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  • November 18, 2017 7:47 AM | Wendy Chance (Administrator)

    Greetings AHRMA Members!

    As we observe Veterans Day and head into the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the sacrifices those who’ve served have made to protect our nation’s freedom. It’s also a bitter-sweet time for me personally as I reflect on my father who passed away twenty years ago. He grew up in rural Mississippi, joined the Navy as soon as he could, and proudly served during the Korean war. As he transitioned back to civilian life in the mid 1950’s, he returned to Mississippi and started his own drywall business. By the time I came along 15 years later, his business was well established. Growing up, my father instilled in me a strong work ethic and time-management skills. He often reflected on how his experience in the Navy shaped the man he became.

    Of course, the experience of the transitioning service member today is a lot different. Two years ago, I attended an event where the Garrison Commander of Fort Hood was a guest speaker. Fort Hood is less than an hour north of Austin and is the largest military installation in terms of exiting service members. Fort Hood facilitates the exit of almost 1,000 service members a month. Many of these service members have an MOS (Military Occupation Specialty) in Technology & Healthcare. Coincidentally, The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce posts monthly job reports in which tech-related and nursing positions remain two categories of hard-to-fill positions. This a-ha moment inspired our committee to action. Our goal was to bridge connections and resources for AHRMA members to learn how to recruit qualified veteran talent locally.

    In 2016, we invited the Garrison Command, leaders from Fort Hood’s Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program, and transitioning service members to participate in our annual Workforce Readiness Day Programming. We also collaborated with this team to host two AHRMA Member Employer Days onsite at Fort Hood (August 2016 and March 2017). During these special events, AHRMA members attended Fort Hood’s Employer 101 trainings to learn how to engage and recruit talent directly from Fort Hood.

    I encourage you to explore the new SHRM Foundation’s tool kit for “Engaging and Integrating Veterans in the Workforce”. Here you will find amazing resources to help you build a new Veteran Recruiting & Integration program or enhance a program you may already have in place!

    https://www.shrm.org/foundation/ourwork/initiatives/engaging-and-integrating-military-veterans/pages/default.aspx.

    Glean key insights on:

    • ·       The Business Case for Hiring Veterans
    • ·       How to Begin Hiring Veterans
    • ·       SHRM Foundation and NAVSO’s Final Report from the Veterans             Summit
    • ·       FAQ/Resources for Employing Veterans

    As my Co-VP (Traci Storm) and I begin our transition and welcome our successor, Kat Edwards… your 2018-2019 VP Workforce Readiness, we wish you all continued success.

    Compliments of the Season,

    Anne Dapremont

    VP Workforce Readiness, 2016-2017


  • October 08, 2017 3:58 PM | Wendy Chance (Administrator)


    What a world we live in.  We have so much for which to be thankful for in our country and our community, and yet so much confounds us and for which we grieve.  We’re still reeling from the tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas earlier this month.

    As HR professionals, our employers, co-workers, friends, and our families expect us to always know what to do, when to do it, and how to say just the right thing.

    While it’s a tremendous honor to have so many put their faith in us, it’s also a tremendous responsibility.

    While searching for resources to assist in our efforts to support our companies and our employees, I visited the SHRM website and found valuable information.  Make the most of your SHRM membership and visit the site.

    In a reprint of an article published in the Harvard Business Review on June 6, 2017 and titled “Making Your Workplace Safe for Grief”, Jennifer Moss wrote, “Grief doesn’t just come with sadness and loss.  Grief can also come fully-loaded with guilt, anger, uncertainty, denial, regret and more.”

    It’s also a good time to revisit your company’s Bereavement Leave Policy.  Is it sufficient?

    Use this link to access the Homeland Security website for a one page fact sheet containing information about their Active Shooter Preparedness Program “Run/Hide/Fight”.  https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/dhs-active-shooter-preparedness-program-fact-sheet-01-16-508.pdf

    Your local chapter of the American Red Cross can be contacted regarding holding an Active Shooter Training program at your workplace.

