The HR Whine & Dine Networking Movement
By now, most of us have had a small taste at what networking events have to offer. Networking usually involves a formal setting, with hardly enough time or real opportunities to speak with other professionals on a personal level. The chance to meet and connect with other professionals is exciting, but the opportunity to get to know them is hardly ever available. This week’s guests: Keith Bogen, HR pro and chief networking officer of Whine & Dine Networking; Ed Han, wordsmith with a passion for networking and helping people put their professional best foot forward, especially on LinkedIn, joined our Community to share their understanding of what’s missing in HR.
Sometimes, HR is tasked with creating processes that lose focus of what really matters, which is its talent. HR can sometimes take a systematic approach that ultimately devalues people and potential relationships. Our guest Ed shares his opinion:
A1 My view: it’s too easy to prioritize process/results over people, relationships #TChat
— ed han (@ed_han) August 27, 2014
Is that really the case with HR? Does it really prioritize processes and results over people? HR is responsible for funneling great talent in the door and building organizational culture. Smart organizations align their HR departments with their strategic business plans. They recognize their HR departments for what they are and what they can be. We must not forget this, but:
If HR wants to work its way into the discussion then it needs to carve its own space out. HR needs to be seen as a powerful building tool that can build a lively culture. Of course, this is easier said than done, so we must:
People are real and they bring your organization to life. But people can’t do this on their own. People need support. They need others they can trust and connect with, because:
— Keith Bogen (@KeithBogen) August 27, 2014
In the end, it’s all about community. It matters, and people look for opportunities to connect with each other. HR needs to be a department of connections and community. The better we are socially connected then the stronger support we have. Community builds sharing of knowledge and information. People don’t just want to connect with each other. They want to get to know each other.
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Closing Notes & What’s Ahead
Thanks again to our guests: Keith Bogen, HR pro and chief networking officer of Whine & Dine Networking; Ed Han, wordsmith with a passion for networking and helping people put their professional best foot forward, especially on LinkedIn.
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