Sheboygan Area SHRM Gets a Facebook Page

“Finally it happened to me, right in front of my face” (CC Peniston)….FACEBOOK has arrived to the Sheboygan Area SHRM Chapter.  We are so excited to be able to use this platform to engage new members, current members and past members by spreading across a more social platform.  We may be finally coming out of the dark ages but it will be worth it.  We have created a private group and a page.  The private group will be geared to paid chapter members only to allow freedom to ask those questions we are all thinking and to start building connections and relationships.  We are pumped to get this going.  We also have created a Facebook Page to help support marketing / membership / promotions of any and all things HR.  This will be open to the chapter and public.  It is a great way for chapter members to share with other members.  We hope to use things like recommendations and polls to keep a regular pulse with our chapter members. 

This effort is an important initiative for our chapter to further enhance our networking abilities.  Our chapter demographics and needs have changed over the last few years and we are excited for this effort to show our chapter how important they are to our success.

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The Value of Volunteering

As someone who is naturally introverted, sometimes volunteering for events can bring anxiety, but at the same time, it is exciting and I know the value that the event brings. This is what happened when I volunteered for the WI SHRM HR Games. This was my first time volunteering to be part of the games and, in the end, I think I took as much out of the games as the students did, maybe more. Not only was it a tremendous amount of fun, but it was a great refresher on a number of HR topics.

CVSHRM and WISHRM offer a number of tools and resources to help our student members make that leap into the professional world and help them to be successful. One of these opportunities is the HR Games, which are coordinated by WISHRM. The HR Games is a Jeopardy-style competition using categories of human resources related knowledge with teams of students from throughout Wisconsin competing against each other in multiple rounds. The HR Games are held annually and float to various locations throughout the state, relying on colleges to volunteer their space and time. This year, on March 2nd and 3rd, the HR Games were held at the Western Technical College campus in La Crosse. The games included 225 questions in total between the rounds and covered many HR topics and ranging in difficulty.

This year’s competition had 22 participating teams with a strong local presence from both UW-Stout and UWEC. In total, the two universities sent 7 teams. Additionally, several Chippewa Valley SHRM board members volunteered their time to help facilitate this event. We would like to extend a special thank you to Jen Fetherston, Tabitha Newton, and Chippewa Valley SHRM’s president, Tanya Hubanks who serves an additional role on the WISHRM State Board as the College Relations Director and was tasked with coordinating and planning this year’s event.

This year’s event began on Friday evening and the teams participated in five rounds. For each round, two teams would compete head-to-head for points that would contribute to their overall final ranking. There were a number of classrooms set up for the competition with 3-4 volunteers in each room including a presenter, judge, timekeeper and matrix manager. I was thrilled to see such positive interactions among the different teams. Although they were competing against each other, there was lots of laughing and conversation. By the end of the night, the teams had dwindled down to the top four. Of the top four teams, one was from UW-Eau Claire (the Pay Rollers), two were from Western Technical, and one was from Blackhawk Technical. In speaking with students, the questions were challenging and the competition was tough, but the experience had a tremendous value even if they didn’t make it to the finals.

Saturday was the finals and included a number of speakers, including Tabitha Newton, the CVSHRM College Relations coordinator for UW-Eau Claire, who was part of an open forum panel presentation. Many teams may not have made it to the finals, but there was quite a few who stuck around for day two to watch the finals and see the presenters. Ultimately, the two Western Technical teams took first and second place, Blackhawk Technical took third place, and the UWEC Pay Rollers took fourth.

For anyone that may have been on the fence about volunteering for the event or looking for another way to be involved, I highly recommend that you volunteer next year. It was well worth my time and it was a great deal of fun! Not to mention that I was lucky enough to meet many great current and future HR professionals from around the state and across multiple industries, many of which I continue to be in contact with and include in my arsenal of HR experts.

by Jayme DeYot, Volunteer
CVSHRM

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Volunteering – You’re In It For You Too!

We all have important roles and multiple tasks to juggle between work and life…
sometimes we break and ask ourselves “What’s in it for me? Why am I involved in this (group, hobby, sport)?  Why do I do this when it’s not rewarding?”  The Jefferson County Human Resource Management Association wants to send out a THANK YOU to all volunteers and remind you that your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. There are some immediate acknowledgements, and as Amanda Pell from UpWorthy writes “It’s not just nice: Here are 11 research-backed reasons to volunteer your time,” there are some personal benefits too.

For all other chapters reading this… stay ahead of the game. Plan future programs now, to provide yourself a cushion to plan for other “fun” events or socials. This allows you to break away from the norm of routine meetings, educational seminars, etc. and give yourself that time to collect, refresh, and share that satisfaction with the others involved. JCHRMA has finished scheduling half of its 2019 program year. With programming in a proactive position, there’s less hanging pressure for last minute deadlines and the urgency of who’s handling what AND, the chapter can focus efforts on making personal calls and connections to build its membership, board and committees.

