Local WI SHRM Chapter Programming Takes Off in September

The Wisconsin State Council SHRM Chapters have great events planned for September 2015.   Here’s just a few!

Click on the presentation titles for a link to more information.

September 8 – Recruitment – Jefferson County SHRM – Watertown

September 9 – “Healthcare: What You Can Do To Make an Impact” – Oshkosh Area SHRM – Oshkosh

September 9 – All Day Workshop: Think Impact Solutions – “Inspiring Engagement: The Link to a High Performing Organization” and “Embracing the Challenge of Change” – Stevens Point Area Human Resource Association – Stevens Point

September 9 – “Spy Tactics” – Sauk Columbia Society for Human Resource Management – Wisconsin Dells

September 10 – Recruiting, Retaining and Engaging Veterans in Your Workforce – Central Wisconsin SHRM – Wausau

September 11 – WCW SHRM Monthly Chapter Meeting – West Central Wisconsin SHRM

September 15 – Dynamic Communication: Increased Communication through Understanding Behaviors – Blackhawk Human Resource Association – Beloit

September 15 – Membership Appreciation and Membership Drive with Dodge County SHRM – Beaver Dam

September 15 – GMA SHRM Summit – Stepping Up: How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything with Dr. John Izzo – Greater Madison Area SHRM – Madison

September 15 – FDLHR Legal Update – Fond du Lac Area Human Resource Association – Fond du Lac

September 15 – How to Lead the Way to Picture Perfect Change – Fox Valley Chapter SHRM – Kimberly

September 16 – Expanding Women’s Strengths & Opportunities in Today’s Workplace – La Crosse Area SHRM – La Crosse

September 16 – SCVEA Employment Law Seminar, Mission Possible: Become A More Informed Leader – St. Croix Valley Employer’s Association – New Richmond

September 16 – Managing Organizational Change – Green Bay Area Chapter SHRM – Green Bay

September 17 – Mastering Conflict – Chippewa Valley SHRM – Eau Claire

September 17 – Becoming the HR Professional of Tomorrow: Leading Change – SRKA – SHRM Racine and Kenosha Area Chapter – Gateway Technical College – Horizon Center

September 22 – 2015 Sheboygan County Workforce Development Executive Summit – Sheboygan Area SHRM – Sheboygan

September 23 – Employment Law Update – Lakeshore Area Human Resources Association – Manitowoc

September 25 – NAAAHR Regional Diversity Conference – Dimensions of Diversity: From Compliance to Integration – Sponsored by Metro Milwaukee SHRM – Milwaukee

There’s still time to register for the WI SHRM 2015 Wisconsin State Conference – HR’s Marathon – Setting a Pace for the Future. October 14 – 16 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Registration Fees go up after September 11th.

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When Work Works is Accepting Applications for National Workplace Award

When Work Works (WWW)—a national initiative to help businesses become more successful by promoting effective and flexible workplaces— is accepting applications for its 2015-2016 When Work Works Award recognizing employers for innovative and effective workplace practices.

WWW is led by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and is partnered locally with the Wisconsin State Council Society for Human Resource Management.

“The best practices being promoted by WWW have been implemented by many businesses in Wisconsin, and the results are happier, more productive employees and in turn employers that are better positioned to thrive,” said Katie Reid, WI-SHRM state director. “Effective workplaces have a direct connection to regional and state economic health, and it benefits employers of all sizes and types to take advantage of the resources provided by WWW and the opportunity to be recognized with the WWW Award.”

If you are offering creative work flex options to your employees you should apply!!

In addition to potential national recognition, employers who apply for the WWW Award will receive a free customized bench-marking report comparing their workplace practices to competitors locally and across the country. The application deadline is Friday, November 6, 2015. For more information on the WWW Award and to learn more about the free resources provided by WWW, visit www.whenworkworks.org.

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Regional Diversity Conference Being Held in Milwaukee

Be a part of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) Regional Diversity Conference, taking place this year in the Milwaukee area!

NAAAHR Presents: “Dimension of Diversity: Journey from Compliance to Integration” – The full-day conference will be held September 25, 2015 at the Oak Creek Crowne Plaza and will feature national diversity thought leaders.  Gregory Jones, Managing Director of Diversity & Inclusion at United Airlines is a Keynote Presenter.  In addition to the great line-up of speakers and panel discussions, this is an opportunity to meet and network with other dedicated diversity professionals from across the state.

Visit www.naaahrmilwaukee.org for complete details and to register! Register by September 15th.  Metro Milwaukee SHRM is a proud sponsor of this event and you can also find a link to this event from mmshrm.org.

Blog post submitted by Choua Yang, PHR – WI State Council Diversity, Inclusion and Workflex Director

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WI SHRM August Programming and Events

The Wisconsin State Council SHRM and the local Wisconsin SHRM Chapters have some great events planned for August 2015.   Here’s just a few!  Click on the presentation titles for a link to more information.

