Conference 2013 (April 7-9) – Storify by Lizzie Maldonado

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Keep Calm – Social Media is Just Like Real Life #lashrm13

keep-calm-and-tweet-onToday’s guest post is from Janine Truitt who will be attending the Louisiana SHRM State Conference as a member of the Social Media Team. Janine’s career spans eight years in HR and Recruitment and she is best known for her blog “The Aristocracy of HR” (TAOHR) where she discusses Talent Management triumphs, blunders, and best practices.  You can follow Janine on twitter at @CzarinaofHR.

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I’m not sure where these countless “Keep Calm” messages keep emanating from but they are catchy and redundant. The catchy reason is why I decided to use it as a title. The other reason is it drives an important message I want to send to my fellow HR colleagues.

Dear HR Professional:

I want you to know that you can calm down. Social Media is just like real life only digital. There are altruists. There are pessimists. There are the people that won’t be caught dead engaging with you if you’re not part of their clique so guess what they do they contact you behind the scenes rather than engage with you openly for all to see. It’s like the jock that secretly has a love for all things nerdy and meets their nerd friend in an alley to read Moby Dick after school, but shoves and ignores the nerd while in school. I guess it is better to engage in private than not at all, because there are those that won’t give you the time of day ever. Can we say narcissism?

In any event, the same challenges and joys of engaging with people in real life exist in the social media space. People are no different in social media than in real life, they just favor social engagement of the digital kind.

Weird. Maybe.

If you asked someone ten years ago if they could imagine spending more time in front of a computer speaking to other people than their real-life colleagues, they would probably think you needed your head checked. Yes, there was My Space and the beginnings of social media but nothing like what it is today. According to a Huffington Post article authored by Sam Fiorella, “the total time spent engaging on social media sites is up to 37% as of July 2012.” It might seem strange to an HR professional that hasn’t already taken the social plunge that there would be such meaningful and profound opportunities to learn, engage, and collaborate via social media. The unfortunate reality for that individual is that they are increasingly the strange one for not taking advantage of something that is vastly becoming a business imperative. Newsflash: social media is no longer a trendy or a fleeting thing. Social Media is an ecosystem of active job seekers, passive job seekers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, professionals from every industry just looking to be a signal in the noise etc.

The moral of the story is: HR professionals may not see the need to be on a social network for personal reasons, but they should at least be willing to see the benefit in utilizing it for professional and business purposes. It is not a one size fits all sort of thing. Like most things in life and business, you should utilize the tools that provide the best return on investment. That is-don’t do social media for the sake of doing it. Be intentional about your reasons and what is best suited for your customer base.  At least now, as you rethink your position on social media, you can breathe easier knowing that there are no unicorns or mystical characters in this space. It is the same ol’ same and you know what that entails so keep calm and take the plunge.

If you need support, consider coming to Louisiana SHRM State Conference  from April 7-9 to get some tips from the social media team on how to get started.

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Irritation and Introspection – #lashrm13 preview

Today’s guest post is from Brad Galin who will be presenting a concurrent session at the Louisiana SHRM State Conference on Tuesday, April 9th; you can find the details here.  Follow Brad on Twitter and check out his blog, RollerCoaster HR.

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There has been much introspection on my part lately.  The end of my MBA studies is simultaneously exciting and daunting.  In my attempts to decide “What’s Next” I have started talking to others about their own milestones and what, if anything, served as an “a-ha” moment in their own career and life progression.

What I have found is that there is rarely any one thing that acts as a trigger point and that it takes much time and even more interaction with others to help set events in motion.  Learning about others and what makes them tick is one piece, but there is something more that has turned out to be even more informative.  A quote by Carl Jung sums it up well:

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”

It is possible to learn from the mistakes we make as well as the mistakes made by others.  However, it is even more important to reflect inwardly when faced with a truth that does not fit with our own preconceived notion of being, especially when that truth lays elsewhere and can serve as warning to us as we push forward.

In my organization (and many others) there is a tendency to complain and ridicule the behavior of others.  It’s not a big leap to begin the process of thinking through the reasons that a particular thing is a source of irritation.  That process alone is a move forward to gaining a better understanding of ourselves and then to push these areas as opportunities for growth.