Morning Keynote / Coping with Health Crises in the Workplace/ Dr. Donna Milavetz, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P. Chief Executive Officer, OnSite Care​​

The duties of human resource professionals are constantly evolving. This presentation will address if and how to manage infectious diseases, sudden death, and suicidality at work. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of liability exposure, resources, and practical tools to successfully address these challenging topics.

Breakout Sessions / First Set

Entitlement: Building a Rewarding Culture, Not a Culture of Rewards / Debbie Stone, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant

What is the tipping point at which employees move from feeling engaged to feeling entitled? What do we know about what brings people joy at work? As our social standards for comfort expand, we are called to identify how this widespread culture of entitlement has emerged. Explore what you can do to create or enhance a rewarding workplace culture in this interactive session.

Legal Update: Compensation and Benefits in 2019 / Sean Reed, Esq., Director, Employment Law Services

The last year has been an interesting one for benefits and compensation professionals. The federal government has issued several proposals to permit employers to band together to offer benefits, to protect the religious rights of business owners who offer health care, and to update antiquated wage and hour rules for the 21st century. The courts have struck down many of these efforts, and they have also called into question the long-term viability of the Affordable Care Act. The states, too, have been active in the area of benefits and compensation. This session discusses all of this and more, keeping you ahead of the trends and in compliance with the law.​

Breakout Sessions / Second Set

Trust: From Shattered to Restored / Peggy Penberthy, M.S., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, ODL Consultant

We have all experienced broken trust in our working environments. When trust is broken it can feel impossible to rebuild. Explore the distinctions that help leaders create a trusting culture and repair damaged relationships.

Transform Data into Actionable Insights / Kimberly Barton, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Gain powerful insights by analyzing data already available at your fingertips. Learn how to speak the language of business and leverage workforce analytics. We discuss the evolution of people analytics and HR’s role in helping to guide strategic business decisions. Learn how to:
  • ​Identify workforce trends and ask the right questions
  • Develop hypotheses about human capital issues within your organization
  • Collect and analyze data from multiple sources
  • Create a link between HR, analytics, and business outcomes

Afternoon Keynote: The Joy of Wrong / Deborah Dale Brackney, MA, SPHR, Executive VP

This year’s conference is designed to challenge us to question the assumptions we hold in our organizations. Through observation, we are given the opportunity to explore new ways of performing. In that reflection, we may discover our long held work notions could use a little revamping; perhaps, we come to realize we might have been “wrong”. Exploring four common work assumptions, we look at reframing “wrong” into new possibilities for our work, how we manage and organizational achievements. ​Participants learn techniques for challenging perceptions that limit personal and organizational success.

Breakout Sessions / Third Set

Storytelling: A Remarkable Leadership Tool / Julie Auger, MOD, ODL Consultant

What does storytelling have to do with leadership? When you consider that great leaders are also great communicators and great communicators are effective influencers, the connection begins to make sense. Successful companies such as Microsoft, NASA, the World Bank, Motorola, Netflix, Airbnb, and Zappos intentionally use storytelling as a leadership tool. Storytelling is a powerful method for inspiring the organization, articulating a vision, creating a healthy culture, living espoused values, leading change, and for managing a crisis. In this session, we explore what makes a leadership story powerful, provide examples of leaders who have mastered the art of storytelling, and discuss opportunities to incorporate stories for greatest impact.

It’s Time to Get On Board with Employee Onboarding /  Joni B. Chelemes, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Gallup’s 2019 State of the American Workplace report indicates that only 12% of employees think their organization does a great job at onboarding. It’s time to challenge the assumption that the employee onboarding process is not a critical influencer of what new employees think about your organization. A strong, structured onboarding process can yield positive results including higher employee retention rates, increased productivity, and better employee engagement. In addition, onboarding helps new hires adjust to the social and performance aspects of their jobs so they can quickly become contributing members of the organization. Come explore the key components of creating a successful, structured onboarding program that promotes an employee’s belief in the organization and their willingness to exert effort on its behalf.

Breakout Sessions / Fourth Set

In Search of Pay/Performance Equilibrium / Kimberly Barton, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Pay grades and ranges are a standard tool in compensation management. The range should be a proxy for the market and a tool to communicate generally how much we are willing to pay for the performance of a job. However, the maximum of the range should not be a one size fits all top pay point. Is it good business to pay a 20% premium for average performance, or pay 20% less for outstanding performance because of merit system imposed limits? In this time of low unemployment combined with a highly mobile workforce it is time for employers to explore true pay for performance rather than mechanical increases for performance.

Overcoming Challenges and Barriers in Workplace Communications /  Debbie Stone, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant

​We often need to navigate potentially divisive subjects at work: gender, religion, politics, and culture, among others. These hot-spot differences in our employees are a great foundation in building a diverse workforce. But, it requires emotional intelligence, tact, and specific skills in order to communicate effectively and realize those benefits. You can create a stronger, more connected culture in your organization by knowing how
to model and encourage specific listening and communication skills. This session will cover five bedrock principles in communicating respectfully and effectively with everyone and anyone – every time.

Who Should Attend

Human resources professionals, benefits and compensation administrators, business owners, leaders, managers, and supervisors


Course ID #SPEC011

Class Details

No offerings for the remainder of the year. Check our new course catalog coming out this fall.

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