It’s Human Resource Professional Day!

by Sep 19, 2023

A profession that often flies under the radar but plays a pivotal role in making organizations thrive – Human Resources (HR). 

On this special occasion of HR Professional Day, let’s give a shout-out to the unsung heroes behind the scenes, ensuring that organizations run smoothly by nurturing and managing the organization’s most critical asset of all – people. HR professionals work diligently to shape the workforce, develop talent, and foster a positive workplace culture.


History of Human Resource Professional Day

Each year, on the 26th of September, we come together to celebrate Human Resource Professional Day. It’s not just another date on the calendar; it’s a day with a deep purpose and a history worth acknowledging.

The idea of Human Resource Professional Day was first introduced by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen in October 2013. This day serves as a dedicated moment to honor, celebrate, and express appreciation for the vital role played by human resource professionals. 


The Evolution of HR

Human Resources has come a long way since it first started out. Back in the day, HR was mostly about handling payroll, ensuring compliance, and managing employee benefits.

Nowadays, HR plays a much bigger role. 

They’re not just about paperwork and admin stuff; It’s about being strategic. They help make big decisions, they work to make the workplace better, and they make sure employees are happy and engaged in their jobs.

HR professionals wear many hats, and their responsibilities are diverse. Here are some of the critical roles they play within organizations:

  • Talent Acquisition
  • Employee Development
  • Employee Relations
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Compliance
  • Employee Engagement
  • Strategic Planning
  • DEIB 
  • And more! 


Why You Should Thank Your HR

HR does a lot more than you might realize, and it’s time to give credit where credit is due. 

They often serve as a bridge between employees and management. They make sure that if people have any issues or complaints, they get their voices heard and sorted out. They team up with other departments to make sure HR practices match up with what the whole organization is aiming for.  

HR plays a pivotal role in shaping the culture of an organization, which has a direct impact on employee satisfaction and productivity. It helps everyone reach their goals and be successful!

And guess what? They don’t just step in when things go south. Most of the time, HR comes to us to make changes to their culture when there are negative changes happening, or even help them sustain their positive culture. We are they’re go-to partners in creating positive workplaces!


9 Activities to Celebrate HR Professional Day

Celebrating HR Professional Day is a fantastic way to recognize and appreciate the hard work of HR professionals. Here are some activities you can consider to make the day special:


1. Thank You Cards and Messages

Encourage employees to jot down some heartfelt thank-you notes or messages to show your HR team how much you appreciate all they do! It’s a great way to let them know you’re grateful for their support and hard work!


2. Recognition Awards

Consider organizing an award ceremony within your organization to recognize outstanding HR professionals. Categories could include “HR Innovator of the Year” or “Employee Advocate of the Year” to celebrate their amazing contributions!


3. Professional Development Workshops

Invest in the growth of your HR team by organizing workshops or training sessions focused on creating positive work cultures and best practices in HR. It’s a great way to show your commitment to their ongoing learning and development.

Want to see what awesome training programs we’ve got? Check them out here!


4. Lunch or Breakfast Gathering

Plan a special meal, be it a delicious catered lunch, a hearty breakfast, or a potluck gathering.


5. Decorate the Office 

Jazz up the HR department and common areas with some banners, balloons, or eye-catching posters to create a festive vibe. It’ll really set the mood for our celebration!


6. Customized Gifts 

Consider giving personalized gifts to HR professionals, such as engraved pens, mugs, or certificates of appreciation.


7. Social Media Shoutouts

Put your company’s social media platforms to good use and shine a spotlight on your awesome HR team! Share their stories, photos, and heartfelt messages of appreciation for all to see. It’s a great way to show the world just how amazing they are! 


8. Surprise Treats

Give your hardworking HR team a delightful surprise with treats like ice cream, cupcakes, or even a coffee cart that swings by the office!


9. Create a Recognition Wall

Dedicate a special wall or bulletin board where employees can share their positive interactions with HR by posting notes, pictures, or stories. It’ll be a heartwarming way to showcase the great connections they’ve built and the support they’ve received from your HR team! 


Remember, the key is to make HR Professional Day meaningful and enjoyable for your HR team. It’s an opportunity to celebrate their hard work, dedication, and the positive impact they have on your organization.

Continue to appreciate and recognize their efforts, not just today but every day, because they truly are the backbone of our workplace’s success. Here’s to our HR heroes! 

Learn more about how partnering with Civility Partners can help solve your workplace culture challenges.

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About Catherine Mattice

Catherine Mattice, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, and has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workplaces since 2007. Her clients include Fortune 500’s, the military, several universities and hospitals, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. She has published in a variety of trade magazines and has appeared several times on NPR, FOX, NBC, and ABC as an expert, as well as in USA Today, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Catherine is Past-President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), San Diego Chapter and teaches at National University. In his book foreword, Ken Blanchard called her book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” She recently released a second book entitled, SEEKING CIVILITY: How Leaders, Managers and HR Can Create a Workplace Free of Bullying.

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