After we wrapped the last HR Florida Legislative Conference in Tallahassee, we conducted our second quarter Council Meeting. We unveiled more details on the new Wellbeing Works Florida program (see the One Digital article in this edition) and also participated in an exercise led by Chad Sorenson, President-Elect, to review, and then create a new mission and vision for the HR Florida State Council. Just as people learn and grow, HR Florida continues to serve the state as the foremost HR resource and, collectively, we felt it was time for a refresh to reflect who we are today, and our plans for the future. I am very excited to share that our new mission is to “Serve, advise and empower Florida workforce communities through education, partnerships and connections.” This new mission is also a great tie in for the theme of our Summer 2019 edition of the HR Florida Review – inclusion. How do you truly feel included? “Diversity” has been a hot topic in the HR space for many decades, and “inclusion” has been gaining ground in the conversation within the recent years. Are we really including everyone in our recruiting and career succession to leadership? Based on the number of court cases, we are not there yet! As HR professionals, we are the first line to push this change and are also frequently met with prejudices, opposition, and feigned time or budget constraints. In this edition, we include articles specifically on the intergenerational workforce (stop singling out/stereotyping millennials, which can promote ageism), being inclusive to transgender employees, and women (and women of color) in leadership. We hope these pieces reinforce your drive to make our workplaces more inclusive, and like our new vision statement, “To lead the way in making Florida the best place to work.”
Enjoy this edition and we look forward to seeing everyone in Orlando for #HRFL19!
Heather Deyrieux, MSM, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
President, HR Florida State Council, Inc.