Remember to register early for the WISHRM 2015 Annual State Conference in the Wisconsin Dells coming up October 14 – 16.  The earlier you register, the more you save! For more information about WISHRM programming and the WISHRM Local Chapters, visit WISHRM.org.

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Local SHRM Chapters Seek Volunteers – LaCrosse Area SHRM Offers Great Benefits

Consider stepping up your involvement with your local SHRM Chapter through volunteering!

Learn or develop a new skill – Continue adding to your repertoire! There is no reason for any of us to stop adding to our knowledge base, and it’s never too late, or too early, to learn new skills. Volunteering can be the perfect way to develop a new skill; for example, planning and implementing a fundraising event can develop goal setting, planning, communicating, networking and budgeting skills.
Foster new ideas – An effective leader is a good facilitator who makes it easy and comfortable for others to share new ideas, and for departments, teams or boards to actively consider, discuss, study and determine next steps in detail. Being a good steward of new ideas can help your organization remain vibrant, dynamic and ever evolving.
Boost your career options – Does your organization source and value candidates with volunteering experience? If not, perhaps we should provide and encourage that consideration. If you, or someone you are coaching, are considering a career change, volunteering is the perfect way to explore new fields and to learn new skills. Expand your portfolio!
Differentiate you and your resume – Set yourself apart from the crowd! Volunteering says a great deal about your character, drive and dedication. Think of how these accomplishments demonstrate initiative, personal ambition, the ability to work hard and leadership skills!
Be part of your community – We sometimes take for granted the community in which we work and/or live. You can start by joining LASHRM on One Day to Make a Difference. We are looking for volunteers to assist the Kane Street Community Gardens on Monday – August 31st on the 800 block of Kane Street South Side of railroad tracks. The group will receive a tour and assist in the harvest from 3:00-5:00 PM. Welcome to bring your friends and family as well. It will be a perfect day for the kids to give back to the community before they start school. The more the merrier. If you can spare up to an hour or two to give back to our community as a member of our professional organization or donate an item or gift card to our Silent Auction Event in September to support the SHRM foundation.

Yes, volunteerism is one of the richest forms of education and career development enhancing corporate involvement, leadership skills on a personal and professional level, and succession or business continuity. Combined, this can all lead your organization, non-profit affiliation or SHRM chapter to greater success! Join in – and give our LASHRM leadership succession a lift!

Volunteering to serve in a leadership capacity for the LASHRM chapter comes with many great benefits.  All LASHRM Board Members
• Free local dues.
• Free WISHRM State Conference registration reimbursement with the provision of staffing at least one volunteer slot at the WISHRM conference.
• Free WISHRM Leadership Conference registration reimbursement.
• Volunteer Leader Discount for the Annual SHRM Conference.
• Rewarding Regular’s Card
• Free registration to LASHRM Symposium
• If receive Early Bird rate for State Conference, the pre-conference fee would also be reimbursed if the board member wanted to attend.

Join our LASHRM Board for 2016 – Below are our Board openings:
• President Elect (3 Year Term/President/Past President) – Responsible for monthly programming.
• Secretary (2 Year Term) – Responsible to meeting minutes and agendas for monthly board meeting.
• At-Large Certification (2 Year Term) – Responsible for the certification study program.
• At-Large Workforce Readiness (2 Year Term – Responsible for local community activities such as career fairs.
• Vice President of Membership (2 Year Term) – Responsible for new members

Contact Miranda Eisermann meisermann@inlandpackaging.com or 608-787-7250– LASHRM Past President if you have any questions or what to get more involved.

To find a local chapter near you, visit www.WISHRM.org.

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Your Pathway to SHRM Certification

The process is easy to be certified by SHRM if you already have your HRCI certification.  Earn your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP today so you can begin earning SHRM re-certification credits for events you will soon be attending!

It’s quick, easy, and free for those who are already HRCI certified. The tutorial is set up so that you succeed.

Here’s How:
• Go to SHRMCertification.org – click on “Get Started”.
• Click on “Pathway” to access the online tutorial and create your login.
• Then follow three simple steps by December 31, 2015:

  • Document that your current certification is in good standing.
  • Sign the SHRM Code of Ethics.
  • Complete a brief online tutorial focusing on HR competencies.

BOOM – You are certified by SHRM!!!!

Once you complete this process, you will earn the new SHRM credential and begin a three-year SHRM re-certification cycle – which means you may now start to earn SHRM re-certification credits.

BONUS – You will hold 2 HR Certifications!!!!

DOUBLE BONUS – Your state council and your chapter will earn incentive money for every SHRM member who becomes SHRM Certified before the end of the year.

DO IT NOW!!!  This free opportunity is only available during 2015.

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WI SHRM is taking Bids to Host the 2016 WI SHRM HR Games and Student Conference

Greetings SHRM Student Chapters!

