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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Messy House = SHRM Mission Impossible

The 1st in a series about Strategic Human Resources Management:

Today, I began a new venture as a course developer and instructor of a brand spanking new Strategic Human Resources Management (SHRM) course. Actually the course development part of the project started well over a year ago during my Master of Online Teaching certificate practicum. Today was the official unveiling of week one of the 17 week course. A course which partnered with three others offered by the institution that employs me offers graduates a certificate in Human Resources Management (HRM).

Personally, I have always been concerned about using the word "certificate" because it can be misunderstood and construed as competition with the Human Resources Certification Institutes's (HRCI) "certification". However, I can tell you that competition is certainly not the motive here. Honestly, this is something that can help prepare one to take the HRCI certification exams. Although, I still recommend local study groups and study materials to our students who plan to take the exam after they complete the certificate.

Enough about what I am working on related to this topic for and onto the topic itself. Yes I have noticed that SHRM also stands for the organization who represents the profession. Even I have to take a second look on occasion. The point is after over a year of research, I have come to one conclusion. That is if you don't have top management support and one reason why is because the top management does not have any confidence in you or your abilities as a good HR generalist then they certainly are not going to support an initiative to be strategic.

In other words lets face it...if you can't get payroll out in time, employees are complaining that the insurance is not paying the bills on time, managers are misinterpreting the company policies and inconsistently applying them affecting moral, and overtime costs are out of the roof then one might say you have a "messy house". The first thing to do would be to clean house and then consider some strategic human resources initiatives. Otherwise you could be laughed right out of the boardroom.

Regardless of what your credentials are or your fortune 500 experience , you must get the HR basics right before you move on to SHRM (the work not the association). Otherwise you will be playing the Mission Impossible theme song all the way to the unemployment line.

Learn more as I continue this series over the next 17 weeks and I hope to see you at this years SHRM (the association) Strategy conference in Palm Springs, California October 3-5.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Are Your HR Forms Out of Date? (I-9 is One to Expire Aug 31)

As much as I would like to say I like to keep my clients posted on all changes that come through that they need to know about, it is clearly impossible.  What is easier for me is for them to check in with me from time to time.  At some point during a free moment, I plan to put some type of communication means in place to let them all know (now nearly 100) at once.  My only problem is I don't know what type of communication they prefer at the moment (phone, email, twitter, blog post, etc.).  In the meantime, here is a quick byte!

Did you know the current I-9 form is being annihilated as of August 31, 2012?  Yep, it's true and new form is available on the government site here. That's all for now. 

Coming soon on this blog site is a series about Strategic Human Resources Management to support my brand new graduate level course at UIS (MGT538).  I am also a blogger for the upcoming SHRM Strategy Conference in Palm Springs, CA that promises to be a very educational opportunity for all who attend. Watch this video for a quick preview.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Illinois State Conference SHRM Foundation Baskets

Check out all the cool baskets one could win when the donate money to the SHRM foundation at this weeks annual conference in Oakbrook.

SHRM Foundation
iPod Shuffle
$15. iTunes Gift Card
SHRM Foundation DVD
HR Books
Value $100.00

Illinois State Council
“SHRM Illinois Special”
Moleskin Leather Ruled Notebook
UIS & UIS College of Business & Management Logo Items including a Canvas Tote Bag and 20+ more items!
Value $150+

HRA of Greater Oak Brook
Wine plus other items!

“ Doing DuPage with DSHRM”
Hilton Lisle/Naperville stay for 2 including brunch
DuPage Convention & Visitors Guide book with an extensive list of discounts; an HR-related book
Value: $200.00+

Rockford Area SHRM
Coffee/Tea from Meg's Daily Grind
– Assorted Gourmet Coffee
– Assorted Specialty Teas
– Mugs
– Specialty food items, and more….

