2014 SHRM-Atlanta Symposium - HR Boot Camp Track
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Agenda & Sessions

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Tuesday, August 26
9:30am - 10:30am
Discovering Your Niche in HR

Speaker: Tom Darrow, SPHR, Talent Connections, LLC and Career Spa, LLC, Chair-Elect, SHRM Foundation and Past President, SHRM-Atlanta

Talent Acquisition. Employee Relations. Compensation. Benefits. Organizational Development. Community Outreach. Employee Engagement. Training and Development. The list goes on… There are so many facets of HR that make discovering your passion and path within HR extremely challenging. Once you graduated or transferred into HR, you likely jumped at the first role that came available. But now that you’re in HR to stay, you want to figure out how to take charge of your career and drive your path to success. By understanding which disciplines in HR you enjoy, and by understanding how they function within small, medium and large companies, you can find your footing. This session is designed to do just that. Come and join us for the roadmap on how to transition within HR from Entry Level to NEXT Level and beyond.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discover the primary disciplines and career options within HR
2. Explore the difference between being an HR Generalist and a Specialist
3. Learn the steps necessary to move your HR career forward and upward
4. Begin to identify where you will best fit within your personal HR career

10:45am - 11:45am
Health & Welfare 101: What You Need to Know
Speaker: Keith Tallmadge, Partner, Millennium Benefits Consulting, Inc.

In this presentation, we are going to review common industry terminology with a dash of historical content (Why was the first medical deductible $100?) and emerging benefit trends (What is an Accountable Care Organization and why is this a good thing?). We will have some fun and hopefully learn a thing or two. The secession will be geared to the novice benefit manager trying to give them a better understanding of the traditional employer sponsored benefit plans (life, disability, medical, dental, etc.), answer the question, “What is worksite benefits and why should I offer them?”, explain why “Executive Benefits” are important and finally, give an overview of 401(k) plans and the importance of offering a retirement plan so that your associates are prepared for “life after work”.  We will discuss common terminology as it relates to the benefit arena. 

12:45pm - 1:45pm
New Perspectives on Disability & Absenteeism: Whatever Happened to Reliable Attendance as an Essential Job Function?
Speaker: Greg Hare, Employment Lawyer, Ogletree Deakins

Faced with the challenges of perpetually-absent employees, how can a company effectively run its operations, while still complying with the wide spectrum of ever-changing legal obligations?  When must the company hold the person's job for reinstatement? When must the company accommodate the worker by changing (or even eliminating) certain essential functions? When should the company offer light duty, and how? How should the company handle pregnancy-related issues, before LOA, during LOA, and after LOA? When can the company finally terminate absent employees under its attendance policy? Realistically evaluating the company's exposures is critical to your business! 

Learning Objectives:  
1. Understanding how to reconcile the competing duties and obligations under ADA, FMLA, PDA, workers’ compensation, and your company’s own policies
2. Effectively preventing abuse of your company’s time-off practices and protocols
3. Making the tough business decisions, without opening the door to crippling legal exposures

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Discovering Your HR Communication Cornerstone

Speaker: Chris Stanzione, MBA, Talent Acquisition Relationship Manager, AutoTrader

In a recent survey, 80% of HR professionals reported interpersonal communication as a significant component necessary to advance their careers. Of those, nearly 80% of directors and executives rated communication as one of the most important skills required for those working in HR. It’s clear that effective communication continues to be a prominent need in the workplace. When it comes to performance evaluations, communication is often one of the areas managers give prominence to when addressing areas needing improvement. Why is this? Why does communication continue to be an issue? By exploring the learning objectives listed below, participants in this session will learn the “why” and become equipped with the tools HR professionals need to become solid communicators.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn how to establish expectations with managers, peers and direct reports. 
2. Discover your communication style and how to relate to others whose style differs from yours.
3. Determine when each communication medium, such as text, email, phone or face to face, is appropriate.
4. Learn how to provide feedback, whether it be positive or corrective.
5. Discover techniques necessary to effectively listen and to be receptive to the messages of others. 

3:15pm - 4:15pm
Beyond Stereotypes: Workplace Strategies for Common Millennial Issues

Speaker: Crystal Kadakia, Owner, Career Indulgence LLC

In the media, we hear of many stereotypes attributed to the 4 generations in the workforce today, especially the Millennial Generation. While interesting and controversial, these stereotypes lack in practical applicability to the workplace. In this session, we will go beyond the stereotypes to discuss the most common areas of cross-generational conflict with Millennials and considerations for the organizational culture design for future generations. This session is led by a Millennial, experienced in cross-generational management and designing talent development programs for Millennials.

Learning Objectives:
1. You will be able to describe the four generations in the workplace today
2. You will be able to describe the common conflicts that are specifically due to the Millennial Generation culture
3. You will be able to use best practices to navigate common Millennial conflicts effectively