Society of Human Resource Management Offers Support for Managing Personnel Issues

Barbara Kieker

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

If you're responsible for Human Resources strategic initiatives or personnel issues in your company and would like to meet others who share those responsibilities, then the Southwest Georgia chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) in Albany might be just the place for you. With 55 active members from local businesses and organizations, the chapter has monthly meetings that feature speakers, panel discussions or round table discussions.

"Recent issues we've discussed include how to manage a multi-generational workplace where people have very different learning styles and different expectations of what is appropriate behavior," said Southwest Georgia SHRM Albany President Tracy St. Amant, who works at Phoebe Putney Health Systems.

"We've also discussed how to manage social media in the workplace and how to manage dramatic employees. We try to focus on more modern topics rather than traditional topics like compensation structures or family leave requirements."

According to St. Amant, chapter members work at large employers in the region like Phoebe, Miller, P&G and the City of Albany, as well as at smaller companies and practices. Many members are office managers who are a one-person HR team for their organizations.

"SHRM provides a variety of resources and support services for HR professionals. Companies who find outside training costly and inconvenient can really benefit from SHRM membership," St. Amant said.

About SHRM
SHRM includes a global membership of more than 250,000 professionals from 140 countries. The society has 350 staff members who provide support and resources in more than 30 specialized departments including benefits, compensation, ethics, diversity, business leadership and strategy, labor relations, organization and employee development, and safety and security.

Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates.

Benefits of Membership
SHRM membership provides opportunities to meet your peers and exchange ideas through monthly meetings and occasional seminars. Members also receive updates on new legal requirements related to HR issues and can access other information through the chapter and national SHRM websites. Membership in the Albany chapter is open to any professional in the region who manages personnel issues.

"Very few of our members have HR in their titles. They have HR responsibilities on top of everything else they do," St. Amant said.

Monthly meetings are normally held on the first Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Doublegate Country Club. More information on the Southwest Georgia SHRM Albany chapter is available at albanyga.shrm.org or by contacting Tracy St. Amant, SPHR at trstaman@ppmh.org. More information on SHRM is available at www.shrm.org, or on Twitter @SHRMPress and @SHRM_Research.

About Barbara Kieker

Barbara Kieker is a freelance writer who writes on business-related topics for a number of web-based properties. She also provides communications services to Fortune 500 corporations, small businesses and nonprofit organizations.