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.

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.

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Holiday Networking Shindig and 60th Anniversary Event
Metro Milwaukee SHRM
Friday, December 8, 2017
Membership Appreciation Meeting
West Central SHRM
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
LinkedIn for the HR Professional
Fox Valley SHRM
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Employment Law Update
Blackhawk HRA
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
OSHA Update
Beaver Dam
Dodge County SHRM
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The Life Changing Jar
Oshkosh Area SHRM
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Supervisory Leadership
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 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!
Central Wisconsin SHRM
Back in January!
Greater Madison Area SHRM
Back in January!
Jefferson County HRA
Back in January!
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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It’s Just Crazy Out There!

If you think it’s hard to follow what’s coming out of DC…or not coming out of DC…then I bet the career agency employees must be having neck pain from their head’s spinning around.

There is no doubt that we are in a whole different environment from a social, regulatory and employment standpoint these days. No matter which side of the fence you are on (there’s probably no way to sit on it right now) trying to plan for a business future is definitely very uncertain.

Now is the time for all good HR people to come to the aid of their CEO’s and bosses. We can be the voice of reason, consistency and calm when all around our companies are either jumping ship (turnover) or creating havoc (salary demands/work-life balance issues/sky-rocketing healthcare costs).

I know it’s hard to take the so-called “long-view” but only through staffing planning, thorough benefits design and consistent administration can we hope to navigate the rough seas that still lie ahead.

Let’s all take our oath to “do good work and give good advice” when asked (maybe even offer it first for a change) and make every effort to seek out ways to steady the “company ship”.

Whatta ya say HR people…we’re up to the challenge, right!?

Stay up-to-date with regulations by joining SHRM National and our local WCW SHRM groups!

Submitted by: West Central WI SHRM

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Are You Getting Enough Bang for Your Recruiting Bucks?

As the job market continues to tighten, it’s more important than ever to identify the recruiting platform(s) that will reach your best applicants, and to skillfully utilize the technologies available to you.

Has your company jumped into the world of video in its quest for better applicants?  If not, you’re behind the curve.  Research shows that engaging applicants with video content (done well) provides the best and most cost-effective results.  Savvy businesses are harnessing social media to tell their stories to potential applicants and using chatbots to interact instantly with both customers and applicants.  Gone are the days when applicants were content to sit back and wait for weeks for a response to an inquiry or to their submission of an application.

Are you multi-dimensional in your social media campaign?  Snapchat seems to be the favored platform for the younger demographic, while Millennials favor Instagram and the older demographic tends toward Facebook; meanwhile, over 93 percent of employers use LinkedIn for recruiting.  Don’t limit yourself to one, or even two, social media platforms.  And make sure that your content and social media platforms are mobile-focused and incorporate calls-to-action that will elicit prompt interaction by your audience.

And don’t forget hashtags!  Create and use a recruiting hashtag (think #LifeAtDisney), but also create and use a hashtag for job openings (#disneyjobs).  Use one that will make your job postings easy to find.  Also use generic hashtags that are known to be used by job seekers (#employment, #jobhunt), job-specific hashtags (#engineers, #humanresources), and a location hashtag (#stevenspoint).  Using a variety of hashtags in a social media post and/or a job posting will make it easier for job seekers to find you and your jobs.

It’s a brand-new world out there!  Do your research, dip your toe – or an entire foot! – into the social media phenomenon, actively engage with applicants and potential applicants, and bring some awesome folks into your organization.  #BeARockStar!

Submitted by: Stevens Point Area Human Resource Association

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BHRA Changes Up Programming

BHRA has changed up our programming year to try something new to attract more attendance at our meetings.  We have educational programming every other month and have them scheduled at different times such as 7:00 am to 9:00 am, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm to see what times work best for members.  On the months that we do not have educational programming we are having Networking events that are somewhat structured but also leave time for personal networking opportunities.

For more information about upcoming programs, please visit the events page on our website >>  We also have a great graphic if you want to print and keep handy >>  We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!

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HR Managers Must Lead in Developing Managers to be Coaches

As HR professionals, in an era where good talent is often difficult to find, keeping our employees is a high priority.  Turnover rate in this time of full employment makes our jobs harder if your managers lose good people.

For this reason, more than ever, we need to make sure that “Bad Bosses” is just a movie and not a reality in our companies.  A bad boss can cause good employees to leave, as found in a Huffington Post article “9 Bad Manager Mistakes that Make Good People Quit.” Usually that manager puts themselves, not their employees, first. Employees are a way to get results to them, rather than an asset to be cared for and grown.

What is the solution?  Your managers need to learn to coach!  When we realize that Millennials are the dominant generation in the workforce (who are used to receiving constant feedback, growing up in whatever sport or activity they pursued) it is more critical to mentor, be available and open to their needs and development, and ask the right questions to lead them to their success.

If managers ignore the need for both positive as well as “improvement areas” (feedback), these workers may be discouraged and quit.  Unintended turnover?  You bet; this is what keeps us HR professionals from getting a good night’s rest.

Performance Management does not mean a review once a year.  It means continuous coaching and feedback for all employees (good or constructive).  The one-on-one meeting at least once a month is a way to get to know the employee, which may positively affect performance, just as much as it allows for setting up coaching time for both parties.

We have no choice. With “Wisconsin’s unemployment rate nears all-time low as low-skilled wages erode,” (cited by the WI State Journal) competitive recruiting will continue to soar; the cost to replace a good employee that leaves will go up.  In this case, we are the shepherds that have to watch our flock!

