No matter how excited you may be to participate in the SHRM Talent Conference: Virtual Experience, you may find that before you can click that big REGISTER button, you still must convince your boss to let you participate. Getting approval to participate is a two-part endeavor; you need to demonstrate the benefits of the conference to your organization and then you'll need to persuade your boss that it's worth the investment of time and money (and that you're the right person to invest in)! Here are some steps you can take to convince your boss that you should attend.
STEP 1: REVIEW THE PROGRAM
Share the sessions you'll virtually attend and explain how these will benefit you, your team and your company. For example, is your organization struggling with employee engagement and retention? If your organization has a challenge, we have sessions that will provide you with a solution.
STEP 2: STRESS THE VALUE OF INVESTING IN YOUR DEVELOPMENT
The more up-to-date you are, the better it is for your organization! The pace of legislation, trends, and even social media can be a real landmine for your organization. From recruiting to compliance to strategic planning, stay on top of these issues (and many, many more).
STEP 3: COMPLETE THE REQUEST LETTER
Sometimes your boss will need it in writing, or just prefers to receive your request in an email. Don't worry - we've got you covered there too. Use our handy Letter Template to list your reasons for participating and submit to your supervisor. You can customize it however you want, but this letter gives you a great starting point for organizing your thoughts and making sure you're making the best case for participating in SHRM Talent: Virtual Experience!
STEP 4: BRING IT ALL HOME
We know that the learning you'll get from the virtual conference will be valuable and energizing. Be sure to share your results! Let your boss know that you will commit 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-it's important to show your boss that the conference wasn't just good in theory but that it gave you real, actionable solutions that you can implement for your organization.