For chapter members and other HR Professionals reading this… join! Get involved! Make a statement for your profession and for the community!

Pell, Amanda. “It’s Not Just Nice: Here Are 11 Research-Backed Reasons to Volunteer Your Time.” Upworthy, 20 Mar. 2017, http://www.upworthy.com/its-not-just-nice-here-are-11-research-backed-reasons-to-volunteer-your-time11-fascinating-facts-that-prove-helping-others-really-helps-you.
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March, 2018 Local Chapter Programming

Plenty of great events to check out this month all around Wisconsin.  Don’t forget to tag #wishrm for all of your event reports.

DATE OF EVENT TOPIC CITY HOST CHAPTER
Thursday, March 8, 2018 How to Lead the Way to Picture Perfect Change Wausau Central Wisconsin SHRM
Thursday, March 8, 2018 Action! Producing Effective Recruitment Videos Altoona Chippewa Valley SHRM
Thursday, March 8, 2018 Maximizing the Value of Survey Data and Survey Participation with MRA Sturtevant SHRM Racine and Kenosha Area
Thursday, March 8, 2018 SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE What you need to know! Tomah West Central SHRM
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 HR After Hours Beloit Blackhawk HRA
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Diversity – Creating Competence Whitewater Jefferson County HRA
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 FMLA/STD/ADA Update Beaver Dam Dodge County SHRM
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 The Building Blocks to Meaningful Welness Oshkosh Oshkosh Area SHRM
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Managing Diversity and Generations Baraboo Sauk Columbia SHRM
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 How to Make Training a WANT to, Not Have To Green Bay Green Bay Area Chapter SHRM
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Coaching Stevens Point Stevens Point Area HRA
Thursday, March 15, 2018 HR Fundamentals for the Front-Line Supervisor Sheboygan Sheboygan Area SHRM
Thursday, March 15, 2018 Surviving an Active Shooter Situation Kenosha SHRM Racine and Kenosha Area
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Emotional Intelligence: Awareness, Adaptability & Empathy for 21st Century Leadership Kimberly Fox Valley SHRM
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 GMA SHRM Professional Development Summit Madison Greater Madison Area SHRM
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Kim E. Ruyle—Strategic Talent Deployment, Creating a Talent Pipeline La Crosse La Crosse Area SHRM
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Strategic HR: Become the HR Business Partner your Organization Needs Fond du Lac Fond du Lac Area Human Resources Association
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Membership Meeting Manitowoc Lakeshore Area Human Resources Association
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Learning. To Laugh at Ourselves.

It was yet another cold, January day when the leadership group from Metro Milwaukee SHRM – the Board, Special Interest Group chairs, and Committee chairs – met for the second of our two planning meetings we hold each year.  As you might imagine, the purpose of our getting together is to talk about where we’ve been and, most importantly, where we are going in the next few months and beyond.

But our meetings have always had something more to them, and this one was no different….

We’re always blown away by the time, talent, and energy that our volunteer leaders invest in our association and their profession.  We’re fortunate to have professional staff for our chapter, and maybe that makes us a little different, but professional staff is no substitute for an active leadership group.

One way that we show our appreciation for our leadership group is to make sure that our planning meetings aren’t all about the chapter.  Nor do we focus purely on networking within the group.  We try to spend at least some of our time on personal and professional development.  We want our leaders to take away from their volunteer experience something they might not otherwise have experienced.

On that January day, we learned by laughing.  And when we were all done, we had a chance to laugh at ourselves.

The bread in our planning “sandwich” was two forty-five minute sessions with a trainer form the Comedy Sportz improvisational group.  If you haven’t see a Comedy Sportz show, you really should.  It’s good and clean, if not a little bit edgy, fun.

At the root of improvisational comedy is the idea that you don’t really know where a scene is going to go.  You learn to react, but you’re not reacting on instinct.  Where it may seem there are no rules, there are, in fact, some very simple, but very important rules for successful improv.  Apply these rules to your business relationship, we learned, and you can become a better listener.  You can also be a better when networking.  Or you can be a calm presence in a situation where anger is starting to boil over.

The exercises created plenty of laughter.  So much laughter, in fact, that it wasn’t until later, when our trainer debriefed the exercise, that we realized that we had just learned a valuable lesson.  One of the most valuable was the cornerstone of improvisational comedy, “Yes, and…”  Those two words, we learned, can work miracles at home, at work, and in the community.

When our planning discussion and training was done, we were joined by members and their guests at Comedy Sportz for one of the several HR Happy Hours that we do each year.  These gatherings are mostly social and they represent one of our best opportunities to meet one another, swap stories, and seek the answers to the burning questions that will await our return to work the next day.  This time, however, we yielded some of our discussion time to what turned out to be a very HR-oriented, and very funny, Comedy Sportz performance featuring five professionals and a whole lot of audience participation.

