By Nancy Conway, SPHR, North Central Regional Field Services Director
Did you know that SHRM Connect can be used to connect with other volunteer leaders? We’ve seen a growth in the use of SHRM Connect this year, especially with volunteers. Many groups have formed such as Large Chapters (Presidents of Chapters with 301-500 members), Workforce Readiness (Chapter and State Council Workforce Readiness Directors), etc.
It’s easy to use and is included on the www.shrm.org site. Log in using your member ID and your password as SHRM Connect is only open to SHRM members at this point. On the home page, click the SHRM Connect icon to get started. Select Communities and search for one that interests you. There are over 300 to choose from, so hopefully you’ll find one that meets your needs.
To create your own community (group) contact Anne-Margaret Olsson, SHRM's Manager Social Networking & Online Communities, at Anne-Margaret.Olsson@shrm.org. Please provide the name of the community you would like to create along with a description of the community. You may want to start a community for your chapter or state council. It’s a great way for members to share information and documents. When an attachment is posted in SHRM Connect a link is sent to members, so there aren’t any blocked attachments because of file size or type.
An FAQ area is available on SHRM Connect. Here’s just some of the information you’ll find in this section:
There are several delivery options available in SHRM Connect regarding email:
· Real time an email is sent to you every time a new message is posted.
· Daily digest: sends one email to you each day, consolidating all of the posts from the previous day.
· Legacy: sends real-time text versions of the posts, which are compatible with Blackberries and most other handheld devices. This option also allows you to reply without logging into a web browser, but it does NOT allow you to include attachments with your post.
· No Email: allows you to be part of the group without having emails sent to you. You can still post and read others’ messages by logging into SHRM Connect.
You can quickly respond to others’ posts by clicking “Reply to Discussion” to send your message to the entire community. Another option is to “Reply to Sender,” which only sends your message back to the sender.
It’s even possible to search for posts across all the communities. Go to “Communities” > “View Discussions” > “Advanced Search” in the top blue navigation bar. You can search based on keywords in the posts, search all or specific forums, and select a specific date range.
As you can see, there are many ways to utilize SHRM Connect. Reach out to a SHRM Connect group or create one to make your role easier as a volunteer leader.