Developing Professional Practice

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SUBMISSION DATE: 23rd November 2011


Professionalism in HR
Question 1
The thought of professionalism conjures up many ideas, and possibly pre-conceived judgements. These will not always be classed as positive or negative, but will undoubtedly have a profound effect on the way you are perceived in your area of work or chosen profession. -------------------------------------------------

The HR Professional will endeavour to captivate, invigorate, and facilitate their captive audience and prove that professionalism within HR is essential to the success of the organisation and its structure, especially if the individual wishes to maintain its consistency and ethical ambiguities throughout. -------------------------------------------------

You do not really have to belong to a professional body to understand the rudimentaries of acting in a flexible, open-minded, and consistant manner. -------------------------------------------------

HR practitioners do not always belong to “a governing or professional body” such as CIPD, but should still be expected to demonstrate a good understanding of business structures, professional processes, organisational needs and planning. Service delivery has to be exceptional. Professional personal development and training along with a considered approach. The HR Professional needs to be customer focused, use initiative and creativity, but also be able to use recognised processes and tools without over exceeding their own ability. The Professional is a solid communicator, having excellent listening skills, able to inter-act positively, showing people empathy and positivity when required. -------------------------------------------------

I pereive that certain traits need to be recognised if communication is to be effective with colleagues, these include trust, ability, experience, and the understanding that the HR department cannot run in a constructive and coherant manner without these. Managing people effectively means still being ameniable and non biased. -------------------------------------------------

As an acute practitioner you need to be personable, confident, and responsible, with the ability to demonstrate knowledge and be a very effective communicator. I also believe that quick assessment, being thorough, and clearly conveying your understanding of a situation is essential to the modern day HR Professional. -------------------------------------------------

I think that Armstrong 2003 has ideally conveyed the interpretation of HR Professionalism, he state that ‘The activities carried out by the HR Practitioners will of course vary widely according to the needs of the organisation, the context within which they work and their own capabilities. In general, however they provide services, guidance and advice’. -------------------------------------------------




The Thinking Performer
Question 2
It is well known that every person whether in a place of work or outside in every day life has to “think” and “perform”. Our brains are automatically engineered for us to think actively and contemplate each situation as and when it might arise. Obviously there are varying degrees of intelligence, thought processes, and abilities. As a HR Professional the “thinking performer” identifies quickly, and...
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