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The Monthly Newsletter of the Greater Madison Area SHRM
In This Edition
Compensation and Benefits
GMA SHRM Social Media
GMA SHRM Upcoming Events
Topic: Strategic Summit: Executive Coaching-- Preparing Your Company for Leadership & Organizational Renewal
GMA SHRM Announcements
GMA SHRM Member News
Community. The Oxford English Dictionary defines community as “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” For me, GMA SHRM actually lives this definition of community better than any organization that I have ever been a part of. We are this strong fellowship of like-minded people, over 850 strong, who share a common bond. Our attitudes, values, interests, and goals converge around leveraging the tremendous power and creativity of our workforces to create value in society. By being part of this larger human resource community, we become stronger by learning from each other, by sharing effective practices, by leaning on each other for support/reinforcement, and by bringing in top-notch subject matter experts to share their knowledge with us.
In the HR world it’s far too easy to get sucked into the dramas of our own workplaces, get lost in crisis management, or simply cobble together a solution to a problem we’ve never seen before. But when we look to our community of HR professionals (that’s GMA SHRM), we’re no longer alone. There’s someone out there in the GMA SHRM network who’s likely tackled the same problem. What a relief to know that we don’t have to create something new or make stuff up because our community is there for us. That, I hope, is where GMA SHRM shines for you. When you are stuck, when you need ideas, when you are facing a challenge that you’ve never faced before…our members are there for you. They are just an e-mail, or phone call, or social media post away. The power of the GMA SHRM community manifest, every day.
How can you take full advantage of the power of our GMA SHRM community? It’s pretty easy. Here are some suggestions:
Building and sustaining community requires work. As your representatives in this process, the GMA SHRM Board is all about community. Every decision and action we take is focused on this. And if we do our jobs well – in concert with the creative energy of our more than 80 volunteers – the GMA SHRM community will continue to be strong, for many years into the future.
Want to help sustain your HR community? Attend our GMA SHRM Revealed event on October 30th. At this networking/informational meeting you’ll learn more about all of the great stuff that we’re involved in – and where you can help out as a volunteer to keep GMA SHRM strong.
See you at the next GMA SHRM community event!
Click here to view the full GMA SHRM Board of Directors
Are you prepared for a Fair Labor Standards Act Audit?
Contributed by Tammy Wacek, Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation
It is increasingly important for employers to be prepared for a Fair Labor Standards Act audit and GMA SHRM can help you obtain the tools and knowledge to ensure compliance within your organization. In July, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order that requires federal contractors to disclose labor law violations and infractions could prevent employers from obtaining future federal contracts. It is important for all employers to understand the requirements under labor law and ensure they are not in violation.
By attending our free Toolbox event on October 23, 2014, GMA SHRM members can learn more about the intricacies of the law and walk through how to prepare for an audit.
For details and to register, click here: http://www.gmashrm.org/2014OctoberToolbox.
The GMA SHRM Compensation Survey is Now Available!
Local compensation data is hard to find and the GMA SHRM Compensation survey is a great resource!
Losing a key employee over compensation can be expensive (recruiting costs, training a new employee, etc.) and so can over paying employees. The new GMA SHRM Compensation Survey Report will provide local compensation data related to Base Pay, Total Cash Compensation, Salary Range Information and Pay Practices.
About the 2014 GMA SHRM Compensation Survey
HR Certification Update
Confused about the new SHRM Certification? Join a call to learn more!
Our SHRM North Central Regional Team will be holding a conference call in October to answer questions about the new SHRM Certification, how you can obtain the certification free if you already have an HRCI certification, and general Q&A time. The information for the calls is below. Please reach out with any questions.
Dial in: 1-888-737-5834
• Monday, October 20, 12:00pm CT/1pm ET
To review the most up to date information on the certification, you can review the SHRM Certification website at www.shrmcertification.org.
Interested in obtaining your PHR or SPHR? Sign-up for a study group!
Each year, GMA SHRM offers a study group for those preparing for the PHR or SPHR certifications. The meetings are focused on open discussion/dialogues for participants on topics in any of the modules as well as test taking skills. If you are interested in participating in a study group, please contact the chapter office at firstname.lastname@example.org. The study group participants will work out a mutually beneficial meeting location and time.
The Literacy Network offers a variety of courses, tutoring and other services to Dane County community adults to further reading, writing and speaking skills. Specifically the Literacy Network offers customized language instruction to improve employees' English communication skills both on and off the job. Literacy Network excels at developing programs tailor-designed to meet your company's specific workplace needs. If you are interested in learning more please visit us at: http://litnetwork.org/programs/index.php?category_id=4493
GMA SHRM Social Media
Our Member Directory is Now Mobile Friendly!
Wish you could stay connected with GMA SHRM members? Now you can search for a member, call, e-mail or find directions to their listed location and be confident that it’s up to date. Check it out today, you can now stay better connected to GMA SHRM members and it’s just a click away at http://www.gmashrm.org/mobile
Want to know what’s going on in HR for the other areas of Wisconsin? WI SHRM has a new blog, Forward HR. Click here to take a look.
October 23, 2014
Attendees will learn about the FLSA requirements and how to apply them to their company. They will leave the session with tools to help them prepare their company for a FLSA audit. This will also be provided with examples of how to determine whether a position should be exempt or non-exempt.
Click Here for more information or to register.
Come join us for our new and improved orientation program: GMA Revealed!
We would like to invite all new members as well as current members who are interested in learning more about GMA SHRM. Although this is a free event we would like you to register ahead of time so we can be better prepared for the event size.
