Professional Development in HR

Professional development in HR means that you’re continuously learning and improving to better serve your organization and its employees. We are passionate about this subject, equipping others to achieve their full potential, and that’s why we put together the Foundations of Tribal HR training series, which is a free professional development opportunity for our clients and members of the National Native American Human Resources Association (NNAHRA). But, professional development in HR goes beyond training. You need support and resources that help you maximize the value you provide each and every day.

Five Basic Functional Areas in HR

The Human Resource function is comprised of at least five areas, which correlate with the Employee Life Cycle.  They include:

  • Strategic HR planning and assessments: The Human Resource department supports the organization through intentional planning and goal setting that’s in alignment with the organization’s vision, mission, and values. Through research, data gathering, and assessments HR can identify the root cause of an employment issue and establish programs to improve operations.
  • Talent management and compensation: HR professionals identify the organization’s labor requirements, analyze the jobs and develop job descriptions. They also identify the compensation structure that’s competitive with the changing labor market by incorporating both monetary and non-monetary incentives to attract the right candidates.
  • Training and development: Training and development are required to ensure the competency of the labor force. From basic employee expectations to skills gap closure, HR professionals help to ensure the organization stays competitive.
  • Performance management: True performance management encompasses the daily communication process between employees and supervisors. It provides employees with clear direction on what is expected of them. HR professionals establish strong performance management processes and train supervisors on their roles.
  • Compliance: Tribal HR professionals know that there are certain exceptions to state and federal laws when it comes to their tribe and organization. In Indian Country, it’s essential that HR professionals are compliant not only with the state and federal laws, but also the tribal laws and tribal employment rights ordinances.

Professional Development in HR

Due to the breadth of responsibilities and the ever changing legal landscape, it’s important for you to continue your professional development in HR. Consider joining a professional organization like NNAHRA or SHRM or look for a local HR chapter in your area. Subscribe to publications that will keep you updated on HR laws and read articles that share the latest news. Attend networking events with other HR Professionals and never stop learning. Continue learning about professional development in HR, by enrolling in our free Foundations of Tribal HR training series today.