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March 2016 - MVHRA Connections

 2016 March Connections Newsletter

President's Pen

Don’t Let Your Job Stress You Out

New projects bring excitement, but it can also bring challenges and stress. While stress is an unavoidable part of life, it is important that you not ignore it. With some patience and a few useful strategies, you can reduce your stress. Check out the list below for ways to reduce stress in your life. Taking time to rest (body and soul) and exercise can often fall to the wayside when life gets busy, but those are two of the best ways to stay healthy. Work out in the fitness center, take a Healthy Habits class, attend church or simply take a stroll through the ecosystem preserve. In our fast-paced world, it has become increasingly important to find a work/life balance.


Get organized

Keep track of your projects and deadlines by making a list of what is urgent.  Decide what matters most and what can wait.

Learn to say “No”

Don’t overcommit yourself. If you take on too much, you will only add to your stress.

Make time for you

Leave your job at the office. Don’t answer your cell phone during times you’ve set aside for your family.  Check work email at home sporadically (if it’s part of your culture).  Constantly being available online translates into more work hours.

Just breathe

Take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. You will be surprised at how quickly this can help calm you down.

Get more sleep

In addition to reducing stress, it will increase your energy level and your ability to concentrate.

Eat right

Junk food will make you feel sluggish. Try packing your lunch and eat healthy snacks throughout the day.

Take an exercise class

Exercise releases endorphins and helps improve your mood. It also serves as a distraction from stressors and can reduce your risk of certain diseases.

LaTonia McCane, SHRM-CP, PHR, GBA


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HR Summit and Healthiest Employers

Working in partnership with the Dayton Business Journal, MVHRA will assist in identifying key industry themes and speakers. These form the foundation of the summit and permeate every layer of the content-rich program.  Please join us for these powerful HR geared morning sessions and a luncheon to honor our local HR leaders and Healthiest Employers!  You will leave feeling well-informed about keeping your organization's healthy and happy!  See advertisement below to learn more.  


Dealing with a bad boss

By: Cecilia Vocke, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

When people say they have a “bad boss”, a “lousy manager”, they work for a “jerk” …. What do they mean?  What are they looking for?  It is easy to describe a bad boss – but is the boss really “bad” or is the boss simply not providing what the worker is looking for?

Think about what you want from your boss.  What type of coaching/interaction/feedback do you want and need?  Have you been clear in your expectations?  Some employees like a lot of feedback, and others appreciate having the autonomy to get their job done without much interaction from the boss.  Don’t assume your boss always knows which of those categories describes you.

It is important to remember that we can’t change other people; we can only change how we react to other people.  Unless you are independently wealthy or have a trust fund – you need your job.  You can start looking for another place of employment, but in the mean time you are going to have to figure out how to work in the current situation. 

First – try not to take your manager’s style personally.  Realize that it is not about you – it is about them.  Think about what advice you would give to someone else on how to deal with your boss.  

Second – look at what you contribute to the situation.  Is your boss micromanaging you?  Maybe the boss has trouble giving up control and you have not yet proven that you can be trusted to get things done.  A way to combat this would be to set up weekly (or daily) project updates with your boss and hit the goals and deadlines you agree to.

Third-The important thing is to develop a relationship and communicate.  Don’t wait for the boss to reach out and do this – you can take the lead and establish the communication – whether it is a scheduled meeting, a less formal personal interaction, or even an email—it is important to communicate.

Lastly, don’t “bad-mouth” your boss – no matter how much you think they deserve it.  Take the high road – it will earn you respect in the long run.

Remember, we can’t change others and we can’t change our situation at the drop of a hat.  What we can change is our attitude and how we react to others and to our situation.  At the end of the day we must realize we spend a lot of our hours at work and we shouldn’t spend them complaining about our boss.  So ask yourself, “What am I doing to make this situation better?”  Don’t wait for someone else to make your boss better, your job better, or your company better when you can make the situation better by changing your attitude.  While it may not make things perfect, taking the one step – changing your attitude – will very likely make you feel better about the situation, and you may find out that your “bad boss” isn’t so bad after all.

2016 HR Collaborative Conference – April 27

Don’t miss the boat! Register for the April 27th HR Collaborative Conference at  This one-day conference will provide an outstanding selection of speakers, including this year’s keynote: Capt. Mike Abrashoff (New York Best Selling Author of “It’s Your Ship”). Be sure to join us for this opportunity to network and for professional development. The conference has been submitted to SHRM and HRCI for up to six credits.

MVHRA supports the HR Collaborative in it’s mission to bring together and expand the HR community in southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky. We are one of the many member organizations that collectively make the HR Collaborative. 

MVHRA at the Dayton Dragons!

Come join your fellow MVHRAers for a fun night of food, drink, and fun!

We have reserved two Suites for MVHRA members and guests.

When:  Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 - 7:00pm, Gates open at 6:00pm

Early Bird Special!  $15 per person (MVHRA members may register themselves and one guest)

Deadline for Early Bird pricing:   March 25, 2016

                RSVP and Pay Online at

Each Ticket includes:

  • Entry to Luxury Suite
  • Dayton Dragons Hat
  • All you can eat & drink menu


Sponsors for the event:




Don’t miss the March 2016 MVHRA Luncheon 

Upcoming Events!

March 2016 MVHRA Luncheon 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 11:15 AM to 1:00 PM

Presented by: Maureen Metcalf, Founder & CEO, Metcalf & Associates, Inc.

