Woman at laptop having conversation with a manWalden University students interested in human resources can meet other students and professionals who share their interest through the online student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The chapter offers programs, events, and opportunities for Walden students and alumni interested in HR. SHRM is the world's largest HR membership organization and has a variety of ways to inform and support its members to keep them engaged.

HR Magazine gave some tips on how HR professionals can better prepare for the next recession, including:*

  • Recessions tend to cycle about every 7 to 8 years, and the U.S. economy is due for the next one. According to the article, HR departments should be preparing for the painful layoffs and job changes that can come with a downturn.
  • The HR department should start now by reviewing operations. Metrics and records have added importance when it comes time to decide which operations and personnel are crucial to the operation. They can also point toward more painless cuts and ways to increase efficiency.
  • HR also needs a plan for managing the staff. Flexibility with allocating employees is imperative and that takes planning. It helps to know where outsourcing might be a better option and how employees with multiple skill sets can best be utilized. Understanding staff needs to make the right cuts the first time also helps the company avoid repeated rounds of layoffs that can be even more demoralizing.
  • It is important to show respect, too. Employees need to feel informed, appreciated, and understood. Develop those relationships before the problems strike, and then extra effort will be needed to maintain those relationships through the dark times.

Conducting layoffs is never easy; however, for many HR professionals it is an inevitable part of the job. With a master’s in human resource management, you can learn the best way to conduct layoffs and handle the many other challenges of human resources.

*Lytle, T.; "How HR Can Prepare for the Next Recession"; on the internet at www.shrm.org/hr-today/news/hr-magazine/0317/Pages/how-hr-can-prepare-for-the-next-recession.aspx.

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