I’m Now a SHRM-SCP: Sat, Clicked, Passed

I became a SHRM-SCP at SHRM’s Volunteer Leader Summit in November. I was among the vanguard of the almost 140,000 HR professionals SHRM is targeting to transition from our previously hard-earned HRCI certifications to SHRM’s new “competency-based” certifications.

Since announcing the new certifications earlier this year, SHRM has defended the move by insisting that existing HR credentials, most notably the HR Certification Institute’s PHR and SPHR, do not measure an HR professional’s competence. Professionals holding SHRM’s new certifications will have demonstrated mastery of SHRM’s Competency Model, they’ve claimed.

Even as they discount the value of HRCI certification, SHRM has attempted to entice the almost 140,000 HRCI-certified professionals to switch to the new certifications. Paramount in this effort has been the creation of an online tutorial pathway, a grandfathering mechanism for already-certified professionals.

I can share from my own experience taking the tutorial at the Summit that this process is a can’t-fail review of the SHRM Competency Model that discusses each of the SHRM competency areas, notably spending the least amount of time on the HR expertise competency. Once the participant has completed the tutorial, voila!, they are now a SHRM-certified professional.

SCP stands for Senior Certified Professional. However, for me and thousands of other SPHRs who follow SHRM’s grandfathering pathway in the coming year, our SCP might as well stand for Sat, Clicked, Passed.

At HRSouthwest in October, I asked SHRM CEO Hank Jackson why, if the HRCI certifications were not valid demonstrations of competency, SHRM was accepting existing HRCI certifications as a substitute for taking the actual competency-based test. He laughed, shook his head, and said “Then we’d really have a fight on our hands.”

I’m sure that is true. If, on top of their current campaign to discredit the HRCI certifications, SHRM told its own members that they had to study and take another certification test to remain viable in the marketplace because of a SHRM initiative, particularly an initiative undertaken by the SHRM Board without any effort to gain input from their own membership, there would have been a revolt.

But if SHRM doesn’t believe that our current credentials demonstrate competency, then are they acting in integrity if they automatically grandfather tens of thousands of individuals who may or may not be competent by SHRM’s standards?

As ever, it comes down to money. This compromise helps SHRM achieve a critical mass of SHRM-certified professionals who, when time comes to renew their newly-minted certification will pay recertification fees to SHRM. Many of us will have to make a choice about whether we remain dually certified or drop one of our certifications – a calculation that SHRM clearly believes will weigh in its favor.

We’ll see if the marketplace accepts the new SHRM certifications over the better-known HRCI credentials. SHRM is certainly going to spend a lot of its members’ money in promoting the new certifications. Only time will tell.

In the meantime, I expect to sit for the real SHRM SCP exam in the coming year. Otherwise, I’ll always feel the need to add an asterisk to the credential:

* Sat, Clicked, Passed

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For Google Fit, Your Health Data Could Be Lucrative

There’s a major advertising opportunity for Google to aggregate our health data in a realm outside of traditional search, observers say, but the company will need to downplay that business opportunity for the next year or more.

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Facebook Calls Foul On New York D.A.s Secret Seizure Of 381 Disabled Retirees Photos, Likes, Private Messages

Though the data’s already been handed over, Facebook is still fighting to try to establish that the original search warrants were unconstitutional. It got the gag order lifted this week, allowing it to come out slugging in the court of public opinion, and to send emails Tuesday to the 381 people whose accounts it turned over to the D.A. Sonderby expects a hearing in the fall, at which Facebook will try to invalidate the original search warrant and establish a precedent that users be informed when their data is being handed over.

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The Selfie-Stick Backlash Involves Awkward Photos Of People Using Selfie Sticks

“This is less awkward than asking a stranger to take a photo for you?” tweeted one critic. It may be more awkward but it also gives you more control of exactly how you want the photo to look.

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Why most employers aren’t like Starbucks and Costco | Daily Ticker – Yahoo Finance

There have been dozens of studies showing the investment approach to employees can pay for itself, and then some — but only if it fits with the company’s culture and is institutionalized among managers at all levels. For starters, offering better compensation than competitors draws better job applicants.

“It’s a way to pick out the best workers from the undifferentiated masses,” says Mark Pauly, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. “You want to avoid the workers who will shirk and keep the ones who won’t.” A well-known 2006 study by Wayne F. Cascio comparing Costco’s business practices to those of Sam’s Club — which aggressively works to keep wages and labor costs as low as possible — found “Costco’s productive workforce more than offset its higher costs.”

via Why most employers aren’t like Starbucks and Costco | Daily Ticker – Yahoo Finance.

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Obama Administration Announces Proposed Rule Extending FMLA Leave Rights for Same-Sex Couples | FMLA Insights

The Department of Labor announced today a proposed rule that would allow an employee to take FMLA leave to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether the employee lives in a state that recognizes their marital status. As expected, the DOL has adopted a “state of celebration” rule, in which a spousal status for purposes of FMLA is determined not on the state in which the employee currently resides as currently stated in the FMLA regulations, but based on the law of the state where the employee was married. For example, if the employee was married in New York, but now resides with his same-sex spouse in Indiana, the employee will enjoy FMLA rights to care for his spouse as if he had resided in New York.

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FCC Levels Record Fine Against Chinese Maker Of Cellphone Jammers – WSJ

FCC Levels Record Fine Against Chinese Maker Of Cellphone Jammers - WSJ

The fine the commission will levy against C.T.S. Technology Co. Ltd of Shenzhen, China, is a record. The commission says the company marketed 285 models of jamming devices to U.S. consumers for more than two years. FCC staff bought 10 of the devices undercover to confirm they were shipped to the U.S. and is looking for people who bought them. An FCC official said the fine was so high in part because the company’s advertising misleadingly claimed the devices had been approved by the FCC.

Some devices that the commission cited are designed to look like ordinary items. One looks like a pack of cigarettes, while another looks like a wall painting. The company’s website shows a jammer that looks like a briefcase and boasts of blocking cell signals at a range of up to 30 meters.

via FCC Levels Record Fine Against Chinese Maker Of Cellphone Jammers – WSJ.

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My Biggest Failure? Failing to Recognize Failure – NYTimes.com

Entrepreneurs are often optimists and overachievers, people who simply won’t take no for an answer. As a result, admitting defeat is extremely hard, especially for first-timers. This leads to half-measures and weak pivots that protect ego but waste precious time and resources.

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Proposal would limit number of unrelated adults occupying single-family homes near TCU | the109

The proposal seeks to create an overlay district in an area surrounding the university that would change the number of unrelated adults allowed to live in a home zoned “A” one-family residential, according to the City of Fort Worth’s website. Currently, the number of unrelated adults allowed to live in any residence, including single-family houses, is five. The proposal would lower the number within the overlay to three.The city is also considering whether it should apply the proposed unrelated adult occupancy limit throughout the overlay area or give neighborhood associations the option to accept or reject the restrictions, according to the website. In addition, grandfathering properties with more than three bedrooms and a history of renting to more than three unrelated adults is under consideration.

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Dallas named one of the friendliest cities in the nation for small businesses | Dallas Morning News

A new survey by Thumbtack.com and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has found that Dallas is the fourth best city in the country for starting a small business.

According to the survey, Boise, Houston, and Colorado Springs are the top three cities in the country for starting a business. This is the third year in a row that Dallas made the top five.

via Dallas named one of the friendliest cities in the nation for small businesses | Dallas Morning News.

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