Congratulations in advance to the Cleveland Society for Human Resource Management (CSHRM) on celebrating 50 years of the Northern Ohio Human Resource Conference! Breaking from tradition, this year's program covers 2 days—March 10th and 11th! It is my understanding that the 2-day program has been approved for 9.25 SHRM Professional Development Credits (PDCs); 4 credits on Thursday and 5.25 credits on Friday. The conference has been awarded 8.5 recertification credits by the HR Certification Institute (3.5 credits on Thursday and 5 credits on Friday). Please note that 4.0 of the 5.0 credits for Friday are considered business by HRCI.
Personally, I find NORHC to be an exceptional HR Conference both professionally and personally—providing an opportunity to see many ERC members, Preferred Partners and longtime friends. The content is consistently excellent, and the luncheon speaker always impactful.
Also, a special shout out to the NOHRC Committee. Having Chaired the program many years ago, I truly appreciate the work that goes into the planning of the event.
Hope to see you at NOHRC this year!
There is this legendary story that floats around this time each year about a remarkable woman who not only salvaged a holiday gathering, but also is a shining example of how to think on your feet. This woman, who we will call “Mrs. Smith”, prepared all day for her first holiday feast at her family’s new home. Relatives and friends had been crowding into their home that Thanksgiving Day since late afternoon, enjoying each other’s company and looking forward to a fabulous holiday feast.
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If you are attempting to get into better physical shape, you are probably accessing on or two of what seems to be an unlimited amount of options and approaches to accomplish this goal. Most of the approaches and advice out there seem to be pretty good. It comes down to choosing a common sense approach or system and sticking with the program. If you have discipline and motivation, your odds of experiencing success are quite high.
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ERC is proud to support this year's NEOCycle. It is designed to be a family friendly weekend event nestled in an idyllic setting at Edgewater Park. Hosted by the Cleveland Sport Commission, NEOCycle combines great events with terrific music.
And, best of all it is FREE!!
The bike races should be awesome to watch. Food trucks, the lake, fun for the kids, and music—a great way to enjoy a few hours this weekend with family, friends, clients and/or co-workers. We look forward to seeing you down at NEOCycle this weekend!
This column is way overdue as I promised myself a long time ago that I would get this one done. It took a recent visit to a local business to remind me to put my ‘pencil to paper’ and get this accomplished.
Growing up in Willowick, Ohio I learned quickly that there seemed to be only one place my mom and neighbors would shop for their meat and poultry–Rudy’s Quality Meats. Back in the day, there was a food market called Pick-N-Pay at Shoregate Shopping Center. My mom would grocery shop there for everything except what Rudy’s offered. I remember as a kid going to Rudy’s with my mom and being treated like royalty. When you walked in the door they even called you by name as you were welcomed into their market. I recall that everyone behind the counter seemed happy and also worked really hard.
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So I just returned from doing something I had never done in 36 years of work—I took two weeks off AND did not check in once to the office (email or voice mail). Suffice it to say that it was an eye opening and in some ways (and not to be too dramatic) a life altering experience. It was an easy 'experiment' to try because I am surrounded by an exceptional staff at ERC—I had not one worry about our gang handling anything that came their way. So, fresh off my two-week hiatus here are a couple of thoughts relative to my experience:
- I came back to work significantly more refreshed than following any other period of time away from work.
- Everything seemed to slow down quite a bit during my time away.
- Instead of being connected to technology I was totally in tune with family, friends and of course our two Labrador Retrievers.
- I actually read the entire newspaper each day, rather than just glance at headlines.
- Ironically, as each day passed and I was less connected to technology, I noticed how so many people are apparently addicted to their mobile devices (including while they are driving!!!). We seem to have become a community that fills downtime with checking mobile devices. No one seems to make eye contact anymore. It's scary and sad.
- Despite waking up each morning intentionally without plans, I found each day incredibly fun and fulfilling. No schedules, no pressures and no obligations. Reminded me of when I was a kid.
- Recognized how fortunate I was to be able to try this little experiment.
I did not come back with any resolutions, ground-breaking ideas or new goals. What I did come back with was a renewed sense of how lucky so many of us are to have today and to make the most of it.
Unfortunately, Jon Stewart signs off this week as the host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show.
Regardless of your political persuasion you could always count on Jon Stewart to present the news of the day using his brilliant, satirical and comedic style/dialogue. He certainly inspired audiences to think differently as he challenged the status quo.
His guests ranged from fellow comedians to world leaders. At times funny and at other times incredibly serious. You never really knew what you were going to see on his show, and perhaps that is why it was award winning and sustainable for 16 years.
So thank you Jon for the entertainment, variety and keeping us on our toes. You are one of a kind, and I, along with many others, hope that you resurface sometime soon. You set the bar even higher for those in the media.
News was recently made when General Electric announced their new ‘permissive approach’ to paid time off. Under this policy, some employees of the company will no longer have a limit on vacation, sick and personal days. Not all GE employees have access to this new benefit with less than half of its salaried workforce eligible. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, GE joins only about 2% of other U.S. companies that take a similar approach to paid time off. This statistic suggests that roughly 98% of the rest of U.S. companies have some sort of structured paid time off program for their employees.
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With John Kasich officially becoming a candidate for President, there are now 16 GOP candidates hopeful of coming to Cleveland in one year and being nominated as the Republican Party's choice for President. At the rate of new GOP candidates announcing their bid for a Presidential run, there may not be enough room in Cleveland for any Delegates! All kidding aside, it has been a remarkable 2015 so far with who is running and what they are saying. All setting the stage for an interesting series of debates and 'mud-slinging' from both the Republican and Democratic Parties.
Just once it would be great if they actually discussed issues and their qualifications rather than exerting so much energy and money towards damaging opponent's characters and reputations. Unfortunately this is just not going to happen. Ugly campaigns will be run with the campaign/election process looking like it has for too many years.
But there is a silver lining—with the cast of characters running for President, Saturday Night Live will have no lack of supply of comedic material—and in most cases, the SNL crew won't have to change a thing these candidates say to be funny.
Last week one of the local comedy clubs used the headline "Work Sucks—Happy Hour 5 Bucks!"
Wonderful. The 'message' is clear—if you hate your job come on over to our comedy club and drink. Or, maybe it is their way of ensuring that their entertainers get laughs, even if they are not funny.
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