God Save the Queen. HR Lessons from Queen Victoria. #SHRM19



The countdown to the SHRM 2019 Annual Conference & Exposition is on. If you have not yet had the opportunity to review the program and plan the sessions you want to attend, now is the time to do so. I was able to do this over the past weekend where in Canada, Victoria Day was celebrated. This holiday, in honor of Queen Victoria, provided the opportunity for reflection about this monarch and how we, as HR professionals, can learn from some little know facts about this ruler:

  1. Queen Victoria was small but mighty: At barely five feet tall, Queen Victoria never let her small stature impede her voice and her strong leadership. HR Departments of One can learn from her example and remember that size does not dictate influence. Many sessions at the SHRM 2019 conference are targeted to HR Departments of One and will provide tools and resources to help these smaller units have impact in their organizations.
  2. Queen Victoria was raised by a single mother and later became a single mother herself:  As HR professionals we continue to promote family-friendly workplaces that accommodate a variety of requirements.  While it is easy to speak to these practices, we need to ensure that our organizations are actually providing opportunities and environments that allow for this to happen.  Numerous sessions at the conference will provide information to allow for deeper examination of these important practices as well as how to use appropriate strategies to hire, retain and engage a diverse workforce.
  3. Queen Victoria survived multiple assassination attempts: Many of my colleagues have shared that they often feel “under fire” or unsupported in their work.  Just as this monarch did, we must ensure that we do not become disheartened or swayed from our passion and desired outcomes.  The Smart Stage sessions throughout the conference offer quick and pragmatic ways in which we, as HR professionals, can remain focused and engaged in our important work.

The SHRM 2019 conference can be the “crowning glory” of your annual learning and development experiences.  Take the time to plan how you will get the most out of the terrific offerings.  Also, ensure that you leave time to network and have some fun as well.  Following the #SHRM19 Bloggers will provide you with ongoing insights and information as well.

Looking forward to seeing everyone next month in Las Vegas where we are sure to have a “royally” good time.

Reference: Pruitt, S. (2018). 5 things you may not know about Queen Victoria. https://www.history.com/news/5-things-you-may-not-know-about-queen-victoria



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