Friday, January 24, 2020

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

Dear Friends,

Our group events are now planned by Jenny Vonderwerth, our new leader. The fabulous Jane Kow gave a legal update last month and it got good reviews on our Facebook page. Many thanks to Jane and Jenny.

I usually post a few thoughts and then go on to group information and an event update. You can scroll down to find everything.

Important Group Announcement

I have retired from the group and am helping with these announcements for a few months. Jenny Vonderwerth is leading the group and hope you'll join them in monthly meetings. We have a LinkedIn Group and are on Facebook and events are posted on Eventbrite. I hope you join us at future events and online.

A Few Thoughts

We're in the middle of an impeachment hearing and our country is horribly divided and angry. When people are upset, short fuses can carry into the workplace. I think we need to take several steps back.

Reliable Sources, a show on CNN devoted to discussing how news is covered, used to have a segment called "Red News/Blue News" using clips from how different stations covered news events. It was shocking and a real eye-opener for me to see how differently news is presented to demonstrate a point of view. I suggest watching other stations and comparing their coverage. It's a good way of seeing what "the other side" sees and how their opinions are based. I have additional information and links about this on my retirement blog.

Learning how different media outlets can form our opinions, we gain insights into ourselves and others. It's a little easier to have discussions (or avoid the topic) when we understand this.

In company onboarding and other meetings, I've long reminded people to avoid discussing religion and politics in the workplace. It's hard to do but keeps a more pleasant atmosphere and teamwork in place. I'm interested in learning your own experiences and recommendations.

Event - February 26, 2020,  6-8 PM: Diversity and Inclusion: The Myths Dispelled

This panel event looks interesting!

"It’s time to move the needle and create equitable workplaces where everyone can thrive and companies can improve financial performance, employee retention, and innovation. We have learned which diversity efforts pay off and which don’t—and we are combining our legal, HR and DEI experience to dispel myths and provide practical advice on how to build an inclusive culture at work." Don't forget to RSVP yourself and your guests.

Event information is on Eventbrite.

Best wishes,

Marcia

Marcia Stein, SHRM-CP PHR www.linkedin.com/in/marciastein
Author: "Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens" "Recruiters on Recruiting” www.tellmeaboutyourself.info

Sunday, December 29, 2019

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

Dear Friends,

Our last group event was planned by Jenny Vonderwerth, our new leader. I usually post a few thoughts and then go on to group information and an event update. You can scroll down to find everything.

Important Group Announcement

I have retired from the group and am helping with these announcements for a few months. Jenny Vonderwerth is leading the group and hope you'll join them in monthly meetings. We have a LinkedIn Group and are on Facebook and events are posted on Eventbrite. I hope you join us at future events and online.

A Few Thoughts

My retirement from work came at a time when I was on the bubble: I could retire or I could continue. I had options, and because we knew there were upcoming family needs, we consulted a financial advisor. We had a loved one with needs and I was the logical person to help. Those needs were unpredictable and I could not commit to a work schedule or provide live workshops and webinars.

The past three years have been sometimes routine, sometimes hectic and scary, not knowing what a phone call or visit would mean - could be a day in the emergency room or could be the doctor and pharmacy, could be physical therapy or one of many routine doctor visits.

I'm glad that my skills learned at work: resource location over the Internet, legal information, project management, were all useful.

Our loved one died in September and we have been busy with our plans to take cremains (cremated remains) to another state, manage estate paperwork, dispose of property and go through boxes of papers.

I continued to write during this time but the work is dark and I don't think I'll send it for publishing. I joined other casual groups and saw friends as I could. Not everything was difficult.

It was a huge emotional and learning experience and an important time for all of us. I will wind up writing about it on the retirement blog listed in my signature line.

Event - January 15, 2019,  6-8 PM: Don't Put Your Company in Jeopardy!

Another year has flown by and SVWHR group is preparing for 2020. Let’s kick off the new year with a fun-filled game show that will help you and your company navigate a slew of new laws and avoid traps for the unwary. The presentation will be led by Jane Kow, Principal, and Founder of HR Law Consultants. Jane will keep you and your teammates on your toes as you test your knowledge on the changes in CA employment laws, which will cover a broad range of topics from payment of wages, salary history inquiries, broader protections for employees under the CA Fair Employment & Housing Act, leaves of absence, arbitration agreements, confidentiality and no rehire provisions in separation agreements, independent contractor arrangements ... and more! Don't forget to RSVP yourself and your guests.

Event information is on Eventbrite.

Best wishes,

Marcia

Marcia Stein, SHRM-CP PHR www.linkedin.com/in/marciastein
Author: "Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens" "Recruiters on Recruiting” www.tellmeaboutyourself.info

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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

Dear Friends,

Our last group event was planned by Jenny Vonderwerth, our new leader. It was a cookie bake and the photos on Facebook looked like a fun activity. Thanks, Jenny!

Important Group Announcement

I have retired from the group and am helping with these announcements for a few months.

Jenny Vonderwerth has since come forward to lead the group and she'll be taking it in new and exciting directions. I'm very pleased and hope you'll join them!

We’ll continue as a LinkedIn Group and on Facebook and events will be posted on Eventbrite. I hope you join us at future events and online.

Event - December 18 6-8 PM: HR Game Night

Event information is on Eventbrite. Looks like another fun event!

Best wishes,

Marcia

Marcia Stein, SHRM-CP PHR www.linkedin.com/in/marciastein
Author: "Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens" "Recruiters on Recruiting” www.tellmeaboutyourself.info

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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

Dear Friends,

Our last group event was planned by Christine Young, Regina Robertson and me. Thank you for your work, Christine and Regina!

Important Group Announcement

We had planned our last formal meeting for October as we've had low attendance and no one stepped forward to lead the Board. (I'm retiring.) 

Jenny Vonderwerth has since come forward to lead the group and she'll be taking it in new and exciting directions. I'm very pleased and hope you'll join them!

We’ll continue as a LinkedIn Group and on Facebook and events will be posted on Eventbrite. I hope you join us at future events and online.

Event - November 20 6-8 PM

There will be a holiday cookie baking party! It should be fun and a good team-building, friendship-making evening. Click for the invitation.

Best wishes,

Marcia

Marcia Stein, SHRM-CP PHR www.linkedin.com/in/marciastein
Author: "Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens" "Recruiters on Recruiting” www.tellmeaboutyourself.info