Monday, April 23, 2018

Silicon Valley Women in HR...& Friends Mailing and Event Announcement

Dear Friends,

How are you?

In addition to some brief comments this note will cover our May 16 event. 


Thanks so much to Judy Pearce, Esq. for presenting "Address a Harassment Complaint with Skill & Confidence: Learn Exactly What to Do When an Employee Complains of Sexual Harassment." What a timely topic! Many thanks to our Board members Idit Stefanson and Galina Karpinska who planned and led our event.

Social Networking. We've added a Facebook page and I invite you to join us. As on our LinkedIn group, we'll post event details, articles of interest, and you are more than welcome to join the conversation.

May 16 Event: "The Subtle Dynamics of Gender Bias" with Linda ThompsonIdit Stefanson and Christine Young are our Board Members who've planned this event. You can view event information on our Event Calendar pageFacebookLinkedIn, or go directly to the Eventbrite invitation where you can RSVP.

And now for a few words...

This month I want to address two topics. The first is "fake news" and it's a terrible problem. On my other blog about retirement, I have a page regarding fact check sites and I hope you'll find this useful. It's easy to share items on social media when it looks like it could be right, but you really do have to fact check. I'm cautious and I've been caught by this a couple of times. I'm much more careful now.


The next topic is leadership. When I provided training, I had a workshop on leadership vs. management as they are mostly different skills with some overlap. We've all seen good and poor managers, some of us have never seen good leaders in the workplace whereas others have been fortunate to see both. 

I want to give you a leadership example, one that makes me sad, inspires me, moves me endlessly. It's the kids who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. These teens in the February 14 mass shooting lost 17 classmates, friends and staff members and saw 17 others wounded. These kids are my heroes. They could have gone through life scared, traumatized and too frozen to do anything. But that's not what they did.

These kids are smart, well-educated, great speakers, open to coaching, they are media savvy and understand how government works (or doesn't work) and they are out to protect us all. They have a vision, a mission, they understand how to communicate it and they are getting results. Isn't that leadership? I'm encouraged to know that these kids are our future.

One more thing: I've written a bit about them on Facebook and have seen some stunning comments knocking them for being coached in any way. It is shocking. These kids watched and/or heard the shooting, saw people being shot and saw blood flowing near them as they hid. No one should ever go through such an experience. I don't want to see one bad word about them.

That's my rant for the month! I hope to see you at our next event.

All the best,

Marcia

Author: "Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens" and "Recruiters on Recruiting” Site


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Monday, February 26, 2018

Silicon Valley Women in HR...& Friends Mailing and Event Announcement

Dear Friends,

How's this year going so far? 

In addition to some brief comments this note will cover our March 21 Event. First I'd like to thank Susan Strong for presenting her topic in January: "Women In Business: Ambition Is Not A Dirty Word." This fit in perfectly with our theme of empowering women. Many thanks to our Board member Idit Stefanson  who did the lion's share of planning this event with me.


It's easy to get stale and resist change because...well... it's just easier. I've been there, done that. We're making some great changes thanks to our wonderful Board, their ideas and time spent to implement them. 


Social Networking. We've added a Facebook page and I invite you to join us. As on our LinkedIn group, we'll post event details, articles of interest, and you are more than welcome to join the conversation.


A theme for 2018. This year we’re going to have a series of speakers and topics focusing on the theme of "Navigating Challenging Women’s Issues.” Whether we’re talking about assertiveness, leadership, the glass ceiling, harassment or any number of issues, it’s clear we need to focus on improving women’s lives professionally and personally.


March 21 Event: "Address a Harassment Complaint with Skill and Confidence: Learn Exactly What to Do When an Employee Complains of Sexual Harassment" with Judy Pearce, Esq. Idit Stefanson and Galina Karpinska are our Board Members who've planned this event. You can view event information on our Event Calendar pageFacebookLinkedIn, or go directly to the Eventbrite invitation where you can RSVP.


April 5 HR Symposium Discount. The HR Symposium is offering our group the early bird group pricing of $199 effective through March 13, 2018. Please click here for event details and email Deborah for the discount code.


And now for a few words...


I hate to bring this up again, am
 truly sick of bringing this up, but we live in a society where we have to be aware of violence. Violence in the workplace, in schools, at the mall, the movies, fast food restaurants and at places of worship. It sickens me.


