Sumter area human resource chapter wins top award

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The Society for Human Resource Management recently awarded the Sumter area chapter with its highest honor, the Platinum Excel Award, for 2018, given the chapter's accomplishments.

According to a news release, the award aligns individual chapters' and state councils' activities with the national agency's aspirations for the human resources profession. The award recognizes major accomplishments, strategic activities and tactical initiatives that elevate the profession.

"So much of the agency's success in shaping better workplaces - where employers and employees can thrive together - is owed to the hard work of our chapters and state councils, such as Sumter Human Resource Management Association," Johnny Taylor, president and CEO of the national organization, said. "Through their courage and leadership, Sumter Human Resource Management Association is driving true, measurable progress toward the healthy, productive and dynamic workplaces of tomorrow. Awarding this award is just one small way for our agency to recognize and celebrate the big steps this chapter has taken this past year."

The Sumter area chapter consists of about 65 members, according to chapter president Karen Roberson, and includes professionals from mostly Sumter and Clarendon counties, she said.

Roberson is human resources director with Clarendon County Disabilities and Special Needs Board in Manning.

The local chapter won the honor for various accomplishments, Roberson said, including the following: increasing membership retention, attracting new members, advancing the human resources profession by collaborating with Central Carolina Technical College to establish a certification class, and increasing member engagement by addressing the need to establish an on-site health service with McLeod Health in Sumter.

It's the second year in a row that the Sumter chapter has earned the Platinum Excel Award, according to the release.