Wednesday, October 5
8:00 am — 11:30 am
Leadership Workshop for Chapter and State Council Board Members - Approved for 1 Strategic Credit Hour
Current and potential leaders are encouraged to attend.
8:30 am — 11:30 am (Please email NHRMA@ConferenceSolutionsInc.com for a copy of the Pre-Conference Workshop PowerPoint presentation, if available. You must have registered for the Pre-Conference Workshop to receive the presentation.)
PC1) Power Strategies for HR: Moving from the Backroom to the Boardroom
Too often HR is omitted when the true decisions are being made and relegated to a role as a tactical executor of decisions executives have already made. How can HR gain influence within organizations to play a more strategic role? This workshop will provide a toolkit of techniques that HR practitioners can utilize to gain the support of key leaders. We will apply lessons from the field of Social Power in Psychology to the modern world of HR to learn the influence strategies that will work best for you and your organization.
Michael Walters, Senior HR Manager, Microsoft; Instructor, University of Washington
PC2) Social Networking in the Workplace: Friend or Foe?
How we now communicate blurs the employment lines of what conduct is private and "untouchable" at work. Social networking among adults continues to trend upward, and covets a spot as a preferred method of information-sharing. Forward-thinking employers should reap the advantages of mining online resources while also recognizing the employment risks. Participants will learn the legal implications, the impact of tangled webs of social networks, and tips to consider in creating their social networking policies.
Brandon Chun, Staff Counsel and Employer Representative, Washington Employers
PC3) Your Leadership Style: Using the DiSC to Improve Your Effectiveness within Your Organization
No leadership style is inherently more effective than any other. Yet many of us do not understand how to use our style to our best advantage. We'll use an assessment tool, the DiSC, to help identify your personal leadership style and give you information that will help ensure your improvement and success as a leader. You will develop an awareness of your leadership profile as you expand your leadership capabilities, and improve both group functioning and your ability to lead your team.
Alan Cabelly, Professor, Portland State University
PC4) Drop EVERYTHING & Investigate!
Do internal investigations really need to last three to twenty weeks? What if you could complete an internal in three business days? We will illustrate a successful accelerated approach, which reduces employee distress, minimizes damage to the team and protects the bottom line. Participants will experience snapshots from an actual investigation; a safe and defensible example from the past. The format has been used by the facilitator in over ninety serious public and private sector internals. Together, we'll experience the investigative approach that has led to clean separations, successful trial outcomes and the protection of the falsely accused.
Marcus Mann, Principal Coach, Sound Predictions LLC
PC5) Employment Litigation: Avoidance and Defense - Approved for 3 Strategic Credit Hours
Every HR professional fears the moment they receive a summons for an employment lawsuit. What are the ways HR can avoid the lawsuit, resolve it, or ensure a successful outcome? What role does the General Counsel expect senior HR to play? This program will focus on the litigation process and HR's special role in preventing and defending claims against their employer.
Michael Droke, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
PC6) Strategic Planning and HR Alignment For High Performance Organizations
High performance organizations aren't smarter than average, but they do a few things consistently well in order to achieve above average growth in revenue, profit, market share and customer satisfaction. This workshop will help the HR professional understand the key domains of high performance organizations, the elements of good strategic planning for the business as a whole, and what HR should do to align and integrate with the business strategy.
Lynda Silsbee, Founder & Principal Consultant, Performance Dimensions Group
Amanda Spraker, Senior Consultant, Performance Dimensions Group
11:30 am — 1:30 pm
Lunch on Own
Take the conference shuttle back to the Hilton or begin your exploration of downtown Bellevue’s culinary bounty.
11:45 am — 1:15 pm
Executive Sponsor Luncheon with NHRMA Board Members (By Invitation Only)
1:00 pm — 4:00 pm
Exhibitor Check-in and Install
1:45 pm — 3:00 pm
W01) HR Ninja Training on Leave Management: Litigation Risk Avoidance
Employment Law & Legislation
An interactive presentation designed to introduce attendees to two litigation risk avoidance techniques in the areas of disability, leave and accommodation management covering the ADA, FMLA, and religious discrimination. Attendees will learn about the concept of a “Universal Accommodation Policy (UAP)” and about the concept of the “13th” Warrior – a 13th week of unpaid leave provided as a matter of course as a part of the employer’s FMLA policy. Attendees will leave with a policy outline, usable forms, and an appreciation for jury perspective and the resultant mitigating impact on employer risk.
David H. Black, Esquire, Jackson Lewis, LLP
Bryan O’Connor, Esquire, Jackson Lewis, LLP
W02) HR & Lean — A Happy Marriage - Approved for 1.25 Strategic Credit Hours
Many companies are engaging in (or considering) a Lean philosophy. With its roots in manufacturing, those who truly understand Lean know that the tools apply to ANY business.
