By D. Zachary Misko
Welcome to 2019! For those that took time at the end of last year to prepare, congratulations. Based onÂ industry buzz, youâre only putting in 60-hour work weeks! For those that are still wrapping up strategicÂ planning, setting priorities, and/or creating marketing and employer branding plans, better luck next year.Â As usual, it seems that each year we get busier than the last, with more being added to our plates with everyÂ turn of the calendar page whether it be products to create and sell, solutions to retire or improve, budgets toÂ manage, and customers to service. Phew, itâs daunting sometimes, isnât it?
The HRO Today Global HR Association recognizes that you are busy and that your time is valuable. We alsoÂ know that you still require access to research, best practices, industry tools, references, and a network ofÂ 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,Â and resources to help you work smarter, not harder, is available on our website. Youâll find things thatÂ 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 ProviderÂ Certification Program. Certification can be one of the most powerful initiatives of an organization or industry. The benefits of thisÂ 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 itÂ can accomplish its goals depends, in part, on the knowledge, skill, and effort in finalizing the program details. Through our magazine,Â Bakerâs Dozen research, company and team experience, as well as our Board of Advisors, customers, and members, we have theÂ 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 andÂ during three additional one-hour calls over the next six weeks, we will review and discuss what is involved in creating a certificationÂ program, the key concepts, the testing terms, the process, and a rollout plan. Committee members will be encouraged to provideÂ 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 atÂ Zachary.Misko@SharedXpertise.com for a meeting invite. Providers, HR practitioners, and analysts are welcome to join. This is anÂ excellent opportunity for you to be a part of an important industry standard and benchmark. You donât want to miss this chanceÂ to be involved.
Stay tuned as we continue to implement new, improved member features and tools that will complement our existing practices andÂ programs. I look forward to a great year ahead, filled with new ideas, new technology, new relationships, debate, discussion andÂ decision-making!
Iâll see you at the next member meeting, the HRO Today Forum, or at our second annual Association Membership Summit thisÂ September. And donât forget that if the trend continues, we will be even busier next year, so you might want to schedule time forÂ 2020 planning before 2019 is just a memoryâ¦.