The People Factor

With all the meetings on product/market strategy, equipment investment, production goals and timelines, profit margin, and business necessities, who is taking care of your people? HR–that’s who.

Gone are the days when people were the un-attended factor. Remember when people came to work and did an outstanding job, for little pay and reward, only because it was the right thing to do? Gone are those days. Generally, people are most interested in knowing if their job, environment, even the boss is right for them. If not, they will gladly and quickly move on.

That is why it is critical for HR to be a People Champion, Chief People Officer, a Human Resources Executive—not simply someone cranking out applicants, but someone spending critical time in planning the company’s strategy for the future.

Any good HR person can find people. However, a true HR professional understands the real people-needs.

A true HR Pro…

Knows the People

The HR Pro recruits both internally and externally to identify and promote the best talent. They strategically see performance needs and gaps. They understand that sometimes current employees want to be recruited, too.

Is Highly Effective at Onboarding

The HR Professional engages new people, with the intent of welcoming them to the team and retaining their loyal commitment by showing interest in their person, their goals, their careers, and their hidden talents. They know that when employees become engrossed in, absorbed and fully committed to their work, there is synergy that causes the employee to be energized and fulfilled, while increasing their effectiveness in meeting company goals.

Gives Effective Total Rewards

Total rewards are changing daily. What makes your people happy? The true HR professional knows that boredom is human – some variation in work can change the game for employees who are bored. People want to feel important, stable, and recognized. People also want to feel like they’re going somewhere – advancement opportunity is critical. Anyone happy with stagnancy is probably not someone a progressive employer wants on their team.  If you think a simple paycheck is reward enough, please think again.

SHRM SCP and CP Certification’s largest module is simply called “People.” Can you believe it? The proof is in the research. Happy, satisfied, and engaged people truly are a critical factor in business success, and HR is charged with the responsibility of leading the way. Let your SHRM-certified HR Pro lead – it makes great business sense.

Our new SHRM President & CEO, Johnny C. Taylor Jr. released a simple message at the start of the year: Together and Forward. He refers to raising awareness about the true impact human resources has on the workforce of the future and how together we will move the profession forward. Texas SHRM is in total agreement. We understand the opportunity we have as HR professionals to be the transformative leaders our organizations and communities need. The state of affairs from a global, national, state and local front are ever changing and our ability to remain steadfast and in the moment while planning ahead for the betterment of the future is essential.

Many of our Texas SHRM volunteer leaders have been leading this charge in their local chapter and their workplace. Last year, we focused on how we could move the HR needle and identify how to measure whether we were winning or losing. By the end of the year chapters celebrated increased membership growth, created new partnerships, and demonstrated progress of goals while others faced unexpected hardships which turned into triumph. 

This year we anticipate further development of our business acumen to support our workplaces while serving a profession which strives to positively impact the future our workforce. All of this is possible because of the transformative leadership of our Texas SHRM volunteer leaders.