May2015 - MVHRA Connections
MVHRA May 2015 Connections Newsletter
Presidential Ponderings Volume 4, Edition
Kelly O’Connor, PHR, GBA
Your feedback matters
A few weeks ago we asked that you participate in our annual membership survey. The survey helps us better understand how we can meet your needs.
We heard from over 60 members and wanted to let you know what we’re doing with your feedback.
In addition to all of the feedback above, we’re also working hard to fill all of our open volunteer positions on the board. We’ve created a new committee – Membership Engagement – and they will help match volunteers with the roles available. We are very excited about this initiative and hope you will consider joining our board.
We genuinely thank you for taking the time to complete the annual survey. Your feedback is always wanted – not just once a year through our survey. If you have suggestions, concerns, or if you just want to tell us about your MVHRA experience, please feel free to reach out to any of the board members. We like hearing from you!
If you are an MVHRA member but you rarely have the opportunity to attend an MVHRA meeting, please take a brief moment to let a board member know why. We are anxious to learn more about why you are unable to attend. We like meeting and getting to know all the HR professionals in our community and we’d love to get to know you better!
SHRM Foundation Scholarships
The SHRM Foundation will award more than $25,000 in scholarships to SHRM student members this year. Applicants must be SHRM student members with an active membership as of November 1 and a valid SHRM ID number.
Application deadline: November 1, 2015. Apply online and see more at: http://www.shrm.org/about/foundation/scholarships/pages/ags.asp.aspx#sthash.VycWNSau.dpuf
Individual SHRM members may apply for this $750 award to support their pursuit of professional SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification.
Funds may be used for any combination of test preparation-such as SHRM Certification Preparation tools and exam fees. In addition, SHRM chapters and state councils may apply for an award to support their SHRM certification preparation programs. Each scholarship is a one-time award; however previous applicants and past scholarship recipients are eligible to re-apply. Certification scholarships are awarded annually.
Committee Spotlight: College Relations
We’re starting something new – every month we will feature a committee and their initiatives for the year!
For this inaugural committee spotlight article, we’re going to focus on the College Relations Committee. This amazing committee is led by Betsy Brown and Bill Waxman.
Some of the initiatives they’ve already accomplished in 2015:
Our College Relations Committee is full of talent and amazing energy. They are truly connecting the local HR students with you – HR professionals! Kudos to the committee and great appreciation for all their hard work. Thank you College Relations!
Welcome New Members!
Check out these exciting Human Resources job opportunities:
To see full job descriptions and/or apply for these employment opportunities, please visit the MVHRA website and click Job Opportunities
Winner of the "2015 Annual Survey" Drawing is........
The winning name was pulled by our President, Kelly O’Connor during our April board meeting for participating in the 2015 MVHRA Annual Survey. Please join me in congratulating Terry for being the recipient of the contest. He will receive a free 2015 lunch of his choice. The survey was available in early March and thanks to all those that participated. To be considered you had to complete the survey and self-identify to provide a means for us to contact you. Thanks again – your feedback is appreciated.
Winner of the "Renew Early and Win" is........
If you renewed your 2015 MVHRA membership by January 31, 2015 you were automatically entered to win a free registration to the OH SHRM State Conference. Tonya Todd’s name was selected by our March speaker and will receive a gift value of $300 for admission to the conference in September 2015 compliments of Miami Valley Human Resource Association. Thanks to everyone for renewing your membership! We value your membership and look forward to serving your professional needs.
New Committee – Member Engagement
After a review of our current onboarding practices and a desire to more fully engage new MVHRA members from the onset, the board has created a new committee, Member Engagement. As a spin-off of the Membership Committee, Member Engagement will focus on connecting with new members, as well as long- standing members, to inform them on current volunteer opportunities within the organization.
We have recently completed a volunteer needs assessment and have several roles for which we need assistance. If you indicated volunteer interest on your membership renewal, we may have already connected, and I will be following up with you this month. If you are interested in learning about volunteer opportunities and we haven’t spoken, please be sure to contact marketing@MVHRA.org. It’s an exciting time to get involved!
By: Barb Phillips, PHR, Volunteer Advocate, Member Engagement Committee
Miami Valley Human Resource Association Receives Distinguished Award
For the 2nd time in MVHRA’s history, the Society for Human Resource Management has awarded us, the EXCEL Platinum Award for 2014! This is the highest award level offered by SHRM.
