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I belong to a few HR related groups on Facebook and one of the topics that I’m seeing show up more frequently is professional development. Specifically, how can certified HR professionals find and attend quality programs (and get recertification credit). Well, I’m here to share with you a program that will do just that.
I know HR pros are focused on a lot of things right now. Not only all of the usual responsibilities, but we are working with the management team on a post-pandemic strategy. There are days when we can’t possibly think about taking time off to attend a professional development program. But we just have to.
It’s time to take some of our own advice. If an employee or manager came to us about not having time for learning and professional development, we’d tell them that “developing our knowledge and skills makes us better at our jobs”. And it’s true. So, check out this great opportunity.
3 Benefits to Attending the UKG Spring eSymposium
The UKG Spring eSymposium will be held on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 10a to 4p Eastern. UKG has been offering these eSymposiums for a few years and one of the things I love about the event is the flexible format. I’ll give you a sneak peek into the program in just a moment, but the event is designed in a way that allows you to follow one track or switch between tracks, based on your interests. In addition to its flexibility, the event has a few other benefits that makes it very attractive for HR and payroll professionals right now.
BENEFIT #1 – Recertification credits. As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, recertification credits are important. Especially if budgets are tight (and going to get tighter). The eSymposium is FREE and all of the learning 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.
BENEFIT #2 – Quality content. Another aspect of this event I really like is that it brings together payroll and HR. 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 virtual meeting to discuss the sessions. It’s a great way for HR and payroll to learn from each other.
BENEFIT #3 – Recordings. If you’re not able to attend the live sessions on May 5, no worries. Every session is recorded for registrants, so you’ll be able to download all of the session materials. Personally, there are times when I actually prefer listening to the recordings. I can schedule my learning over time. It’s also really great when there are two sessions that I want to hear and they’re both being presented at the same time. With recordings, I don’t have to worry about missing out.
Now that we’ve talked about the benefits, let’s talk agenda. The eSymposium is divided into four tracks to Reimagine: People Processes, How We Work, A Workplace of Inclusivity, and The Future. While I would love to list all of the programs here, let me share just a few that caught my attention.
Compliance in the Time of COVID – Since the onset of the pandemic, employers have had to address a myriad of taxation issues, state and local safety regulations, and COVID-specific leave laws. In this session, the UKG compliance team will outline recent COVID legislation and talk about some key trends facing employers, including remote work.
Trust in the Workplace: Boosting Employee Engagement – Trust impacts everything in an organization – productivity, workplace culture, employee retention, customers, and the bottom-line. So, what does it take to create a healthy workplace with a positive culture and trusting environment? Join Dr. Chris Mullen, executive director of The Workforce Institute, and Erika Sandoval, from UKG’s HCM Advisory Group, as they share the latest research on workplace trust.
The Science Behind DEI&B – The world is at an inflexion point. Human rights abuses, the rise of nationalism, the emergence of hate, chronic disparities based on race, age, sex, religion, and sexual orientation are occurring across the globe. The way we live and the way we work is unsustainable. Dr. Jarik Conrad, vice president of human insights at UKG, will lead the discussion on how corporate social responsibility (CSR) must take on a new meaning if we want society to be fairer, more just, and more human.
Building an Intentional Culture: What Merging During a Pandemic Taught Us About HR and Ourselves – I hope you’ll find time to listen to this fireside chat with me and Dave Almeda, UKG’s chief people officer. Dave promises to share a firsthand account behind the merger of Kronos and Ultimate Software, two organizations that have ranked on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For lists for years. We’re going to talk about what it’s like to merge two companies – in the middle of a pandemic – and create an intentional culture.
You can check out all the great sessions and save your spot here.
Find Time to Invest in Your HR Learning & Development
I hope you find this agenda as interesting as I do. This one-day eSymposium is designed to bring HR and payroll professionals education on the topics we face every day and could potentially face in the future. It has 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. So, find some time to focus on your professional development. Sign up for the UKG Spring eSymposium. Here are the registration details:
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time
I look forward to seeing you there!