The event is from 4:30-6:30 and hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.
Click here for more information and to register.
Leverage the most significant human capital in your organization – executive and emerging leadership. Start where you are, then integrate current HR systems with organizational partners to facilitate leadership and organizational.
Leave this summit with information and plans to manage the changes required to improve your strategic leadership development in the coming year and beyond.
Our speaker, Dan Loichinger, has over 25 years of success in defining leadership models, coaching executives, developing strategic leadership and designing & implementing OD projects across various industry markets. He is the founder, president and principal coach for Loichinger Advantage LLC, as well as the newest TEC Chairman in the Madison area. His unique views have been shaped by leading corporate training & development teams, as well as consulting with clients on competency models, 360-degree assessments, leadership development, change management, OD, high-potential leadership, organization mentoring, strategic planning, team development and organizational restructuring for growth.
Click here to learn more about the event!
2014 Job Boot Camp Recap
The 2014 Job Boot Camp was supported by 40 GMA SHRM member volunteers and was attended by approximately 45 area participants.
Our goal was to prepare job seekers for the following week’s Mega Job Fair hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, and the one-on-one workshops our volunteers provided for participants are sure to have paid dividends.
Career Momentum sponsored a continental breakfast in coordination with our Keynote Speaker, the Keynote Speaker was Michael Johnson of the Madison Boys and Girls Clubs.
The UW SHRM student chapter had five student participants who were able to sit side by side with GMA SHRM mentors and get hands-on experience with both resume development workshops, and mock interviews.
If your organization is looking for strategies to promote its products or services to the Madison Area Human Resources community, this is a unique opportunity to reach out to over 800 HR professionals representing more than 500 employers.
Reach HR professionals through GMA SHRM while also enjoying the benefits included in your partnership with one of the largest, most successful chapters in the United States.
We are currently offering Gold, Silver and Bronze Corporate Partnerships levels for 2015. Click here to see the benefits of becoming a Corporate Partner. Sign up now through November 10th, 2014 to secure your place as a partner.
Volunteer GMA SHRM members will be following up through October regarding this limited-time annual partnership offer. If you’re interested, please contact Shaun Thomson (email@example.com), or Meg McGrane (firstname.lastname@example.org) to secure your spot for 2015!
We appreciate your consideration of these opportunities and look forward to another successful year with our corporate partners, sponsors, and advertisers!
The Corporate Partnership Program renews every calendar year with active solicitation beginning in the fall. Please contact the chapter office at email@example.com to express your interest in a corporate partnership. One of our volunteers will contact you to answer any questions and assist you in signing up for your selected level of partnership.
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We are in the beginning stages of forming our new committee, Technology & Social Media, which is spinning off from the Marketing & Communications committee. The new committee will be responsible for website revisions, social media posting, and coming up with new ways for our members to engage and collaborate via technology (the exciting part!). If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Melissa Versnik at (608)826-1122 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: Gina M. Staskal
Where do you currently work?
Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.
What is the focus of your position?
Business Manager – a little of everything.
How long have you been in the Human Resource field?
Which of your career accomplishments makes you proudest?
Ability to adapt to almost any situation.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Why did you decide to join GMA SHRM?
I have been a member of the national SHRM for many years but decided it was time to focus on what my local chapter could help me with in my new role as Business Manager.
Welcome New Members!
GMA SHRM welcomes the following members who joined our chapter in August 2014!
Jake Siudzinski is excited to have returned to his alma mater working in Corporate and Employer Relations for the School of Business. He will also still be fulfilling his role in his final year on the board as Immediate Past President! Congratulations to Jake!
Have you started with a new company? Has your organization recently promoted you to a new position? Or do you want to recognize a new person or promotion within your department? If so, we want to hear about it. Send us an e-mail, and we’ll publish your good news in the next HR InTouch!
If you are a member who is in between jobs, or who is currently employed but seeking new positions or career paths, write us a brief description of your skill set, areas of expertise, what you’re looking for, etc. Send us an e-mail. We’ll publish your information in the next HR InTouch.
HR InTouch Guidelines
Do you have an interest in writing for the HR InTouch? We have an interest in learning more about your area of expertise!
Why should you volunteer? Top three reasons: 1) to share your knowledge and experiences to educate others; 2) to become more connected in the HR and Dane County communities; and 3) to contribute towards the advancement of GMA SHRM and the HR profession.
The first step is for you to choose a submission option: you can pre-submit an article to GMA SHRM at any time for us to use in any of the upcoming newsletters, you can sign up to write for a particular month, or we can put you on a list of people to contact in future months whenever we need articles.
Because the HR InTouch is now in an online format, the size is flexible. The article should be engaging and hold readers’ attention. Include the core information in your article, and we will advise if it is too lengthy.
GMA SHRM is conscious not to allow solicitation through the articles, in an effort to protect the interests of our partners and members. The nature of the article should be educational (i.e., what are the business advantages of having a product like yours) or informational. Otherwise, if you truly are interested in advertising through the HR InTouch, you can work with our Marketing Committee. As a rule of thumb for article writing, if the submission relates to a for-profit event, or specifically markets your company (vs. your industry), it is an advertisement, and should be purchased. If it is a not-for-profit event that your company is hosting, or an announcement (i.e., a SHRM member recently joined your company), it is an acceptable addition to the HR InTouch content. If you have any questions related to the appropriateness of your submission, please contact us.
If you have questions, or to submit an article, contact GMA SHRM at email@example.com .