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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Friday, November 17, 2017

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

Dear Friends,

How are you doing? It's almost Thanksgiving and I have a few things to cover.
    1. Thanks for last month.
    2. Next event: December 13 year-end dinner
    3. Request to complete our survey.

1. Belina Pignataro and Christine Young, SPHR planned our last event and Dr. ArLyne Diamond was our speaker. Her topic was "HR Adds to the Bottom Line" and it was a reminder to know what value you bring and how to express it. Many thanks to our friends at Oakwood who have provided us event space and treats.

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.

3. We are re-opening our short survey to learn your thoughts about our group. Ou r initial response was so low that we want 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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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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

Dear Friends,

How are you doing? I have a lot to cover so I'm going to put a number next to each topic.
    1. Thanks for last month.
    2. Reminder about charitable giving.
    3. Breast Cancer Awareness and a new page with tips.
    4. A few thoughts on sexual harassment.
    5. Request to complete our survey.
    6. Our November 15 Event with Dr. ArLyne Diamond.

1. Kirti Mehrotra and I planned our last event. Mary Jeanne Vincent was our speaker and she presented information about the importance of negotiation skills and how much you lose out over time if you do not negotiate. Many thanks to Kirti and Mary Jeanne, and thanks to our friends at Oakwood who have provided us event space and treats.

2. Last month I wrote about community needs and charitable organizations. Given how much devastation we saw in the fires, you might want to revisit that post.

3. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as a 17-year survivor, it's close to my heart. Having good doctors and being proactive are key to getting through it all. I've added a new page to our site with tips for cancer patients.

4. Sexual harassment cases are coming out of the woodwork! Providing the 2-hour mandatory workshops for supervisors and a modified 1-hour workshop for employees was a huge part of my business for the last several years. Each HR person I met had stories of complaints and investigations, and we know that a lot still goes unreported. You know the "me, too" campaign? Well: me, too. I'll have to write another post about that as it's a big topic with a lot of different facets. I'm glad women (and men) are getting braver about sharing their experiences and I think some people will be concerned about even talking with a woman.

5. We are conducting a short survey to learn your thoughts about our group. It's available through October 31 and we want to hear from you! Please click here to participate.

6. Our next event is November 15 with ArLyne Diamond, Ph.D.'s presentation: "HR Adds to the Bottom Line." Please click here to read all about it and RSVP if you're coming.

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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Sunday, September 10, 2017

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

Dear Friends,

How are you? How's your summer?

Our last event was planned by Pam Sheppard and me. Our wonderful speaker was Ching Valdezco and her presentation was about improving communication. As a trainer, I thought she was spot-on and she had some wonderful tips. To learn more about Ching's employer, Exec-Comm, check out a sample chapter of their book, Simply Said: Communicating Better at Work and Beyond.

Thanks, Ching and Pam!

It sure seems our world is in need of some help and repair, doesn't it? In our country alone, with hurricanes battering Texas, Florida and maybe more states to come it's been a challenging time.

A few years ago, I was privileged to work as a career coach at Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley ("JFSSV"). This work was enabled by a grant which only lasted a year, and we were in a depression. I helped many of my clients find jobs. This kind of work is very gratifying, and I was also impressed to see what JFSSV did with a very small staff, a lot of volunteers, and not a ton of money. They have many types of programs that help the community at large. Honestly, it was one of the best places I ever worked.

Seeing how much an organization can help individuals and families, therefore helping our community at large, it impressed on me even more the value of such organizations.

During a time when our country's budget will be strained by helping Texas, Florida, and other impacted states, non-profits step up to help fill the void. I've been told by some people they don't donate to the Red Cross due to the situation a few years ago, but they have new leadership and a good bill of health. They have infrastructure and know how to distribute goods and run a huge operation. There are many other organizations that do great work in their communities.

Each dollar you donate will be used and it's very much needed. I suggest that before you give, be sure the organization spends more of the money on their mission and not their internal operations. Here are some great sites:

1. Charity Navigator has a lot of information about selecting charities, things to look for, tips and so on. They do not rank charities unless they meet certain criteria, so not all organizations are listed, even though they may be perfectly sound.  Charity Watch rates charities and has a lot of interesting information.

2. KQED Forum had an excellent program called "What to know before you donate to hurricane victims" and you can listen online or download a podcast.

3. Here's  an excellent article about donations that help and those that hinder.

4. Through Amazon Smile, you can choose a a charity that will get a small sum when you order through their link. If you have a Lucky's Reward card, you can select a charity to support and they get a small sum when you buy groceries. With a Causes Charity Gift Card you can donate to your choice of one million charities including one of my favorites, Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley.  

5. If you're near a CoinStar machine, you can donate directly to charitable organizations.  

Our next event is 
September 27 with Mary Jeanne Vincent presenting "5 Reasons Salary Negotiations Fail." Please click here to read all about it and RSVP if you're coming.

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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