Somewhere, someone decided to not attend because there wasn’t enough “meat” on the agenda.  And that’s OK.  Still, for those who attended, it was a shared experience that we won’t soon forget.  Laughter brings us together and it opens us up to new ideas.

Ask anyone if they thought this was a good experience and they would tell you, “Yes, and I met someone who helped me solve a problem.”  “Yes, and I learned how to really listen to people.”  Yes, and I got out of my comfort zone and participated.”

“Yes, and….”

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Harassment in the Headlines: Employers in the Headlights?

It is hard to ignore the daily dose of headlines that assert new allegations of sexual harassment or abuse in American society.

While the problem of sexual harassment may be analyzed on many levels — personal, societal, historical, cultural, to name a few — sound legal analysis of the topic must not be overlooked by employers and employees.

When sex harassment occurs in the workplace, the conduct is likely addressed by Wisconsin and federal law. Some forms of harassment may suggest criminal repercussions, although many forms of sexual harassment in the workplace may not be considered a crime, depending on circumstances.

While all bad behavior in the workplace is inappropriate, not all inappropriate behavior may be contrary to state and federal laws. Inappropriate conduct may not merely be illegal, it may be bad for business, including lowering employee morale. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) states that “workplace harassment affects all workers, and its true cost includes decreased productivity, increased turnover, and reputational harm,” all of which is a drag on productivity. (Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace; June 2016.)

Given the wide range of sexually inappropriate conduct, it behooves employers and employees to know the law. Sex harassment is a form of unlawful discrimination based on sex.

Wisconsin defines discrimination because of sex to include implicitly or explicitly making or permitting acquiescence and/or submission to sexual harassment a term or condition of employment. It is unlawful for an employer to permit conduct that has “the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an employee’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.” Substantial interference with an employee’s work performance or creation of an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment may be established when the conduct is such that a reasonable person under the same circumstances as the employee would consider the conduct to be sufficiently severe or pervasive to interfere substantially with the person’s work performance or to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.  Usually the offensive conduct must be unwelcome for the conduct to be deemed unlawful under Wisconsin law.

Federal law is similar to Wisconsin law. Wisconsin law applies to any employer with one or more employees; federal law applies to employers with 15 or more employees.

What should employers do to protect themselves against conduct by employees that may lead to harassment complaints?

  1. Review your harassment policy to make sure it is up-to-date and has been recently communicated to your employees.
  2. Conduct harassment training for management and nonmanagement employees if you have not done so within the past year. The EEOC recommends that the training be live and interactive, if possible, or computer-based and interactive if live training is not possible.
  3. If applicable, conduct appropriate harassment training for your organization’s board of directors.
  4. Analyze whether your organization has been unintentionally tolerating or ignoring an employee who has a reputation for engaging in inappropriate behavior.
  5. If the allegations of inappropriate behavior or harassment in your organization are widespread or involve someone high up in the organization, consider outside legal counsel to assist with your investigation. Outside counsel will be able to help you analyze legally sound investigation techniques and what, if any, remedial action should be taken.

In conclusion, it is important to recognize that bad behavior is bad for business, whether or not the conduct is against the law. Consult with your legal advisor to review whether your harassment policies are up-to-date and whether key employees in your company should have moral turpitude clauses added to their employment agreements (when there are such employment agreements) to assist the employer in terminating employees who are behaving poorly, even if their conduct does not rise to the level of unlawful harassment under state or federal law. Seek legal advice promptly if you suspect behavior that may violate state or federal harassment laws.

By: Attorney Brian Formella
Stevens Point Area Human Resources Association 715.572.1341
bgf@andlaw.com

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CWSHRM Kicks Off New Member Initiative

As a chapter of WI SHRM, our mission is to promote HR excellence through education, leadership and networking.  As part of our strategic membership engagement goal, our Board and Leadership team created the Pinnacle Passport.  The passport encourages members to participate in various opportunities such as attending membership meetings and conferences, volunteerism, networking, bringing guests to membership meetings and several other areas.  The passport provides a list of events happening within the year for members to attend for a quick at a glance summary.

Members that complete the requirements are entered into a drawing to win a fantastic prize at our annual December meeting.  Below is a list of the requirements.   We kicked off this new initiative at our January meeting and are excited to see how this initiative will impact membership engagement!  Stay tuned for our Blog on this next year!  Feel free to use this initiative for your chapter as well!

CWSHRM

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February 2018 Local Chapter Programming

Looking for a local chapter program to attend in February?  Here is what is happening around Wisconsin.  Also, make sure you check out the Day on The Hill event coming up on February 21.

