In the first message I wrote for this magazine in 2012, I quoted John B. Priestley who said, “I’ve always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.” In the months since, I have had incredible opportunities to see just how our volunteer leaders across the state of Florida are bringing those words to life. One of my goals this year is to continue my journey around the state to visit as many of our twenty-eight SHRM chapters as possible.
You’re in HR. So surely you’ve heard the truism that people don’t leave their companies, they leave their bosses. While there are contrarians out there that consider it fashionable to “debunk” that belief, you know better from practical experience. Nothing will disenchant and then disengage a hardwon high performer faster than working for a poor leader or manager. Someone focused on the end results of what people do versus the people who create the results. Does anyone come to mind?
Over the past two decades, we have seen our HR roles change from being primarily administrative to making strategic decisions regarding our company’s future direction. A key component of this new role is identifying and strategically aligning our talent. The importance of this responsibility cannot be stressed enough, but how do we go about finding the right people?
HR Florida hosted its second annual Day on the Hill in Tallahassee, Florida on February 15-16, 2012, during the midst of the 2012 Legislative Session. This year’s event was held at the very cosmopolitan Hotel Duval and began with an evening wine and cheese reception where members enjoyed networking.
The Southeastern Student SHRM Conference was held at Clemson University March 23-24, 2012. The Student Chapter of South Brevard SHRM represented HR Florida. The event was comprised of speakers and HR Games. The speakers covered topics from the importance of networking to a keynote from Kevin C. Synder on Passion= Productivity=Performance.
For the second consecutive year, SHRM has recognized one of HR Florida State Council’s District Directors for having advanced SHRM initiatives and the HR Florida State Council mission.
In its simplest form, engagement is defined as “passion for work.” It encompasses what employees feel toward their company, what they think about their work, and what they actually do. Engaged employees feel passionate, energized, and driven. When at work, engaged employees are “fully there.” Engagement is not just something you want to strive for from a human relations perspective. Organizational research has shown that companies with high engagement levels see a financial return, increased customer satisfaction, and increased profitability.
It’s heartening to see forward-thinking HR leaders recognize that talent retention is an essential priority for 2012. Throughout the country, the term resume tsunami has been coined; it depicts the anticipated overwhelming circulation of top talent looking for new opportunities—essentially draining your own organization of those skills and passions you depend on to stay competitive. So I’m happy to report that employee engagement has taken on a whole new relevance this year—and hopefully in the years to come.