Understanding Today’s World Benefits Your Career and Business

You probably got hired because you had the skills to do your job. If you want to keep your job over the long term and even move up in your career, however, there may be more that you need to know.

Every business exists in a context that includes local, state, national and international environments, the impacts of which are felt on the business in various ways. It is helpful for employees, particularly management and leadership, to understand the world around them and the ways it can impact their jobs and careers.

Understanding the Culture

Culture can impact a business that chooses to represent itself in ways that may not be considered acceptable. Today’s culture is varied and diverse, and respect for all cultural perspectives is considered important and one of the few moral positions that the vast majority of citizens can agree on. If a business adopts public positions that are considered counter to the prevailing culture, it must prepare to be opposed by the majority of the culture, and many may not want to do business with them because of this.

There may also be subcultures in the area where your business is located, and many of your employees or co-workers may be part of these subcultures. Understanding them will benefit your business by learning the best ways to work with them, what motivates them and what they value.

Understanding the Political Climate

Every business is subject to a political climate, both the local climate of its location and the national political climate, as well as the international political climate if it has international clients or customers. The political climate can include aspects like political correctness, but also includes the regulatory or legal environment in which the business must function.

Learning About the World Around You

While you can learn about culture, politics, and the world around you through life experience, this typically takes a long period of time, and in the meantime, may lead to blunders that harm your business. Trial and error can be a valuable form of learning, but you may not be able to afford to learn that way when your livelihood and career depend on having that understanding.

Continuing education courses can assist in teaching employees and business leaders about the world around them so that they can confidently function within that world. It may be particularly important for HR employees and those who deal directly with the public and with personnel to understand the world in which they function, but in reality, all employees can benefit from understanding the global context in which they–and the business they work for–function.

CCSU offers many continuing education courses.   View open courses at CCSU to see all that we offer.

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HR Training Valuable for Many Professional Career Tracks

HR training can be valuable for many jobs outside the human resources department, including managers, trainers, and team leaders, among others. Many management positions expect those who hold them to use HR knowledge even when they’ve never had formal training in HR principles.

Benefits of HR Training for Professionals

Managers may be expected to perform many actions that fall under the umbrella of HR skills. In smaller companies, employees often multitask and have job responsibilities that fall under a number of different job descriptions. If managers and leaders don’t have HR knowledge, they are unlikely to perform these roles effectively, and the performance of the entire business could suffer as a result.

Hiring and firing employees is one area in which HR skills could be valuable for managers. The ability to make effective hires is paramount to a business’s success, and many managers and business leaders rely on not much more than instinct when hiring employees. HR training can teach best practices for hiring that can help managers hire new employees with expertise and confidence.

When firing employees, it’s important to know about regulations and requirements in order to avoid lawsuits from disgruntled employees. In some states, it is possible to fire employees for just about any reason, but in others managers need reasons and documentation. Even in at-will states, terminated employees may still bring a lawsuit if they suspect that they were fired in a way that suggests discrimination.

Motivating team members may seem to be more of an art than a science, but HR training offers many evidence-based principles that work to motivate employees and help them to do their best for the business. And motivated employees will be more productive and positively impact the company’s culture, bottom line, and overall success.

Compliance with regulations has become an important part of a manager’s job, since non-compliance can lead to costly fines or even cause a business to be shut down. But how can a manager find out what the federal, state, and local regulations are? HR training focuses heavily on compliance with regulations and can ensure that managers don’t fail at this important part of the job.

SHRM Certification Shows HR Knowledge and Skills

The Society for Human Resource Management is an organization that provides courses and certification in HR training. Passing the certification exam is not easy to do, but shows definitively that you have attained the skills needed to function effectively in HR tasks. Courses cover topics like recruiting and staffing, benefits, training, and compensation, among others.

CCSU Continuing Education offers non-credit HR courses and the SHRM certification course.   To join the mailing list contact Christa Sterling at csterling@ccsu.edu