HRM Professionals Must Address the Skills Gap

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A principal in The Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, in New Jersey, Steven Darien draws on more than three decades of experience in human resources consulting. Steven Darien most recently served as the head of human resources at Merck & Co., Inc., where he played a central role in all HR activities at the company.

In today’s workplace, human resources departments consistently struggle to find high school and college graduates who are fully prepared for the workplace. Business and technology tend to transform rapidly, making it difficult to find candidates whose skills match the exact needs of the company.

To address the so-called “skills gap,” companies can work closely with learning institutions to develop specific skills. Companies can perform community outreach to younger students and their parents, teaching them about the importance of technical and middle-skill jobs. Coalitions of employers can work together to introduce groups of students to the workplace and explain what it means to work there.

From a talent development perspective, many companies offer internship or apprenticeship programs prior to making an offer of full employment. Workforce development initiatives such as participating in a local development board may also have a considerable impact.

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The SHRM Foundation’s Advisor of the Year Award

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A Rutgers University graduate and veteran human resources professional, Steven Darien currently oversees operations at the Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, functioning as the firm’s CEO and chairman. Further, Steven Darien retains membership to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the largest human resources society in the world.

Beyond representing its 285,000 members, the SHRM operates the SHRM Foundation, a charitable arm through which it sponsors the Advisor of the Year Award. To attain eligibility for the award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the human resources profession, members must have served an SHRM student chapter for an appropriate length of time while making considerable efforts to develop student leaders. Further, contributions to innovative projects and involvement in other SHRM activities is taken into account.

The winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and a commemorative plaque, in addition to a free invitation to the SHRM’s Annual Conference & Exposition, with up to $1,000 to cover the costs of any travel related to attending the event.

SHRM’s 2017 Strategic HR Forum Explores Changing Industry

 

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A human resources professional and consultant, Steven Darien advises companies on HR and talent management issues as the chairman and CEO The Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Steven Darien maintains membership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which will host its 2017 Strategic HR Forum in October.

SHRM’s 2017 Strategic HR Forum will ignite new ways of thinking and serve as a call to action for HR professionals to address recent changes in the industry as conventional management techniques and approaches become obsolete. The forum provides participants with an opportunity to learn from influential leaders and network with peers while exploring potential solutions to developing HR issues. Presentations and sessions will focus on the theme of disrupting forces that impact business from the perspective of a range of thought-provoking speakers.

The forum specifically targets senior HR leaders with at least 15 years of industry experience, particularly those with the responsibility of overseeing the strategic direction of their organizations. Furthermore, SHRM’s executive network HR People + Strategy will serve as the event’s partnering opportunities leader. Companies that take advantage of partnering opportunities receive the chance to maximize their visibility and exposure through all-inclusive, year-round marketing campaigns.

Registration rates vary according to SHRM membership and include access to representatives from the industry top’s firms, a range of networking opportunities, and two days of interactive programming. Nonmembers may also join SHRM at the time of registration, which includes a one-year membership to HR People + Strategy. The 2017 Strategic HR Forum will take place October 22 through October 24 in San Francisco.