Regardless of your career, you need to know what it takes to be successful in that profession. Given the theme of this blog, let’s call it the recipe for success. Specifically, what are the ingredients?
For some professions, like human resources, the ingredients (aka competencies) are regularly under review. The business world is changing, so the competencies need to reflect what’s happening in the workplace today. The good news is that the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has developed a competency model for HR professionals. It’s our recipe for success.
If you’re wondering what it takes to be an HR pro, here are the ingredients – for more details, click through for my video on each competency:
Ethical Practice: It’s very easy to say that ethical practice is important. But ethics is hard. For HR success, if we don’t have ethics, what do we have?
Critical Evaluation: Human resource pros need analytical skills. But that’s just part of critical evaluation. Let’s discuss the value of data in decision making.
Communication and Business Acumen: As human resources professionals, we need to be heard in order to be effective. That takes being able to communicate using business acumen.
Relationship and Consultation: HR needs to be a business partner. The only way to build relationships is with proper communication and a consultative approach.
Leadership and Navigation: Many business pros debate the meaning of leadership. It doesn’t just come with a job title. Leadership can be found at every level.
Depending upon your industry and focus in HR (generalist or specialist), these competencies could mean different things. For example, ethics in one organization is different than in another. I’ve also worked for multiple hospitality firms that each had a different view towards critical evaluation. So in addition to developing competencies in an HR context, we need to develop them for our organization and industry.
I hope you enjoy checking out the posts and videos. Being an HR professional is a rewarding career. Please notice I didn’t say easy…because it’s difficult at times. But it can also be a tremendous amount of fun.2