CONVINCE YOUR BOSS
Still need to convince your boss to send you to SHRM23? Here are 5 ways to make your business case.
Discuss how leveling up your skills in this ever-changing world is not just good for your professional development, but your organization at large. It is imperative that you stay up to date on the current workplace issues, compliance requirements and the latest HR technologies in order to drive change in your work and your workplace.
Provide concrete examples of how your experience will positively impact your day-to-day work. With nearly 275 education sessions, you can select sessions that are most beneficial to you, your team and organization. Let your boss know your custom curriculum will help solve workplace challenges. For example, is your organization struggling with employee engagement? Highlight the sessions that cover talent management and engagement tactics. Do you need to advance your leadership and strategy skills? We have a large number of topics on this from speakers who are trusted and recognized for their expertise.
Flag the contacts you will make at SHRM23 to advance your organization’s goals. With potentially more than 15,000 attendees in-person and live online, there are countless ways to establish connections with industry professionals and solution partners. The SHRM Annual Conference & Expo will host 500+ solution providers showcasing a wide range of innovative HR-related products and services to help meet your needs, whether it’s recruiting technology, rewards programs or wellness strategies—plus a lot more! You can benchmark and strategize with your peers to bring proven tactics and innovative thinking back to your office.
Let your boss know you are committed to finding cost savings. For example, you can register early before rates increase. If you are traveling in-person, you can also book your hotel room through the official SHRM housing block. This way, you know you’re getting a fair rate AND saving on transportation costs (walking distance to SHRM23 or shuttles provided for hotels!). You can take full advantage of coffee breaks, receptions and lunches to help cut costs of dining out, too. If attending virtually, you’re automatically saving with no travel costs!
Put your business case in writing. Use our handy Letter Template to help your boss understand why SHRM23 is the most valuable conference for you to attend. Customize this based on your specific goals and how you will make a return on investment (of both time and money!). Consider committing to a post-conference briefing for staff, senior management or your team, where you’ll highlight what you’ve learned from the conference. Tie your learnings to your organization’s long-term and short-term goals or strategic plan to demonstrate the value and impact of your education.
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