Become a TCHRA Volunteer and Make a Difference: 15 Reasons to volunteer with TCHRA
As an HR professional you know – maybe more than most – the drive and self motivation it takes to excel in a competitive environment. Through volunteering with TCHRA, you can contribute to the HR Profession, share professional knowledge, connect with like-minded HR professionals, gain insight on HR practices and make an impact!
- Opportunity to give back to the TCHRA organization and to the HR Profession
The most common reason why members volunteer with TCHRA is the desire to help others, create a better association and give back to the HR Profession. Without its many volunteers, TCHRA could not meet its mission and would not exist. We depend on volunteers who are new to the career through post-retirement. We have so much to gain from the wide array of ideas and skills!
- Enjoy the professional benefits of Volunteering
Volunteers want to connect their volunteer work with opportunities in their professional work lives. Volunteering allows you to meet, work and socialize with others in your profession. Volunteers state that there is a strong connection between the number of hours volunteering with increased satisfaction as they view it as something that has made them a better HR professional. And of course, volunteering looks fantastic on a resume!
- Demonstrates your engagement and passion for the HR Profession
Volunteering is one way to show your interest and engagement in the HR profession. It allows volunteers to gain a broad understanding of the profession by allowing a wide choice of volunteer options... from a broad leadership role to a more specific role focusing on one aspect of HR.
- Expand your professional HR Network and make new friends
Gain new connections that may help you in your career. Some of the best friends that I have come from volunteer experiences. Volunteerism allows you to focus on informally connecting with others, building upon your ability for form and maintain relationships.
- Be inspired by great HR Professionals; inspire others
Learn from real-life experience; learn one-on-one what has worked for them in their HR journey; apply to your own experience.
- Explore if specific areas of the HR Profession are right for you!
Volunteering gave me first hand experience of what the HR Profession is about... gives you a greater sense of identity.
- Be a part of the change
Be a part of the change, be connected to how TCHRA runs as a business, etc..... experience the joy of being on the 'inside' of what is working well, and areas that we are focusing on.. Volunteer ideas are extremely valued and needed!
- Take advantage of the many 'types' of Volunteer Opportunities
Member of a team, team lead, board member, 'ad hoc' volunteer opportunities
- Find your next HR role or fill a current HR opening
Your expanded network will prove to be invaluable in helping you find new opportunities and even fill ones that you are working on for your Employer. You can connect with others that can help you get your foot in the door at a place where you would like to work!
- Widen your perspectives and increase your diversity
Volunteering bridges a gap between people who wouldn't normally come across each other in their daily lives. Volunteerism allows you to gain a new appreciation on issues, practices, policies and perspectives.
- Be an informal mentor to others
Take advantage of informal opportunities to create mentor/mentee relationships. Help others with workplace problems; provide coaching and help generate solutions to problems.
- Focus on opportunities that are on your Development Plan
Learn more about a particular topic or area of HR; exercise skills that are unused or where you need further experience such as leadership and/or presentation skills. Other skills gained may include: change management, increasing communication skills, financial expertise, project management, influencing, speaking in front of groups, organizational skills, conflict resolution, managing people, negotiation and comprise skills.
- Pass along the benefits to your Employer!
There are many great benefits that employers experience as a result of their employees volunteering for TCHRA. Many of them include: relevant skill development, increased loyalty, increased confidence level, expanded professional network across the profession and industries, exposure to successful and best practices from other companies.
- Experience the health benefits of Volunteerism
Through many studies, volunteerism helps you manage risk of poor health... you live longer, feel better, have less stress, your immune system strengthens, your self-esteem improves and it even has impacts to slow the aging process! Overall, your quality of life increases! Go figure!!!
- Celebrate in style; get TCHRA volunteer benefits as a Thank You for what you do!
As a TCHRA volunteer, you are treated with utmost respect for what you do. As a Thank You, the TCHRA gives you complimentary admission to the annual general program and opportunity to be specially recognized in the TCHRA newsletter as volunteer of the month.