Every year I look forward to attending the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition. This conference allows me valuable time to reflect on best practices, expand my knowledge and network with other HR Professionals – gaining insights from their successful experiences and sharing a few of my own.
This year, the conference theme was “thrive” and the sessions were focused on helping us do exactly that – grow and develop very well in a beautiful place filled with exciting sessions and guest speakers.
Among the many takeaways:
- It takes a seasoned and knowledgeable professionals to properly manage a Human Resources Department. To thrive, professionals must keep their skills sharpened by continuing to receive training and education.
- As you interact with others, always seek to be fair, consistent and positive – and develop a thick skin to handle challenging personalities.
- Confront conflict in the workplace. If it lingers it will affect employee morale and organizational success.
- Prevent employee “weeds” from thriving in the workplace by keeping the culture respectful, positive and engaging. Weeds feed by crowding out others, bullying and negativity.
- Use measurement tools to track everything you need to know about an organization – from employee engagement, to cash flow and client satisfaction.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, daytime Emmy Award-winning host of “The Dr. Oz Show”, was a keynote speaker. On his website, Dr. Oz offers several free programs that can be used in the workplace. He discussed “life adjustments” that can help people live mentally and physically healthier lives:
- Achieve a blood pressure of 115/75. “You don’t want an average blood pressure of 130/80, because the average American develops heart disease.”
- Exercise 30 minutes daily. Low to moderate exertion is OK. “Just get breathy.” Even 10 minutes of walking the stairs at work every other day is better than no activity at all.
- Follow a healthy diet that’s easy to love.
- Control stress and get adequate sleep because lack of sleep drives high blood pressure, cancer rates and obesity.
- Focus on building muscle and reducing waist size instead of losing pounds.
These and many other insights will be helpful as I work with our Finance Fund staff to ensure a healthy, happy workplace. Your comments and questions are always welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.