WSHRMA February Newsletter Print

    President's Report

    Thank you all for joining us for the January presentation on Paid Family and Medical Leave presented by Bob Battles. I hope the information was useful and that you got additional resources for guidance as we all navigate this new change together.
    I'd like to take a minute to thank our 2020 luncheon sponsors. Kitsap Bank and West Sound Workforce have been chapter supporters for a few years now and we appreciate their partnership. Our new in kind sponsor, Skookum has provided a beautiful meeting space for WSHRMA and we couldn't be happier!
    I look forward to seeing you all for the February luncheon. David Beck from One Strategic will be discussing financial wellness in the workplace and providing tools and resources for HR professionals to impact it.
    Stacey Scalf
    2020 WSHRMA President

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    Calendar of Events


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    WSHRMA february LUNCHEON

    The hidden costs of financial stress in the workplace: (and how HR Professionals can help reduce it!)

    Presented by
    David Beck, AIF: Financial Advisor, One Strategic Capital, Inc.

    February 12, 2020
    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

    Program Description:

    The HR professional today is on the front lines in the battle between their company's need for happy, productive employees and how financial/emotional issues affect their ability to perform to expectations. These stressors show up in many ways from absenteeism to poor productivity to health/emotional affects. The statistics are staggering, but there are cost effective solutions! This session will dive deeply into the causes and solutions to this increasing costly problem for companies in the West Sound area.

    About the Speaker:

    David Beck, is a financial advisor and a VP of retirement services with One Strategic Capital, Inc., located on Bainbridge Island, Washington. David has spent 10 years in the financial services industry working closely with the dedicated team at One Strategic Capital to develop viable solutions for employee financial health in the region. Prior to his carerr in financial services, David spend 25 years in the medical industry, working in high-level cooperate positions with companies such as Johnson & Johnson, US Surgical, Kinetic Concepts and Wave Form Systems.

    Please bring your donations!
    Featuring Non-Profit:

    Each month WSHRMA hosts a non-profit that benefits our community. At our February luncheon, we will be featuring Fishline Foodbank & Comprehensive Services. A comprehensive list of itms needed is located on our website or their most current needed items are listed below.

    Skookum Contract Services
    4525 Auto Center Way
    Bremerton, WA 98312


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    Meet the Board of Directors

    Each month we will take a look at who makes up the 2020 Board of Directors. This month we will get to know...


    Kirsten Yunuba Stephens, Certification Director

    Kirsten Yunuba Stephens is the HR & Payroll Manager at Housing Kitsap. She is relatively new to the NW area having moved from Kansas where she worked in HR at the University of Kansas. Kirsten also is a Kansas alumnus, having completed her master’s Human Resource Certificate at the University. Her undergraduate degree is in Human Services from the University of Ottawa. Kirsten joined the West Sound chapter in July of 2018. She loves the HR field because of its variety; there are no two identical days.  Kirsten tested for the SHRM’s senior certified professional in June of 2018. She hopes to share her certification success with others.

    Kirsten lives with her husband Tom in Bremerton. They have three dogs: a dachshund, a basset hound and a black and tan beagle. The reason for the move to the Olympic Peninsula was the birth of her first grandchild; Max is now 15 months old. Kirsten loves the ocean and is very glad to be so close to both the mountains and the beaches.

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    SHRM Certification

    Have you heard, there have been a couple major changes to SHRM certification policy, effective August 1, 2019?  These changes simplify and provide more flexibility for the recertification process.  The changes are:   

    • Earn PDCs during Grace Period:  SHRM Certification holders who are working toward recertification can earn PDCs for activities they participate in through their grace period (the 60-day period between their certification end date and expiration date).
    • Immediately Begin Earning PDCs for the New Recertification Cycle when you Recertify Early:  The new recertification cycle for SHRM Certification holders who recertify early will begin the NEXT DAY after they recertify. Their end date will continue to be on the last day of their birth month. 
    • Carry over Max of 20 Credits to the Next Recertification Cycle:  SHRM Certification holders who recertify with more than 60 PDCs in their account will be able to carry over up to 20 credits to their new cycle. 

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    Ideas and Suggestions

    We love your great ideas, suggestions, comments, and concerns-so we can improve!

    Please send them to [email protected]

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    Thank you to our Sponsors!

    We would like to thank our generous sponsors of our 2020 luncheons. Your commitment enables WSHRMA to continue to provide informative and collaborative opportunities for our Chapter.

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