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Workplace Strategies Conference
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
San Diego Marriott Del Mar
11966 El Camino Real | San Diego, CA 92130

Reasons to Attend & How to Convince Your Boss

Reasons to Attend:

• Gain advanced knowledge on HR topics, policies, trends and happenings

• Take away practicable ideas, solutions, and tools

• Get tools, tips and resources that maximize your effectiveness and efficiency

• Build your network of peers and resources

• Enjoy fellowship with other HR professionals

• Meet with top-notch vendors offering HR solutions and products

Convince Your Boss
No matter how excited you may be to attend San Diego SHRM's Workplace Strategies Conference, you may find that before you can click that big REGISTER button, you still have to convince your boss to let you go. Getting approval to attend the conference 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
Determine which sessions you want to attend and justify this selection to your boss. Select the ones that are most beneficial to you, your team and company and when explaining the selection to your boss, be specific.

Step 2: Stress the value of investing your development (and then save some money)
The bottom line is that the smarter you are, the better it is for your organization! You know that organizations take on an almost unfathomable amount of risk whey they don't have the most informed, up-to-date HR staff available - the pace of legislation, trends and even social media can be a real landmine for your organization- from recruiting to compliance to strategic planning. Your boss may be worried about the cost or even your time out of the office, but remind them it's worth it in the long run. Boss still not convinced? Let them know you've figure out a way to make it as cost-effective as possible! Register early before rates increase! This way you know you're getting a fair rate. 

Step 3: Review the exhibitor list
You can visit the Exhibitors to learn about the latest HR business solutions, discover answers to on-the-job challenges and find the tools your organization has been looking for, whether it's recruiting software or rewards programs or wellness strategies (and a lot more!). Consider the business opportunities that could develop from establishing connections with industry professionals and partners.

Step 4: 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 (below) to list your reason for 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 the Workplace Strategies Conference!

Step 5: Bring it all home
We guarantee that the learning you get at the conference will be great! 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 organizations 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.

Letter Sample

Dear ____,

The San Diego Workplace Strategies Conference is a one day event on September 16 in San Diego. I believe my participation is critical to bring new ideas and approaches to our organization and further my professional development. I would like to request approval to attend.

It will be at the Del Mar Marriott and I will be among 250 to 300 human resource and management professionals to hear HR experts and innovators talk about how to measure HR practices and program effectiveness, innovative cultures, recognition programs, talent management strategies, employee engagement and retention, and how to improve communication. I’ll come away practical tools strategies for our workplace.

The exhibitors will offer opportunities for networking and business that could have a positive impact on our organization. By meeting with industry partners, I can find solutions to everyday issues, as well as strengthen existing relationships. A full schedule of events can be found at www.sdshrm.org.

If I sign-up early we would only need to invest $200 for me to attend + $20.00 parking. If I sign-up later it will cost more, but is still a great deal for the program they are offering.

This investment will pay off in more efficient practices, proven solutions, new insights and ideas. After returning, I will provide a summary of key takeaways and recommended actions.

I would appreciate your approval of this request, and will work to ensure we get the full value of this event.

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