As you know (maybe all too well!), there’s always some commentary about what HR needs to do to get to the next level in business. “Rebrand.” “Be more strategic.” “Blow up and start over.” The list goes on.
Recently, I rediscovered a 2013 Korn Ferry Institute blog post, To Be or Not To Be Strategic, that said, “…human resources professionals historically have not been required to possess the competencies and background necessary to have a say in corporate strategy.” And “The challenge for H.R. is to develop a critical mass of people who are up to the task.”
Now we can officially say: Challenge accepted.
SHRM extensively researched and carefully designed the SHRM Competency Model for this very reason—to focus HR professionals on proven behavioral and leadership competencies. To prepare all members of the HR profession—that “critical mass”—for the next, more strategic level and move our profession further into business leadership one HR professional, one HR team, and one organization at a time.
And to date, more than 60,000 HR professionals have taken the SHRM Competency Model to heart and accepted the challenge to further develop themselves as HR business leaders by earning the SHRM-SCP or SHRM-CP.
Taken together, the tens of thousands of SHRM-certified HR professionals may or may not yet be considered “critical mass,” but one thing is clear: More HR professionals are now on a shared journey to developing the competencies and knowledge needed to lead in business today.
I invite others to join us.
Individuals who have a valid HR generalist certification as of January 31, 2015, are eligible for SHRM's certification—at no cost—by completing the online tutorial pathway by the end of this year. Applications are also being accepted for the SHRM-SCP and SHRM-CP winter exam window.