Oh, I got me some Olympic Fever! The Summer Olympics are the best – it’s like NCAA Tournament time but with sports we only care about once every four years! This Summer Olympics I’m even more invested than usual because we have a local athlete from our hometown of DeWitt, MI, Gymnast Jordyn Weiber, competing, so I expect I’ll be sitting inside watching TV for 2 straight weeks during the only time it’s actually nice to be outside in Michigan (BTW – Jordyn is you read this – you have permission to take my son to the prom, home coming, the movies, marriage, whatever, I’m good). That’s called dedication folks – get some!
I love the Olympics mainly because I LOVE competition. Seeing someone compete at the highest level for the love of their sport – well let me tell you – it doesn’t get more exciting than that. I wish we had something like that for HR. I mean HR as a profession doesn’t really have anything to get to excited about – but if we had an HR Olympics – there would be a reason to come to SHRM13 (besides to see Kris Dunn and I do our thing!). You could have the best HR and Talent Pros from companies all over the world compete against each other for those stupid Monster.com stuffed animals all the people freak out about getting at the national conference (BTW #2 – Monster snubbed me at SHRM12 – so I’m back on the CareerBuilder bandwagon – go spend your money with them – I think they’re better! That being said we’ll have to hit up CareerBuilder for our awards – call me!). Pure HR magic! Imagine the Events:
2013 HR Olympic Events
– Recruiter Sprints – how fast can you steal the top talent from a competitor – you get a phone, internet access and all the coffee, Red Bull and 5 Hour Energy you can choke down.
– HR Generalist Pentathlon – 5 tests of your HR skills –
- Employee Relations – Quid Pro Quo case investigations without legal support
- Compensation – Executive Comp Design in under 3 weeks
- Organizational Development – Design and facilitation of operational initiatives
- Talent Acquisition – full life cycle recruiting on a shoestring budget
- Benefits and Wellness – Explaining an EOB to an employee’s spouse with a smile on your face
– HR Daily Gymnastics – How many hoops can you jump through on a daily basis?
– Synchronized Performance Reviews – get matrix organization managers to work together.
– Talent Management Marathon – can you lead your organization through a full succession process?
– Termination Triathlon – Get the documentation, coach the manager and duck the EEOC charge!
Let’s face it the events could be endless! Plus, most of us run around our organizations so much, training for these Olympics would seem like a vacation! And just like the real Olympians we would have to raise money to afford to go, because many of our organizations don’t see what we do as important, which means no funding. Wouldn’t that be cool – to send your HR Team to an HR Olympics representing your organization, building team spirit, sharpening your skills, getting out of the office for 2 weeks!
So, what do you think – what HR Olympic Events would you want to see? Hit me up in the comments section…
If you Google “Tim Sackett” you’ll find our Tim, and a truck driver chaplain. Our Tim is NOT the truck driver chaplain, although how awesome would that be if he was!? He is a prolific writer in the HR and TA space who just happens to also run an Engineering and IT contract staffing agency (HRU Technical Resources) out of Michigan. He also writes every day at his own blog, the Tim Sackett Project. Weirdly, he’s known as an expert in workplace hugging, which was kind of cool years ago, but now seems painfully creepy, but we still love him and he’s fairly harmless. Tim is also on the board of the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (ATAP), lifetime Michigan State Spartan fan, husband to a Hall of Fame wife, 3 sons, and his best friend Scout. He also wrote a book with SHRM called The Talent Fix, you can find it on Amazon.