DATE OF EVENT TOPIC CITY HOST CHAPTER
Thursday, February 8, 2018 Unleashing your Generational Awesomeness to Increase Employee Performance and Customer Satisfaction Wausau Central Wisconsin SHRM
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 “Colors” Training Beloit Blackhawk HRA
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Workplace Romance Whitewater Jefferson County HRA
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Legal Update Beaver Dam Dodge County SHRM
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 A Lesson in Diversity Oshkosh Oshkosh Area SHRM
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 OSHA Baraboo Sauk Columbia SHRM
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 The Building Blocks to Meaningful Welness Green Bay Green Bay Area Chapter SHRM
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 How to Lead the Way to Picture Perfect Change Stevens Point Stevens Point Area HRA
Thursday, February 15, 2018 Employment Law Update Altoona Chippewa Valley SHRM
Thursday, February 15, 2018 How to Attract Technical Talent in a Candidate Centric Market Sheboygan Sheboygan Area SHRM
Thursday, February 15, 2018 Human Capital Management Kenosha SHRM Racine and Kenosha Area
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Employment and Labor Law Update Kimberly Fox Valley SHRM
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Day on The Hill Madison WISHRM State Council
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Managing Unique FMLA Issues La Crosse La Crosse Area SHRM
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Mindfulness:  How to Create an Inclusive Workforce Fond du Lac Fond du Lac Area Human Resources Association
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Diversity Manitowoc Lakeshore Area Human Resources Association
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Ushering in 2018 with Local Chapter Programming

Wow!  Where did 2017 go?  Make your New Year’s resolutions and commit to attend some of your local chapter’s programming in the new year.  Not sure which chapter is closest to you?  Take a look at the WISHRM local chapter page.

DATE OF EVENT TOPIC CITY HOST CHAPTER
Thursday, January 4, 2018 What is “reasonable” about reasonable accommodations? Wausau Central Wisconsin SHRM
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 HR After Hours Beloit Blackhawk HRA
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Human Resource Management’s Role in Strategic Planning Kimberly Fox Valley SHRM
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Annual Legal Update Whitewater Jefferson County HRA
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 AHCA Beaver Dam Dodge County SHRM
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Safety & Risk Management for the HR Professional Oshkosh Oshkosh Area SHRM
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Drugs in the Workplace Baraboo Sauk Columbia SHRM
Thursday, January 11, 2018 Ruder Ware Legal Updates Wausau Central Wisconsin SHRM
Friday, January 12, 2018 Sole Practitioner Networking Group Altoona Chippewa Valley SHRM
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Professional Development Summit Madison Greater Madison Area SHRM
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Employee Benefits Networking Group Eau Claire Chippewa Valley SHRM
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Modern Day Compensation La Crosse La Crosse Area SHRM
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Employer Best Practices Panel New Richmond St. Croix Valley Employers Association
Thursday, January 18, 2018 HR and Technology Sheboygan Sheboygan Area SHRM
Thursday, January 18, 2018 Legal Update Kenosha SHRM Racine and Kenosha Area
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Talent Acquisition: Innovative Recruitment Strategies Fond du Lac Fond du Lac Area Human Resources Association
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December, 2017 Chapter Programming

2017 will soon be coming to an end, however many local chapters will continue their programming.  Take a look at the programs being put on by our local chapters in December and find one to attend near you.  Click on the program title below for event details or the local SHRM chapter name for membership and other information.

DATE OF EVENT TOPIC CITY HOST CHAPTER
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Holiday Networking Shindig and 60th Anniversary Event
Milwaukee
Metro Milwaukee SHRM
Friday, December 8, 2017
Membership Appreciation Meeting
Tomah
West Central SHRM
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
LinkedIn for the HR Professional
Kimberly
Fox Valley SHRM
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Employment Law Update
Beloit
Blackhawk HRA
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
OSHA Update
Beaver Dam
Dodge County SHRM
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The Life Changing Jar
Oshkosh
Oshkosh Area SHRM
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Supervisory Leadership
Baraboo
Sauk Columbia SHRM
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Holiday Social
Stevens Point
Stevens Point Area HRA
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Seven Common Mistakes a Leader Makes
Sheboygan
Sheboygan Area SHRM
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Thoughtfully Fit Managers:  A Coach Approach
Green Bay
Green Bay Area Chapter SHRM
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Keynote: Lisa Olson & SHRM Foundation Fundraiser
La Crosse
La Crosse Area SHRM
Back in January!
Wausau
Central Wisconsin SHRM
Back in January!
Madison
Greater Madison Area SHRM
Back in January!
Whitewater
Jefferson County HRA
Back in January!
Kenosha
SHRM Racine and Kenosha Area

Not sure which chapter is nearest you?  Take a look at WISHRM’s Local Chapters page for more information.

 

 

 

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