#Nextchat: Finding HR's Voice

Thomas Jefferson once said, "America is not governed by the majority, but by the majority of those who participate."

Jefferson's belief about the impact political advocacy had on Government 200+ years ago still rings very true today. That's why SHRM has embarked on a 5-year initiative to establish the SHRM Advocacy Team; a network of SHRM member advocates throughout all 435 congressional districts across America.

It’s important that HR pros have a dialogue with their elected officials.

As an advocate for the HR community, you can keep your elected officials informed on how public policy issues can affect employees, employers, and the HR profession as a whole. SHRM provides its members with a number of opportunities for such action, whether it be through our Advocacy Team initiative or by participating in one of our periodic 'Hill Days' during SHRM's Employment Law & Legislative Conference in March.

Next week, SHRM will host its annual Employment Law and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. where, once again, close to 300 SHRM members will visit their representatives on Capitol Hill and lobby on behalf of the HR profession.

If you could visit your representatives in Congress today, what issues would you want to discuss?

Please join @weknownext at 3 p.m. ET on March 6 for #Nextchat with special guests from the SHRM Advocacy Team, Chatrane Birbal (@shrmadvocacy) and David Lusk (@SHRMATeam).  We’ll chat about why advocacy is more important than ever for the HR profession

Q1.  As an HR pro, do you think advocacy is important or a waste of time?  Why?
Q2.  Is it important for HR to understand how various policy issues affect employers and employees?  Why?
Q3.  As an HR professional, what legal/regulatory policy issues are most important to you and why?
Q4.  As an HR professional, what policy issues are currently impacting how you do your job?
Q5.  Why should HR develop credible and influential relationships with elected officials?
Q6.  Is it more important for HR to be involved at the state or federal level?  Why?
Q7.  If you could talk to your state/federal rep today about an issue that affects HR, what would it be?

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