It is not my intention to scare you but to prepare you. There are two excellent videos available to show you what to do in the event of an active shooter. One is from 2012 and is called "Run, Hide, Fight." The other is called "Surviving an Active Shooter" from 2015. (Dates are noted as there have been many more murders since these videos were created.) Please share these videos with your family, friends, and co-workers when appropriate. I've used them in Employee Onboarding and company safety trainings. There is an excellent website Surviving an Active Shooter with more information and links.


I hope to see you at our next event.

All the best,

Marcia

Author: "Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens" and "Recruiters on Recruiting” Site


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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Silicon Valley Women in HR...& Friends Mailing and Event Announcement

Dear Friends,

How are you doing? I sincerely hope this will be a great year for you.

In addition to some brief comments this note will cover:
    1. Our January 17 Event
    2. Meeting for Volunteers: January 27
    3. Survey Results

I've written before about harassment complaints and how pervasive this is and where to go to learn more including the EEOC website, the SHRM site, classes, workshops or webinars. There's good training available and it's vital that you understand the topic and your role in dealing with it , both as a potential victim and as a professional.

As professionals, we owe it to ourselves and our careers to seek out our own ongoing education and stay on top of new developments, trends and legal updates. The one thing I've heard that bothers me the most is that the person's company won't pay tuition so the person doesn't take classes.

I know many HR people who have tremendous experience, participate in ongoing education, but I also know people who have no curiosity, no interest, or think they have neither need nor time to learn more about their occupation. And  you know what? This ticks me off more than most complaints because people generalize about HR people. If they encounter someone who doesn't know the law and cannot research and understand an issue, take remedial actions or proactive measures, the assumption is that no HR person is professional. You may have encountered this kind of attitude and it's there for a reason. Please don't be one of those people!

1. Our next speaker is Susan Strong and her topic i"Women In Business: Ambition Is Not A Dirty Word". Here's a statement from her topic description: "The inability to stand up for themselves and the lack of strong negotiation skills is an important barrier that is keeping women from rising in organizations." What can you learn that will help you in your career and what information can you share with others? You can view details on our Event Calendar page and save the dates of future events.

Oakwood Worldwide hosted our group in 2017 and will do so again this year. They have been wonderful to us. 

2. Our Volunteers will meet January 27, a Saturday morning. To learn more about volunteering and register to help this year, please view our Volunteers page.

3. We re-opened our short survey to learn your thoughts about our group. A summary of responses can be found by clicking here. I hope this link works for you. Volunteers will be reviewing this survey in our meetings this month.

I hope to see you at our next event.

All the best,

Marcia

Author: "Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens" and "Recruiters on Recruiting” Site


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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Silicon Valley Women in HR...& Friends Mailing and Event Announcement

Dear Friends,

How are you doing? In addition to some brief comments this note will cover:
    1. Thanks to our 2017 Volunteers.
    2. Next event: December 13 year-end dinner
    3. Request to complete our survey.

Let me first go to the hot topic: "me, too." I added this on my social media as it's true. I've heard some outrageous comments, had unwelcome kissing from a boss, had some other horrid experiences. One of the reasons why I was so glad to provide the mandated preventing sexual harassment workshops was that I identify with the victims and wanted to convince employees about how awful it is and how easy it is to avoid.

Here are my basic rules to avoid being a harasser: keep your hands to yourself, keep your clothes on, watch what you say and how you say it. Be respectful.

This article indicates the EEOC now has the ability to file workplace claims online. If you don't know how to address this issue in the workplace, I highly recommend reviewing the EEOC website, attend workshops or webinars and get some good training. With the visibility and courage of more people coming forward, be prepared for more complaints and questions in your workplace.

1. Where would we be without our wonderful volunteers? They have selected topics and speakers, confirmed the details of our events, and have increasingly been leading our meetings. I'm so grateful to them! The following people were our volunteers this year and I thank you all!


We must thank our great hosts at Oakwood Worldwide. They have hosted our group all year and have been wonderful to us. Thank you!

2. Our next event is the December 13 Year-End Dinner. We'll be ordering off the menu at Tao Tao in Sunnyvale. Please click here for our invitation. It is a great way to catch up and get to know each other a little better. I am sorry it lands on Chanukah this year but time constraints are not kind to all of us. If you haven't already replied, please do so and if you need to change your "yes" to a "no" please update us on the Evite page.

3. We re-opened our short survey to learn your thoughts about our group. Our initial response was so low that we wanted to expand your time to respond. If you already completed it, please do not do so again. It's available through January 17 and we want to hear from you! Please click here to participate.

I hope to see you at our December 13 dinner!

All the best,

Marcia

Author: "Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens" and "Recruiters on Recruiting” Site


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