I’m going to confess something. I used to think mean things about the CIPD. I used to have their emails go directly into my junk mail. I’ve never been to the annual conference. I used to get mightily cross upon receipt of the annual membership dues request. I simply didn’t see what was in it for me. The magazine didn’t engage me, and I wasn’t one for the branch network. So my annual dues allowed me to use a website and put some letters after my name. Not much for my money, I used to think.
Lately, it’s all changed for me. I’m engaged. I’m reading the magazine again as the content is much better than it used to be. I think it’s great that the CIPD has got so social and so many CIPD folks are on twitter. I met Peter Cheese recently, and the guy’s got style. I even spent four and a half hours travelling to see CIPD Towers (there was a distinct lack of a Tower though, to my disappointment).
But most of all I love the Hack. I like the fact that it is a complete mix of ideas. Some big potentially game changing stuff, some small little impact stuff. I like that different HR types from all sorts of backgrounds have come together and made these ideas a genuine crowdsourced thing. I especially like the fact that, like all good social stuff, geography doesn’t present a barrier to involvement. There’s some thought leader type stuff, but the rest is bottom up, ideas from anyone. Just how it should be.
So this year I’m off to the annual conference for the first time, and really looking forward to it. I recently upgraded to Fellow, and couldn’t wait to add the letters to everything. A couple of years ago I probably wouldn’t have taken the time to have filled in the forms.
I’m looking forward to what comes next from the Hack. I want to be involved.
I’m proud to be a member of the CIPD. And for the first time ever, this year I didn’t bat an eyelid when I wrote the membership cheque.
Let HR lead the way.
(Note: I actually paid my fees on-line – but that didn’t sound as good).