In today’s new economy, smokestacks have given way to microchips and “capital” now comes in the form of great people and big ideas. HRM is what success is all about, whether you’re a business, government, hospital or NGO. That’s why a recent poll of Canadian business leaders found that “staffing concerns” was the #2 issue keeping CEOs up at night. Yes, it’s that important. HRM is all about the art and science of finding the right people, putting them in the right jobs, and keeping them psyched about the work they do. HR professionals are helping organizations figure out how to survive with an aging workforce, an increasingly diverse society and a growing focus on social responsibility.
Developing expertise in HRM will help you understand why people do what they do and how to manage the causes of behaviour. It will give you in-depth knowledge and capabilities that the other majors do not offer. If you survey seasoned managers, almost all will tell you that managing people is the most difficult thing they have to do! The challenges are huge, and people-related issues are often complex and nuanced. Companies these days need sources of sustainable competitive advantage. Effective HRM gives companies (and those who champion these processes) the edge to be successful. To develop your own capabilities, you will find that many of the HRM courses emphasize the acquisition of explicit and tacit knowledge. You will be trained to diagnose problems, develop solutions that work, and to formulate effective implementation and evaluation strategies. But it’s not just about solving problems. It’s as much about creating environments and contexts that lead to growth and excellence.
As a HR professional, you are a leader in your field. HR professionals work as external consultants, as generalists or specialists within medium-to-larger size organizations (across many different industries), and at all levels of government. Regardless of where you work, employers, colleagues and clients turn to you for strategic advice, clear guidance, and leadership on all aspects of HR.
Make the most of your HR knowledge and experience, and get started on the path towards the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation – the gold standard for HR professionals. As of January 1, 2011, CHRP Candidates – those who have passed the National Knowledge Exam - will require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university to register for the National Professional Practice Assessment and qualify for the CHRP designation.