The pace of change is accelerating dramatically. To thrive, you need to understand the trends and develop yourself, your leaders, and your organizations to meet the current and emerging challenges. This presentation will talk about the possible trends over the next 35 years and put forth a leadership competency model that we believe will enable leaders to create the most positive version of possible futures.

Credits: This program is under review for recertification credits by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and for SHRM Professional Development Credit (PDC).


Sinclair Community College
Building 12, Ponitz Conference Center
444 West Third St.
Dayton, Ohio 45402

Visit for more information and to register.


Organizational Effectiveness Lecture Series (OELS) Workshop

Authentic Leadership and Employee Engagement
How to Build Trust, Overcome Cynicism, and Capture the Heart

Presenters Panel:  Al Wofford, CDO Technologies, Jill Weaver, Wright-Patt Credit Union, Mark Combs, Combs Interior Specialties, Inc.

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: Registration, Breakfast, and Networking
8:30 AM - 10:30 PM: Presentation

Wright State University Nutter Center
Berry Room
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH

This program has been pre-approved for 2 recertification credits. 

Click HERE for the Save the Date Flyer or Click HERE for more information and to register.


Welcome New MVHRA Members!

Anne Haye Wellness Advisor Care One Connect
Carol Bise Director, Human Resources Miller Valentine Group
Chelsea Boyer HR Generalist Alternate Solutions Health Network
Cynthia Savage Business Development Specialist Manpower Dayton
Eric Ozio Student  
Jennifer Walling Vice President Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC
Katherine Shawhan HR Administrator Heapy Engineering Inc.
Katy Jacomet Vice President Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC
Kim Iddings HR Generalist R&D North America, Inc.
Lisa Garlock, PHR Human Resource Manager Stolle Machinery
Shelly Smith HR & Diversity Consultant Premier Health
Stephanie Tracy Sr. Recruitment Specialist Alternate Solutions Health Network
Tami Herman, PHR Recruiter Stolle Machinery
Taylor Hill Student, WSU  
Tiffany Spangler Champion of the Culture Dayton-Phoenix Group, Inc.


Joining MVHRA Can Jump-start Your HR Career!

And here's proof from one of our members! 

"Good Afternoon, (XXX)! I hope all is well for you. I just wanted to thank you again and let you know how much I appreciate you introducing me to MVHRA. It has truly helped me get a great start in the HR field. I absolutely love my job as HR Specialist. I had my resume posted on the MVHRA website and that is how my current employer found me. Once again, thank you for all that you have done for me to help me grow into this field."

There are many benefits that come with your membership. Networking being one of the most valuable. We hope you will continue to share information about our organization. Take a look at the calendar of events we have planned for 2016 and we hope to see you soon!

Linda D. Wells, PHR/SHRM-CP


 Human Resources Job Opportunities

·Employment Corner!!

 Check out these exciting Human Resources job opportunities:

·         eLearning Specialist – Wright-Patt Credit Union

·         Recruiter – Human Resources - CompuNet Clinical Laboratories

·         HR Manager – Plating Technology 

To see full job descriptions and/or apply for these employment opportunities, please visit the MVHRA website and click Job Opportunities


Member Spotlight

    MVHRA is proud to present a very talented individual to head our Membership Engagement Committee. Barb Phillips has agreed to chair our newly formed Membership Engagement Committee. The committees goals to partner with the Membership Committee and all committees within MVHRA to provide new members and existing members the support they need to make their experience with MVHRA beneficial. Some of you may have worked with Barb in 2015, she was our volunteer committee member. Barb helped all the committees in placing members, new and existing into volunteer positions for MVHRA. A little background on Barb, Barb is the Human Resource Officer for for the Greene County Public Library since July of 2012. She is really excited about her new role with MVHRA. Congratulate Barb when you have a chance.


2016 MVHRA Annual Survey

Each year, MVHRA takes the opportunity to survey our members.  It is important to us, that we hear everyone’s feedback and dig deeper into the challenges and opportunities that we have as an organization as it relates to programming, committees, and even our challenges in the workplace.

The MVHRA Annual Survey will be open from 03-15-16 to 03-29-16 and we hope you will take a few minutes to provide your feedback. 

Your opinion is extremely valuable to us!!

The information collected from the survey will be reviewed as part of our ongoing improvement efforts.  One of our goals at MVHRA is to meet the needs of your membership by providing you with topics that will enhance your professional development, and we’d like to know what those are for you. 

Overall, we hope that by collecting your responses to a few questions, we can better gauge what our members are looking for with MVHRA. 

Your feedback will remain anonymous if you choose, however, as an incentive to complete the surveyyour name will be entered into a drawing for a free 2016 luncheon meeting of your choice (if you self-identify!)

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Cecilia Vocke, MVHRA President Elect at 937-425-7805 or


SHRM Foundation News

The SHRM Foundation Committee was able to take in $79.00, during the 50/50 raffle at the January luncheon; Virgil McDaniel was the winner of the day, accepting $39.00 in cash, while SHRM Foundation received $40.00. Stay tuned for March, the SHRM Foundation Committee will be conducting an Arm and Leg Raffle, $5.00 for an arm, $10.00 for a leg with the winner walking away with a $25.00 gift certificate from Jos A. Banks Men's store.


SHRM Foundation Accepting SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition Scholarship Applications (click here to apply)

You have two weeks to apply for one of seven $2,500 SHRM Foundation scholarships to attend the 2016 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition.  The conference will be held June 19-22, 2016, in Washington, D.C., for the largest and best HR event in the world. Register early and SAVE

Submitted by: Jefferson Alcott, SHRM-CP, PHR

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