EAPM is working on promoting and developing the HR profession.

This profession is an inexhaustible source of wonder and development.

The European Association for People Management is the umbrella organisation of national HR organisations, such as the NVP. Former NVP director Lucas van Wees has been President (2018-2020) of the EAPM since the end of 2017. “Even in these times, it is of great importance that the EAPM remains a hub”.

There are 35 member country organizations of the EAPM representing 250,000 HR professionals. Each association delegates a so-called ‘delegate’, the linking pin with the EAPM.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE EAPM?

“To promote, develop and facilitate contacts on international HR issues. We also initiate or promote research, surveys and other projects on an international level and, if desired, support national member associations at conferences with European outreach”.

 

DO YOU HAVE AN EXAMPLE OF A PROJECT OR RESEARCH REALIZED BY EAPM?

“The International HR Day, for example, comes out of our tube. During this day we celebrate the HR profession, the contribution that HR professionals make and we reflect on the importance of people management. Another example is the international speakers database with speakers who are available for an expense allowance to speak at conferences of country organizations. We also organize a European HR congress every two years. Together with other umbrella organizations, we are working on setting up a World Journal for HR, which will make the link between practice and science”.

 

WHAT DOES THE INDIVIDUAL HR PROFESSIONAL GAIN FROM THE EAPM?

“Every HR professional is affiliated with our umbrella organization through their own association. The EAPM is part of the World Federation of People Management Associations, under whose auspices the World HR Congress is organized. NVP members receive a discount on participation in our worldwide and European congresses. Also this year the NVP will participate in the International HR Day. In addition, NVP members can participate in EAPM webbinars on attracting and retaining young professionals, organizing congresses or the consequences of the corona crisis. Furthermore, we are working on a ‘European Framework’ for HR certification and we are active in ISO working groups on HR standardization”.

 

AT THE END OF THIS YEAR, YOU WILL BE IN CHARGE FOR THREE YEARS AND YOUR TERM WILL EXPIRE; WHAT WERE YOUR OBJECTIVES AND WHICH ONES DID YOU ACHIEVE?

“At the beginning, I had three objectives: strengthen our governance, geographic expansion and more value for our members. By modernising the governance of the umbrella organization, it is now possible for smaller countries to organize a European congress as well. During my management period, five new countries have joined and our proposition to (new) members has been sharpened. We have also become much more active with a large number of projects and activities. In the coming period I will continue to work on giving HR a voice in public performances, webinars and interviews, as I have done in recent years at many conferences both within and outside Europe”.

 

WHAT SHOULD YOUR SUCCESSOR DO FIRST?

“It is important that we maintain the line we have taken and build on it with room for new accents. The post-coronata era will continue to demand a lot from HR. We are only at the beginning of the social impact of what will probably be called ‘The Great Lockdown’ in the history books. Even now it is of great importance that the EAPM remains a hub of and for international exchange and support and the further professionalization of the profession”.

 

WHAT KEEPS YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS PROFESSION?

“I have always found the international HR component interesting through my work at Philips, Shell, KPN and KLM. The University of Amsterdam where I work as HR Director is also very international, with many academic staff and students from abroad. It is interesting to make a professional contribution to this. As a curious person, this profession remains an inexhaustible source of amazement and development. The world floats on knowledge and services made by ‘people’. The results depend on the quality of this ‘human’ capital and the insight and interventions that professionals and other stakeholders can offer in this respect”.

Source: NVP Magazine