It is always of great benefit to attend The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) annual conference, which offers an array of valuable information, training, education and networking opportunities to help human resource and business professionals to enhance, encourage and remain abreast of best practices and compliance. At Finance Fund, we continue to believe that great benefits can result from striving to cultivate a culture of innovation in our professional as well as our personal lives.
Innovation can be defined as a new method, idea or change and interestingly, it was the primary focus at the SHRM Conference. “A new business, a new era in HR requires us to be all in,” said SHRM Board Chair.
And according to the information that was further discussed by the Board Chair on stage, “All In was intended to show the role that HR plays in innovation, commitment and engagement which is essential to the success of the HR Professional and the organization in which she or he serves.”
The President and CEO of SHRM, Henry G. Jackson added some very insightful information on how there are changes coming, but getting ahead and being prepared can only lead to success. It is a clear reflection of what HR leadership should look like and what it will look like in the future. Jackson continued by saying, “It was all about leading change, I am proud of where the HR profession is today. We have laid the groundwork for the future. We have changed the conversation about what HR leadership looks like.”
Although the focus of innovation was directed towards the HR Professional, I believe that great benefits can result from being innovative both professionally and personally.
There are many ways to be innovative (just to mention a few):
- Be flexible
- Get the culture right
- Embrace diversity
- Do not accept the status quo
- Reduce stress
- Hold brain storming sessions
- Remove self-limiting inhibitions
- Foster different points of view through outside perspectives
- Know your worth
- Keep learning
- Alignment with strategy and values
- Better relationships personally and professionally
- Increased workplace engagement and efficiency
- Ability to attract and retain quality employees
- Increase in staff morale
- Increase in working smarter instead of harder
Being innovative is a continuous journey that is within reach as we grow and change. It can be of great benefit if we work at it and choose to be “All In.”