Like many workplaces during the December holidays, SHRMChat was pretty quiet during December. We had the usual gang of suspects, but no newbies or novices. Hopefully we can attract more people from outside of the HR social media bubble in 2013. Tell your friends and acquaintances to join us!
That doesn’t mean that our questions weren’t discussed, because our regulars are never at a loss for words. Here are the questions posed, with a quick summary of the discussion that followed.
- Does your chapter or council do anything to recognize December holidays for their members? SHOULD THEY?
There were as many different responses to this question as there were people chatting. Some chapters take the month off, some have special holiday themed events, and some chapters focused on charity events. It was the general opinion of the chatters, though, that December should be a time for board, holiday, or recognition programs and charity-based works. Take the focus off chapter or council events during the holidays.
- People in the HR discussion space often call for HR to get out of the party-planning and gift-giving business. Do you agree? If parties and gifts are not the responsibility of HR, who should be taking care of them?
Participants in the December SHRMChat were almost unanimous in their belief that holiday parties should not be an HR-only function. But they were split almost down the middle into two groups: (1)HR should jettison all parties, or (2) All work groups or departments should contribute in some way to holiday functions. What do you think HR should do – let me know in the comments for a future discussion.
- Other than cash or praise, what is the best or worst year-end gift you have ever received from an employer?
The majority of our December attendees didn’t receive any kind of year-end gift, so the best and worst answers were a little sparse. Here were a few of my favorites: Best (1) Getting off work early, and (2) Layoff notice from a hated job. Worst (1) Forced to work through, and (2) a cheap plaque.
- Do you have a resolution for your chapter/council for 2013? What is the most important thing your chapter/council should do in 2013?
Mostly our December chatters wanted more and better chapters – more members, a bigger and better conference, greater support to students, and a better system to find/rate speakers. Don’t forget to support the Wisconsin effort to rate speakers here!
January Preview – Thinking Outside of the Lines
Does your chapter or council focus your marketing and program attendance on members or potential members inside of your specific geographical area? Do you, as a SHRM member, confine your program attendance to your own state or local? The January SHRMChat will discuss the potential benefits of attending and promoting outside of your geographical box or lines. Here are a few questions; feel free to add your own during the chat!
- Q1. Does your state or local promote your conference or program to those who live outside of your boundaries? Why or why not?
- Q2. Do you have specific strategies to suggest for promoting your conference to other states without creating internal jealousies or competition concerns?
- Q3. Have you ever attended a conference outside of your state (not including SHRM national conferences)? Why?
- Q4. What are the benefits or disadvantages of attending other conferences?
- Q5. Based on tonight’s discussion, will you do ONE thing you will do to promote your program outside of the state or to change your attendance plans to include another state? Name it.
#SHRMChat is held on Twitter the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 8 pm EST/7pm CST. Join our next chat on January 8th!