Submitted by: Jefferson County HRMA

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November 2017 Programming

As the weather continues to cool down, WISHRM local chapter programming is heating up!  Take a look at the programs being put on by all our local chapters in November & 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.

November 2 – Ruder Ware Labor Law Conference – Wausau, Central Wisconsin SHRM

November 2 – GMA SHRM ‘Revealed’ – Madison, Greater Madison Area SHRM

November 7 – Team Building and Personal Assessment – Whitewater, Jefferson County HRA

November 8 – 2017 Fall Forum – Milwaukee, Metro Milwaukee SHRM

November 8 – Creative Insurance Options – Beaver Dam, Dodge County SHRM

November 8 – Legislative Update – Oshkosh, Oshkosh Area SHRM

November 8 – Challenging HR Scenarios and How to Handle Them – Baraboo, Sauk Columbia SHRM

November 8 – Strategy Workforce Planning – Stevens Point, Stevens Point Area HRA

November 14 – UBUNTU! Inspiring Teamwork & Collaboration at Work and Engaging & Retaining High Potential Employees – Kimberly, Fox Valley SHRM

November 14 – HR After Hours – Beloit, Blackhawk HRA

November 14 – Legal Hot Topics & Government Affairs – Madison, Greater Madison Area SHRM

November 15 – Most Common Employer Mistakes – Wisconsin Wage & Hour Laws –  Green Bay, Green Bay Area Chapter SHRM

November 15 – EEOC Update – La Crosse, La Crosse Area SHRM

November 16 – Student Night Out – Madison, Greater Madison Area SHRM

November 16 – Recruiting & Staffing – Sheboygan, Sheboygan Area SHRM

November 16 – Topic of the Aging Workforce – Kenosha, SHRM Racine & Kenosha Area

November 17 – Updates from the Wage & Hour Division of the DOL – Tomah, West Central SHRM

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

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GB SHRM New Board Positions

June 1, 2017 started the new term for the Green Bay Chapter SHRM.  It also marked the launch of two new board positions to aid in the advancement of HR professionals.

The first position is the Director of Marketing and Community Relations.  This position promotes GB SHRM to local organizations including HR functions and businesses.  In addition, this position coordinates all marketing (print and other methods deemed appropriate) of GB SHRM, works with other organizations to partner on programming and secures sponsorships.  For example, this position secured local vendors for our Fall Vendor Fair and also obtained donations for a silent auction to benefit the SHRM Foundation.

The second position is the Director of Professional Development.  This position promotes certification of Chapter members by overseeing the coordination of certification and recertification activities, study groups and other events to encourage certification process.  It stays abreast of changes to HRCI and SHRM certifications.  It is also responsible to submit chapter meeting information to obtain recertification credits.  In addition, this position coordinates the scholarships that are awarded to members who want to advance themselves and career by seeking certifications.

The addition of these two positions has already benefited our chapter and we believe they will continue to help our GB Chapter members to advance their professional careers and expand our network within the community.  We believe the result will be having more people being aware of what SHRM can offer a business and an individual.

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SRKA Updates Website, Sees Increase in Membership

At SRKA, we identified a need to have a comprehensive website that would manage our memberships, events, and serve as an electronic brochure for our Chapter.  We wanted one site to professionally brand our Chapter.  We needed a site to accept membership applications, renewals and event registrations.  We needed to be able to process credit payments on-line as a convenience to retain our Members and attract prospective members.  We needed to streamline membership management duties for our Board and have real time visibility to our numbers.

Our Chapter was struggling to manage membership applications and renewals.  Several Board Members were involved in the process leading to errors.  We relied on Excel spreadsheets for rosters and it was difficult to have accurate lists when needed.  Most applications and renewals were handled manually requiring trips to the bank and post office and delays in processing memberships.  New members were not added promptly to our email list and some were missed.  These efforts were time consuming and inefficient.

We were using Eventbrite to manage our events.  It was inefficient because we had to enter events there and on our website.  It was also the only place we kept our email list and the features for managing the list were not as robust as needed.

We evaluated various membership management/website providers including Wild Apricot and ultimately decided on Wild Apricot.  We established the site and enabled credit card processing with PayPal.  We transferred all of our membership records and email lists to the new site.

The new website and membership process has been a hit with our members.  Membership is up.  Our Board can now review accurate membership, event and financial information in real time.   This change has been well worth the minimal financial investment.

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Sheboygan Area SHRM Gives Back

The HR profession is often a connector to community involvement.  Community involvement is a great way to highlight the profession and show goodwill within our communities.  With the recent devastating hurricanes to TX and FL, Sheboygan Area SHRM has recognized the need to reach out and make some impact.   Our chapter sent out a plea of help to our Chapter members to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Jose.  The aftermath of those storms were devastating and hard for us to comprehend.

At our September chapter meeting, we collected contributions that will be donated to the American Red Cross.  We announced that in support of your contributions collected during the meeting, the Board unanimously agreed to contribute chapter matching funds, for this worthy cause. 

As a result of the generosity of our chapter members that were present at the September meeting, we raised $250, which was then matched by the Chapter for a total donation of $500. The American Red Cross was so appreciative of the money, which is needed to support the work they are doing to counter the effects of the devastation left by Harry, Irma, Jose, and Maria. We have a great group of chapter members who embody the mission of advancing the professional through community and professional involvement!

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