Thursday, August 23, 2018

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

Dear Friends,

Happy August! I hope you're well and happy.

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

Thanks to Pam Sheppard and Diane Cusano who planned our Summer Social. It was a hit!

Thursday, September 20: Bob Loftis presents "Coaching Others to Manage Workplace Emotions"

Often women are expected to be the nurturers in the office to help others handle their emotions. Dropping into the role of a coach can help lift this burden and assist the other person to come to terms with their feelings. See details and RSVP and on Eventbrite.

And now for a few words...

I was listening to a Senator Kamala Harris who compared the government to a table with 4 legs: the President, Congress, the Supreme Court and the Fourth Estate, a free press. If one of those legs is not working, the table will wobble.

Did you know that the free press is the only profession outside of government that is specifically protected? Our Founding Fathers knew the importance of free and open communication. They had no idea the challenges we'd face in these times! I have some additional information about vetting news sources on my other blog and refer you to the following articles:

    "Constitutional protection: The First and Fourth Amendments" https://www.rcfp.org/electronic-communications-surveillance/legal-and-regulatory-protections-journalists/constitutional-p
    "The Fourth Estate As The Final Check" https://law.yale.edu/mfia/case-disclosed/fourth-estate-final-check

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

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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

Dear Friends,

Happy July!

In addition to some brief comments this note will cover our July 18 event. 

Thanks to Linda Thompson for speaking to our group again. Her topic was "The Subtle Dynamics of Gender Bias" and it couldn't have come in a better year. Thanks to Idit Stefanson and Galina Karpinska who planned this event and to our generous host, Michele Sauvadon at Buckles-Smith.

July 18 Summer Wine and Happy Hour Social

Come on out and enjoy a relaxing evening where you will have time to chat and connect with other members and any newbies. We'll be waiting for you on the back patio where you can order drinks and food of your choice. Pam Sheppard and Diane Cusano will be there to greet you and make sure we have tables reserved. There is plenty of parking available either on the street or at the back of the building. See details and RSVP and on Eventbrite.

And now for a few words...

I'd like to refer you to two articles of interest.

The first is a potential ban on hiring spouses of people on the H-1B visa. The article is in the Mercury News, and because availability may be limited, here's a brief quote and you can look it up elsewhere if this link doesn't work. "A White House plan to ban spouses of H-1B visa holders from U.S. work will push about 100,000 people out of their jobs and hit companies with major costs, according to new research."

The second article is about companies becoming more open to sharing salaries internally. This is on Bloomberg: "Employers have long discouraged talking about money at work, in part because obscuring salary information keeps compensation costs down. But that attitude is starting to change. In a survey of almost 2,000 employers by the consulting firm Willis Towers Watson, more than half of the respondents said they plan to increase transparency around pay decisions in the next year. "

So what do you think of these articles? I hope the limit on hiring spouses on the H-1B does not come to pass. I've hired so many great people we wouldn't have found otherwise. As for sharing salary information? Even before you could see it on GlassDoor, people had been more open about their salaries and bonuses. I can see the pros and cons. You're welcome to comment on this post or on our Facebook page.

I hope to see you at our social!

All the best,

Marcia

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

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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