Excerpted from The SHRM Blog By Anna Turner, SHRM-CP, PHR, GBA

It’s a pivotal time for people and work. There are many issues and changes affecting society, the way we work, and where we work. HR is at the center of helping companies achieve their long-term business goals amidst challenging times, while also taking care of their people. As an emerging professional, it can be difficult (and sometimes overwhelming) tackling tough problems for your organization or helping take things to the next level. Here are four key focus areas to consider to have a solid foundation in navigating your journey.

Develop an HR Network

Building your HR network and support system is a crucial part of success and delivering value quickly. Working with others in the industry can provide insight into how other organizations are tackling similar challenges. It can highlight what’s possible and where you might have challenges. There are many ways to expand your network – one way could be attending and getting involved in your local SHRM chapter, as well as memberships in other organizations around a particular topic area (e.g., college recruiting, employer branding). Also, taking on a volunteer-type role with industry membership organizations can immediately help you build long-lasting relationships that will come in handy when you need a safe space to problem solve.
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