By D. Zachary Misko
Welcome to 2019! For those that took time at the end of last year to prepare, congratulations. Based on industry buzz, you’re only putting in 60-hour work weeks! For those that are still wrapping up strategic planning, setting priorities, and/or creating marketing and employer branding plans, better luck next year. As usual, it seems that each year we get busier than the last, with more being added to our plates with every turn of the calendar page whether it be products to create and sell, solutions to retire or improve, budgets to manage, and customers to service. Phew, it’s daunting sometimes, isn’t it?
The HRO Today Global HR Association recognizes that you are busy and that your time is valuable. We also know that you still require access to research, best practices, industry tools, references, and a network of experts who can help. So we took that into consideration as we set our priorities and plan for 2019. A list of our products, services, and resources to help you work smarter, not harder, is available on our website. You’ll find things that have been in place since the association was formed as well as new and improved offerings for this year.
One of those new products that we are launching in the second quarter of this year is a HR Services and Technology Provider Certification Program. Certification can be one of the most powerful initiatives of an organization or industry. The benefits of this program include:
- providing a key strategy for helping individuals better position themselves in a competitive marketplace;
- helping to protect the health, safety, or welfare of consumers;
- creating standards of performance for the HR industry; and
- ensuring customers have access to qualified service partners.
Over the years, certification programs have helped to elevate a profession and transform entire industries. But the extent to which it can accomplish its goals depends, in part, on the knowledge, skill, and effort in finalizing the program details. Through our magazine, Baker’s Dozen research, company and team experience, as well as our Board of Advisors, customers, and members, we have the knowledge and skills to create a successful certification program.
On February 13, 2019, I will facilitate a conference call with our newest project team, the Certification Committee. At this meeting and during three additional one-hour calls over the next six weeks, we will review and discuss what is involved in creating a certification program, the key concepts, the testing terms, the process, and a rollout plan. Committee members will be encouraged to provide feedback and insights, ask questions, and help finalize certain areas of the program prior to our launch in the second quarter.
If you are a member of the Association and are interested in joining this committee, please email me at Zachary.Misko@SharedXpertise.com for a meeting invite. Providers, HR practitioners, and analysts are welcome to join. This is an excellent opportunity for you to be a part of an important industry standard and benchmark. You don’t want to miss this chance to be involved.
Stay tuned as we continue to implement new, improved member features and tools that will complement our existing practices and programs. I look forward to a great year ahead, filled with new ideas, new technology, new relationships, debate, discussion and decision-making!
I’ll see you at the next member meeting, the HRO Today Forum, or at our second annual Association Membership Summit this September. And don’t forget that if the trend continues, we will be even busier next year, so you might want to schedule time for 2020 planning before 2019 is just a memory….