The Profession Map sets the international standard for the people profession.
Developed in collaboration with 20,000 people professionals worldwide, it defines the values, knowledge and behaviours that HR, L&D and OD practitioners demonstrate as experts in people, work and change.
Discover how you can use our Profession Map in your organisation.
Organisations appreciate the vital contribution their people teams make to deliver talent, growth and productivity in a fast-changing world. In the last year we’ve partnered with 330 organisations globally to raise the capability, confidence and credibility of over 40,000 people professionals.
We have helped many organisations invest effectively in their people teams using the Profession Map standards. We can help you adopt the Profession Map as your professional standard too, working with you to:
- provide clarity on the knowledge and behaviours required of your function
- create a bespoke version that reflects your context and adapts to changes and emerging standards
- assess your people teams and gain insights into how they are viewed across your organisation
- understand where to focus development investment to enable your teams to make their greatest impact
- endorse your organisation’s people competency framework or learning programmes.
Looking to use the Profession Map for your own development?Read our how-to guide
Make the Map work for your organisation
Our purpose is to champion better work and working lives. One of the ways we advance this purpose is by setting standards for practice within our Profession Map. So we encourage you to read and use it. And we’re here to help you apply it in a way that supports your people strategy. These step-by-step guides help you use the Profession Map to build the best people teams.
Adapt the Profession Map
Our work with Network Rail shows how you can use the Profession Map to progress your business priorities and your people strategy, side by side.
Together we’re building a bespoke competency framework based on the Profession Map. This approach is providing crucial clarity on skills development, across its 400-strong people function, within the context of the organisation’s business needs.
Our work is also creating a compelling reason to discuss people, with strategic workforce planning now considered every bit as important as financial planning.
Trust our future-fit standards
We’ve designed the Profession Map to evolve in an ever-changing business context. It's part of how we equip people professionals to lead change and shape the future of work.
The core values and purpose driving our professional standards remain constant. But as new roles, specialisms, priorities and opportunities emerge, we adapt the knowledge and behaviour standards to incorporate them.
We do this twice-yearly by reviewing the latest research, considering what we’ve heard from our profession, and taking the pulse on what’s ahead to keep the Profession Map practical and future-fit.
Make the most of the Profession Map
The Profession Map is for everyone in our profession – individuals and teams, members and non-members. Learn more about the Profession Map and how you can use it.
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