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Social Media and Professional Associations

Originally posted: July 27, 2010 on TrishMcFarlane.com

Do you work in an industry that has a professional association?  Well, many industries have these and as I’ve found in human resources, it’s often a love/ hate relationship with the association.  For HR, the association is SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management).

Initially, SHRM took a stance on social media that gravitated toward risk avoidance.  It started like many associations where they bring in the lawyers who only tell members why they should not use it.  However, since there are many benefits to using social media that can surpass the risks, their stance is starting to change.  I’m happy to report that we’re now seeing SHRM at the national level as well as some of the more progressive state SHRM councils adopt a pro-social media stance!  One that I’m particularly interested in is my state council- Illinois.

The Illinois State Council of SHRM is geared up to show their progressive attitude this coming Monday and Tuesday  (8/2- 8/3) at the state conference. This is a conference for 500 HR professionals  who will come together to not only learn about social media, but also about the core functions of HR including:  talent management, legal/ employee relations, strategic HR, and HR tools.  I’m most looking forward to the keynote by Pamela Meyer, PhD, who will be speaking about highly engaged organizations and innovation.  Two subjects near and dear to me from a work standpoint.

If you’re not signed up, I encourage you to join me there.  After all, it’s time we all participate more in our professional association.  You’ll also get to meet fellow HR professionals/ bloggers:

Mike VanDervort

Sarah White

Charee Klimek

So don’t wait….click HERE to register today!  And, be sure to follow me on Twitter to see what’s going on at the conference.  You can also follow the conference at @ILSHRM and on their blog, IL State Council Blog.

*Many thanks to the IL SHRM Council for hosting my participation in this event.  And, a special shout out to John Jorgerson and Dave Ryan.

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