SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. calls on HR to cause the effect


New Orleans – SHRM President and CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., today addressed the annual SHRM22 (Society for Human Resource Management) conference and expo virtually and in person at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans in a keynote that called on HR to cause the effect, encouraging business leaders and HR leaders to boldly make the changes we they want to see in the world of work.

“Our theme this year is so much more than a theme. It’s literally a paradigm-shifting call to action,” Taylor said. “It is a mandate from employers, employees, government leaders everywhere to do more than practice HR, but to Cause the effect humanity so badly needs this frankly quite frightening and still tenuous time. Our very existence as human beings is at a crossroads.”

Taylor also identified three critical opportunities the HR profession needs to focus on for people and for businesses: the importance of mental health, building a strong workplace culture, and embracing alternative credentials. .

“Almost one in four workers tell us they feel down, depressed or hopeless – not sometimes, but often“, Taylor said. “HR managers have to ‘listen’ well. And in our work “listening” is done with your eyes and ears. We often have to observe our employees to hear WHAT they are saying as well as what they are NOT saying.”

Taylor also explained HR’s responsibility to “create inclusive, empathetic and resilient cultures that emphasize agility, adaptability and alignment. This will require different thinking from us, the HR profession.” .

“As our workplaces become more diverse through the traditional markers of race, ethnicity and gender, we must also cultivate diversity in thought, backgrounds and life paths,” Taylor said.

And the SHRM Foundation surveyed executives, managers and HR professionals about their views on alternative degrees (like training certificates and industry certifications) and found that 50% of executives gave them a great value when making hiring decisions for open positions, while only 15% of HR professionals felt the same way.

“SHRM partners with forward-looking organizations to tap into the talent pool of those who may not have specific work experience or even a degree, but who have been trained in the essential skills needed to get the job done,” Taylor said of the assessment of qualifications, training and experience.

The annual SHRM22 conference and expo continues tomorrow with Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive, leading a conversation focused on the importance of mental health in the workplace and Wednesday as Taylor engages in an exclusive conversation with the former president George W. Bush.

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