Canadian HR Reporter

February 2020 CAN

Canadian HR Reporter is the national journal of human resource management. It features the latest workplace news, HR best practices, employment law commentary and tools and tips for employers to get the most out of their workforce.

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18 www.hrreporter.com These three words have become hugely influential in today's business environment. As our workplaces shift, so do workers' expectations and values. Today, as workplace demographics change, the desire for real-time feedback and coaching increases, and authenticity and inclusion are expected. To remain a high-performing organization in the changing world of work, the way we recruit, retain, develop, and engage talent is critical. We suspect that the importance of a strong HR department in organizations is only going to grow in the next decade, but only if HR Professionals possess the skills and competencies to support leaders in providing an employee experience that fosters innovation, development, growth, and productivity. Professional development for HR practitioners has never been more critical to their success. Provincial HR associations, like CPHR Alberta, are ready to meet this need with relevant and future-focused professional development opportunities for our members and the greater HR community. To do this, we started by asking our members about the skills they desired to develop or acquire in 2020. Our 2019 Professional Development Survey with over 750 responses, found that the top desired skills were directly related to: • Leadership Development • Effective Communication • HR Strategy • Workforce Planning and Talent Management Many respondents indicated that they want to grow their leadership skills to coach managers in these areas. We also asked respondents to indicate how likely they would be to attend professional development opportunities linked to the nine functional knowledge areas within the CPHR Canada Competency Framework. The four professional development opportunities that ranked the highest were: • HR Strategy • Employee Engagement • Workforce Planning and Talent Management • HR Metrics, Reporting, and Financial Management The team at CPHR Alberta has created a professional development calendar for this year that will meet the needs of our members as they grow and develop their skills to adapt to the changing world of work. We will continue offering annual staples like the HR Law Conference in chapters across the province this month. We are also offering more opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills needed for sound strategic planning, to better understand HR metrics and skills to harness the predictive power of the data organizations have about their employees. We will also focus on giving HR professionals the tools they need to coach managers and support cultural transformations within organizations that will lead to more engaging and inclusive employee experiences. In-person events to watch for include: • HR Law Conferences – February • Workplace Investigations Certificate Program – April • HR Strategy Bootcamp – May With a membership that spans across Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, quality online learning opportunities are critical for professional development of members that are in more rural locations. Also, we know in a profession as diverse as HR, we must provide learning opportunities that span across industries. To provide professional development for all our members and all areas of HR, CPHR Alberta is building strong relationships within the industry to grow our library of opportunities to have education at your fingertips. Partnerships and online learning opportunities include: • The Canadian Payroll Association • Captus Press • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans • CPHR British Columbia & Yukon This September 29 and 30, HR professionals should plan to attend our refreshed annual conference, VISION 2020, in Calgary, Alberta. We've moved our conference from April to September with the intent that it will be the capstone of your professional development for the year. At VISION 2020, you will be able to draw upon the insights and skills you've acquired throughout the year to better engage with the thought leadership from our keynotes, breakout session speakers, and your community. Our goal as the professional association for HR in Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, is to equip HR leaders and their teams to thrive in our disrupted and changing workplaces. If you haven't already, take the time to reflect on what knowledge, skills and tools you need this year to continue to bring value to your organization and then make a professional development plan that includes your professional HR association. BY DANIEL BOUCHER, DIRECTOR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS & RESEARCH AND JESSICA GREENWAY, MANAGER, MEMBER ENGAGEMENT AND EXPERIENCE, CPHR ALBERTA DISRUPTION, CHANGE, TECHNOLOGY Member Feedback shapes the CPHR Alberta 2020 PD Calendar cphralberta CPHRab CPHRAlberta cphrab.ca

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