The Value of Networking – Weekly Update

The Value of Networking – Weekly Update

Ken Meyer, SHRM-SCP, SPHR | Principal, KWM HR Consulting LLC

Networking is the lifeblood of any HR practitioner’s career, and in the bustling metropolis of New York City, the need for effective networking is even more pronounced. As the President of the New York City chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), I’ve had the privilege of witnessing the transformative power of networking firsthand.

In the world of HR, we’re entrusted with the critical task of managing an organization’s most valuable asset – its people. To excel in this role, HR professionals must continually evolve and adapt to the ever-changing landscape of employment laws, workplace dynamics, and technological advancements. Networking becomes the bridge that connects us to the knowledge, resources, and relationships necessary for success.

In a city like New York, the HR community is vast and diverse, providing an incredible wealth of knowledge and experiences. Networking allows HR practitioners to tap into this invaluable resource pool. Whether it’s learning from the challenges faced by fellow HR professionals or sharing best practices, networking helps us to stay on top of industry trends and be better equipped to address the unique HR challenges of our organizations.

Moreover, networking facilitates collaboration and partnership opportunities. We can forge alliances with labor attorneys, recruiting agencies, leadership coaches, and other HR service providers. These relationships not only enhance our ability to deliver top-notch HR services but also to open doors to potential career opportunities.

It is not just about what you know — but who you know. It’s about building a reputation as a trusted, knowledgeable HR practitioner. It’s about establishing a personal brand that reflects our expertise, integrity, and commitment to our profession. This, in turn, can lead to career advancements, speaking engagements, and other professional recognition.

As HR practitioners in New York City, we have a unique opportunity and responsibility to set the gold standard for our profession. Networking is not merely a choice; it’s an imperative – a lifeline that helps us stay at the forefront of HR excellence. It’s through these connections that we become a dynamic and influential force, shaping the future of HR in the Big Apple and beyond. So, my fellow HR professionals, let’s keep the networking fires burning, for it’s not just a professional necessity but is the lifeblood of our thriving community.

Be well.


President, New York City SHRM

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