Independent HR practitioners
Do you work independently? Are you making use of your local special interest group?
If you are a sole trader or small business providing HR support and services to clients, then you may already be aware of the existence and activities of the Independent HR practitioners’ special interest group (IHRP).
This is a sub-group of the branch which was set up some years ago to focus on the needs of the many independents operating within the region. Its main objective is to provide a forum for members to network and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed on their own. For example:
- Working independently, spending much of your time in the home office, can be a lonely existence and one which some HR professionals find difficult – IHRP offers you the opportunity to meet with others in a similar situation, sharing ideas and using each other as a sounding board just as you will have done in the corporate world.
- Working on your own or in a small business can mean you have limited resources – IHRP enables you to develop associate relationships with other independents so you can lend each other mutual support through the peaks and troughs of work or combine your different specialisms to meet a particular client’s needs.
- Keeping your skills up to date – and developing new skills if you’re new to setting up a business and are finding training courses and seminars an expensive option. IHRP offers you a programme of informative meetings on topics relevant to independents, where you can learn both from our speakers and other members.
We hope our programme will interest all independent practitioners (and perhaps some who work in employed roles too). We aim to keep the meetings short and focused – it’s not easy listening to speakers after a long day at work, so we ask our presenters to make their sessions as interactive as possible.
If you’re new to working independently or just wondering whether it might be right for you, come along and hear from experience independent people professions – it will be a great networking opportunity, open to all. Spaces can be booked via Eventbrite.