Despite the fact that it is 7 degrees outside this day, we all know that spring is just around the corner! Winter didn’t slow us down at HRLA; we are well underway with our exciting program calendar for 2017!
We started the year off with a top-notch presentation on Emotional Intelligence in January, led by board member Craig Haas. It was clear to participants that this is not an HR competency that is going to go away . . . making connections to other human beings in our workplaces and having an understanding of how others see us is a critical skill in engagement.
Our rescheduled New Member Breakfast on February 23rd was just the thing to chase away winter blues, especially since we were graced with a visit from our Student Chapter at Eastern Connecticut State. Thanks to the mentorship and advisement of Niti Panday, PhD , Professor of Management at Eastern, this chapter represents the future of the HR profession and we were delighted to have them come out on a chilly February morning!
Breaking from our traditional New Member Presentation, we dispensed with a lot of our slide show in favor of table discussions.
We asked several questions: How does social media help or hinder HR? What can we learn from upcoming young HR professionals, and how can we help them establish their careers? What qualities do great HR leaders have to have beyond technical requirements? What’s the “New Workplace” all about, and what will it look like?
We agreed that social media is a big help in recruiting, networking, branding yourself, and sharing information about your organization. But we also recognized the downside in lost productivity, loss of privacy, cyber-bullying, the sharing of confidential information and staying clear of NLRB free-speech protections. Young HR professionals (the “Millennials” and the next generation) can help us with technology and ushering in the “new workplace”, and they are most in need of mentoring from established HR professionals.
To be a great HR leader, you need to balance your knowledge of the business operations of your organization with qualities such as compassion, patience, change management skills, adaptability, trust and active listening. Finally, the “new workplace” needs to be more flexible, adaptable and personalized. The concept of work-life balance needs to move beyond discussion and into real programs and initiatives that support employee health, wellness and balance.
At HRLA, we are all about HR leadership and promoting these new ideas! If you are not yet a member, join us! Upcoming events include a presentation on Bias April 5th, DOL audits and investigations on May 9 and new vistas in Employee Health and Wellness on June 7th.
SHRM Annual Conference is June 19-25, in New Orleans . . . Lucky you if you are able to make this one!