This is the e-mail newsletter of the Human Resource
Association of the National Capital Area (HRA-NCA), a
proud affiliated chapter of the Society for Human Resource
Management (SHRM). HRA-NCA serves HR professionals throughout
the Washington, DC metropolitan area with a monthly HR Speaker
Series, many other professional development opportunities, and
the area's best compensation and benefits survey.
Telework: Performance, Practicalities, and the Great Laundry
Debate, February 13, 2008|
We are aware that Telework has moved from being a "nice to
have" to a business necessity. Return on investment can be
measured in thousands of dollars when you realize the savings
in recruiting, retention, real estate, and productivity. But
managers and supervisors are the ones who have to implement
new business practices while continuing to oversee challenging
workloads. What's the best way to address their concerns?
This highly interactive and practical session is for
anyone who is interested in exploring the value,
opportunities, and challenges of leading a distributed
workforce - whether it's "business as usual" or "business
the Difficult HR Conversation|
Career Management Seminar (CMP)
Wednesday, January 23,
6 - 8 p.m.
Having the Difficult HR
This workshop will explore how to
"professionally" and "successfully" engage in positive (yet
difficult) HR conversations. We will discuss: asking for a
salary increase, discussing unethical behavior, telling your
boss about their management style and much, much more.
Our speaker for this seminar will be Donnie McKethan,
Director of HR for the Boys and Girls Club of
Please contact Stephanie Simpson at
202-220-0767 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you
would like to attend.
Have you visited the HRA-NCA website recently?
response to your requests, HRA-NCA has redesigned the home
page of its website to serve you better.
Be sure to
check the new section on local HR events.
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Remember to add your 2008 HRA-NCA Membership dues in
your 2008 budget.|
Are you in the middle of creating your professional
development budget for 2008? As you are planning, remember to
include your 2008 HRA-NCA dues for yourself and your staff.
Being a member of HRA-NCA gives you a unique opportunity to
network with other HR professionals in the DC metro area and
enjoy the many learning opportunities that are offered. There
are many exciting programs planned for 2008 and we look
forward to having you join us again next year!
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Know-How for HR Professionals, March 12,
Successful managers network 70% more than unsuccessful
ones, according to Deloitte Research. How about you? In a
recent study by Contacts Count of 800 people, only 15% said,
"Yes, I have the network I need to get the job done."How will
building relationships internally and externally help you get
stakeholders engaged, expand your influence, and shape the
culture of your organization? Lynne Waymon, CEO and co-founder
of Contacts Count, will show you how to activate your network
so you can easily uncork bureaucratic bottlenecks, tune into
the big picture, round up talent, expand your knowledge base,
and become part of the "inner circle."
HR Events of Interest|
The Upcoming Events page on our website shows the next five
HRA-NCA sponsored events and the next five non HRA- NCA events
that may be of interest to you. One of the more recent
additions is "The
Costs and Benefits of Doing Business in the Metropolitan
Washington DC Area - Legal and HR Perspectives" on January
31, 2008. Do you have an event to submit? Send them to Communications@hra-
Other items of note:
- IMI's 9th Annual Conference: We are pleased to announce
IMI's 9th Annual Conference is open for registration. In
addition, this year IMI has their very own conference
website, set up for ease of use and immediate programming
their website now...
- 2008 Apollo Awards: Please be aware the nominations for
the 2008 Apollo Awards will be accepted beginning in January
2008. SmartCEO Magazine, HRA-NCA, and other Washington
metropolitan chapters of SHRM are proud to be 2008 partners.
ck here for further information, or to nominate your
- National Harbor Place - Huge Hiring Event: By now, most
of you have heard about the National Harbor Place that is
due to open in April 2008 in PG county. It will be the
largest Convention Center and Hotel on the east coast and it
is right in our back yard. They have JOBS and are having a
huge hiring event this month. Visit
the Gaylor National to National Harbor
- The Human Resource Leadership Awards of Greater
Washington: Nominations are underway for the 7th annual
Human Resource Leadership Awards, honoring human resource
leaders, innovators, and teams for outstanding contributions
to their organizations and the field of Human Resources.
