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SHRM Rolls Out Its New Credentialing Program

June 20, 2014
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Its professional certification designations of SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP seek to replace longtime standards PHR and SPHR.


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How Do I Unite Leaders Divided On HR's Value?

April 17, 2013
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I was recently promoted to handle all human resources at our 100-employee company, but I also still serve as top assistant to our company president. This has sparked a debate, with some senior leaders arguing we don't need a fulltime HR function. Our president now isn't sure whether to keep the HR function or just keep me as his assistant. How do I convince top brass that HR is more than just keeping track of personnel files and benefits? — Caught in the Not-So-Friendly Crossfire, HR director, publishing/communication/advertising, Owosso, Michigan
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What Are the Differences Between HR Practices in the U.S. and in the Caribbean?

October 17, 2012
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I will be transitioning soon from the Caribbean to the U.S. What must I do to prepare to quickly gain employment in the human resources field? Are there special regulations, systems and methodology on which I need to focus? —On the Move, HR professional, Aruba
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How Do I Break Into Other HR Areas Besides Recruiting?

June 19, 2012
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After six years as a human resources professional, I have wandered from my original career path. I had intended to eventually become a generalist, but in my last two jobs I've been asked to do mostly recruiting, mostly because my managers didn't want to do it. I recently was laid off and now get job offers only for staffing/recruiting positions. How do I break into other areas: employee relations, training and performance management? —Unwilling Recruiter, services, England
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Take This Job and Love It: Financial Planners, HR Leaders Rank as Top 5 Jobs

April 11, 2012
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At an average midcareer salary of $104,000, financial planners out-earn the rest of the top 10 professions. Those in HR leadership positions average just over $99,000.
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How Do We Know With Certainty the Value Our HR Department Provides?

February 28, 2012
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How do we methodically measure the true value of our human resources function? —Method Actor, general manager, human resources, automotive, Lahore, Pakistan
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Lagging Economy Aside, Interviewees Say the Darndest Things

February 24, 2012
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Job board giant CareerBuilder listed some of the most unusual interview experiences based on an online survey of more than 3,000 employers.
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How do We Sustain Collaboration Between Business Units as Our HR Function Moves to a Different Floor?

November 11, 2011
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As part of an expansion, our company plans to shift the human resources and finance departments to different floors, away from the business. We're not changing our HR focus or team structure, but I'm worried we'll lose the tight interaction HR has with business units. Another concern: if HR becomes a destination, instead of a quick Q&A in the hallway, employees and managers may feel less comfortable approaching us. How do we sustain our collaborative culture during this transition?
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Preparing for the HR Certification Institute Exams

October 20, 2011
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The SHRM Learning System may be the most popular study method for the HRCI exams, but there are other alternatives. Here are a few:
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