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  • Thursday, December 07, 2017 11:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We're sooo close! Thank you to all who participated in our various fund-raisers for the SHRM Foundation yesterday at the Monthly Member Program. Through your commitment to the future of the profession, the Chapter has donated $814 so far in 2017! Our goal is $1,000.00 and we hope you will help us get there!

    It's not too late to contribute - go to https://www.shrm.org/foundation/Pages/Donate-Now.aspx. On the donation form, you'll see "Would you like to award recognition credits to a SHRM Chapter and/or State Council?" We invite you click "Yes" and choose Colorado to "Select a State SHRM Chapter", then choose "Western Colorado HR Assn.”

  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017 10:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    XpertHR recently issued a press release outlining many of the changes to the employer/employee relationship that will go into effect in January, 2018  https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-laws-will-affect-employees-in-2018-leave-equal-pay-reasonable-accommodations-and-more-300534650.html.

    Chief among those changes in Colorado is an increase in the minimum wage to   $10.20 and $7.18 for employees who regularly receive tips. (In 2006, Colorado voters adopted an amendment to the state constitution that raised the minimum wage and required future increases be adjusted each year for inflation. The Colorado Department of Labor sets the state's minimum wage each January.) Another 2018 change for employers across the nation is an increase to the minimum hourly rate for federal contractors to $10.35.

    If you don't have an employee handbook, or are considering a significant re-fresh, an excellent article from the National Federation of Independent Businesses published last summer provides guidance on How to Write a Great Employee Handbook http://www.nfib.com/content/resources/labor/how-to-write-a-great-employee-handbook/
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 10:38 PM | Anonymous member

    Workplace and personality assessments? Pros vs. cons? Share your thoughts!

    Image result for pros vs cons personality assessments at work infographic

  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 9:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An invitation from our colleagues at COSHRM!

    As some of you may be aware, the COSHRM State Council partners with neighboring State Councils to host a networking reception around the SHRM National Conference.  This year Colorado is partnering with New Mexico and Oklahoma.  Details are below!  If you are planning to attend SHRM National, we hope you will attend.  Please help us by sharing this information with your chapter members, colleagues and friends that are planning to attend from one of these states.  There is no cost to attend for HR Professionals or Resource Providers from these states, regardless of membership status (or not!).

    Cocktails and Conversation with Colorado, New Mexico & Oklahoma State Councils
    Tuesday, June 20 | 4:30-6:30pm
    Tomas Bistro – Gallery Room 
    755 Tchoupitoulas Street | New Orleans, LA 70130

    RSVP here

     

  • Tuesday, April 04, 2017 1:34 PM | Anonymous member

    Are you considering obtaining your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification? 

    Do you want more information on ways WCHRA will help you prepare for your exam? 

    If so, please follow the link below and take the 2017 Certification Survey. We are here to help YOU succeed. 

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BYT2LTR

    If you have any other questions, please email Kirstin Guptill at certification@wchra.org

  • Monday, March 27, 2017 4:04 PM | Anonymous member

     

    Welcome to the 2017 Diversity Initiative

    The Role of Personality in the Workplace

    There is real benefit in understanding each unique individual and embrace what they have to offer and organization. Through this elevated awareness of the diversity around us, we can become better leaders, supervisors, HR managers, and better colleagues and ultimately improve the effectiveness of the organization. The key to influencing people is to understand them.

      Diversity is about differences. Each of us is different. Our differences include background, education, gender, ethnicity, nationality, generation, age, working and thinking styles, learning styles, personality, religious background, sexual orientation, ability and technical skills.

      Inclusiveness is about leveraging these differences to achieve better business results. It is about creating an environment where all employees feel, and are, valued, where they are able to bring their differences to work each day, and where they contribute their personal best in every encounter.

    It takes looking inward to get an external view of things. Understanding ourselves helps us to work better with someone else. Once we can grasp what we value and how we work, we can then learn about others. When we understand our way of working, in addition to the people we are working with, it will create a higher level of thinking to achieve organizational goals.

    Over the course of the year we’ll be sharing information in a number of ways to help you:

    ·       Gain a deeper understanding of ourselves by grasping what we as individuals value and how we work as a way to help us work better with others 

    ·      Understand the nature of personality and how it is determined by both nature and nurture and what personality traits are relevant to organizational behavior

    ·       Be able to describe the Big Five personality traits and their implications for understanding behavior in organizations

    ·       Identify strengths and challenges of introverted and extroverted thinking and behavior

    ·       Learn how organizations manage ability through selection, placement, and training

    • Increase knowledge of evidence-based personality assessments

        
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 10:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Presentation for the March 2017 Monthly Member Program:

    Effective Workplace Communication: Promoting Success Through a Culture of Trust and Belief

    Scott D. Ferrin, SHRM-SCP, CAE, PMP –Field Services Director

    March MMP Effective Workplace Comm WCHRA 032217.pdf

    Posted by Trace Hillman WCHRA Communications/Website Director Communications@wchra.org
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017 4:28 PM | Anonymous member
    Spring Exam Window: May 1 - July 15, 2017
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    Winter Exam Window: Dec. 1, 2017 - Feb. 15, 2018
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  • Monday, March 13, 2017 2:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We recently received the following invitation from Brian Ferrans BFerrans@peerassist.org to participate in an employer focus group next week. Contact Brian directly if you need more information:

    Good afternoon,
     
    Our program is working with the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health to provide substance abuse trainings and policy support to Colorado employers at no cost, in order to help address some of the rising instances of employee substance use/misuse.  We are reaching out to Western Colorado employers in hopes to get some good participation in our Employer Focus Group on Tuesday, March 21st from 12:00-1:30pm at Home Loan State Bank in Grand Junction.  The purpose of our focus group is to hear directly from employers how increasing employee substance use/misuse may be impacting their workplaces, as well as identify some strategies that may be helpful towards supporting Western Colorado employers around mitigating and/or reducing some of these issues.  Our program recently collected survey data from employers all across the state and we are now focusing our effort on talking directly with employers in the Grand Junction to see how we can help address this very important issue that employers are facing.
     
    Any one that participates will receive a $20 Visa gift card and food/beverages will also be provided. Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colorado-employers-focus-group-grand-junction-tickets-32508368405?ref=enivtefor001&invite=MTE2MDg5NjMvYmZlcnJhbnNAcGVlcmFzc2lzdC5vcmcvMA%3D%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=eventpage
     

    Kind regards,
     
    Brian Ferrans, MS
    Prevention Programs Manager
    Parents and Caregivers & Working Adults ProgramsPeer Assistance Services, Inc.
    2170 S. Parker Rd. Suite 229  Denver, CO 80231
    303.369.0039 ext 242 l fax 303.369.0982 | cell 303.947.0419

  • Monday, March 06, 2017 11:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    What will you see at Spring '17 -- Legislative and Case Law Conference on April 19? Check out the working agenda (subject to change) WCHRA Spring Conf 2017_agenda.docx. We have applied for both SHRM and HRCI continuing ed credits.

    Registration open until noon on Monday, April 17  https://wchra.wildapricot.org/event-2472241


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