CaribHRForum on Facebook

facebook.jpgWhile the Discussion List on CaribHRForum is the heart and soul of cross-regional communication in the HR community, it also serves a powerful social networking function.

 

Before it existed, all that existed were a handful of relationships, plus the occasional conference attendee from another island. The Discussion List has made it easy for people to get to know and trust each other, and even to do business together — without meeting in person.

 

Facebook is an application that has made a quantum leap in making it easy to do social networking. It’s only natural that a CaribHRForum group be formed on that social networking site also.

 

I recommend that regional professionals find themselves on Facebook as fast as they can as it makes the effort of networking so very, very easy it serves as a major time-saver. Given that it’s free, it also saves on telephone bills, plane fares and postage stamps.

 

While some (if not many) will resist it at first, those who adopt it are discovering an immediate boost in their ability to network.

 

So. if you are on Facebook, join us on the page for CaribHRForum.

Bringing in Expats

istock_000002337283small.jpgAs the influence of CSME expands, it’s more and more likely that HR professionals in the region will be involved in assisting an employee to transition from one country to another.

The skills they need to help the employee are not easy to obtain, unless the HR practitioner has some direct experience themselves in being transferred.

I tackled the question in my blog, and also in a recent issue of FirstCuts.

In my blog, I talked about the fact that the skill of transitioning expats is an emerging trend.

In FirstCuts, I tackled the question of Caribbean expats moving from one country to another, and the lack of preparation that is provided coming from an expectation that transition in the Caribbean “must be easy” because “we are all Caribbean people.”

It is an area of the profession that has not gotten a lot of attention, but perhaps this might change in the near future.

Students and CaribHRForum

students-res_yasa.jpgFellow HR Practitioners,

One of the initiatives of CaribHRForum, started last year, is to encourage students of HRM across the region to join the network and begin dialogue with potential employers, mentors and HR colleagues. We consider students and young HR professionals not only the future of the profession, but also the lifeblood of organisations, and need their input and ideas to ensure our profession does not grow stale.

We have already approached some tertiary educational institutes in Trinidad, including UWI, but need your help to increase awareness and participation amongst our HR students. Last year I began by emailing the regional HR Associations to ask for their support in promoting the efforts with student members as a start.

How do you think we can increase both the awareness and appeal of CaribHRForum to young practitioners ? I am open to suggestions and look forward to hearing from you.

Lara Quentrall-Thomas
CaribHRForum Student Coordinator

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Top 100 HR Blogs

When I first conceived this blog and the idea of inviting other writers to contribute, I thought that I should require that the writers focus on content that was specifically Caribbean in orientation.

A few bright souls suggested that that would cut us from the world… and asked “is that a good thing?”

I not only got rid of the requirement, but I also embraced the essence of the idea.

In keeping with that sentiment, here is a very useful list of the top HR bloggers in the world. Maybe one day someone from our region wil gain the prize!
P.S. My favorite blog is “Evil HR Lady” which also appears on CaribHRNews, and is rated as number 6 on the list.

“Tourist” Service

In a few articles I have written, I have talked about the 3 kinds of experience that customers have access to here in the Caribbean: Tourist Service, Friend Service and “Res a Dem Service.”

This video is funny — and it has a serious message at the same time about the Caribbean tourism product and what we do to create “Tourist Service.”

(Don’t skip over the visitor’s comment about the music at the end.)