Each year SHRM Nebraska state council honor the top professionals and companies who help make Human Resources a prominent, strategic partner.
Nominate your company for its outstanding achievements today! Speak up about your successes. You deserve it and it's easy. Don't forget to also nominate your favorite HR professional. Get them noticed! Nominate them for their outstanding efforts to advance the HR professional today!
The SHRM Nebraska State Council is ready to hear about all the accomplishments HR professionals and employers have completed during the past year.
ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 31, 2013 FOR BOTH AWARDS.
HR Professional of the Year Nomination HR Employer of the Year Nomination
Past professional of the year winners, newest to older, include: Craig Garrett, Keli Royal, Dan Krick, Scott Messersmith, Becky Golden, Lee Elliott, Marsha Dreesen, John Dumonceaux, Ruth Jones, Steve Hodges, Jane Goertzen, Michael Mendenhall, Mary Crook, Nancy Conway, Ken Mattson, Doug McDaniel, Nancy Bleich, Cary Thorp, Vanessa Brown, Lee Lazure, Lovie Magruder, Marty Callaghan.
Employers of the Year include: Cabela's, Kiewit, Madonna, Greater Omaha Chamber, Kenexa, Linweld, Olsson Associates, Ameritas, Lincoln Plating, First National Bank North Platte, Duncan Aviation, Union Pacific, City of Omaha, Mutual of Omaha, Call Interactive, Aliant Communications, Designer Blinds of Omaha, Lincoln General Hospital and Harris Laboratories.
"Being awarded the HR Professional of the Year was a huge honor and quite humbling," said Craig Garrett, the 2012 recipient. "Being recognized in front of so many of my talented HR friends and colleagues has made a significant impact on me. I've always believed in pushing myself, but earning this award has caused me to want to become even better."
LINCOLN -— The SHRM Nebraska State Council embraced their role as a leader for human resource professionals with a statewide educational effort focussed on small business.
District Director West Ray Weinberg, SPHR, CCP, visited six locations across the state logging more than 600 miles to speak at every local chapter in the state. More than 150 small business owners and employees were treated to a two-hour overview that included the top ten pitfalls and opportunities that come with employing people.
Weiberg, who helped author the HRCI Certification Guide, compiled HR information directly relating to small business. He cited a study that showed small IT firms who emphasized HR strategy from the outset had a 66 percent higher survival rate.
"We're living in a different culture as employers," Weinberg said. "It's said that almost 50 percent of employees who quit their jobs in 2010 did not have another job at the ready. HR people aren't just hiring and firing. We impact culture as well."
Even for small businesses, Weinberg emphasized strategic practices and the need to focus in on the HR task without becoming the do-everything newsletter editor, blood drive director and holiday party purchaser.
Weinberg provided information on HR audits, when to call a lawyer and insurance for employee-related issues. The council is already discussing future small business events and additional support through its revamped website.
The council also worked with Nebraska State Governor Dave Heineman to declare Nebraska HR Professional Month during a ceremony March 13 at the Nebraska State Capitol Building.
"Human Resource Professionals are a key component of any organization’s senior management team proving active involvement in shaping corporate policy," Heineman said in his proclamation. "Thousands of HR Professionals throughout Nebraska provide employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth."
HERE FOR YOU As SHRM’s State Council for Nebraska, we hope you fnd the information and resources you need here. Don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Council if you need more information or have a different need. Visit the Society for Human Resource Management (www.SHRM.org) to learn about national initiatives and issues. The SHRM Nebraska State Council serves the needs of the human resource management professional by providing the most essential and comprehensive resources available to promote individual growth and to enable them to become more vital in their organization and communities. In addition, the Council is committed to advancing the human resource profession and the capabilities of all human resource professionals to ensure that human resources is an essential and effective partner in developing and executing organizational strategy.
PROFESSIONAL SPEAKERS/PRESENTERS WANTED! SHRM Nebraska is now accepting requests for proposal for speakers/presenters for SHRM Nebraska Conferences. Click here for our request for proposal form. Interested parties also can send inquiries to Terri Winfrey, Terri@broptical.com.
WE'RE HONORED! The Nebraska SHRM State Council is recognized nationally as an Honor Council. By achieving this recognition, SHRM Nebraska State Council distinguishes itself as a national leader dedicated to the professional advancement of our members and the human resource management profession. Selection as an Honor State Council indicates that Nebraska has achieved excellence in fulfilling its mission of:
Laurie Pieper, PHR is featured on Page 84 of the December 2012 HR Magazine. Laurie is past president of HRAM and marketing director for the SHRM Nebraska State Conference. Laurie is a one-person HR show for the Omaha Chamber of Commerce with 50 employees. Thanks for all you do Laurie!
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Statewide Certification Study! The SHRM Nebraska State Council and Lincoln Human Resource Management Association are honored to present a special study group to assist HR professionals in preparing for the PHR or SPHR certification exam. The group meets every Monday evening from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (except for Feb. 19) from Jan. 28-April 22. Join in person at Southeast Community College Continuing Education Center at 301 S 68th St, Lincoln, NE or via the internet. Registration is $75 for LHRMA members and $130 for non-LHRMA members. Sign up at www.lincolnhr.org by Jan. 21. Exams take place May 1 - June 30.
HOW DO I JOIN SHRM NEBRASKA? If you are a Nebraska resident and a member of SHRM National, nothing extra is required of you - you are automatically a member of SHRM Nebraska Council. To determine a local chapter near you click step 1. At-large member is someone who has joined the national SHRM organization but has not joined their local chapter. Leadership opportunities are available through your local chapter or on the board of the Nebraska State Council. Contact information for these leaders are available under the About Us and Chapter tabs.
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