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.
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.
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.
The very successful 2011 Central Florida Workforce Connections Summit, presented by the Central Florida Human Resources Association (CFHRA) featured a series of presentations and panel discussions focused on ways to link employers, education, and government to build a stronger community. The event was held on September 27, at the Wyndham Hotel, Orlando.
There’s no doubt the economy has been on a roller coaster these past few years, and it looks like that sinking-stomach feeling is here to stay for a while. While the very rich are unlikely to feel the effects in their personal lives, the rest of us have had to change our opinions about socioeconomic status and our expectations about living the American Dream. Common expectations, such as children being better off than their parents, real estate and college being good investments, and every family owning a home are being re-examined as the global economic outlook changes. This shifting and redefining will have an impact on the self-perception of the workforce for years to come.