Juley Bocardo-Homan: Building Up Compensation Knowledge

By Kathy Gurchiek Jun 14, 2016
Juley Bocardo-Homan Juley Bocardo-Homan, SHRM-CP, a compensation and risk management administrator, wants to increase her knowledge of compensation principles and practices when she attends the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition.

Bocardo-Homan is one of seven recipients of the 2016 SHRM Foundation Annual Conference & Exposition Scholarships. The nearly $2,500 scholarships give HR professionals who might otherwise be unable to attend because of a lack of financial support the opportunity to experience Annual Conference. Each scholarship comes with full-conference registration, four nights’ housing at a conference hotel and a $500 travel stipend. 

Five scholarships are awarded to SHRM members from each of five regions of the U.S., one is awarded to a SHRM student member and one to a veteran who is a SHRM member. Bocardo-Homan, who works for the Gila County government in Arizona, is the recipient from the Southwest Central region of the United States.

The county government underwent a classification and compensation study in June 2014, the first in eight years. During those eight years, employee positions were frozen. Additionally, the county’s HR director retired while the study was underway.

“Under new leadership and with the completed study in 2014, we are now moving toward a compensation plan where employees are intended to move through the grade ranges,” and that can result in reclassifications, Bocardo-Homan said in her scholarship application. 

“I have worked very hard to learn the processes and procedures of our compensation plan,” she continued, adding that she thinks Annual Conference will provide an opportunity to increase her knowledge in that area. 

“I believe that more exposure and opportunities to expand my knowledge will help me to not only feel more comfortable in my responsibilities, but to have a stronger voice within my organization,” she wrote.

 “One of my career goals is to administer a compensation program for Gila County that is fair, accurate and provides all possible avenues for employee advancement,” she said. “In addition, I would also like to grow in other areas of human resources,” including risk management, onboarding, diversity and cultural awareness, and recruiting.

Even with more than 19 years of experience as an HR professional, “it is important to stretch yourself,” she said, “and continue to grow no matter how long you have been in a profession.”

Kathy Gurchiek is the associate editor at HR News. Follow her @SHRMwriter.​​

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