ByÂ RenÃ©e Preston
Iâd like to start by examining the word âchoice.â
âChoiceâthe right, the power, the opportunity to choose. It is your right to choose.Â It is immense power to be able to choose. It is a tremendous opportunity to have theÂ freedom to choose. Not making a choice is still, indeed, a choice.â
This is an excerpt from the commencement speech given at my sonâs high schoolÂ graduation last month where, ironically, we had no choice but to stay in our cars asÂ we watched a presentation that recognized his classmates at a local drive-in theater.
Iâve thought about this statement several times since that evening at the drive-in.Â How do you know if youâre making the ârightâ choice? During these past few months, HR leaders haveÂ had to make some very difficult choices, many without a network they could turn to for advice.
The CHRO Today Executive Network (C-TEN) is a peer group that HR leaders can turn to for guidance toÂ ensure they are making the best choice. C-TEN is not like other networks. For one, itâs small by designÂ to ensure members develop closer relationships. And itâs cross-industry, offering a variety of differentÂ perspectives. C-TEN is sensitive to the busy schedules of HR leaders, meeting virtually for one hour, once aÂ month.
In July, the group met over Zoom to discuss their back-to-offi ce strategy. We used a recent article fromÂ HRO Today, âReopening the Doors,â to guide us through some key priorities to consider when bringingÂ employees back to the office post-COVID-19. Itâs always interesting to learn how businesses of differentÂ sizes and industries deal with similar challenges. One of the biggest challenges the group is facing rightÂ now, as Iâm sure you are as well, is planning for employees whose work cannot be done remotely ifÂ schools do not open in the next few weeks. How will organizations support them while ensuring businessÂ is not impacted? Iâd love to hear your plans and am happy to share with you what C-TEN members areÂ considering. You can reach me by email (Renee.Preston@SharedXpertise.com) or phone (215-606-9562).
To all our members who have chosen to be a part of the HRO Today Association and C-TEN, I thank you.Â We promise to continue to offer a high level of educational and professional development opportunitiesÂ for you to choose from.