But what does Lean mean to HR? It depends on how it is executed. Done poorly, Lean will be perceived as “just another quality initiative” that adds work and depletes morale. Done well, it can transform your results, your culture and your company.
Stephanie Bursek, Human Resources Manager, Puget Sound Health Partners
W03) Recruit or Retain? Employment Mobility Gives You the Best of Both! - Approved for 1.25 Strategic Credit Hours
Here’s the facts: According to statistics from the Department of Labor, the average American changes jobs every 4.1 years which means your employees will have 7-10 jobs in their career. Here’s the question: Are you going to build a recruitment model based on refilling every job every four years or will you find a way to allow employees the career mobility they seek without having to leave your organization? Many organizations give lip service to career development, but Swedish Medical Center has made “employment mobility” a core piece of their recruitment and retention strategy. Meg Steele, Director of Recruitment and Employment Mobility at Swedish will share with you practical steps employers of any size in any industry can take to leverage the power of internal mobility. She’ll share with you the most common barriers to implementation along with solutions to gain managers buy-in and support. Last year more than half of Swedish’s positions were filled with internal candidates including very specialized, high demand/low supply roles. Employee mobility could be the key to solving your recruitment and retention challenges!
Meg Steele, Director, Recruitment & Employment Mobility, Swedish Medical Center
W04) Total Rewards across Borders... and Managing Key Challenges of Emerging Markets - Approved for 1.25 Global Credit Hours
A key challenge among multinational organizations is in finding the balance between unified global reward strategy and addressing the unique requirements of international locations. Furthermore, global business growth is increasingly coming from emerging markets - "BRIC" countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China), Argentina and other developing locations. Managing total rewards in these markets is particularly complex when there may be +10% GDP growth, hyper-inflation, large in-country regional salary differences, high turnover, lack of market data, lack of market risk insurance choice and erosion of currency worth, among other issues.
Mercer will provide an overview of this evolving context and describe specific interventions for managing total rewards across borders. We'll give particular focus to managing total rewards in emerging markets. Mercer's presentation and facilitated discussion will include:
- A framework for decision-making in total rewards
- An econometric overview
- Guidelines to provide framework -- and flexibility -- for emerging markets
- Reward and recognition programs including monetary and non-monetary recognition
- Creative retention programs
Josy Kouman, Principal, Mercer
W05) Building Your Compensation Road Map - Approved for 1.25 Strategic Credit Hours
Designing or revamping compensation programs can be a daunting mountain to climb for any HR practitioner. The key to success is knowing what path to take. In this workshop, the key components to building your road map will be outlined, along with the tools and gear you'll want to have for your ascent. You'll learn how to identify indicators and flags that signal that a compensation design/redesign is in order, how to create pay philosophy and strategy required to find the right road, how to map your project plan and the key hazards to watch out for.
Dianne Burt-Green, CCP, Principal, MBL Group
W06) Your Reputation: If You Don't Manage It, Someone Else Will
Professional Growth & Career Management
Question: How are reputations and shadows alike? Answer: We have both, and often don't pay attention to either!
As HR professionals, our reputations speak volumes about our capabilities and competencies. Learn how to understand reputations and how they are formed, assess your own reputation, and plan for gathering feedback from your strategic networking partners. This workshop is valuable not only for your personal use, but for providing you with a model to coach employees on their own reputation management.
Theresa Kinney, Vice President, Lee Hecht Harrison
2:30 pm — 3:00 pm
This event is for Exhibitors only. Please plan to attend this short meeting as a welcome and orientation to this year’s Tradeshow. We will cover pertinent Tradeshow information and answer your questions in order to maximize the impact and value of this event for you and for our attendees. Don’t miss this opportunity to get answers to all of your questions, as well as the “how to” for this year’s tradeshow incentive!
3:30 pm — 5:30 pm
Opening General Session featuring James Robbins, Keynote Speaker
Proudly sponsored by Talentwise
Reaching New Heights
The challenges and uncertainties over the next five years are going to require you to dig deeper in order to climb higher. Reaching New Heights is a motivating keynote presentation which will outline the route to personal and professional excellence. Combining experience from his own mountaineering along with recent research from the fields of social psychology, and human excellence, James will help you see the importance of facing your fears, taking risks, resilience in tough times, managing change and the necessity of a good team. With stunning images and inspirational stories from his own expeditions, James will take you on a journey to explore new vistas of your potential while embracing the principles that will have you reaching new heights.
5:30 pm — 7:30 pm
Welcome Reception and Silent Auction in Tradeshow