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I like to feature guest blogger’s who provide different and interesting points of view, and when Dave Ryan commented on my own blog post about the SHRM Blog Squad, Me + SHRM x (Blog Squad) = Dangerous, I encouraged him to serve as a guest blogger on Blogging4Jobs.
I am really thrilled that SHRM is going to have bloggers at the 2010 annual conference. But when I saw the list, I could not help but think what audience are they trying to reach with the selection of this Blog Squad? Given, we do not know who applied and SHRM could only select from the group of bloggers who did apply. But I feel like my interests got trashed. I am an HR guy in a relatively small, privately held manufacturing company. I am the HR person who does it all. Mike VanDervort described me in this recent post. I am that person.
Practioner’s Criticism into SHRM’s Blog Squad
I have been involved with SHRM National and my local chapter (CIC-SHRM #223) for a long time and now at the State level (IL State Council). In a completely unscientific measurement, I would say that many, if not most, of the people I come across who are SHRM members, find themselves in a similar capacity. We are doing HR in the trenches everyday.
Now I look at the Blog Squad and think I don’t really relate to these folks and what they do(with all due respect, to Jessica, as she is gracious enough to give me her platform to question this, and I have also met, and like all-around good guy Matthew Stollak akaBruno). On the Blog Squad, I see two Ph.Ds (author & professor), a recruiter and a consultant. And then coming in at # 5 we have April Dowling, the only person who is a generalist (who does what I do). My mind works visually and the graph to the left represents my correlation to the blog squad.
Perhaps this is just my own Napoleonic complex coming into play here, it seems like the little guys and the smaller organizations are having a hard time getting a seat at the table.€ On the SHRM website, they say 50% of its members work at organizations with more than 500 employees. I look at that and see 50% of its members work at organizations with less than 500 employees. I know the big Companies and big interests throw the big dollar$ at SHRM National. But, can anyone give me an example of a 100-member or less local chapter that is headed by a Fortune 100 executive or Ph.D.? It is, after all, the local chapters that hold the local meetings, put programs together with CEUs and do much of the bidding of SHRM National. So, you would think they could give us a couple more bloggers who are generalists, or at least some folks who deal with the organization’s human resources day in and day out.
Guest blogger on Blogging4Jobs is Dave Ryan has been in HR since it was called Personnel. Dave is active with SHRM in many different aspects. Dave is also a certified U.S.A. Hockey Official and a frequent speaker at local colleges who speaks about H.R. topics and social media in the workplace. Dave enjoys reading blogs, staying current on H.R. topics, officiating ice hockey, golf, computers and all gadgets electronic. You can find Dave on LinkedInDavetheHRCzar. and on twitter, @davethehrczar.