Awards and scholarships culminate in a gala event on June
3rd. The nomination deadline is mid-March. More
- China FastTrack Forum: Are you or your clients
contemplating market opportunities in China? What are the
opportunities? How do you manage your risk? Where do you get
started? What types of ventures work best? Expand your
knowledge and business contacts in this area. Connect with
and learn directly from a unique gathering of Chinese and
local business leaders, high level embassy officials, and
nationally recognized experts in this market. More
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Foundation at Work: Check Your Premises|
Before trying to 'fix' a perceived problem in your
organization, first stop and take a moment to check your
premises. That is the message shared by Gallup CEO Jim Clifton
at the SHRM Foundation Thought Leaders Retreat. Based on the
polls and research conducted by the Gallup Organization,
Clifton asserted that most thought leadership today is either
wrong or just a little bit off. Poor decisions in politics and
business are often based on wrong premises due to ignorance of
pertinent facts on the part of the decision-makers. Before
taking action, leaders must take time to listen to the people
whose lives are affected. Unfortunately, leaders seldom
examine premises. They often accept them as true. People then
build their business and people management strategies and
programs on these untested assumptions.
For example, we assume that CEO's care about the people in
the organization, when in reality they are most concerned with
bottom line business results. This means that if HR recommends
a new program because it is "good for employees," the CEO is
not likely to accept it. HR must build the business case for
investing in people based on hard data. HR professionals must
become far more financially literate. They must focus on
research rather than instinct and assumptions as the basis for
their recommendations regarding people management. To be
effective, HR must learn to check its assumptions and bring a
hard analytical approach to soft people issues. Research has
proven that having a spirited and engaged workforce impacts
bottom line results, and HR is uniquely positioned to provide
strategic leadership in this area.
To read the entire text of Jim Clifton's remarks, visit www.shrm.org/foundation/engaging.asp.
The SHRM Foundation: 40 Years of Advancing the HR
You may look up these and other members' information in the
HRA-NCA online membership directory, using various search
categories. Log in through the "Member Login" on the HRA-NCA
website home page. Keep your membership record up-to-date so
we don't lose touch!
HRA-NCA Welcomes these New Members
Brooke E. Carpenter, The Rendon Group
Catherine L. Sobel, U.S. Air Force
Barbie Frank, SPHR, CEBS, ICMA-RC
Sherri N. Toohey-Taylor, United States Postal Service
Angela Proudfoot, PHR, Bates White, LLC
Charless E. Carlson, MA, CC, Penetrix
Sandra L. Maxim-Rosenau, M.S., CPS Human Resource Services
Carla S. Bryant, M.S., Corporate Executive Board
RaeShawn Crosson, Office of State Superintendent of
Donna Gillotte, Save The Children
Christohper A. Marcel, Pine Creek Partners
Andrea Hewitt, Foulger-Pratt
Della Williams, Raytheon
Laura Lee Smith, SPHR, Edelman
Deborah Sugar, PHR, DARO Realty, Inc.
Marilyn Horita, Digital Solutions, Inc.
Congratulations to these Veteran Members!
Robin G. Sterrett, SPHR, Hilton Washington, Member Since
Laura Viehmyer, SPHR, CEBS, CAE, U.S. Pharmacopeia, Member
Stacey Leoniak, SPHR, YMCA of Metropolitan Washington,
Member Since 2003
Carol S. Bennett, (c) Management, Inc., Member Since 1990
John L. Butler MRHM, SPHR, Helios HR, Member Since 2004
Michael Gonzales, PHR, The Arc of DC, Inc., Member Since
Amy Dufrane, Optical Society of America, Member Since 2004
Cara D. Carter, SPHR, Watson Wyatt, Member Since 2000
Congratulations to these Members with New Positions
John A. Vinson, VP, HR, Citizant
Please remember to update your HRA-NCA web profile
should you move or change jobs.
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