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|The California State Council of SHRM
2013 Summer Newsletter
"SAVE THE DATE"
2014 California State
April 23-24, 2014
Welcome to the 2013 CalSHRM Summer Newsletter. Our newsletter is designed to bring you up to date information on employment law changes, best practices in Human Resources, education opportunities and insightful articles and special event information designed to provide resources and tools for the Human Resource Professional serving California employers. CalSHRM welcomes your comments and encourages our HR Professionals to actively participate in our statewide and local SHRM Chapter events and initiatives.
Keynote Speaker at SHRM a Big Hit!
Mycoskie: Giving Is Good for Business
By: Dori Meinert, Senior Writer for HR Magazine
CHICAGO--The concept was simple: You buy a pair of shoes for yourself, and TOMS donates another pair to a person in need. You feel like you are
making a difference in the world. You tell all your friends. They tell their friends. Business prospers.
Since he founded TOMS, seven years ago, Blake Mycoskie has proved that giving is good for business. As of this week, the company has donated 10
million pairs of shoes in 50 countries, Mycoskie announced at Monday's general session at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition.
"Giving just doesn't feel good; it's actually really good for business," he said.
"It can actually be a business strategy. And there's nothing wrong with that.
For so long, we've been afraid to mix philanthropy and charity with business.
But I believe TOMS and other companies like TOMS are showing that big
problems can be faced in the world if we incorporate the two."
Two years ago the company expanded, launching a simple line of eyewear.
The sales have given sight to more than 200,000 people, supporting
prescription eyeglasses and sight-saving surgery for people in need, he
explained. Mycoskie's idea for TOMS began during a 2006 trip to Argentina, where he saw children without shoes and learned about the health problems that caused. Others couldn't go to school without shoes because footwear was
considered part of the mandated uniform. He helped a volunteer group
distribute donated used shoes.
But Mycoskie wondered if there was a way to keep the shoes coming. He
visited local shoemakers and brought samples home, which he showed to his
sister and her friends. They liked what they saw. But when he brought out
the photos of the children who needed shoes, the women couldn't pull out
their wallets fast enough.
When the entrepreneur's new venture was mentioned in The Los Angeles Times, his phone began ringing nonstop. He hired interns through Craigslist to persuade potential buyers to wait until he could increase his inventory. The rest, as they say, is history.
Mycoskie said he's learned several lessons along the way, which he hopes
will inspire other companies.
"We all know marketing is important, but it is also very expensive," he noted. "But what I learned is that, when you incorporate giving into your business, your customers become your greatest marketers."
While waiting at the airport when his company was still very young,
Mycoskie recalled, he saw a woman wearing a red pair of TOMS. When
he asked her about them, she couldn't stop talking about the shoes, the
company and its good works.
"How many kids got shoes because that one woman took the time to tell the story? I realized we didn't have to focus on marketing and advertising. All we needed to do was focus on giving and incorporate our customers into that giving so they could make the story their own."
He also discovered that incorporating giving into the business strategy
attracts employees and business partners. His own employees no longer
work out of his apartment for free, as they did at the beginning; they
receive paychecks and benefits and many perks.
But as Mycoskie pointed out: "What they really care about ... is that they know that what they are doing is making a difference in the world, and it makes them proud. When employees are proud, they will work harder than anyone else on the planet."
However, employers don't need to change their businesses to do that. They
don't necessarily need to give something away. "But what you can do is
give opportunities for your team members to serve locally and together,"
Mycoskie suggested. The employees who have been bickering in the office
come back from the experience with a new spirit, he added.
He urged the audience to "think about how you can incorporate giving into
your culture. It's not expensive. Anyone can do it, and I promise it will have
a major impact in your organization."
Government Affairs Report
By: Michael Kalt, Government Affairs Director
As expected, 2013 continues to be an eventful year on the Legislative front, especially now that we are almost at the mid-point and have passed the May 31st deadline for bills to clear their first chamber. In April, CalSHRM and SHRM held the annual California Legislative Conference in Sacramento,
during which members attended many substantive conferences and once again went to the Capitol to meet with elected representatives concerning
several pending employment-related bills. These advocacy efforts were sufficiently successful that CalSHRM's President Debbie Horne was invited back the following week to testify before the Senate's Labor and Industrial Relations regarding the then-pending Workplace Flexibility Act of 2013. Although this CalSHRM-backed bill ultimately failed a committee vote, we look forward to building upon these advocacy efforts during the balance of this legislative session and at future conferences, including the 2014 California Legislative Conference next year.