About the Award: The SHRM Affiliate Program for Excellence (SHAPE) has been designed to ensure a strong connection between SHRM and its affiliated chapters from a business perspective. In addition to clearly outlining the requirements to measure state alignment and engagement with SHRM’s overall objectives, SHAPE focuses on activities and initiatives which are more strategic in nature. These efforts allow each affiliated state council to increase its viability and effectiveness, as well as promote the HR profession at the local level. Additionally, this program was designed to enhance the business acumen of local volunteer leaders! This program raises the bar of excellence for affiliates and introduces the EXCEL Awards – a tiered recognition and awards system.
This recognition is a distinct indication of MVHRA’s successful partnership with SHRM to serve the networking and professional development needs of human resource professionals and to the advancement of the human resources profession.
There were several areas and initiatives that our Chapter completed to receive this distinguished award. Highlights of those initiatives include:
Membership-Increasing membership; College Relations-Creating networking opportunities, job shadowing, job preparedness and intership/special projects; Government Affairs/Advocacy-Hosting workshops for members that were focused on various government affairs topics; Diversity & Inclusion-Offering programs and resources promoting diversity; Workforce Readiness-Connecting Veteran’s with job search strategies to enable them to find meaningful employment in the community; Certifcation-Promote the importance of certification/recertification and provide members with opportunities to prepare for certification exams; SHRM Foundation-Raise awareness and funds that support ongoing research in the HR profession.
Many thanks to MVHRA’s Volunteer Leaders and their committees in each one of these areas that give of their time and talents to assist in continuing to advance our profession!
As a result of these initiatives, MVHRA will receive a Certificate of Recognition, a specialized banner to display at its meetings and events, and is being recognized in SHRM’s publications and at its conferences.
Hooray for our Chapter!!
Article Submitted by: Erin Henry, Committee Chair and Virgil F. McDaniel, Assistant Committee Chair
They compete. We win!
There has been a lot of negative talk since SHRM’s move to create their own HR certifications last year. “Having two different certifying bodies is confusing.”
“They’re calling into the question the validity of all of the certifications.”
“The split between HRCI and SHRM is the result of greed.”
Et cetera. Et cetera. Et cetera.
While I don’t want to comment on any of these or other concerns, I would like to offer one positive angle… a silver lining of sorts. With both organizations now competing for mindshare and walletshare, they’re both being pushed to raise their game. They compete. We win!
Both HRCI and SHRM have been criticized in the past for being difficult to work with, allowing long cycle times and so forth. In recent months, both organizations have been ramping up their support staff and shoring up their service models… a potentially big win for all of us.
Resources & Communication
Both HRCI and SHRM are also stepping up the level and quality of the resources they provide to members. In the case of SHRM, the focus is on helping HR professional take advantage of the pathway process. This means keeping things clear and simple. For HRCI, the efforts appear to be more aimed at demonstrating and promoting thought leadership as evidenced by their renewed attention on their Certified eMagazine and the release of their 570+ page collection of articles entitled The Rise of HR: Wisdom from 73 Thought Leaders. Again, this is a win for us.
Branding & Awareness
Both SHRM and HRCI have made significant investments in upgrading their websites - creating videos, promoting blogs, and even offering digital badges (HRCI only). All of these are aimed at building their respective brands. The upside for all of us is that increased awareness around the HRCI and SHRM certifications will spill over to certificants. As their brand cache increases, so does ours. If you have not visited the websites for HRCI and SHRM in recent months, I would encourage you to do so and check out some of the new things both organizations are offering.
SHRM Pathway - http://www.shrm.org/certification/pathway/pages/default.aspx
HRCI Certification Flipbook - https://www.hrci.org/flipbook/
HRCI Rise of HR Book – www.riseofhr.com
One Final Note
A reminder to all of you who already have your PHR, SPHR or other HRCI credentials… you have until the end of 2015 to earn your SHRM-CP or -SCP certification by completing the SHRM pathway process. After that, you’ll have to take the test. Carve out an hour and knock it out now, while you’re thinking about it.
by Brandon Bernzott, Human Capital Institute
2015 Ohio SHRM Employment Law + Legislative Conference - Register Today!
You spoke. We listened. We've revised this year's conference with all of the feedback you provided last year. Highlights for this year's legislative conference include:
Join us at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square for the annual Ohio SHRM Employment Law + Legislative Conference on June 3, 2015!
Full Day Registration: $125
This conference is pending approval of the following recertification credits:
· SHRM - between 6 - 8.5 credits
· HCRI - between 6 - 8.5 credits
· Ohio CLE - 6 credits
Please e-mail all other questions to AFiore@keglerbrown.com Ohio SHRM's Director, Governmental Affairs, regarding this event.
Join MVHRA for a FUN NIGHT OUT AT THE DAYTON DRAGONS GAME!!
When: May 19, 2015
Time: 7 PM
You can register and purchase your tickets on our website at: http://mvhra.mightevent.com/events/event-Details.cfm?eventKey=1492