Social media offers enormous scope for human resources in today’s disparate and remote corporate world.  It can be used to manage remote teams, connect business areas and encourage open conversation on corporate initiatives.  But understanding exactly how you can harness its power for your company may not be straightforward. 

ConnectingHR, a burgeoning online HR community, could help you answer this question.  Founded by two HR professionals and social media advocates – Jon Ingham and Gareth Jones – it has been going just over a year.  They’ve hosted several ‘tweetups’ and an inaugural ‘unconference’ in London. 

The unconference is an innovative forum for the sharing of HR skills, knowledge and experiences.  There’s no pre-determined agenda – attendees decide what topics they want to cover.  The day is then split into free-flowing discussion groups, encouraging everyone to interact, share experiences and learn from one another.

What really sets the unconference format and ConnectingHR community apart though is its people.  It is an incredibly supportive, helpful and friendly group.  Collectively there is great knowledge and diverse HR experience among members.  The first event received wide acclaim from HR practitioners.

A couple of my colleagues attended the first session and will be again at the second ConnectingHR unconference on 5th May in London.  

So for any HR people involved in internal communication and people strategies, it may be worth signing-up.  There are a few spaces remaining and you can find out more here.