Thoughts about hr and management in the real world – extra information I couldn't fit in my books!.
Since we started advertising the HR Game Changer conference, we’ve had a fantastic response from senior HR & OD managers, academics and even non-HR people. We’ve had emails and phone calls saying that this is unlike any conference they’ve seen, that they want to be involved, and that this is finally something exciting and new.
It’s very different from other HR conferences out there – especially HRINZ conferences which very much focus on a specific area of HR and are very much about what is happening now. The HR Game Changer Conference is about the future. About innovative companies and people who are transforming how they do business and about what HR ideas can be sparked from this to transform what HR delivers. It’s a movement, not just an event. It’s exciting, and it will be unlike any other conference before it. We believe the HR profession in New Zealand NEEDS this conference.
I was hoping that HRINZ would see that there is a place for both. There are people who are very comfortable with HR as it is now and will want to go a HRINZ conference as they do every year. Then there are the people who want to transform and change HR, and they’re booking to come to our conference and have their thinking really challenged.
Completely different audiences – but both need professional development. If HRINZ are interested in building our profession (as the HRINZ constitution says they are), they should support or be involved in other initiatives within NZ that are taking a different approach. We keep hearing that they rely on volunteers, that they don’t have the resources of bigger international bodies. The answer would be to embrace and support new approaches to developing and growing our profession.
Instead we’ve been banned!!
HRINZ have said that for commercial reasons, as they are a commercial business and need to make money, they will not accept our HR Game Changer advert for the HR magazine.
I will repeat that. HRINZ members (myself and our team at Elephant) are not allowed to advertise in the HRINZ magazine because we are running a conference that conflicts with a HRINZ conference and might impact on them making money.
I spoke with the new CEO and explained that the conferences are for different audiences. He said that he didn’t think members would support us advertising. I am a HRINZ member as are the Elephant HR team. Some of the people who are enrolling in our conference are HRINZ members. This is not how a membership organisation should act to it’s members.
It shouldn’t be about the money
As I understand it HRINZ is not a commercial business, and the constitution is not about making money, but about growing the profession. I understand that HRINZ need enough money to pay for the National Office staff. My issue is their goal then doesn’t seem to be about providing value to different types of members, about supporting what is happening in the industry, about being part of different HR communities out there, talking to HR people about the issues, working with business leaders to change how they think about HR – it just seems to be about doing exactly what they’ve been doing for the last 20 years, making money and seeing anything new as a threat.
So now I’m torn.
I love HR. I want to change and grow our profession. I would like our professional body to be innovative and passionate about HR too. But I don’t see any sign that they are. I tried to be part of the solution by giving huge amounts of my time and energy to HRINZ, but I have failed to get them to understand what HR does, how we need to be communicating differently, providing different options to members and using innovate ways to grow HR.
I’ve had enough. I haven’t paid my HRINZ membership invoice yet and I know many others who have resigned or not paid either.
I know that if I don’t pay by end of June, I will be kicked out.
I think that might be for the best.
And if you want to be part of transforming HR, there’s a great conference happening in September. You won’t read about it through HRINZ because it’s been banned. But here’s the link to check it out: