Wow, it is November already!

Posted on Nov. 25, 2020  /  State Council Director Message  /   0

Our SHRM Hawaii theme for 2020 “We are BETTER together” holds true! Who would have thought that the world of COVID-19 has changed the way HR is viewed by our organizations? What we are witnessing is a paradigm shift in how HR has moved front and center as we pivoted to supporting a remote workforce, established new policies and guidelines, and welcomed virtual meetings!  

As we continue to evolve into the new world of COVID-19, we see many opportunities to work better together. 

Succession planning, training and development, and retention of employees still resonate as important to the sustainability of companies in the future. Many of us, myself included, will look to become semi-retired in the next 10 years. And how will the HR Professional help to prepare our future successors?  

One way to ensure continuity is through SHRM Hawaii’s HR Executive Leadership Program (HRELP), scheduled to launch in 2021. Many thanks to the Workforce Development Committee Co-Chairs Janis Kushimi and Paul Chen and their talented group of volunteers who have been working tirelessly to promote the program.

The HRELP six-month program will focus on the following areas:

  • Session 1 – Understanding Self and Emotional Intelligence that will include the Hogan Leadership Assessment and a 1:1 coaching session
  • Session 2 – Understanding Change Management and Leading Through Change
  • Session 3 – Upskilling Strategic Leadership and Business Acumen
  • Session 4 – Strategic and Critical Thinking
  • Session 5 – Bridging HR/Sales & Marketing
  • Session 6 – Capstone Presentation and Graduation Ceremony

Program Cost: $3,500 per person

Preparing our next generation of HR Leaders will help enable our successors to build capacity for the companies they work for. Would you consider participating in this program?

As I look to the Emerging Professionals as our next generation, an encounter I recently had comes to mind. A couple of days ago, my neighbor and I had a great talk story. She is currently working on her master’s degree at UH Manoa and is very interested in working in HR. I asked her why. She mentioned the variety of subjects she could learn and that every company needs HR, and that she could see herself being challenged. Her face was bright with zeal and enthusiasm! As we remember those days, may I ask that you consider mentoring someone new to HR in 2021? We are better together when opportunities to share our mana’o are passed to others.  

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, SHRM Hawaii is grateful for all of our Board Members and Volunteers in your efforts to move our organization forward.

Continue to stay safe and healthy!


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