Virginia Human Resources Today - Winter/Spring 2018 - 6
Color My World HR
By Missie Murdock
appy New Year, Virginia
SHRM! It's a new year
full of possibilities, hope,
and opportunities for growth.
As much as I love the year-end
holidays, I sometimes find them a
bit exhausting. I look forward to the
renewal and promise that a new
year brings. For a few short weeks,
it feels like the rebirth that spring
brings - at least until the doldrums
of February set in.
With this clean slate, it is time
to get serious about devoting
attention to matters such as
work projects, personal goals,
and self-appraisal. Ask yourself
the following questions:
* Am I adding value at work?
* Am I able to balance my work
life with adequate exercise and a
focus on wellness?
* Do I need to "sharpen my saw"
related to my skill set?
* Do I need a new challenge
Finally, ask yourself how you can
make a positive impact to address
The theme of our April conference
at the Homestead is "Color My
World HR." I thought about how
to tie the conference theme
into this edition. Based on the
conference logo, the quickest
connection I made was to diversity
and inclusion, as the color wheel
associated with the conference
often represents D&I.
Like D&I, our conference aims
to be inclusive. That said, the
focus of the conference is on
you, our member and conference
attendee. It is about providing you
new colors for your paint palette,
new skills to use at work and in
your personal life, and sessions
that will help you find answers
to those questions above.
The articles in this edition
of Virginia Human Resources
Today include pieces about both
D&I and improving your work life.
On the D&I front, I have included
an article about what proposed
DACA changes could mean to the
1.9 million non-citizens known as
Dreamers, as well as the impact
on our work environment. As
an August 30, 2017, Newsweek
article mentioned, 700,000
people could lose their jobs if
DACA is eliminated. Chances are
that one or two of those 700,000
may be working for some of you!
Beginning on page 10, Keynote
Speaker Andy Masters advises us
to be better delegators. Honing this
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skill will give us more time to tackle
higher value projects at work and
maybe allow us to get home in time
to walk a mile.
On a personal note, I will
be rotating to a new role with
Virginia SHRM. I hope that
you have enjoyed reading the
magazine under my direction.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this
opportunity and hope to return
to this role in the future. Beth
Rush, co-chair of the 2017 VA
SHRM "Joy of HR" Conference in
Williamsburg, will be your new
Director of Communications and
will do a phenomenal job! She is
full of creative energy and fresh
ideas. I look forward to working
with her on our next edition as
she transitions into the role.
Hope to see you at the Homestead
in April. Until then, take advantage
of the opportunities that a tabula
rasa associated with the new year
Missie Murdock is an HR leader who is
passionate about creating a company
culture that positively impacts business
results. Missie is an innovative business
partner whose experience spans several
sectors, including manufacturing, health
care, non-profit and retail.