Societyfor Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Societyfor Human Resource Management (SHRM) is a professional human resourcemembership association whose headquarters are located in Alexandria,Virginia in the USA. SHRM is ranked as the eighth largestorganization in the USA based on revenue and performance. It focuseson the human resource as a profession and offers continued education,certification, networking services and lobbying government bodiesregarding workplace laws and industrial practice. SHRM offers onlinecourses to both members and the public. It also provides informationon the various trends in the industry and provides employmentopportunities to its members (Forman & Cohen, 1999)
Professionalorganizations equip individuals with a good start in furthering theircareers. There are various tangible benefits derived from joining aprofessional organization such as a scholarship for college members.Most associations offer learning opportunities to their young memberswho wish to pursue careers in their line of interest. They alsocreate networking opportunities through various conferences andevents held from time to time. From these events, members are allowedto interact and mingle which enables one expand their networks.Professional organizations are also beneficial in the sense that theyoffer mentoring services. These associations comprise of bothexperienced and the non-experienced members. These members are pairedand in that case, the skilled members act as mentors to the unskilledmembers. Another important benefit is the fact that, they offerchances for professional development via courses and trainingprograms (Harvey, 2004). SHRM, for instance, provides human resourcebased online courses to both its members and the public which areopportunities to gain expertise. They also keep the members abreastwith the current trends in the industry by providing up to dateinformation to its members.
Coachingrefers to a collaborative, solution based, result-oriented andsystematic process in which the coach facilitates the enhancement ofwork performance, life experience, self-directed performance andpersonal growth of the coachee. Coaching, therefore, is a teaching,training or development process through which an individual issupported while achieving a specific personal or professional resultor goal in the context of leadership. Mentoring, on the other hand,involves helping and supporting people to manage their life, maximizepotential, develop their skills, improve their performance andachieve their career goals (Western, 2012). Some differences existbetween mentoring and coaching which include: Mentoring isrelationship oriented while coaching is task oriented. Mentoring isalways long term and requires a lasting relationship between thementor and the mentee while coaching is short term. It lasts for aslong as is needed. Mentorship is development driven while coaching isperformance driven.
Mentoringand coaching are paramount in professional development, particularlyin leadership and management. Some of the tangible benefits includeincreased transfer of skills from one generation to another,increased productivity and performance, enhanced communication,commitment and motivation, improved leadership skills and increasedlearning from professional development activities among others(Berry, Cadwell, & Fehrmann, 1993). There are several ways toidentify and connect with a coach or mentor. The best mentors andcoaches are the next people in the organization one is employed.These could be C.E.Os or managers. This is because they are close toyou and can easily monitor your performance and issue guidance whereneeded. A good plan for identifying a mentor is through networking.Establishing relations with various professionals enables oneevaluate different people and pick the best mentor.
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