    Let’s be careful out there.  Peace and blessings

    Karen Smithson

    2017 AHRMA President


  • September 06, 2017 5:51 AM | Wendy Chance (Administrator)

    How do we connect – How do we engage?

    Our thoughts and prayers continue to focus on the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, the impact on Southeast Texas, and the lives of so many of our fellow Texans.  Though, as is so often the case, disasters can bring out the best in people as we rise to the occasion by helping others in need.

    Unfortunately, Texans have earned a reputation for often being too loud, too proud, too sure of ourselves and our superiority over citizens of the other 49 states.  But as the events of the last 10 days have unfolded, we’ve heard stories, seen photos, and watched videos of selflessness and random acts of kindness performed by Texans by birth and those who got here as soon as they could.

    I saw a bumper sticker this morning that read: “Being Nice to People is a Really Good Idea”.  The simplicity of the statement resonated with me against the backdrop of displacement and distress felt by our neighbors to the south.

    Here’s hoping that we can keep the spirit of connection, engagement, service, and collaboration going long after people are safely returned to their homes and those they hold most dear.


  • August 27, 2017 3:10 PM | Wendy Chance (Administrator)

    The AHRMA LinkedIn Group is now for "Members Only".   We invite Members to join and contribute their thoughts and HR ideas as we expand our sharing spectrum.


  • August 26, 2017 4:53 PM | Wendy Chance (Administrator)

    Human Resources Scholarship Opportunities:

    Apply Now!

    Deadline to apply is September 30, 2017

    *Scholarship applies to Spring Semester 2018

    Two-$1,000 scholarships for full time graduate or undergraduate students majoring in Human Resources or a related study.

    For more information:

    https://ahrma71911.wildapricot.org/Committees-&-Programs

     look for Karl B. Zimmerman Scholarship Program 

    For questions:

    universityrelations@austinhumanresource.org


  • July 16, 2017 2:48 PM | Wendy Chance (Administrator)

    Do you feel time speeding up as the years fly by?  While certain that a diabolical master of the universe was stealing days from my calendar, I stumbled upon an explanation that the reason we feel that the years go by faster is that, as we age, the 12 months of a year make up a smaller and smaller percentage of our life.  Remember when you were 5 years old and felt that you had to wait FOREVER for your 6th birthday?  At 5, 12 months represents 1/5 of our total life time.  However, at 30, it’s 1/30th, at 40, it’s 1/40th, … so you see where this is going.

    As the AHRMA year flies by and we realize that we’re over half-way through 2017, we pause to celebrate:

    Our Monthly meeting model changes:

    • An Employment Law Hot Topics session at each meeting
    • 3 Breakfast Meeting
    • 4 Luncheon Meetings
    AHRMA 2017 Conference:
    • Keynote Speakers on both Thursday and Friday, in addition to 3 options each hour to attend an education session on a timely topic, presented by engaging, knowledgeable speakers
    • 37 Sponsors and Exhibitors
    • Thursday Networking Night with the opportunity to mix & mingle with ATX HR professionals
    • An invitation-only Executive Track on Friday morning
    • Special recognition award for Mary Evins of Evins Personnel Consultants, Inc. for 30 Years of AHRMA Sponsorship
    Recognition of an AHRMA Volunteer of the Month-our Volunteers are the best of the best!
    The launch of a new Chapter Website
    Looking forward to sharing the rest of an exciting 2017!

    Karen S. Smithson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    2017 AHRMA President


  • June 29, 2017 7:30 PM | Anonymous

    New features for sharing have been incorporated into your new Association Website.  We encourage all Members to explore the site, share articles and news of interest, and take advantage of the new "Members Only" areas.

    Have a question about where to post your valuable content?  Contact ahrma@austinhumanresource.org or VPTechnology@austinhumanresource.org

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