Flexibility – A Key Strength in COVID-19

Posted on Jul. 17, 2020  /  State Council Director Message  /   0

Just like preparing for a marathon race, runners will take the time to stretch, eat right, rest and mentally prepare in their minds’ where and when they will sprint or conserve energy throughout the race course. COVID-19 is predicted to be more like a marathon race then just an 800-meter sprint to the finish line.

In response, SHRM Hawaii like so many other organizations needed to become flexible and nimble by transitioning from in person to virtual meetings. I hope that you have taken advantage of the virtual meetings provided through the SHRM Hawaii Education Foundation and have found them useful! We have had as many as 173 SHRM Hawaii members and guests participating in a single event. Our upcoming State Conference on October 2nd is going to a virtual platform. Our Conference Committee has spent many many hours developing an exciting Annual Conference that will allow participation across the entire State. Flexibility, innovation, and technology is allowing the SHRM Hawaii State Conference to become a premier 2020 event no matter where you are located.


In our everyday lives, HR Professionals are expected to maintain daily operations while at the same time, organize, lead and support our companies through the COVID-19 marathon. This virus has required a new sense of flexibility – the ability to course correct and adapt on a moment by moment basis. Who would have thought that wearing a mask is now the new normal?


How can we as HR Professionals benefit from being flexible?

  • We strengthen our HR skills and knowledge base. Learning and being open-minded to different points of view helps us become better leaders and innovators.
  • One size doesn’t fit all. Flexibility allows HR Professionals to look at similar issues, concerns, and still be able to differentiate between the similarities.
  • Opens doors. HR Professionals are being given a unique opportunity to showcase HR best practices louder and clearer in the C Suite. Our SHRM Hawaii virtual events have been particularly successful in providing a platform for sharing new strategies that can be implemented in many organizations.
  • We seek to find a place to mentally prepare and rest for the next leg of the journey. As travel has been significantly curtailed, what else do we do with our time? Read a book, spending time with family, more nap time, movie nights?


Every day is a new day and being flexible is a key in surviving COVID-19. As always, stay healthy and safe!






Naomi Ahuna, SHRM-SCP
2020 SHRM Hawaii State Council Director

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