6 Critical HR “To Do” Items for 2018

6 Critical HR “To Do” Items for 2018 

Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member Darcey McAllister of HRT Northwest

Ensure harassment prevention practices are up-to-date. Harassment claims continue to dominate the news with a focus moving from the harasser to the organizations who allowed the long-term activity to happen.  The best protection is proactive intervention.  Review your harassment policy ensuring it contains clear provisions on how to report concerns, train employees on that policy and train managers on how to respond to complaints or concerns. This is the time of year for making resolutions of what we want to fix/change/improve in the upcoming year.  I’m sure you already have a list of plans and challenges but adding (and completing) these tactical and strategic “to do” items for your human resources function will assist with compliance and relieve long-term pain.… Read the rest

How to Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member Dr. Alyssa Kurth of West Chiropractic

 

Tis the season for baking, parties, shopping, and – stress.  If you are finding it difficult to muster up the time or energy for your holiday obligations this year, here are a few tips to help you enjoy this holiday season!

  • Sleep.  Aim for a solid seven to eight hours of sleep per night.  While your body is resting, it is hard at work healing and repairing your cells.  Just like your phone needs to be charged, your body also needs to be recharged!
  • Moderation.  Holiday cooking and parties can make eating healthy and staying on track with your diet difficult.  Instead, try loading up on fresh fruit, veggies, and lean protein to help you fill up, and indulge less.
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ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS IN YOUR BUSINESS?

Are you worried about harassment allegations in your business? 

Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member Darcey McAllister of HRT Northwest

Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Roy Moore and the #MeToo campaign continue to bring allegations of old sexual harassment activities to light wreaking havoc on careers and lives.  I’m confident that many of these powerful people thought they wouldn’t ever be held accountable because of their power.  I’m equally confident that there are many business leaders out there who think they are too small to be held accountable for their actions – but what if they’re wrong?

I’m not saying that everyone is a sexual harasser.  Most people I’ve worked with have been professional, caring, well-behaved, sensible people.  But for many human resources practitioners and business leaders, there is a risk that an incident someone complained about at some point may not have been handled correctly. … Read the rest

Are SMART Goals Always Smart?

As 2018 quickly approaches this is a great article courtesy of Chamber Member Brad Kleiner of Sandler Training in Wilsonville.  It is never too soon to start setting goals for the New Year!

With the year winding down, perhaps it’s a good time to take stock of what you have accomplished so far this year, file away the lessons of your successes and failures, and begin thinking about what you’d like to accomplish in the coming year.

If you’ve participated in goal-setting exercises, you’re likely familiar with the acronym SMART. It stands for the characteristics of the elements around which to structure your goals—Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound (or some variation thereof). If for example, you set a goal to lose weight as part of a bigger plan to become more physically fit and live a healthier lifestyle, you should specify how much weight and over what period of time you plan to lose it.… Read the rest

Wilsonville Chamber Announces Career and Technical Education (CTE) Scholarships Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

The Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce (WACC) is pleased to announce the availability of two (2) CTE $1,000 scholarships to Wilsonville graduating seniors. These scholarships are specifically designed for post-high school students planning on attending an accredited vocational-technical school and can be used for tuition, specialized equipment or tools.

The purpose of the WACC Trade & Workforce Scholarship is to address current and future shortages in the region’s workforce, notably the lack of skilled trades workers. In light of growing demand for middle-skill jobs, vocational training offers a practical alternative to traditional postsecondary degrees.

“Wilsonville employers consistently share with us their need for skilled workers in our trade industries and that is why we have developed this unique scholarship opportunity.  Supporting students who plan to establish careers here in Wilsonville is a great way for the Chamber to invest in our future workforce and economic vitality of our community,” said Kevin O’Malley, President, and CEO of the Chamber.… Read the rest