Northern Illinois SHRM
Two $25.00 Visa Gift Cards
Value $50.00

Northwest HR Council
“Fiesta Basket”
• Margarita maker
• glasses
• salt rimmer
• frozen drink recipe book
• other complementary items
• Value $125.00

Stateline SHRM
“ The perfect unwinding recipe for an HR Practitioner at the end of the day”
• McHenry County Chocolates
• Red Wine
• Books

Illinois Fox Valley SHRM
After the all drama has settled for the week…
The “He Said She Said” Basket
• SHE SAID - Walk on the beach with -
– Black Mountain 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and Neros Apecchio Red Ale Acre 2011 Chardonnay
– Caesar Baked Snap Pea Crisps
– Potato Chips
– 100 calorie Milk Chocolate Bars
• HE SAID - Watch a sporting event with –
– Arrogant Bastard Ale
– White Cheddar Popcorn Cheese
– Onion Honey Mustard Veggies
– Camembert and Pita Bite Crackers
– Pretzel pieces
– Milk Chocolate Covered Chocolate
– $10.00 Panera gift card
– $10.00 Starbucks gift card
– Lotus scented candle, 8 linen napkins, 2 pilsner glasses and 2 wine glasses.
– Value $150.00

Rock River Human Resource Professional Association
• $50 iTunes card
• Two reversible IPad/tablet covers
• Pen & Pencil Set
• Bottle of wine and book
Value: $100.00

Grundy Will HR Association
“Joliet Basket”
• $189. Turtle Wax gift certificate for a car detail
• $50 gift card for The Department
• $25 gift card for Merichka‘s
• 2 bottles of wine with stem less wine glasses
• Travel tumbler
• Mary Kay pedicure set, perfume, body gel and body scrub
2 videogames
• Value $300+

Bloomington/Normal HR Council
Kindle Fire
Value $200.00

Central Illinois HR Group
“Illini Basket”
• Aluminum ice bucket
• Illini huggers (can and bottle)
• Illini Stadium Blanket
• Illini golf balls
• 24oz Illini party tumblers (insulated)
• Illini Band Aids in metal box
• Illini butter party mints
• Illini playing cards
• Illini Umbrella
• Illini magnets

Kankakee Area HRMA
“Let’s Go To The Zoo!”
Brookfield Zoo annual membership for a family of four
· free admission anytime for two adults and two children
· free admission for one guest with each visit; six guest passes
· free admission for all to the children’s zoo and the Hamil family play zoo
· four free tickets to the dolphin show and the motor safari
· A stuffed giraffe and monkey
· Items for a day at the zoo - insulated cups, plates, table cloth, silverware, bug spray, sunscreen and an assortment of animal cracker snacks.
· Value $200.00+

HRA of East Central Illinois
Wine Basket from Tuscan Hills Winery in Effingham, IL.

Central Illinois SHRM
“Abe’s Hometown”
• Lincoln memorabilia
• Couple bottles of central IL wine
• Other goodies to compliment

Heart of Illinois HR Council
“Attractions of Peoria”
• 2 Bottles of wine from Kickapoo Creek Winery
• 4 Peoria Chiefs tickets (and free drink coupons)
• Gift Card to the Peoria Zoo (4 adult admissions)
• 1 lb. of mixed nuts from The Nut House
• 2 HR figurines – Super Recruiter 2.0 & Captain Candidate
• SHRM mouse pad, HR books, HR buttons and HR cards
Value $250.00

Quincy SHRM
“Spa Basket”
• Bath and Body foot kit
• Specialty coffee
• Candle
• Lotion, Body Wash, Loofah, Nail File, Nail Polish
• Gift Card
Value $100.00+

Decatur Area SHRM
“Escape to Decatur”
• Air Choice One – Air Travel Vouchers (2 roundtrip tickets to/from Decatur, IL)
• Hawthorne Suites – 1 Night Stay
• Decatur Children’s Museum – 4 passes
• Scoville Zoo – 4 passes
• Decatur Parks District – 4 Golf passes (includes golf cart rentals)
• Del’s Popcorn – Misc. Goodies
• Embroidery Expressions – Decatur Shirt, etc.
• Decatur Fire Dept. & Decatur Police Dept. – Misc Goodies
• Giggles Store – Fun Personalization Items & Basket
• Crown Cork & Seal – Water Bottle, Koozie & All Weather Hooded Jacket
• ADM – Women’s Lime Green Golf Shirt
• Hickory Point Bank – Zippered Leather Portfolio
• Mueller Company – Insulated Lunch Bag & Misc. Items
• Kimberly Clark – Insulated Travel Coffee Cup
• Richland Community College – Coffee Mug gift set with pens, etc.
Value $500.00