HR off to a strong start in 2012 (Editor’s notes)

HR Summit Awards, HR associations roundup kick off the year
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/28/2012

We’re barely out of the starting gate for 2012 and it already looks like a banner year for HR professionals. This issue of Canadian HR Reporter contains three compelling examples.

HR Summit Awards

Anyone who doesn’t think HR is on the ascent should have been in the room when the fourth annual Human Resources Summit Awards, co-presented by Canadian HR Reporter and the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), were handed out.

The level of talent on display at the gala in Toronto was impressive. It truly was an honour just to be nominated. HR professionals — and even non-HR professionals, suchs as Sarnia, Ont., Mayor Mike Bradley — are doing amazing work.

You can read about some of the winners in one of our stories. (HR pros reach ‘Summit’)

The value of the CHRP

Ever wondered what those four little initials next to your name are worth? Or if the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation is worth pursuing?

Now we have some data, thanks to research conducted by PayScale on behalf of HRPA. Sure, one expects a survey sponsored by an HR association to back up the value of its own designation, but the numbers are compelling. (See Professional designation has its privileges.)

The bottom line? HR professionals with a CHRP earn more and are promoted faster, according to PayScale’s numbers.

That’s a strong endorsement of the designation and a sure sign organizations understand and value the benefits of qualified HR professionals.

HR associations

Click here to see details on what your own association has planned for the coming year (and other associations across the country). There’s a lot going on. HR associations certainly aren’t standing pat — they’re constantly evolving and introducing new programs. And they’re a positive bunch. That might be due to the fact membership continues to rise.

Ontario’s association has nearly 20,000 members and Quebec counts 8,500 in its ranks. British Columbia and Alberta each boast more than 5,000. Saskatchewan and Manitoba have 1,500 each, with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick both cracking the 1,000-member mark. Even the smallest association — Newfoundland and Labrador — has experienced growth, climbing to about 160 members, and it has hired its first staff member.

It’s still early days in 2012. The economy? That’s anyone’s guess. But take solace, HR professionals, you’re off to a very strong start.

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