The behemoth has been released from it’s cage! 🙂 SHRM has released the new “Elements for HR Success” as the new guideposts for HR professionals; entry-level, mid-level, senior-level, executive-level, there’s something for us all.  It’s unbelievably detailed, thorough, and overwhelming.

  • Day 1 of the Competency Model Review – Competency 1, “Human Resources Technical Expertise & Practice”

“The ability to apply the principles and practices of human resource management to contribute to the success of the business.”

Sub-competencies include: Strategic Business Management, Workforce Planning and Employment, Human Resource Development, Compensation & Benefits, Risk Management, Employee Labor & Relations, HR Technology, Global & International Human Resource Capabilities, Talent Management, and Change Management.

Now, how does one do all of this?


“…once upon a time in HR…”

– Remain current on laws, rulings, and regulations

– Maintains up-to-date knowledge of critical human resource functions, including: Strategic Business Management, Workforce Planning & Employment, Human Resource Development, Compensation and Benefits, Risk Management, Employee and Labor Relations, HR Technology, and Global International HR

– Prioritizes work duties for maximum efficiency

– Develop and utilize best practices

– Delivers customized human resource solutions for organizational challenges

– Seeks professional HR development

– Seeks process improvement through numerous resources

– Utilizes core business and HR-specific technologies to solve business challenges

Now, that’s a hell of a lot to swallow for anyone, but for our benefit SHRM has included standards of proficiency for each level of the profession. The expectation is that these “basic” components of HR knowledge be the standard for technical competence in Human Resources. Next installment, “Entry Level Proficiency Standards.”

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