1. IntroductionIn today‟s knowledge based global economy, online communication is increasingly valued byorganizations as a way to efficiently respond to dynamic competitive markets (Fujimoto, Bahfen,Fermelis, & Härtel, 2007). In this context of information sharing and having continues platform tocommunicate the changes and development in any industry is a must for the increase in productivity.AHRI leads the direction and fosters the growth of the HR profession through actively setting standardsand building the capability of the profession. Through its international affiliations and close associationwith industry and academia, AHRI ensures that its members are given access to a soundly-basedprofessional recognition framework in the form of professional development programs, events, researchand publications. The AHRI vision „to shape the future of the profession‟ recognizes the responsivenessof AHRI to its members by informing, leading and strengthening the HR profession (“HRM MonthlyAHRI,” 2012)2. Education & TrainingThe website provides training and development in Human Resource related fields almost like aninstitution. The courses provided are complete varying to match various groups of people, such asworking adults to full time students. The courses are from short term courses, e-learning and alsocustomized learning to serve the students‟ needs individually.3. Services and toolsThe website also provides a long list of directory and contact lists under the service and tools section.This section holds records of the latest news in the industry, online surveys done regarding HR issues inthe region and also a document library.Most of the materials in this section is only accesible with membership, limited access withoutmembership on this site.
4. Centre of excellenceUnder the records of center of excellence, AHRI provides an easy access to research, publications,AHRI networks and global networks as well. All this records are kept exclusively for the readings andreference of the members of the site. It is comprehensive and detailed records.5. EventsEvents section of this site is open to all and is updated with events, seminars and talks regarding HumanResource in the region. HRIZON 2013 (AHRI national convention and exhibition) being the biggestevent organized by the institute, it helps members to meet and exchange ideas on the developments inthe HR arena as well as listen to paper presentations and seminars prepared by the organizers during theevent.6. MembershipMemberships for AHRI are provided in different packages according to the target groups. Freememberships are given for students looking to be a member with AHRI, which is different comparingthis site to the other Human Resource sites. The membership is anyhow has limited access to some links,these links are useful and sufficient for student needs. Links provided for student members are: HRCareers, HR Connect, HRgovlist and e-learning.Affiliate membership is open to all, come from a range of professional backgrounds with diverseresponsibilities, including line managers, small business operators, professional service providers andbusiness owners, represent all industry groups, and have a shared interest in management anddevelopment of peopleGraduate membership is given for those interested to be members with a degree. This membership isquite interesting as it provides Access to the AHRI mentoring programMember rates to attend events, including AHRI‟s young networking forums that are aimed at young HRprofessionals.
Other than the above the more expensive and complete membership is provided in three other packages.Namely MHRI – Members, CAHRI – Certified members, and FAHRI – Fellow7. ConclusionAs a conclusion, this site has all the needed criteria‟s of a Human Resource website rite from training tocareer seeking and also continues assistance in the form of information sharing among the HumanResource practitioners. Anyhow as an improvement this site could incorporate a way to activate the realtime discussions and forums through the site; this would allow information sharing in a more efficientand quick. This would also encourage “virtual meetings” among the professionals as well as betweenstudents and the practitioners allowing better and faster way of introducing each other.ReferencesFujimoto, Y., Bahfen, N., Fermelis, J., & Härtel, C. E. J. (2007). The global village: online cross-culturalcommunication and HRM. Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, 14(1), 7–22.doi:10.1108/13527600710718804HRM Monthly AHRI. (2012).Hardie Grant Media, 3.