"A group needs only two things to be a tribe:a shared interest and a way to communicate." - Seth Godin in his book "Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us"
If this is how tribes are defined then I know of a number tribes in the Philippines who have shared interest in HR management and development. If you are an HR practitioner in the Philippines or a Manager who is interested to communicate with like-minded professionals, the list I am sharing here is for you.
People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP)
Is the premier organization of human resource practitioners and people managers in the Philippines as the the organization's website claims and I agree. I am not yet a member of this group but plans to join it after realizing I can now qualify as a member. The last time I checked, I didn't and that was ages ago. After that, I lost interest thinking I wasn't qualified. After researching for this post, I realized that membership requirement is not as prohibitive as I used to think.
Anyway, there are a lot of benefits to joining this group. You get invited to general monthly meetings, symposia, fora and annual conferences. You can also participate in various organizational activities. as far as HR Management is concern, this is the most happening place in the Philippines.
Aside from the home page, I found a linkedin group and a Facebook group related to PMAP. Check it out.
Is not really a formal organization but an e-group of about 3, 601 people (as of my last count) who are interested obviously in anything HR (pun intended)related. I am actively involved in this group. It is one big forum for people who want to ask about or share ideas on HR issues, practices, resources and opportunities. If you join this group, be prepared to get occasional truckloads of emails from members for various reasons. My good friend Ford Hipolito tries to minimize these occurrences by patiently and voluntarily moderating the emails to ensure members get quality information from the group.
Things to look forward to with being a member of this e-group;
- answers to your inquiries coming from all directions (not all of them are correct so feel free to sift through and do due diligence);
-discounts from member HR services providers;
-annual HR Philippines convention that is so far incredibly affordable and worth every peso; and
- there are a lot of things that are going to happen in 2010 as a result of recently held planning session by the core group so I suggest you join this one. Otherwise, you will miss a lot.
The e-group address is email@example.com. There is also a linkedin, Facebook and a Facebook-like HR Philippines social networking group. Please check all of them out and join.
Philippine Society for Training and Development (PSTD)
I just renewed my membership in this group after many years of absence. If PMAP is the Premier HR organization in the Philippines, PSTD is the premier training practitioners' organization. Group membership means invites to very affordable monthly meeting-cum-learning sessions called Tipanan, Annual conventions and opportunity to network with seasoned training professionals. Joining the group also gets you an invite to the association's e-group which gives you the opportunity to ask your questions and share your ideas. Find the group's Facebook page here.
People@Work or firstname.lastname@example.org
Is an e-group moderated by my good friend Reggie Reyes, the President of Optimus Innovations and MyTrabaho.com. The privileges of this egroup are similar to that of HR Philippines minus the discounts and annual conventions (at least none that I remember).
This is what the e-group description says:
"Hello there! Welcome to the HR-IT Forum. We are a group of HR practitioners in the Philippine IT Industry.
We exchange information on HR Related matters,benchmark and conduct mini-surveys amongst ourselves.
Membership is by-invitation only using these criteria:
1. You are currently a practitioner with an IT company in the Philippines.
2. IT company belong to the Hardware, Software, Systems and Networks, Internet and Consulting sectors.
3. You are endorsed to the group by one of our existing members.
4. You attend one of our forums and introduce yourself and your company.
No cost to be a member though you have to be willing to host a forum meeting.
We are not just a virtual group as we try to see each other at least once a month. The forum is hosted by a member at their preferred venue. We all prefer forums to be both a social and learning experience hence a relevant topic is presented by the host."
My suggestion, if you are an HR practitioner in an IT company here in the Philippines, visit the e-group's page and then ask to be invited. Here's the link.
I'm sure I missed some, so please feel free to add any other Philippine-based HR practitioners group information that you know in the comment section below.
Philippine Industrial Relations Society (PIRS) (Phil_ir_society@yahoogroups.com)
I have not attended the society's meetings for a very long time but I have a very high regard for its organizers and members.
Here's is what the e-group homepage says about the group:
"The Philippine Industrial Relations Society (PIRS, Inc.) is the Philippine national organization of the International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA) founded in 1966. Its founding members were the British Universities Industrial Relations Association, the Industrial Relations Research Association (USA), the International Institute for Labour Studies (Geneva, Switzerland) and the Japan Institute of Labour. Its seat is in Geneva, Switzerland. It was established in response to a growing need to develop and exchange knowledge on industrial relations at the international level, providing the academic and the practitioner with a forum for discussion and research. Contact us at tel-fax (632) 9620422, email- email@example.com and website- http://pirs08.webs.com"
Here's the e-group's URL: Phil_ir_society@yahoogroups.com
There is just too many benefits to being associated with like-minded individuals for you not to be in a group. If you are still alone in your HR practice, you are missing a lot. I suggest that you join any or all of these tribes.