SHRM CEO, Hank Jackson
Hank Jackson is the President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management.
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SHRM CEO, Hank Jackson
The front cover of an old issue of Personnel Administrator (the precursor to HR Magazine) reads: “If we must single out one priority, it would be legislation affecting productivity. We must also work toward breaking down the adversary relationship between labor and management.”
In today’s complex global economy, HR has evolved to become a key leadership position and businesses expect more of HR professionals than ever before. As I have written before, this profession is being challenged to keep up with the rapidly changing world of work.
Dear SHRM Member,
As the end of another year draws near, I wanted to take this opportunity to extend my warmest wishes and thank you again for being a part of SHRM.
There is one HR event I would like every CEO to attend: SHRM’s Volunteer Leaders’ Summit, an annual meeting of our most active and engaged volunteers. Representing over 600 chapters and state councils across the country, these dedicated individuals provide local programming, networking and professional development. They are passionate about our profession, and they understand that HR must drive business outcomes.
We are making great progress on the development of the HR profession’s new competency-based certification, and we are excited for the January 5, 2015 launch. We have some new information to share with you. Today we are announcing the members of theSHRM Certification Commission, an advisory group for SHRM’s certification.
Demographers call it the “silver tsunami”: a rising tide of older workers that threatens to overwhelm institutions and systems from retirement to health care to employment. Others simply call it “the aging workforce,” which sounds less alarming. But by any name, the challenge facing U.S. businesses, government and society as the workforce ages and the Baby Boomer generation retires is real. And after many years of anticipation, it has arrived.
It’s been said that the most important values of any profession are shared knowledge and shared experience, the passing along of what we know from person to person and generation to generation. This is certainly true of HR.
Who’s the most successful HR professional you know—boss, mentor or other colleague? What qualities do they possess? What makes them stand out?
After more than 1,100 responses from our members, I am enthusiastic to announce that we have a name for the new SHRM certification. There will be two levels to the new certification:
Like most developed countries, the U.S. faces a major demographic challenge. This year, the oldest of nearly 80 million baby boomers turn 65. According to the Pew Research Center, about 10,000 Americans reach that milestone every day.
Most organizations can’t afford to suddenly lose such a reservoir of work experience and seasoned judgment. And that maturity and judgment is of particular value in forging collaborative teams within a workforce that now includes four and soon five generations.
The end of summer, start of the school year, beginning of the football season and the celebration of employees everywhere—it all says September and Labor Day. If you observe its historical origins, this month would be marked by “a picnic, an abundance of cigars, and lager beer kegs.” That’s how the media of the day characterized one of the first Labor Day celebrations about 130 years ago.
A little more than a year ago, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) launched We Know Next, our external campaign to help business leaders, policymakers and human resource professionals — and those who influence them — better understand today’s ever-changing workforce. We believe human resources is a critical element — driving the policies, the perspectives and most importantly, the people — behind every business success. SHRM and its members are helping transform business by understanding what’s next.
Hank Jackson & Ellen Galinsky announce the new SHRM and FWI partnership on workplace flexibility - Moving Work Forward.