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SHRM-KC Awarded

For Elevating Human Resources, Improving Workplaces

KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 1, 2024 — SHRM recently awarded SHRM of Greater Kansas City (SHRM-KC) its prestigious EXCEL Platinum Award for the Chapter’s accomplishments in 2023.

The EXCEL award is given to state councils and chapters to recognize major accomplishments, strategic activities, and tactical initiatives that elevate the profession of human resources.

“SHRM’s impact on the world of work is due to the dedication and efforts of our chapters and state councils like SHRM-KC. “The Platinum EXCEL Award is not only a celebration of the great work done by the Chapter - it’s also recognition of their focus and determination to cause the effect to make great workplaces”, said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president, and chief executive officer of SHRM. “Their HR leadership is exemplary.”

The EXCEL Award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that must be met. SHRM-KC will receive recognition in SHRM publications and at conferences, a logo to display on its website, and information to share with its members about the significance of this award.

Throughout 2023, a major focus of the SHRM-KC Board of Directors was to increase membership and continue to draw members to their programming. SHRM-KC’s membership committee coordinated quarterly membership social events hosted by employers in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Their quarterly membership socials averaged 50 attendees, and monthly new member orientation sessions averaged 10 attendees per session! Another major initiative was the wildly successful mentoring program for Emerging Professionals. SHRM-KC was proud to report a record high of 19 mentees and 17 mentors.

For more information about SHRM-KC, visit https://shrm-kc.org/.

Media: For more information, contact Edward Burke, at Edward.Burke@shrm.org or 703-535-6036.

About SHRM

SHRM is a member-driven catalyst for creating better workplaces where people and businesses thrive together. As the trusted authority on all things work, SHRM is the foremost expert, researcher, advocate, and thought leader on issues and innovations impacting today’s evolving workplaces. With nearly 340,000 members in 180 countries, SHRM touches the lives of more than 362 million workers and their families globally. Discover more at SHRM.org.




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HR Day of Service is May 3rd

Kansas City, Mo., May 1, 2024 -  Human Resources Day of Service is a day where HR professionals take time out of our busy schedules to come together and give back to our community. We dedicate this time to helping those that need support in our local community. Participating in meaningful activities outside of the workplace strengthens bonds among colleagues and instills a sense of pride in being a part of an organization that prioritizes social impact.

HR day of Service is an initiative where human resources professionals and their team members volunteer their time and skills to support local communities. This could be organizing food drives, mentoring youth, or renovating public spaces. HR professionals step out of their offices and into the community to make a positive impact. This year, SHRM-KC has decided to partner and volunteer our time with Connections to Success. Volunteering with this organization aligns with our shared values as HR professionals and allows us to help support the lives of others. HR professionals are highly motivated to empower other leaders and professionals in our community and celebrate this day.

Every year, organizations come together to celebrate HR Day of Service. Missouri Governor, Michael L. Parson proclaimed May 3rd as Missouri HR Professionals Day! But what exactly is HR Day of Service, why is it important to us, and what drives organizations and people to participate on this day each year? We inspire others by leading with example. Through actions, we encourage individuals and other companies to get involved in their communities, creating a ripple effect of goodwill and social change. On this day, HR professionals all over Missouri will recognize this day by participating and volunteering their time.

Organizations embrace this day as a reflection of their core values. By aligning our actions with values such as connection, empathy, integrity, and social responsibility. Volunteering promotes employee morale and engagement. The importance of this day means community engagement. HR Day of Service strengthens team dynamics by providing employees with opportunities to collaborate outside of their usual work context and gives employees a day to volunteer with community service. This is a day where we look forward to working with other HR professionals. By working together, we can make a difference. Through shared experience and common goals, we bond by enhancing communication, trust, and cooperation within the organization and to lead by example for the generations to come ahead.

In conclusion, HR Day of Service is more than just a day of volunteering! This is a day where we impact organizations by coming together for a common cause out of the kindness of our hearts. By engaging in meaningful community service, organizations not only strengthen their internal culture but also contribute to building stronger, more resilient communities for all. As we look to the future, let us continue to harness the spirit of HR Day of Service to create a better world. Please come join us by giving back to our community in a meaningful way. Let’s celebrate and cherish this day together!

Written and Submitted by Shelly Jain



Kansas City, Mo., February 21, 2024 -  Just one week ago we experienced a tragedy that has undoubtedly left a profound impact on our community and on our collective consciousness. In light of the recent tragic events following the conclusion of the Chiefs Super Bowl parade, we extend our deepest condolences to all those affected by this senseless act of violence. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and the entire community during this incredibly difficult time.

Now is the time for us to lean into supporting our people and SHRM-KC is here to be a resource for you. We have compiled this resource list.

