October 2017

Rachel Solarz-Mortellaro, NHRC PresidentPresident's Letter...Welcome to the final stretch of 2017 – the fourth quarter!  Q4 has always represented a busy season.  Kids are finally back in school and busy with schoolwork, which in turn means work priorities and focus become that much more crystal clear.  For Human Resources professionals, this year- end preparation is critical; the coming months will bring W2s, 1095-Cs, budgets, headcount and no shortage of HR initiatives.  I invite you to join us and to sharpen your HR skill set at an upcoming Professional Development Event. Immediate topics include Employment Law (November 9, 2017), Employee Engagement (January 11, 2018) and Cyber Liability (February 8, 2018).

As you reflect on your 2017 milestones and plan for the year ahead, I encourage you to consider getting further involved in the NHRC. Over the course of the past year, we’ve partnered with WINGS through clothing drives, career coaching, onsite volunteer efforts and promoted an awareness of domestic violence and the effects on the workplace.  Our Professional Development Committee has visited Northern Illinois University and Elmhurst and at last count, seven students are seeking HR mentors.  Our Board Members are constantly seeking opportunities for partnership and development, and if you’d like to contribute your time and talents, we will be looking for additional Board Members for 2018.  At NHRC, we are growing, thriving and learning – come join us!

Rachel Solarz-Mortellaro, NHRC President

Professional Development...Halloween 2017Don’t be spooked by the future….the fourteen (14) bright young students at Elmhurst College we saw during our college visit on October 3rd were eager to join the profession and become involved.  During the college visit, the NHRC Professional Development Team took the scare out of interviewing and explained the benefits of becoming a  SHRM student member  We showcased our mentor/mentee program.  And with seven (7) students already signed up requesting to be being paired with a mentor, we need YOU!  Consider being a Mentor!!!  We will be putting together a Mentor/Mentee Mixer to be held after the holidays to celebrate.  If interested, complete the mentor application on the website at mynhrc.org  or contact Renee Mullaney at the Council Office.

NHRC has also updated the NHRC LinkedIn page….have you checked it out yet?  It’s a real treat!

Argon Medical WINGS teamCommunity Relations...October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  NHRC has aligned with WINGS, Women in Need Growing Stronger, a local domestic violence support chapter to support their efforts in assisting victims of domestic violence.  During the September PDE, our speaker, Pamela Paziotopoulos, educated HR professionals on this scary topic – some statistics;

  • 48.6% of women killed by intimate partners were killed by dating partners
  • In 43% of domestic violence incidents with female victims, children are residents of the household where the incident occurred
  • Children who witness intimate partner violence growing up are three times as likely as their peers to engage in violent behavior

Natl Domestic Violence MonthTo further support WINGS, NHRC has created a CrowdRise page in support of WINGS during National Domestic Violence Awareness month:  (https://www.crowdrise.com/wings-program-inc-purplepurse2017/fundraiser/northwesthumanresourcescouncil).  Please use this link to donate if you wish!

Coat Drive Update – NHRC Community Relations hosted a coat drive at the October PDE to support WINGS.  We had a great response!  Thank you to all that donated!  A team from Argon Medical Devices, visited the WINGS logistic center to assist in sorting donations.  The NHRC Community Relations Committee will share future dates to conduct another volunteer day during the month of November.

 LinkedInCommunications...We don’t want to lose you...NHRC has moved to a new spot on Linked In.  Connect with us at our new home!

Certification...For those of you, who have been thinking about obtaining your certification, investigate now.  You can visit the SHRM website or the HRCI website to learn about the various certifications.

Once your have your certification(s), you will have access to many learning opportunities to maintain your certification, along with networking opportunities which will enhance your career.

For those of you who have your certification, please remember to enter your credits into the appropriate website.

Membership...MembershipThank you for helping us become the second-largest SHRM chapter in the state of Illinois! That’s right, your NHRC closed out the summer with just over 160 members, which makes us the second largest chapter in the state. We value each and every member of the NHRC and are glad to have you with us!

Most years during our summertime break we do see a slight dip in membership, which begins to rebound once summer vacations end and kids return back to school! 2017 has been no exception to that rule. For October we have seen a 6% decrease in overall membership from 2016, however we have increased our corporate memberships by 5%.

We’re always looking to keep growing! More members provides us the opportunity to provide high quality speakers, services and volunteer opportunities to our members and our communities. Have some colleagues who aren’t currently members? Ask us about our corporate membership rates so your entire team can benefit from an NHRC membership.

Programs...Join us with our last NHRC Professional Development Event (PDE) for 2017 on November 9, 2017 with an Employment Law Update: A Look Behind and a Look Forward.  Laura Friedel from Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC will discuss the most important employment law developments from 2017 and the issues that are expected to be at the forefront in the coming year.

The Programs committee is also planning our PDE’s for 2018.  If you know of a great speaker for a future PDE, please email their name and contact information to board members Katie Dykstra or Cindy Lauing.

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