Is your student chapter interested in hosting the HRGames and Student Conference in 2016? Then be sure to submit a Bid Proposal by Thursday, April 30, 2015! That is just over a week away!

There are many benefits to hosting the HRGames and Student Conference. This event offers the opportunity to bring significant recognition to your university, community and chapter in addition to bringing professional chapter volunteers, students and student chapter advisors together in a meaningful way. The effort it takes to plan and conduct the games is worthwhile and beneficial to you, your peers, and the professional members that volunteer and participate in this energizing event. It is also an excellent resume builder!

For those that have not attended this event in the past, the HRGames consist of a two-day (Friday and Saturday) series of game show style matches between teams of up to three undergraduate students from various Wisconsin colleges and universities. The questions for the matches are divided into categories similar to those used in the Assurance of Learning (AOL) exam. Here the students receive an opportunity to network with other students and showcase their knowledge to HR practitioners.

The one day Student Conference (Saturday) is generally split into breakout sessions covering various industry related topics. We strive to provide an atmosphere of learning, networking, inspiration, collaboration and engagement for everyone’s professional development.

The form to submit your bid/proposal to host the event was sent via e-mail to all WI Student SHRM chapters earlier this week.  Act quickly!  The deadline is approaching fast!

We are excited to receive your bid to nominate the 2016 HRGames and Student Conference! If you have ANY questions, please contact Ashly Woosypiti, Wisconsin State SHRM Council – College Relations Director (Elect).  Ashly.Woosypiti@gmail.com or by phone at: (414) 732-5246.  Good luck!!

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Sheboygan Area SHRM Partners with Other Community Organizations to Address the Skills Gap

The Sheboygan Area chapter of SHRM has begun working on a half-day seminar to be offered in September, 2015. This venue will be offered in conjunction with the Sheboygan Chamber of Commerce and the SCEDC (Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation).

For several months, representatives from all three organizations have been involved in conversations involving a common workforce struggle – the skills gap. This “gap” centers around finding enough talent to fill the growing number of vacant technical positions, finding qualified candidates from the applicants we receive, and keeping the talent in our area once we have found it. This half-day seminar will combine the efforts of all three organizations by bringing experts, educators, and professionals to address the topic and offer solutions on how to overcome this common challenge.

Although this event is still in the planning stages, the day will include a keynote speaker with lunch, breakout sessions, and an exhibit-type area for guests to meet with the speakers, local educators, and colleagues to network and gain additional insight on the topics introduced in the sessions.

While all three organizations have been working separately to find solutions for their members, this event will combine the efforts of all three to offer a more inclusive view of where we are and aid in finding resources to continue moving past the gap.

Blog post submitted by Debbie Morgan, President of Sheboygan Area SHRM

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Fox Valley SHRM is Hosting a Networking Fundraising Event for the SHRM Foundation

Fox Valley SHRM is dreaming of warmer weather with our 2nd annual Betting on the Beach event.

As a member of SHRM, you know that the SHRM Foundation is the globally recognized catalyst for shaping human resource thought leadership and research. The important work of the SHRM Foundation includes:

  • Strategic Thought Leadership Initiatives – The SHRM Foundation is conducting a multi-phase program to identify and analyze critical trends likely to impact the workplace in 5-10 years.
  • Innovative Academic Research Grants -The SHRM Foundation is a leading supporter of HR research. Over the past three years, the SHRM Foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million in grants to fund rigorous, original academic research with practical implications for HR management practice.
  • Scholarships -The SHRM Foundation awards $170,000 annually in education and certification scholarships to professional and student SHRM members, and doctoral students.
  • Educational Resources – The SHRM Foundation’s Effective Practice Guidelines series makes research findings easily accessible to HR practitioners. The Foundation has also created a series of educational DVDs for SHRM chapter programming, staff trainings, and executive education sessions.

To continue to support the important SHRM Foundation work to advance the Human Resource profession, the Fox Valley SHRM chapter will be holding our 2nd annual Casino Night: “Betting on the Beach” which will be held April 9th, 2015 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm at Pullman’s Trolley Square (619 South Olde Oneida Street, Appleton, WI 54915). Cost of the event is $30 per person, Significant others and friends welcome.

If you are interested in attending, please sign up at the chapter’s website at www.fvshrm.org.  All are welcome!!

Blog post submitted by Chris Ciechanowski, VP of Electronic Communications for FVSHRM

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Spring HR Events in Chippewa Valley

The Chippewa Valley SHRM chapter continues to partner with the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce on the HR Conference for the Chippewa Valley region.

The next HR conference will take place at the Florian Gardens in Eau Claire on April 7th with great opportunities to learn more about a variety of HR topics. Click here for more details of this great event.

CVSHRM is also hosting some other events, such as Managing Change in May and Crucial Accountability in June. To see more events planned by the Chippewa Valley SHRM Chapter, please visit the CVSHRM website.

Blog post submitted by Jessica Barnier, President of Chippewa Valley SHRM

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