CPHR Manitoba Update
September 9, 2020
As we make the transition into fall, we thought it would be a good time to share an update with you about what’s happening at CPHR Manitoba.
I want to take a moment to again acknowledge the hard work of HR professionals, who have played a crucial role in helping organizations manage this ongoing pandemic and shine a light on the value of HR to business. It's not just us saying this either - take a look at what Forbes, CNBC and Human Resource Executive have written on this topic.
We encourage you all to continue to be brand ambassadors for CPHR and continue to promote the value of HR as a strategic organizational partner. It’s been great to see our community come together and grow stronger as we continue to face these challenges.
Our mission is to advance the human resources profession. We work to achieve that by promoting the brand and supporting CPHRs in their professional development to foster public confidence in the designation and demonstrate the value of HR to business. Our new strategic plan serves as the basis for this year’s business plan. Below are some of the things happening around our three strategic pillars.
We remain focused on certification and the value of the CPHR designation. Over the last year, we invested additional time and resources into reaching potential CPHRs. This year, we will continue to engage in strategic partnerships and sponsorships to help increase the demand for CPHRs in the workplace and connect virtually with post-secondary institutions to educate students about pursing the designation.
No matter the industry, human resources professionals are acknowledged for their expertise and excellence. Becoming a CPHR means you’re recognized on a national level within your field. It means having employers, colleagues and clients turn to you for strategic advice and guidance. If you’re interested in becoming designated, we have a number of info sessions coming up this fall. If you know someone who should be pursuing the CPHR, please connect them with our Membership Engagement Coordinator, Stephanie Smith. As a reminder, the 2020 HR Legislative Review has been rescheduled for September 16 & 17, 2020, and it’s not too late to register. Registration is now open for our virtual 2019-2020 Annual General Meeting on September 23, 2020. Click here to learn more and to register. Also, if you haven’t already done so, check out our new PD Passport that kicks off with a two-half-day virtual conference in October focused on the Future of Work (October 21 & 22) followed by a series of topic-specific virtual conferences through the remainder of our membership year. These virtual events will focus on trending issues: This is just a sampling of the learning opportunities for 2020-2021. We will also continue to run our webinars (also available on demand here), executive breakfast series and plan for additional events, workshops and forums. In August, we released the Summer 2020 HR Trends Report, which focused solely on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on business and HR. The results showed that HR professionals have indicated they are prepared to keep employees safe and feel confident about organizational protocols. Respondents agreed that following the rules set out by Public Health is for the protection of their establishment and employees as well as for the safety and well-being of consumers and clients. Some other areas HR professionals shared similar insights are if you are able to work from home and it still makes sense to continue those arrangements, continue them, and if employees are sick, send them home and support them in making sure they access testing if required. The results from this survey will hopefully provide you with vital information on how to make critical decisions as well as filling the gap in findings that we all seek. Click here to read the reports for Manitoba and Western Canada.
Foster public confidence in CPHRs
Public confidence reflects a general attitude toward CPHRs and may be considered a measure of performance. A large part of public confidence is focused on protecting the public from unethical and incompetent HR practices in the workplace. Public confidence also enhances the credibility of the designation.
As part of these efforts, CPHR Manitoba implemented a Good Character Attestation in August. The purpose of having a good character requirement is to protect the public interest, promote and maintain the high ethical standards of the profession, and maintain public confidence and safeguard the reputation of the profession. Many professional associations have a reputation test as part of the registration process that includes the completion of several questions regarding their background and an attestation or affirmation of their good character. CPHR Manitoba will use nine questions to verify the good character of current members and new applicants. Just a friendly reminder to please complete your Good Character Attestation before September 25, 2020. Additionally, CPHR Manitoba updated the complaints and investigation procedure, which resulted in the introduction of two new regulatory committees – Complaints and Investigation Committee and Discipline Committee, essentially dividing up the work of the former Professional Conduct Committee. The Complaints and Investigation Committee exists to hear and investigate complaints, attempts to resolve them informally, and make decisions as to whether there is a breach to the CPHR Code of Ethics & Rules of Professional Conduct. The Discipline Committee exists to review matters referred from the Complaints and Investigation Committee and holds hearings to make disciplinary decisions related to the findings.
Moving forward into this fall, we remain committed to our members. CPHR Manitoba is committed to being socially responsible, and we believe it is incumbent upon us to carefully assess all risks and do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As a result, CPHR Manitoba staff will continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future. We are operating business as usual and can be reached by phone and email.
CEO, CPHR Manitoba