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Time Management and Work/Life Balance: Overcoming the Challenge!
During a recent Southwest Central Regional Council conference call, we heard 100% of our State Council Directors say that time management is one of the most challenging issues they and their state council volunteers face with regard to work/life balance. In response to their comments, I thought it would be interesting and helpful to provide a few time management tips and resources that I’ve found to be particularly effective for me. Read more from Sherry Johnson, PHR, Southwest Central Region Field Services Director.
Is Your Chapter Ready to Hire an Association Management Firm?

 Your passion to give back and support your HR profession is a key part of who you are. But each year there seems to be less and less time to devote to volunteer activities. If your chapter finds that your annual goals are not getting met because of time-consuming administrative tasks executing key initiatives, then it may be time to consider looking at the various staffing options that are available to the chapter.   Read more from Karen Verrico, CAE, Pacific West Region Field Services Director.

Connecting with SHRM Connect
Nancy Conway, SPHR, SHRM's Regional Field Services Director in the North Central Region helps demystify SHRM Connect, SHRM's online social media community. SHRM Connect can be a tool for you to connect with other volunteer leaders. Read More.
Can You Ever Hear “Thank You” Enough?
Dianna Gould, SHRM Regional Field Services Director for the Pacific West, reminds us that saying 'thank you' to your chapter and council volunteers goes a long way. Read More
HRBP and HRMP -- New Credentials Offered by HR Certification Institute

Dorothy Knapp, SPHR, Southeast Regional Field Services Director, helps explain the new Human Resource Business Professional (HRBP )and Human Resource Management Professional HRMP℠ certifications, who they are designed for, and who they aren't. Read More

Helping to Identify and Prepare New Volunteer Leaders

All of us are aware of the major significance of training, mentoring and succession planning for our organizations. Then why would we not apply these same principles to the success of our professional organizations?  Who will fill our shoes?

Training is important and many times overlooked in volunteer associations. New leadership is expected to perform under "trial by fire." How and why things have been done in the past, however, is very important, and continuity is essential.   Read more.

2013 Regional Student Conferences and Case Competition
The 2013 Regional Student Conferences and Case Competition are  just around the corner, and SHRM is pleased to present five conferences packed with keynote speakers, educational sessions, career development opportunities, networking and a Regional Case Competition, where teams of graduate and undergraduate teams compete separately to win two grand prizes: $2,500 cash and complimentary team registration to the 2013 Annual Conference & Exposition in ChicagoRead more.
Volunteer Engagement Leads to “Bench Strength”

In the June, 2012, issue of Harvard Business Review magazine, Marcus Buckingham writes about leadership development.  He quotes an outcome of the 2002 meta-analysis employee engagement study published by Gallup.  It found that the second most powerful driver of employee engagement and turnover was an employee’s answer to the question  “Do I know what is expected of me?”.  That question could be key to volunteer engagement and turnover as well.  Do they know what is expected of them when they assume their volunteer role?  The foundation of their understanding and engagement could be up-to-date position descriptions for your volunteer leader roles.  If they know what is expected before and during their term, they will be more engaged and that could lead to a stronger bench from which to do succession planning. 


Looking for sample positions descriptions for your chapterFor your state council?  We’ve assembled a variety of position descriptions for board/council positions that may be helpful to you as you create and/or enhance your existing inventory.  Let us know if they’ve helped you – feel free to comment on this blog.


Do you have a position description you’d like to share?  Please feel free to send it to us at or contact your Field Services Director.

Benefits of Chapter Partnerships with Colleges/Universities – SHRM Learning System Program

Partnering with a college/university through the SHRM Learning System Program can benefit your chapter in many ways: inspires new member growth; creates opportunities for HR professionals; cuts costs associated with program development; increases chapter exposure; advances the profession; and much more!  To find out how your chapter can take full advantage of the SHRM Learning System Program, read the LeadersEdge article on the VLRC or visit the HR Certification Institute CLA page of the VLRC.

SHRM Support of Veterans, Guard, Reservists and Military Families
Since SHRM signed a Statement of Support with the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in 2010, we have made the hiring, retention, and support of military-connected employees a priority.  SHRM has challenged all state councils and chapters to sign their own statements of support and the response has been tremendous, with more signing every month.  SHRM is finalizing a toolkit designed to help HR professionals create programs focused on recruiting as well as supporting veterans, guard, reservists and military spouses in the workplace.  We also continue to provide military-relevant programming at SHRM conferences.  The real hiring and support, of course, takes place in communities across the country.  As HR profesionals, we may well be a veteran's first point of contact on this issue and connecting with ESGR and other resources at the local level is critical to the profession and to those who have served our country.  To access the list of SHRM state councils and chapters that have signed a Statement of Support, please click here.  To arrange a Statement of Support signing, contact ESGR at
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