Human Resources Management: New Trends for 2016

HR Management

According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), trends for HR professionals in 2016 will include the “employee experience” and a resurgence in social media. Social media, these days, is almost a no-brainer, but its importance cannot be emphasized enough. As for employee experience…

organizations are very focused on identifying and hiring the right talent – which is good, we need to do that. But there’s more to the employee experience that just hiring the right candidate. … The last thing anyone wants is to spend a lot of organizational resources hiring someone only to have them quit a few months later.  (from the SHRM Blog, December 17, 2015).

Recruitment and selection requires a positive outlook for your company, but also needs to address any sort of work culture that may not fit some candidates. Job seekers understand that companies undergo changes such as reorganizations and new leadership, and a culture that works for one candidate may be suffocating for another. Having a solid approach for your recruitment, selection, and placement strategy will ensure that the right candidate matches the position being filled. Of course, once positions are filled, HR management shifts to encompass a broad range of duties, from compliance and legal matters to conflict management. And with social media, shifting employee needs and demands, and the influx of new technologies into the workplace, HR Management is a whole new animal these days.

how do you enhance your skills and
get up-to-date on new trends in HR?


Northern Virginia Community College’s Workforce Development Division has updated our Human Resources Management Certificate for 2016. This 126-hour certificate program offers an overview of HR Management; to obtain the certificate you must successfully complete ten (10) required courses and pass a short exam. Courses address human resource fundamentals, provide opportunities to focus on specialized areas, and explore emerging trends in the field. Classes may be taken in any order, and not all required courses are offered every semester. Good news for veterans: the certificate has been approved for Veterans Benefits!

NOVA Workforce Development Division | HR Management Certificate Program

Courses offered in Spring 2016

Gloria Bonds, MS
Ilene Danforth, MS
Sandra Hardeman, MS, PHR
Joanne Hardison, JD, PHR
Shelli Jarvis, JD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Bruce Robertson, MS, SPHR
H. Varner Story, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Principles of Human Resource Management

Get an introduction to the human resource management function and its related elements and activities. Equal Employment Opportunity will be discussed to provide an understanding of its need, importance and the legal issues surrounding it. Other critical areas to be explored include training and development, staffing and strategy.

1.2 CEU / $275
Pender/Fairfax (new location): Tue & Thu, Jan 19 – 28, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Annandale Campus: Sat, Jan 30 & Feb 6, 9 am – 4 pm
Woodbridge Campus: Wed, Feb 3 – 24    7 – 10 pm

Human Resource Law

This course introduces legal standards central to the HR function, along with essential practices and policies to minimize risk. Become proficient at legal issue spotting and discuss possible interventions and practical solutions. Evolving legal standards and social media, sexual identity and privacy rights will also be discussed.

1.2 CEU / $275
Annandale Campus: Tue, Feb 2 – 23, 7 – 10 pm
Pender/Fairfax (new location): Tue & Thu, Mar 15 – 24, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Successful Recruiting, Selection & Placement

Get an overview of effective employee recruitment and selection. You’ll learn how to develop a recruiting strategy, write job descriptions, determine advertising sources, assess applicants, develop interview questions, comply with legal requirements, make the selection, and evaluate the process. Three additional hours have been added to expand your training in the area of effective interviewing.

1.5 CEU / $339
Annandale Campus:  Wed, Jan 20 – Feb 17,  7 – 10 pm
Pender/Fairfax (new location):  Thu, Feb 4 – Mar 3, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Introduction to Compensation

You’ll receive an overview of a total compensation system and the resources and techniques needed to create one. We’ll also discuss ensuring fairness in the compensation system and the role of compensation in retention.

1.2 CEU / $275
Woodbridge Campus:  Wed, Mar 30 – Apr 20,  7 – 10 pm

Performance Management

Learn how to implement a successful program or partner with line managers to enhance the process. Discover how to develop effective performance-management systems that involve goal setting, coaching and feedback, measuring performance against goals, performance appraisals, and employee development. Also learn how to interpret and utilize the results of a systems approach to performance analysis and needs assessment.

1.2 CEU / $275
Annandale Campus: Sat, Feb 13 & 20,  9 am – 4 pm
Woodbridge Campus: Sat, Apr 23 & 30,  9 am – 4 pm

Introduction to Employee Benefits

Learn about the most common types of discretionary benefits, and how they are selected and administered. Examine important policy issues on sick leave, vacation, jury duty and leaves of absence, and learn how they are related to organizational culture and policy. Also explore work-life option programs that address a range of monetary and nonmonetary options beyond salary compensation and benefits.

1.2 CEU / $275
Annandale Campus:  Sat, Feb 27 & Mar 5,  9 am – 4 pm

HR Compliance & Recordkeeping

At least one federal court has held that “leaving managers with hiring authority in ignorance of the basic features of the laws is an extraordinary mistake for a company to make.” To mitigate civil penalties and criminal liability, employers must have standards and procedures in place to prevent and detect wrongdoing, including mandatory training for managers and supervisors.

1.2 CEU / $275
Annandale Campus:  Tue & Thu, Feb 2 – 11,  7 – 10 pm
Woodbridge Campus:  Sat, May 7 & 14,  9 am – 4 pm

Training & Employee Development

Get an introduction to the concepts, methods, and skills required for designing and delivering training for adult learners. You’ll develop and present a mini training session in class. Additionally, you’ll learn how to create and conduct needs assessments aimed at determining the underlying issues and areas for which training would be beneficial.

1.5 CEU / $339
Annandale Campus:  Wed, Mar 23 – Apr 20,  7 – 10 pm

Issues in Human Resources

Discover how technology has revolutionized the HR field by exploring Internet applications for creating HR systems, policies and programs, and how to effectively use the most popular HRIS and Applicant Tracking software. Finally, learn how to navigate a successful career in Human Resources, including effective job hunting skills.

1.2 CEU / $275
Annandale Campus:  Mon, Jan 25 – Feb 22,  7 – 10 pm (No class Feb 15)

Conflict Management

Learn to diagnose the cause of conflict resolve differences, reduce the potential for continued conflict, and build more positive relationships both professionally and personally. Discover your conflict intelligence level, communication style, and conflict resolution preference, as well as learning to identify and cope with different types of difficult behavior.

1.2 CEU / $275
Annandale Campus:  Tue, Mar 15 – Apr 5,   7 – 10 pm

For more information on the HR Management Certificate program, please contact Martha Kossoff at, or call 703-503-6300 (please have the course title and number ready when calling).

I originally wrote this post for NOVA Workforce Development Division’s blog.




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