As I sit down to write my last message to you as president of HR Florida, I can’t help but look back to reflect on our achievements during my tenure, but also to look forward to see what I believe the future will hold. In an organization such as HR Florida, representing close to 14,000 SHRM members and continuously working on a wide range of activities throughout the year, it’s sometimes hard to see the scope of our triumphs.
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.
I have 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. ~ John Boyton Priestley
“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of
community you want to live in.” —Unknown
In our winter edition of the HR Florida Review, I presented our 2011 initiative to shape energetic, educated, and engaged HR business professionals who have an influence on our field and the organizations we serve.
Welcome to 2011 and to the year’s first issue of HR Florida Review. As the newly installed president of HR Florida, I’m excited about all the opportunities we have for furthering the cause of HR professionals across the state.
If you attended a conference lately, you may have noticed some changes as organizations make the effort to become more environmentally friendly. At the HR Florida conference this year, we made many changes, including not printing handouts, utilizing recyclable tote bags in lieu of conference bags, distributing reusable water bottles at registration, and utilizing water stations instead of bottles of water. HR Florida also supported the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary as part of our fundraising efforts and was able to raise $1,741 on their behalf.
Where do we fit in the big picture?
To become a strategic partner, human resources professionals need to understand the business beyond our little domain. We need to be “big picture” people and understand our business’s objectives and how HR can help meet those objectives.
Strategic management focuses on building a solid underlying structure to your business. This structure can then be fleshed out through the combined efforts of every individual you employ.