Recently I published an article on the benefits of blogging. You can read it here. Every member of this Project: Social HR team sees the benefits of using social media as way to connect, promote, improve, share, develop new relationships, increase knowledge and advance our professional excellence. I like that, which is why I wanted to be involved. As I read the other articles by the other contributors, I love the tone of community and acceptance.
Sometimes material from the HR blogosphere suggests that those of us using social media are somewhat more advanced and evolved than those that do not. And that’s just not true. This is why Project: Social HR is so cool and important. PSHR doesn’t judge. We know that this social lifestyle can be a daunting one and so we are all committed to the idea of sharing its benefits with anyone willing to listen. Everyone is working or has worked in the corporate world and stumble across this social community some kind of way and enjoyed it. We just want to share it.
Just like in your office there are good HR professionals and not so good HR professionals, the same thing occurs in the social world. Being online does not translate to being awesomeness. You’re not going to like everyone’s blog, comments or opinions however we simply want to help open up the lines of communication and demonstrate how we can use social networks as a positive tool. It’s get so much bad press that it’s easy to understand why someone may feel it’s an undisciplined medium. It’s really like anything else; it’s as good as you make it.
Victorio Milian, Dave Ryan, Laura Schroeder and Lyn Hoyt (founders and long-time supporters of Project: Social HR) are such visionaries, they know the HR community needs to move forward and bridge the gap between the online and offline. One excellent way to accomplish this goal is to get out from behind the laptop, turn off the mobile device and unplug from the net and get to the professional conferences and associations. I am a conference rookie, and this year will be making my debut. I can’t wait to meet more HR professionals, as many as I can.
Here’s the closing; we deal with “human” capital; people! And people are social, more social than ever. It’s not going anywhere, in fact new social networks keep popping up all the time, like Pinterest, Yammer and Tagged. Facebook is not the only player in the game; it’s not even the fastest growing any more. I recently read an article claiming that within 5 years it will be defunct. Hard to imagine, huh? Doesn’t matter there will be something new in its place.
Chris Fields, MLHR is a HR professional and consultant that currently blogs at CostofWork.com. In addition to Project Social, Chris is a contributor to Performance I Create, Secrets of the Job Hunt and Smart Recruiters. He has also launched a resume writing campaign known as “The Resume Crusade.” You can follow him on Twitter @new_resource and LinkedIn.
Started in the Fall of 2010, Project: Social HR is a community in-the-making for Human Resource professionals interested in social media. The purpose of PSHR will be twofold. One will be to encourage and support HR practitioners’ growth in the use of social media (SM) tools and strategies. The second purpose is to provide a forum for diverse points of view on HR and business related topics.
What we’re looking for are Human Resources professionals who have opinions about what they do, how they do it and, through their content and connections, want to contribute to the advancement of the profession. You can do this by being a contributor to the PSHR blog, creating content to post on the site. Or you can be a part of the mentoring program, either as a mentor or mentee.
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