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requirements. However, if the past
months have taught us anything, it
should be that change is ongoing and
that not everything can be predicted
in advance. Monitoring the environment and analysis of data are useful
practices, but HR professionals need
to be ever vigilant of evolving workplace issues, especially the ones that
take us by surprise. The need to be
responsive, flexible and adaptable
within dynamic, and often unanticipated circumstances, speaks to the
requirement for HR professionals to
be able to facilitate meaningful and
lasting change as workplaces continue to quickly and unexpectedly
transform. In the midst of uncertainty and sudden demands, HR
professionals must be able to guide
others into a new future. And this
future is often murky.

Change Competencies for
HR Professionals
Whether it is required changes that
have been identified or unexpected
amendments, HR professionals typically take on a change management
role with a lot of responsibility and
little authority. As such, the critical
competencies and resources that
HR professionals use to facilitate
change are not, and should not be,
the same ones utilized by leaders,
employees and other stakeholders. A
unique function requires a distinct
skill set, including but not limited to
the following: recognizing the implications of different types of change,
using a formula to promote change,
attending to various forms of resistance from numerous stakeholders
and providing communication in a
balanced and continuous manner.
All of this needs to be carefully executed while ensuring understanding and engagement from others.
There are tools available to provide
a scientific approach to managing
change, but how these resources are
used requires skillful implementation. As such, for HR professionals
change management is a delicate
balance of applying proven methods and resources, with tact and
discernment, in a manner that is

customized to an organization's
culture and specific requirements.
Therefore, change is not really
managed, per se, but instead is to
be explored, supported and carefully navigated.
The ability to help launch and
sustain meaningful change requires
HR professionals to be courageous
and bold. While not simple, the ability to embrace future possibilities
and opportunities and help others
through the resulting changes can

be some of the most meaningful and
rewarding work that HR professionals accomplish.
Melanie Peacock is an Associate
Professor at the Bissett School of
Business (Mount Royal University) and
owner of the boutique HR consulting
firm, Double M Training & Consulting.
With almost 30 years of experience as
an HR professional, Melanie has published several books and is a soughtafter media commentator.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018

Leadership Matters
Changing Demographics – Is Your Succession Plan Still Relevant?
HR’s Moving Target: Why Our Approach to Change Needs to Change
How to Build Your Dream Team
Alberta Hiring Confidence Index
Retain Top Talent as the Economy Recovers
Three Strategies to Support Work-Life Blending
Do Your Employees Know Your Company Goals and Values? It’s More Important Than You Think
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - Intro
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - cover1
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - cover2
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - 3
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - 4
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - 5
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - Leadership Matters
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - 7
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - Changing Demographics – Is Your Succession Plan Still Relevant?
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - 9
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - 10
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - 11
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - HR’s Moving Target: Why Our Approach to Change Needs to Change
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - 13
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - 14
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - 15
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - How to Build Your Dream Team
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - 17
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - 18
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - Alberta Hiring Confidence Index
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - Retain Top Talent as the Economy Recovers
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - 21
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - Three Strategies to Support Work-Life Blending
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - 23
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - Do Your Employees Know Your Company Goals and Values? It’s More Important Than You Think
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - 25
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - cover3
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - cover4
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - outsert1
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CPHR Alberta Magazine - Spring 2018 - outsert3
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