    • Check your company’s EAP plan and see if they are offering a discount on services right now. Encourage employees to add the EAP’s phone number to their list of contacts.
    • Suicide and Crisis Lifeline – call or text 988; chat at https://988lifeline.org/
    • Here’s a link to the Missouri Mobile Crisis Response website that provides a mobile crisis response map Missouri Mobile Criss Response.
    • Children’s Mercy Hospital has provided this information to help kids navigate the tragedy.
    • The National Mass Violence Center has provided the following here.
    • The National Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency has tips for active shooter preparedness here.
    • Homeland Security has a booklet on how to respond to an active shooter here.

Together, let us stand strong as a community and offer our unwavering support to those in need. We certainly hope you feel safe, secure, and supported. #KCStrong SHRMKC #SHRM #StandTogether #CommunityStrong



SHRM Kansas City has some exciting news to share...

We are gearing up to kick-off the SHRM-KC Mentorship Program and we want YOU to be a part of it!

Kansas City, Mo., January 19, 2024 - Calling all Mentors and Mentees!  Whether you’re a seasoned pro looking to share your wisdom, or a fresh face eager to soak up knowledge, this mentorship program is tailor made for you. We believe in the power of learning from one another, and this is your chance to dive into a world of growth and connection.


What’s in it for Mentors?

    • Make a difference in someone’s career journey.

    • Earn up to 3 CEU’s towards your certification each year. 
    • Expand your leadership and coaching skills.
    • Connect with like-minded professionals.
    • Boost your own personal and professional growth.

 
What’s in it for Mentees?

    • As an Emerging professional, employed as a full-time human resources professional with less than two years of experience, not currently or previously as SHRM-KC Member, you may join SHRM-KC for one year for only $50.
    • Gain insights from an experienced HR mentor.
    • Receive guidance to navigate your HR career path.
    • Expand your network within the HR community.
    • Unleash your full HR potential with a mentor by your side.

 

Expectations: The Mentor will provide advice and guidance based on their own knowledge and experiences to support the Mentee’s personal and professional goals and will assist the Mentee in developing a plan for achieving those goals. 

 

Meetings: The Mentor and Mentee will have regular meetings (at least 4-6 times over the course of a year) and at a mutually agreed upon time and place.  As preferred by the Mentor and Mentee, meetings may occur via video chat, phone, or in-person.  Scheduled times should be treated with the same respect as other business meetings and not be cancelled unless it is unavoidable.

 

How to Join: Ready to dive in?  Awesome! Just email Monique Todd, Director of Emerging Professionals, at MTodd@rmhckc.org

Whether you’re ready to be a guiding light or seeking someone to light the way, we’ve got a spot for you.

 

Important Dates:

Registration opens:  January 19, 2024 and closes on February 19, 2024.

Mentors and Mentee’s will be matched after February 19th and will get their matched Mentor or Mentee before February 29.

Program Duration:  March 1 – November 30, 2024.

 

Spread the Word!  Know someone who would be a perfect Mentor or Mentee? Share the love and let them know about this fantastic opportunity. 

Let’s make this mentorship program a game-changer for everyone involved. Together we will elevate our careers, foster our connections and create a community that thrives on shared knowledge.


Ready to Grow? We thought so, see you in the Mentorship Lane!




SHRM-KC Awarded

For Elevating Human Resources, Improving Workplaces

Kansas City, Mo., May 16, 2023 - SHRM recently awarded SHRM-KC its prestigious EXCEL Platinum Award for the chapter's accomplishments in 2022.

The EXCEL Award is given to state councils and chapters to recognize major accomplishments, strategic activities, and tactical initiatives that elevate the profession of human resources. 

"SHRM's impact on the world of work is due to the dedication and efforts of our chapters and state councils like SHRM-KC. The Platinum EXCEL Award is not only a celebration of the great work done by SHRM-KC - it's also recognition of their focus and determination to cause the effect to make great workplaces," said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president, and chief executive officer of SHRM. "Their HR leadership is exemplary."

The EXCEL Award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that must be met. SHRM-KC will receive recognition in SHRM publications at conferences, a logo to display on its website, and information to share with its members about the significance of this award.

Throughout 2022, a major focus of the SHRM-KC Board was to re-establish in person engagement opportunities for chapter members. The first initiative was to offer in person and virtual attendance options for their monthly educational programs. The second initiative was to provide consistent support and resources to members related to diversity., equity, inclusion and belonging - meeting their members "where they were" on their DEIB journey. Finally, for the first time post-COVID, SHRM-KC was able to re-connect with over 15 area universities to promote, and successfully host, their semi-annual student networking roundtables with HR professionals.  

For more information about SHRM-KC, visit shrm-kc.org.

About SHRM

SHRM creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today's evolving workplaces. With nearly 325,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of 235 million workers and families globally. Learn more at SHRM.org


 


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