Connecting with legislators in their home district has significant impacts on the relationship as it solidifies the HR profession’s status as a vocal constituent group. Congressional recesses provide HR professionals with an excellent opportunity to deliver critically important messages on top HR legislative priorities in their home turf. The relationships that are built during the recesses are crucial when lawmakers return to Washington, D.C., and have to make decisions regarding pending legislative proposals that may impact the HR profession.
One HR professional, Todd Noebel, SPHR, who serves as a Captain in SHRM’s Advocacy Team (A-Team) initiative, can testify firsthand about the power of relationship building and advocating on behalf of HR in his home district. Noebel (pictured above at left) was recently invited by his Representative, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), to participate in a roundtable discussion with other business constituents in his community on workplace issues. In the business of advocacy, you know that you’ve been successful when a lawmaker reaches out to you as a resource to solicit your input on pending legislative issues. When the SHRM A-Team was initially developed, it is this type of advocacy activities that we envisioned. We applaud Noebel for advocating on behalf of the HR profession and are hopeful that his leadership inspires others to join the A-Team initiative.
SHRM’s Advocacy Team is a group of HR professionals who are committed to educating lawmakers about the work of HR and advancing the interests of the HR profession at both the federal and state levels. As a member of the SHRM Advocacy Team, you will join the ranks of other HR Advocates committed to moving the HR profession forward, and be the voice of our profession. To learn more and to join the A-Team, click HERE.
If you are interested in hosting an A-Team training session in your state or have questions regarding the A-Team, contact Chatrane Birbal, SHRM’s senior associate, member advocacy, at 703-535-6476 or Chatrane.Birbal@shrm.org. To request a SHRM A-Team session at your council or chapter event, submit a request to the SHRM Speakers Bureau HERE.