HR Business Partner, Williams
OKHR Focus Area and Goals
- Awareness/ Alignment- Share best practice from SHRM and the local chapters. We will build a diversity/inclusion page and blog on the OK State HR Council website by the end of Q3.
- Support- Find ways to engage, reward and motivate each other. We will establish a quarterly OK State HR Diversity Conference call by the end of Q1.
- Outcomes- March 2012-Q1 conference call- 2012 Diversity/Inclusion
June 2012-Q2 conference call- Military
September 2012 conference call- Global Cultural Competencies
November 2012 conference call- Workplace Flexibility
While SHRM remains dedicated to addressing all kinds of Diversity issues, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation & gender identity, religion & spirituality, disability, culture, and more – certain topics receive special emphasis depending on the current state of the global marketplace. In 2012, three such areas will be:
- VETERANS’ EMPLOYMENT: With the recent end of combat operations in Iraq and a commitment to continue to draw down in Afghanistan, the number of veterans (including combat veterans) seeking jobs in the civilian market will continue to increase. Civilian organizations are often full of good intentions, but uninformed and ill-equipped to be truly inclusive of former servicemembers in their work environments. It is HR’s job to make this transition work – for the veterans, for their colleagues, and for their employers.
- WORKPLACE FLEXIBILITY: As technology advances and priorities shift, today’s employee sees many options in terms of where, how, and when to do work. Organizations who limit those options do so at their own risk. SHRM believes that workplace flexibility programs must benefit both employer and employee in order to be truly effective – but oftentimes, the employer side of the equation is much more rigid in its thinking, and risks losing the most talented employees, who have the ability to find a flexible work environment that enables them to work happier and more productively. HR has a responsibility to bring their organizations into the 21st century around this emerging trend.
- GLOBAL CULTURAL COMPETENCE: Nowadays, there are only two kinds of organizations: Global, and Pre-Global. While political borders still hold great sway in matters of politics, they have little effect on the working of the global marketplace, evidenced by a recent global recession that was triggered by a domestic housing crisis, and a looming “double-dip” global recession that could be triggered by the European debt crisis. More and more organizations are going global, and doing so requires the cultural competence to work and communicate effectively across national borders. Where a competency gap exists, it is HR’s job to fill it, and SHRM can help you with this.
SHRM's 2012 Diversity Conference
SHRM’s 2012 Diversity Conference will be held in Chicago from Oct. 22 through 24. Efforts are underway to create specific networking and educational opportunities for members of the Diversity Core Leadership Area. As always, the conference will provide insights and inspiration to those in the D&I field.
As you start thinking about how to spend next year’s professional development allocations, keep in mind the SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference and Exposition. Today’s Diversity Thought Leaders consistently point to this annual gathering as one of the top conferences of its kind. Engaging keynote speakers, insightful concurrent sessions packed with practical knowledge, and networking with 500 other committed D&I professionals makes the trip worth your time and money.
View the diversity council agenda here.