The 2013 legislative forecast is increasingly coming into focus now that the May 31st deadline has expired, and approximately two-dozen employment related bills have passed the first legislative chamber and are now pending in the second chamber. These bills include a proposed minimum wage increase (AB 10), new Labor Code protections for "domestic workers" (AB 241), changes to payroll record inspection rights (AB 155), prohibition on familial status and military/veterans discrimination (SB 404 and AB 556), and additional protections for stalking victims, including accommodation obligations (SB 400). The CalSHRM Legislative Forecast is available on the CalSHRM website and provides a complete overview and status update of the bills CalSHRM is monitoring. The next major legislative deadline is September 13th, by which bills must pass the second legislative chamber and be forwarded to Governor Brown for signature or veto.
We are also continuing to look for volunteers to serve on CalSHRM's
Legislative Committee, and those interested in participating or learning more
can contact Michael Kalt, CalSHRM Government Affairs Director at 619-236-
9600 or at email@example.com.
We All Serve!
By: Nancy Scholink, SPHR, Workforce Readiness Director & Keri Sowerby, SPHR, Diversity Director, CalSHRM
The "We All Serve!" task force would like to introduce a great community resource for HR professionals and their employers. Project HIRED has a mission similar to that of "We All Serve!" which is to educate employers on the benefits of hiring military veterans.
Focusing on the career transition of today's injured veteran, Project HIRED Industries is the home of the Project HIRED Wounded Warrior Workforce program, originally founded in 2010. A unique extension of their core mission, the Project HIRED Wounded Warrior Workforce program offers resources and services that specifically support disabled and
injured veterans as they transition to the civilian workforce. The Project
HIRED Wounded Warrior Workforce program supports its disabled
veteran clients by:
Additionally, the Project HIRED Wounded Warrior Workforce works directly with employers to help them understand the advantages of the veteran workforce, obtain information, resources, and services to support their veteran hiring goals, and ultimately support their recruitment and retention of veteran employees.
A key service of the Project HIRED Wounded Warrior Workforce program is the Project HIRED Service Dog Program for Wounded Warriors. What makes our program special among the many at work nationwide is not only its focus on disabled veterans but also the early, direct, and immediate involvement of human and canine partner, starting at acceptance into the program with partner animal selection. We believe this approach offers participating veteran clients:
For more information, stay tuned to the www.CalSHRM.org website to see
- More direct control over their recovery
- Greater independence in their daily lives
- Improved employability and an accelerated return to work
the incredible work being done on the We All Serve! project as well as
CalSHRM W.A.L.C. Initiative Update
By: Mike Letizia, State Director Elect
SHRM Chapters throughout California made a huge difference in their regions by supporting the CalSHRM, "Working Alongside Local Communities" or W.A.L.C. initiative. Though our Chapters are widely known for their outstanding education and professional development programs, chapters are also vital community partners.
Rolled out in mid 2011, the W.A.L.C. initiative has taken off and its impact
is being felt statewide. SHRM Chapters have partnered in their local
communities to help affect change and bring needed services, assistance,
and expertise to critical areas.
A recap of 2012 included chapter programs like:
- Partnering with local high schools and colleges throughout the state.Chapter volunteers conducted mock interviews, supported career fairs and helped our emerging workforces with needed interviewing skills. Chapters also sponsored SHRM Student Chapters, various education events, donated money and provided volunteer resources.
- Help to those less fortunate. Chapters supported numerous philanthropic and charitable organizations in California in 2012. Clothing Drives, Food Drives, Help for the Homeless, Help for Victims of Domestic Violence, Pink October walks, are just a few of the programs local chapters adopted to make a difference in their communities.
The CalSHRM Council urges all our readers and subscribers who are not
members of their local Chapter to get involved and become local members!
Stewardship and volunteerism are two of the pillars that support our
California communities and your local SHRM chapters always welcome
members who want to help make a difference!
When Work Works
By: Linda Magyar, SPHR, WWW CalSHRM Community
CalSHRM joins SHRM and the Families and Work Institute (FWI) in the When Work Works initiative. As a Community Partner for National Workplace "When Work Works" Program, CalSHRM will engage community leaders through our California Chapter network
in workplace flexibility efforts and educate employers about workplace flexibility programs and policies tailored to our California workplace environment.
