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One of the challenges that organizations and individuals can face this time of year is “end of the year resource management.” This includes companies that are close to meeting goal so they’re looking for ways to increase revenue or decrease expenses. Or they’ve made goal and they’re looking for ways to hit those stretch targets.
When these moments are in sight, we might get asked to postpone budgeted activities, like attending educational events. I’ve had it happen many times. But the reality is — I need and want to continue my professional development.
So, I’m always on the lookout for FREE learning and development events that deliver on quality. I want to share with you an event that does just that.
Adapt: Embracing a People-Centric Future
The UKG HR and Payroll eSymposium will be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 from 10a to 4p Eastern. I’ve been participating in these eSymposiums for a few years and always found them to be a high-quality learning and development program. The theme of this event is “Adapt: Embracing a People-Centric Future” — a very timely subject. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the sessions being offered:
The Business Imperative of DEI&B: The Key to Continued Innovation – As companies continue to gain a competitive advantage and market share, diverse voices are necessary for continued innovation. In this session, Brian K. Reaves, UKG’s chief belonging, diversity, and equity officer, and Sue Collard, UKG’s senior director of strategy and operations for belonging, diversity, and equity, will discuss the role each of us plays in creating an environment that sets a company and its customers up for future success.
The Cost of Doing Nothing in Payroll – Organizations and leaders everywhere are concerned with business costs, which is why every company needs a reliable payroll team. Teresa Smith, strategy consultant manager at UKG, will be talking about the impact and cost of non-compliance on payroll and some practical tips for getting ahead when it comes to payroll processing.
Reviewing 2021 Compliance Updates: When the Only Constant is Change – The UKG compliance team has a great session planned focused on recent legislation, case development, and the employment law trends we need to watch. This includes a discussion about how states are handling pay equity and transparency, global data privacy, and wage and hour practices.
The New Normal? 3 Workplace Norms Challenged by COVID-19 – We’ve seen some very encouraging reports lately about cases, hospitalizations, and deaths declining but that doesn’t mean we’re done with the pandemic. Karina Monesson, senior manager of HCM advisory and research at UKG, will be talking about the changing expectations regarding everything from scheduling flexibility to dress code autonomy to how to make office spaces an attractive and productive place to work.
Again, this is just a handful of the sessions being offered. You can check out the entire agenda, speaker profiles, and save your spot by visiting their website.
UKG HR & Payroll eSymposium: 3 Benefits to Attending
I know HR and payroll professionals are focused on a lot of things right now. Not only all of our usual responsibilities, but we are working with the management team on post-pandemic strategies like when and how to welcome employees back to the office. There are days when we can’t possibly think about taking time off to attend a professional development program. But we just have to.
Now is the time to take some of our own advice. If an employee or manager came to us about not having time for professional development, we’d tell them that “developing our knowledge and skills makes us better at our jobs”. And it’s true. Here are three benefits to remember:
Recertification credits. Recertification credits are important, especially if budgets are tight. The eSymposium is FREE and sessions have been pre-approved by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). In addition, many have been approved by the American Payroll Association (APA). And for my Canadian friends, this event is also pre-approved by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) and The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) recertification credits. UKG will be providing a certificate of participation for your files.
Quality content. I really like that this event brings together HR and payroll. I’ve been responsible for both a few times in my career, and this is one of the few events that has topics which are relevant to both. Since the event is free, your company can have multiple people sign up, listen to the content, and then maybe set up a meeting to discuss the sessions. It’s a great way for HR and payroll to learn from each other.
Session recordings. If you’re not able to attend the live sessions on December 1, no worries. Most sessions will be made available on demand for registrants. That way if you’re torn between two sessions then you can listen to one live and the other on demand. And honestly, there are times when I actually prefer listening to the recordings. I can schedule my learning over time. That way, if I do have to step away for an emergency, I know that I can still listen to the recording and not miss out on the information.
Your Learning and Development is Important
I hope you find this event as interesting as I do. The UKG one-day eSymposium for HR and payroll professionals is designed to deliver education on the topics we face every day and could potentially face in the future. It has, what I think, are the three ingredients many of us look for in professional development opportunities: 1) high-quality content, 2) no cost to attend, and 3) pre-approved for recertification. We all know this doesn’t happen very often.
Find some time to focus on your professional development. It’s important. Sign up for the UKG eSymposium. Here are the registration details:
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Look forward to seeing you there!19