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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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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