After a successful career transition from leading a forest products company to executive coaching, Kent Blumberg wanted to position himself for whatever came next. To get ready for a transition into a third career as an educator and administrator, he decided to pursue SHRM certification in 2019. In his long career, he says, it was one of the best decisions he’s made.
While our plans for 2020 may have fallen through, that doesn’t mean we can’t plan effectively for 2021, despite the pandemic and its unknown challenges. Regardless of timing or innovation, if you’re failing to plan, you’re likely planning to fail.
The relationship between professionals and their employers shifted significantly this year due to the major transformation in the way people work, pushing organizations already tuned to the future of work into rethinking HR strategy.
Now that it’s mid-September, many organizations are preparing for open enrollment, reviewing and approving budgets, setting recruiting strategy, planning for end-of-year performance reviews and panicking over new laws that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021. Columnist Matthew Burr shares his thoughts on HR’s evolution in the coming year.
Delegating is a management skill, and it may not be intuitive. Managers often progress by proving themselves to be exemplary employees, so jumping in to get the work done may come naturally. But if you aren’t delegating, you’re your own employee—and not a very good one, since you’re trying to do everyone else’s job instead of your own.