Wednesday, 02 September 2015 16:46

Lifelong Learning Required by HR Professionals

Written by Cathy Fyock, CSP, SPHR

Cathy Fyock

What does it take to be an HR professional today? To be effective, HR professionals need to be current on the issues and trends impacting the workplaces and businesses in order to lead their organizations. And in order to remain relevant, HR professionals must commitw to lifelong learning. Even if an HR professional were to master the body of knowledge of HR management at one moment in time, it wouldn’t take long for new laws to be enacted, technology to advance, and trends and best practices to shift, making a once-competent professional out-of-touch with the fast-pace of change in today’s work world.

A commitment to lifelong learning begins with membership in SHRM—the world’s leading organization dedicated to advancing the profession and supporting the HR professional. Through membership in SHRM, professionals are able to learn about current best practices through SHRM webinars, conferences, and chapter meetings; they are able to research the current policies that align with changes in the legal landscape via SHRM’s extensive website; they are able to network with their colleagues, vendors, and other partners about resources to support their organizations.

Never before has it been so important to maintain relevancy in today’s changing world, and SHRM provides the tools to support the lifelong learning required today.

I encourage you to review this publication and note not only the articles that provide excellent updates, but also note the advertisers that partner with us in support of our profession. And if you haven’t done so already, invest in your career and become a member of SHRM where you will be supported in your lifelong learning.

Cathy Fyock, CSP SPHR
Chair, KYSHRM Council and Senior HR/Business Advisor, Kushner & Company

Cathy Fyock can be reached at or at 502.445.6539.

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