Our March #SHRMChat on Governmental Affairs was hosted by Lisa Horn, Director, Congressional Affairs at SHRM. The discussion was spirited and engaging, and every question was enthusiastically discussed. Here is the briefest of recaps, so you can know what you missed, or what type of chat you can expect next time. 😉
1. Other than being a CLA, what should motivate chapters and councils to be more engaged in advocacy and public policy?
Most of the answers to this question revolved around two main themes – (1) it helps the chapter or council build relationships with their members, and (2) advocacy and policy is a professional issue, not just a SHRM issue, so all HR practitioners have an important stake in the knowledge and development that advocacy activity creates
2. Is your membership active with SHRM on advocacy efforts such as the A-Team? What are some of the benefits?
Based on the discussions, state councils are far more active in this area than local chapters are. Somewhat surprisingly, most agreed that advocacy involvement is largely individual instead of chapter or council wide.
3. How do you determine which legislative issues are important to your membership? What do you do the address them?
The three most commonly cited methods were (1) polling, (2) roundtables, and (3) bringing in state directors or volunteers to speak at or discuss with local chapters.
4. What activities should your council/chapter engage in to ensure a positive legislative environment for the sector to grow?
There were almost as many answers to this questions as there were people discussing, but my three favorite answers were (1) have at least a short focus on advocacy at every single chapter meeting and educate your captive audience, (2) position your chapter or council as an expert on workplace issues so policy makers will seek out your HR expertise, and (3) invite the legislative staffers for breakfast or to meetings so that they become aware of your HR role in the community.
5. What is the one most important thing that SHRM national could do to help you increase your involvement in government affairs?
There was one resounding answer to this question, and that was that SHRM already has lots of opportunity for chapters to increase their advocacy activity, and that chapters and councils need to reach out more instead of waiting for SHRM to spoon-feed them.
Certification is a topic that pops up in almost every SHRMChat, especially those dealing with member benefits, meetings, and conferences. So in April we will devote the entire SHRMChat hour to the topic of certification. Our chat will be hosted by Ohio SHRM and the long-time SHRMChat advocate Nicole Ochenduski. The questions that will drive our discussion are
- Are you HRCI Certified? What certifications do you hold and what percentage of your local chapter/state membership are certified?
- How do you most frequently receive your recertification credits?
- What percentage of your local chapter meetings are approved for credit? Of those approved, do you pay for speakers that are accredited?
- How do you promote certification within your chapter/state council?
- What one improvement/suggestion would you give HRCI and SHRM for their certification efforts?
Join us on Tuesday, April 8 at 8 pm Eastern/7 pm Central!