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HR professionals rise to a creative challenge with originality and humor
The editors of SHRM Certification Update are pleased to announce the winners in the inaugural SHRM HRaiku Contest, conducted in observance of National Poetry Month in April.
Winners and honorable mentions were chosen in four categories: Grand Prize, HR Profession, SHRM and Certification, and HR Comics and Cynics. Thanks to everyone who contributed amazing poems, and congratulations to the winning poets!
Winners in the Grand Prize category:
If I couldn't workWithin Human ResourcesLife would be so boring.— Michelle Aronson, SHRM-SCP, Chicago
If I couldn't work
Within Human Resources
Life would be so boring.
— Michelle Aronson, SHRM-SCP, Chicago
SHRM Competencies:Know them, improve them, use them.Success will follow.—Joel Lancaster, SHRM-SCP, Peoria, Ill.
Know them, improve them, use them.
Success will follow.
—Joel Lancaster, SHRM-SCP, Peoria, Ill.
Human Resources:Making the Workplace BetterEvery Single Day—B. Whitney, Niantic, Conn.
Making the Workplace Better
Every Single Day
—B. Whitney, Niantic, Conn.
Performance reviews.Procrastinate with haiku.Must get back to work!—Stephanie Eddy, Fort Collins, Colo.
Procrastinate with haiku.
Must get back to work!
—Stephanie Eddy, Fort Collins, Colo.
Nothing says "HRis my passion" better thangetting certified.—Romika Perez, Fontana, Calif.
Nothing says "HR
is my passion" better than
—Romika Perez, Fontana, Calif.
Winners in the HR Profession category:
HR puts the "Hum"Into the Symphony ofBusiness and Talent—Christine E. Sloan, SHRM-SCP, Washington, D.C.
HR puts the "Hum"
Into the Symphony of
Business and Talent
—Christine E. Sloan, SHRM-SCP, Washington, D.C.
HR—fearless bridgebetween mission and workforce.Purpose and results!—Carol Michell, SHRM-SCP, Issaquah, Wash.
between mission and workforce.
Purpose and results!
—Carol Michell, SHRM-SCP, Issaquah, Wash.
What is good HR?A helping hand to support,An ear to listen.—Ricki Olson, SHRM-CP, Waverly, Iowa
What is good HR?
A helping hand to support,
An ear to listen.
—Ricki Olson, SHRM-CP, Waverly, Iowa
Who are we? HR.What do we do? We help you,One step at a time!—Nikki Skinner, SHRM-CP, Clarendon, Ark. Coach, learn, stretch and growLeadership developmentFrom seedling to tree—Jessica DeLorenzo, Jasper, Ind.
Who are we? HR.
What do we do? We help you,
One step at a time!
—Nikki Skinner, SHRM-CP, Clarendon, Ark.
Coach, learn, stretch and grow
From seedling to tree
—Jessica DeLorenzo, Jasper, Ind.
Winners in the SHRM and Certification category:
What is the question?To CP or SCP:That is the answer.—John Archer, SHRM-SCP, Orlando, Fla.
What is the question?
To CP or SCP:
That is the answer.
—John Archer, SHRM-SCP, Orlando, Fla.
Certification!To show you're one of the best,Take SHRM's HR test!—Sandy Vinson, SHRM-CP, Chesapeake, Va.
To show you're one of the best,
Take SHRM's HR test!
—Sandy Vinson, SHRM-CP, Chesapeake, Va.
SHRM HR experts:Leading people one by one,We are world-changers.—Amy Dallis, SHRM-SCP, Dayton, Ohio
SHRM HR experts:
Leading people one by one,
We are world-changers.
—Amy Dallis, SHRM-SCP, Dayton, Ohio
Competencies organizedNeatly, clearly into oneBody of knowledge—Marisa Martineau, SHRM-CP, Falls Church, Va. The SHRM credentialsAre now even better. Why?Accreditation.—Erik Lilly, SHRM-CP, Syracuse, N.Y.
Neatly, clearly into one
Body of knowledge
—Marisa Martineau, SHRM-CP, Falls Church, Va.
The SHRM credentials
Are now even better. Why?
—Erik Lilly, SHRM-CP, Syracuse, N.Y.
Winners in the HR Comics and Cynics category:
Human ResourcesHas the very best stories.Too bad we can't share.—Michelle Aronson, SHRM-SCP, Chicago, Ill.
Has the very best stories.
Too bad we can't share.
—Michelle Aronson, SHRM-SCP, Chicago, Ill.
Purple unicornsDo not exist; however,I must recruit them.—Christina Stokes, New York, N.Y.
Do not exist; however,
I must recruit them.
—Christina Stokes, New York, N.Y.
Go into HR!It's different every day.Go gray earlier.—Laurie Germano, SHRM-CP, Richmond, Va.
Go into HR!
It's different every day.
Go gray earlier.
—Laurie Germano, SHRM-CP, Richmond, Va.
Hiring is funAs long as they plan to stayTurnover is sad—Angie Geist, SHRM-CP, Columbus, Ohio I am not your friendNeither a social workerCall the EAP
Hiring is fun
As long as they plan to stay
Turnover is sad
—Angie Geist, SHRM-CP, Columbus, Ohio
I am not your friend
Neither a social worker
Call the EAP
—Cynthia, Bethesda, Md.
Our readers' enthusiastic participation in this contest is a testament to the goals of National Poetry Month, a worldwide literary event observed each April. It was founded in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to increase awareness and appreciation of the importance of poetry in our lives and culture. For HR professionals, National Poetry Month presents an ideal opportunity for building employee engagement at your organization. To promote your events, download the official logo, order a free poster, then e-mail email@example.com to share photos and feedback. Follow national events with #npm17 @POETSorg on Twitter.
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