Workplace flexibility, or workflex, is a dynamic relationship defining how,
when, and where work gets done as well as how careers are organized that
works for the employer and employee. Workflex is an important business
strategy that helps organizations respond to demographic, economic, and
technological changes in the workplace and to community needs. Flexible
workplace strategies boost productivity, increase employee morale, lower
turnover and absenteeism, and lower overhead costs.
When Work Works
When Work Works is a joint project of SHRM and Families and Work Institute
(FWI). Its goal is to translate research into action to create more effective
and flexible workplaces. By highlighting strategies that enable people to
do their best work, the partnership promotes practical, research-based
knowledge that helps employers voluntarily create effective and flexible
workplaces that fit the 21st century workforce and ensure a new competitive
advantage for businesses.
When Work Works shares cutting-edge research and resources and
highlights best practices through its Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making
Work Work. Practices such as telecommuting, flextime, part-time work, job
sharing, transition to retirement, and compressed schedules help employees
meet their work and life responsibilities and help employers respond to the
competitive global marketplace.
Through this CalSHRM initiative the member chapters of CALSHRM will have
educational materials and informational program support for their members
to enhance employer education and recognition throughout the state. We
are off to a great start with informational meetings in local chapters being
scheduled and plans for a Webinar presentation in the 4th quarter of 2013.
For additional information please contact Linda F. Magyar, SPHR, WWW
CalSHRM Community Partner Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (916) 329-4705.
Are You Getting Ready for the
2013 Winter PHR-SPHR-GPHR-CA Exams?
By: Richard Dawson, PHR - Certification Director
The 2013 spring certification preparation classes and testing windows have come and gone. If you have successfully passed your certification in the May/June 2013 testing window, please let me know by emailing me at Rickeywd@aol.com. We will highlight your name in the CalSHRM Newsletter/Website.
Please check out the new revised Certification Pages on the www.calshrm.org website. There you will find information about the:
* 2013 SHRM PHR/SPHR Learning System
* 2013 SHRM California Learning System
* 2013 SHRM GPHR Learning System.
This section of the website will also give you information about the upcoming December 2013/January 2014 testing window, schedules, deadlines and fees.
For more information on the Human Resource Certification Institute exams and eligibility requirements, please visit www.hrci.org.
If you have questions about which California chapter is nearby for you to attend PHR-SPHR-GPHR-CA preparation classes, visit our website or contact me for further information. We would love to hear from you!
Richard Dawson, PHR - Rickeywd@aol.com Cellular: 909-270-9801.
CalSHRM State Council Meeting July 19th -
Your Donations Are Needed!
By: Terry Kolasa, SHRM Foundation Director
We are actively seeking donations from chapters and individuals for the CalSHRM Foundation give away and drawings at our CalSHRM State Council Meeting July19th in Fresno, California. All proceeds will benefit the SHRM Foundation.
We're off to a Great Start! Donations already received at the CalSHRM Legislative Conference amounted to over $4,500.00 plus those donations obtained at earlier State Council meetings.
Need inspiration? The best items generate excitement because they are unique, desirable, rare or highly collectible, and offer a great experience for the recipient.
Please keep in mind that our attendees come from all over California, therefore, consider the broad interest of the item being donated. Here are examples to get you going.
* Tickets to major entertainment, sporting events
* Tickets to theme parks
* Vacation/getaway packages
* Bottles of Wine
* Gift Cards
* Home improvement services
* Autographed items from celebrities
* Technology: tablets, GPS devices, MP3 players, digital cameras, etc.
* Gift baskets that represent your chapter's geographical region
* Craft and artistic items: quilts, paintings, pottery, etc.
* HR-related products and services
* Seminar or training programs
To make your donation:
Email Terry Kolasa email@example.com
as-soon-as possible and provide the following information:
* Description of your donation
* Value (dollar amount)
* Name and phone number of the person or chapter contact
information making donation
The SHRM Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit affiliate of SHRM, offers unmatched workforce knowledge for the benefit of professional workforce leaders. Its focus is on studying and reporting management practices that work. Its vision is a world of inspired business leaders, who implement the winning combination of employee fulfillment and business success.
Please call Terry with any questions at 562-430-2772.
In addition we have volunteers from CalSHRM's, Sr. Advisory Group Emeritus, (SAGE), made up of former, but still active, State Directors, that may be able to assist you with delivery of your donated items. Please send emails to any of the following: Terry Kolasa at firstname.lastname@example.org Nancy Nelson at email@example.com or Linda Magyar, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your kind considerations and donations.
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Thank you for your sponsorship!
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