HR Connections Michigan 2015 - (Page 11)
You Think You're
By Joan Morehead,
President, Detroit SHRM
What greater gift can we
give than to encourage
the human spirit, spark
the ability to explore and
ind numbing words converge in one soul crushing sentence: "We've decided to activate our
at-will employment agreement." So many framing concepts can cause this transition: downsizing, right sizing, reduction in workforce, global expansion, cut backs, retrenching, retooling and
more. For many people, this is a first-time event. The best way to stay in the game is to stay connected.
With a sudden change from employment almost every connection vanishes. Now what? Network.
We are born into networks called family and we develop networks of friends and connections as
we enter the work world. There is yet another network of people who are a critical factor in the equation of fulfillment and success in our lives - professional networks. This is what many associations
do well. Detroit Society for Human Resource Management does this really well.
With the association this is done through a forum. The forum has a LinkedIn group and a weekly
meeting to provide motivational information, coaching and job leads. Weekly coffee gatherings help
these new "free agents" deal with the impact of change, discover commonalities with those whom
have similar experiences, identify what's next and put plans in place to move forward. So often,
what's next is much better than what was happening before the transition. This forum
has helped over 280 job seekers find employment since its inception in 2010.
But, that's not all that's happening. Gatherings and educational events are
planned throughout the year. Volunteers come together to explore ways
to create "Red Carpet Events" to offer their colleagues and friends.
With planned gatherings, the focus is just plain fun! The locations vary and are often off the beaten path. Refreshments are
offered and connections encouraged. As people enjoy what's
happening, they invite others. Over the past 18 months
these gatherings in the Detroit area have tripled in size.
That means more opportunities to connect with people
who can be of mutual support.
Continuous learning is another aspect of belonging
to the association. Educational events help to expand
our thoughts, engage our minds in new concepts and
build our ability to solve problems. That's really the
best value a person brings as a member of a team: an
employee and an active member in her community
with the ability to clearly recognize challenges and
When we belong to something bigger than ourselves
and fill our "fuel tank" we are able to give back. What
greater gift can we give than to encourage the human
spirit, spark the ability to explore and create success?
Belonging to a group has advantages that grow as we grow
as people. The colleagues and friends we discover through
professional affiliations help us weather the storms of change,
build strengths and then return the favor. If we're the fortunate
ones who have not needed this support, we are the luckiest of all.
We get to pay it forward.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of HR Connections Michigan 2015
Thank You to Sponsors
Conference at a Glance
You Think You’re Connected
Mock Trial: Employment Law and Litigation
Employers: It’s a Great Time to Review Your Background Screening Program
Day of Development
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
HR Connections Michigan 2015